52 weeks
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)
Would you like to help kids develop vital creative and problem solving skills?
Do you consider yourself patient, creative and enthusiastic?
Would you rather fingerpaint than write reports? The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may be ideal for you.


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the perfect first step into the world of early childhood education. This Certificate is suitable if you would like to enter the industry quickly.

Equipped with the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care, you will have the tools and knowledge to support the implementation of an approved learning framework. Early education educators with this qualification usually work under direct supervision and sometimes autonomously. The qualification fully meets the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.


You could become…

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Out of School Hours Care Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant


  • National Code: CHC30113
  • Fees: $8,750
  • Resources Fee: $300
  • Administration Fee: $200
  • Units: 15 core + 3 electives
  • Location: Level 5, 250 Collins St – City Campus
  • Delivery Mode: Classroom (2 days per week) and Workbased traineeships (Workshop attendance required)
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Workplace-based Traineeship: up to 15 months
  • Assessment: Written, simulated and workplace tasks, workplace observations
  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available on request


You could become…

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Out of School Hours Care Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant



An English Language proficiency level of one of the below:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DHA regulations or;
  • satisfactorily completing ELICOS at Upper Intermediate level from a NEAS endorsed English Training Centre or;
  • completion of secondary studies equivalent or
    higher to an Australian Year 11 qualification from an English-speaking country or;
  • completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 5.5 or above;
  • other tests like PTE, TOEFL and OET are also
    considered equivalent for direct entry into MCIE VET courses.

Other entry requirements include:

Academic: Completion of senior high school or equivalent to the Australian Year 11 of education

Regulatory: A current and valid passport, A valid study visa that covers the duration of study for the course

Age at Commencement: MCIE will not accept overseas students who would be under 18 years of age at the time of proposed commencement

Special Considerations: Students who have completed one year of study in Australia (Cert III, AQF Qualification or above) are exempt from submitting Year 11 qual or

equivalent + IELTS results



There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.



This training is delivered with Victorian & Commonwealth Government funding. *Eligibility criteria applies. To see if you qualify for Government funding, click here!



There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however, you will need to go through a pre-training review process to determine if you are suitable for this course. RPL and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Please see our website for more information on fees and terms and conditions.



MCIE will facilitate the work placement for students who are not working in the Early Childhood Education and Care Service or have not been able to secure their placement in an ECEC Centre.

MCIE Work-placement Officers will work with students to organise their your workplace placement.

MCIE Business Development staff and Course Coordinators should follow the MCIE policy for applicants who are under 18 years of age.


Course Units

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (New Units)
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically(New Units)
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People

Course Locations

Start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Situated in the heart of the Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is located at the end of Watton Street, near the local Woolworths and Bunnings stores. Just 32km south of the city CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from public transport services, including the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. The campus is also accessible by car, but do keep in mind that street parking is limited in the area.

Werribee Campus Map

Study a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.

Melbourne City Campus Map


250 Collins St, Melbourne 3000   View map

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