Estimated completion time: 1.5 year/s
The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.
This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children's wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
This qualification may also be suitable for Apprenticeships.
Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au
Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Services include:
- Youth Worker
Credit transfers & pathways
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
- Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
- Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
- Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.
Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.
For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email email@example.com.
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.
Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.
Course information flyer(s)
There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification. However, applicants who wish to commence this course need to have the required skills and knowledge to undertake the qualification at this level e.g. completion of Year 10 or equivalent and a general command of spoken and written English to be able to meet industry standards for communication.
Everyone employed or volunteering in child related work is required by law to hold an Ochre Card. It will therefore be a mandatory requirement to hold an Ochre Card in order to complete any work placement.
If you have not yet obtained an Ochre Card, please contact SAFENT on 1800 723 368.
Based on course nominal hours of between 838 - 938 hours, approximate 2019 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $2,681.60 - $3,001.60
Domestic Full Fees: $14,246.00 - $15,946.00
The following Fees are applicable to this course:
This course is a full fee paying course. VET full fees will apply to all new and continuing domestic students enrolling in this course.
2019: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf.
This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf. VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.
The annual tuition fee for commencing students in 2019 is AUD $16,667.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.
This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.
Away from base
AFB: This is an approved Away From Base (AFB) 'mixed-mode' course.For further information about AFB see www.cdu.edu.au/afb
Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au
Location and study mode
Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.
Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Jabiru, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Palmerston, Remote, Tennant Creek, Yulara
Study Mode: Internal, Mixed mode
Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.
Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.
Children's Services and Education Support
To achieve a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care a total of Eighteen (18) units of competency must be completed comprising Fifteen (15) Core and Three (3) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 838- 938.
|Code||Module/Unit of Competency||
|CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety||
|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||55|
|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||
|Total nominal hours for core units||
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Select 3)|
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development||
|CHCECE006||Support behaviour of children and young people||
|CHCECE012||Support children to connect with their world||
|CHCECE014||Comply with family day care administration requirements||
|CHCECE018||Nurture creativity in children||80|
|CHCECE026||Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children||70|
|Total nominal hours for core units||
|Total nominal hours for elective units||
|Total nominal hours for the qualification||