The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered part-time over a period of 1 – 2 years. Students may need to participate in some out of hours sessions throughout the year (depending on course requirements). There is a cooling- off period of 21 days for this course.

This course is now superseded and within a teach out period. 

The 18 months teach out period started on the 20th of July 2021 and will end on the 20th January 2023. This means that all students enrolled in the CHC30113 and CHC30115 qualifications must have completed all of their assessments by this date.


We deliver the majority of course components for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care on site. However, students must also continue their study off-site to ensure they gain full understanding of the content. Students spend three contact hours per month with the trainer.

Most of our students currently work in Early Childhood Education and Care, engaged in a Traineeship or Apprenticeship. Those not working in the industry must complete hours within a registered service (as per training package assessment conditions).


There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, prior working knowledge of the industry is beneficial.

Students who have successfully completed year 12 should have a pass mark in English or an ability to demonstrate English language proficiency on enrolment. Students who have not completed year 12 can take demonstrate English language proficiency by taking a language, literacy and numeracy test. We will provide and assess this test. Mature age or alternative entry will be assessed by the college on inquiry.


To achieve the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC30113, students must complete 18 units of competency, made up of:

  • 15 core units
  • 3 elective units
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Learning will be conducted in the training centre for 3 hours of face to face training. These sessions are held on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. We have a campus on the Northside and Southside of Brisbane.  Click here to view the Events Calendar.

There are 2 options for delivery of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • Workplace delivery
  • Blended flexible options including RPL where appropriate and by application.

Both modes of learning are structured over a 1 – 2 year period, as per the Australian Qualifications Framework volume of learning indicators. A minimum of 1200 hours study is required to allow for sufficient understanding and application of the required skills and knowledge.

We use competency-based assessment for all assessment activities. Students prove competency with demonstrations of written knowledge and practical skills. We take timelines into consideration for practical skills and students must meet the criteria as deemed industry competent by the assessor.

Formative evidence will be assessed in the form of an Assessment Task Portfolio. The Assessment Task Portfolio uses several assessment tools to accommodate the student’s individual needs. The assessment types include:

  • Written Questioning
  • Practical Observation
  • Research Case
  • Studies Portfolio
  • Reflective Journal
  • Third Party reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning


CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure 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
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID012 Provide first aid response in an education and care setting *
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect to their world
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development

*HLTAID012: Provide first aid response in an education and care setting unit is NOT delivered by Building Futures Education; students must organise and complete this unit via an external provider. A certified copy of the statement of attainment must be provided to Building Futures Education. This may incur additional costs depending on student funding.

Refer to the Training Package – Qualification Packaging Rules for further information.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Southside Campus –  15 High Street, Forest Lake 4078

Northside Campus – 33 Brae St Wavell Heights 4032

(07) 3073 5000



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Students who need counselling or support should discuss the matter with their trainer. Where possible, the trainer will help. Alternatively, However, the trainer will refer the student to the Director of Studies, or the student may wish to contact the relevant organisation directly. Support services are free.

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From 1st January 2015, we can be prevented from issuing you with a Nationally Recognised VET Qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). In addition, we are required to include your USI in the data we submit to NCVER.

Your USI (Unique Student Identifier) is your individual education number for life. It also creates an online record of your Australian training achievements.

You need a USI if you are:

  • undertaking Nationally Recognised Training  
  • a higher education student seeking Commonwealth financial assistance (eg a HECS-HELP loan)
  • a higher education student graduating in 2023 or beyond.

Follow the link below for everything you need to know about creating, finding, managing and sharing your USI.



The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care costs $3240.

The cost includes:

  • all materials
  • all assessment activities
  • support throughout your course

We may offer reductions for students who are eligible for user choice funding.

Eligible students may be able to receive Certificate 3 Guarantee -funded by the Queensland Government – for more information click here.

Building Futures Education will issue a receipt for any amount paid. We keep the money in a trust account with a recognised banking institution until such time as they are due to Building Futures Education.

We invoice for enrolment fees, where the client is a company, no later than the start date of the course (unless the company makes alternate arrangements). Students who enrol within 30 days of the course commencement date will be invoiced with a due date of course commencement.

We will issue monthly statements to each student with outstanding accounts. Invoices will also be rendered to students for textbooks and reference books supplied where the costs of such books are not included in the course fees (where applicable). Statements will be issued monthly for any outstanding accounts.

We will issue receipts only on request unless the payment is from a student. In accordance with our Refund Policy, we act on refund requests within 14 days.