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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Play a vital role in children’s educational development and learning
The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will provide students with the skills to plan engaging and educational activities to help children develop to their full potential. Learn how to create individual profiles and work with families to provide appropriate childhood education and care.

The CHC30121 Certificate lll in Early Childhood and Care qualification provides students with the skills, knowledge and qualification required to work in a regulated early childhood setting. The qualification has 17 units of competence – 15 core and 2 electives.

How the course works

Students enrolling in this program must be working full-time or part-time in a regulated Early Childhood Education and Care Service. For those in a full-time traineeship, a minimum of 30 hours or more per week (averaged over a 4-week period) is required to be worked. A qualified trainer/assessor visits the student in the workplace every 4-6 weeks over the course of their traineeship. In addition to the face-to-face learning support, students’ progress and learning support, students will be offered assistance with their studies via phone, email or online in between workplace visits.

This course is also available as a School Based Traineeship for Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students. A school-based traineeship combines paid work, training and school with a nationally recognised qualification, whilst gaining credit towards the HSC. Please ask Benchmark College for more information or visit

Practical and work-related activities designed to allow each student the opportunity to apply their learning in a real work environment are undertaken. These activities will vary, e.g. research an organisational policy and procedure, watch a colleague complete a particular task or gain experience in undertaking a particular activity. This is recorded by students and supervisors in the Daily Learning Journal. Students/trainees complete work-based activities for units relevant to this qualification. The trainer/assessor checks the Daily Learning Journal at the end of each cluster with the workplace supervisor and student and signs off to verify the on-the-job training.

Students enrolling in this program are required to attend class 1-2 days per week from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The remaining 2 days are dedicated to self-directed learning and assessment activities. Students are also required to attend 24 field days and six (6) weeks of work experience.

This program includes training sessions and a range of interactive activities designed to build student’s underpinning knowledge and develop competence in each unit. Students will also get the opportunity to practice and apply their learning by practicing key skills such as changing a nappy, preparing formula and creating fun learning experiences for children in a safe and simulated environment.

Work Experience
Classroom students participate in Work Experience. This provides students with opportunities to:

  • Practice newly learnt skills and apply theory learnt in the classroom.

  • Build the skills that employers want like teamwork, communication and reliability.

  • Increase confidence and show individuals they are ready for work.


Benchmark College will organise work experience for all classroom-based students and will provide insurance and support in the workplace. Students will be buddied with an experienced employee and will be visited at least once by a Trainer. Students on work experience are given a range of activities to guide their learning and practice the key skills required to become work ready.

Students are also required to complete 2, fifteen-day work experience blocks – Monday to Friday – 38 hours per week. Start and finish times may vary depending on the early childhood service.

Students must provide & wear sun safe, industry appropriate clothing & a hat and be able to travel to the host employer.

Self-directed learning and assessment activities – All students
Self-directed learning activities may vary from reading learner guides to online research. Workplace-based/ traineeship students can expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours per week to self-directed learning and assessment task completion; or approximately 14hrs (2 days) per week for classroom-based students.

To ensure that students are safe and work ready, they will need to complete a range of assessment tasks that include answering questions, analysing case studies and completing practical work-based tasks. Trainers will also observe students perform a range of skills in the workplace and in the classroom, and on work experience for classroom-based students.

Course pre-requisites and suitability
This course is designed for students who are wanting to enter various industries and who have no childcare experience.

The course has no pre-requisite requirements although students will need to have a Unique Student Identifier and have passed our language literacy and numeracy quiz.

To complete the self-directed learning component, access to the internet and a computer is also required.

Can I get credit for previous study?
If students have previously completed a Nationally Recognised Qualification or Course, please talk to our Recruitment or Administration team and by completing the relevant Verification and Consent Form and providing a transcript of what you have attained. We would see if any units listed in the transcript can be credited towards your chosen qualification.

Fees and charges
The classroom-based course is $1600 (first qualification fee) if eligible for and accessing a government subsidised place. Students eligible for a concession are required to pay $240.  
This fee covers enrolment, tuition and learning resources. Fees must be paid in accordance with the Fee Schedule. To review our terms and conditions check out our Fees and Charges Policy and Procedure and our Refund Policy and Procedure available at

Note: This Training is subsidised by the NSW Government. For more information on NSW Government funding (including concessions and fee-free scholarships), and to check eligibility, please visit or call 1300 722 104.

Where can I find more information?
We encourage students to visit the student section of our website to view all relevant policies and procedures.

Ready to enrol?
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Still have questions? Contact one of our friendly staff members by phone on 1800 286 916 or email 

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