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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (International)

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (International)

Rather finger paint than write reports? Make a career in the Child Care Industry with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Job prospects

+ Children’s Service Coordinator

+ Director or Educational Leader

+ Child Development Worker

+ Early Childhood Educator

+ Centre Manager & more


+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: 280 hours

Local students No

International students Yes

How can I study?

This course is available via on campus and virtually. Call us to discuss your study options.

  • National Code: CHC50121

  • CRICOS: 107918J

  • Units: 12 core + 3 electives

  • Location: 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

  • Duration: 12 months, 52 sessions plus 280 mandatory work placement hours

  • Delivery Method: Classroom-based (15 hours classroom delivery & approximately 5 hours online learning per week)

  • Assessment: Methods for assessment include written Q&A, observations, research assignments or projects

  • Duration: 52 weeks (including holidays)

  • Prior Experience: Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer are available

  • Tuition Fee: $20,000

  • Materials Fee: $300 (includes MCIE Training shirt)

  • Administration Fee: $200

  • RPL Application Fees: $145 per hour

In this nationally recognised course, you will acquire the foundation skills and knowledge required to support your move into ECEC leadership and management roles. You could become a…

  • Children’s Service Coordinator

  • Director or Educational Leader at an Early Childhood Education Centre

  • Child Development Worker

  • Early Childhood Educator

  • Centre Manager & more

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care of either the following course codes:

  • CHC30121

  • CHC30113

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 12 qualification from an
    English-speaking country or;

  • completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 6 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 12 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 12 qual or equivalent + IELTS results

Classroom Training
Training is delivered ‘face to face’ by qualified trainers and students are required to attend each scheduled class. The trainer will moderate the learning pace, method and sequence appropriate to the learning needs.
Learning methods will vary and can include case study scenarios, field trips, ‘hands-on’ practical classes, role-play techniques, discussions, presentations and assignments.

Assessment tasks and strategies cover a wide range of methods and may include the creation of specific written documents, projects or reports, formal questions (multiple choice, short and long answer), practical demonstrations, small or large group tasks, oral presentations, problem-solving tasks, case studies and discussions.
Broadly classroom assessments have two or three assessment tasks for each unit of competency or module.
As a general rule for major assessments, students are provided with task assessment instructions including the date the task is due for completion.

The work placement requirement of this qualification is 280 hours.
MCIE will organise your work-placement with one of our host employers.

It is a requirement that students obtain the following documents prior to commencing practical placement.

    • Police Check (at applicant expense – cost between $30 and $50 AUD)

    • Working with Children Check (minimum level required ‘voluntary’ which is at no cost)

    • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations may be an individual employer requirement

    • Current First Aid including CPR

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Please click here for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

Core Units

CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing 

CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum 

CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning 

CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children 

CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 

CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations 

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children 

CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 

CHCECE050 Work in Partnership with children’s families 

CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service 

BSBWK502 Manage team effectiveness

Elective Units

CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy

CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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