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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care - International

CRICOS code: 109312A
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Next intake February 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 Months

Course description

Are you looking for a rewarding career working with young children? This entry-level course will equip you with the foundation skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified assistant within this sector. In addition, you will learn about effective interaction and communication with children, appropriate care for babies, toddlers and children, first aid, safety and working legally and ethically.

Our trainers are all experienced Early Childhood Educators who are up-to-date with current industry standards and practices. With seven weeks of practical placement in industry, you'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to succeed and work appropriately in the early childhood sector, which has increased demand for qualified educators.

Work placement/industry experience

A minimum of 160 hours over 3 blocks of 5 days per week in the industry, as organised by The Gordon. *Please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne. Placement is not paid work and students will not receive payment for undertaking practical placement. A mandatory course component is a practical placement in a registered education and care service. Minimum 160 hours of work placement. (organised by The Gordon). You must have a valid Working with Children Check. Some centres may require you to have immunity to COVID-19 and whooping cough.

How often do I attend?

Full time - 4 days a week

Possible career outcomes

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Qualified out of school hours coordinator
  • Nanny
  • Family day carer 

Applications & attendance

How to apply

Find out what documents you will need to complete for your application.

How to apply

Please complete the two forms below and submit via an education agent in your country.

Application form   SOP

If you need help, contact the International team.

Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 18 Jul 2022
Close: 1 Feb 2024 
Class DayStart: 29 Jan 2024
Mon,Tues,Thurs & Fri
Full-time: 12 Months  Apply  
2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 18 Jul 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Mon,Tues,Thurs & Fri
Full-time: 12 Months  Apply  
2025 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 5 Apr 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayMon,Tues,Thurs & Fri
Full-time: 12 Months  Apply  
2025 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 5 Apr 2023
Close: 1 Jul 2025 
Class DayMon,Tues,Thurs & Fri
Full-time: 12 Months  Apply  


Note: Students are required to undertake some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside of class time.

Please refer to our key dates and orientation webpage here.

We reserve the right to close course intakes early. Many courses have limited places and high demand. Early applications are recommended. We reserve the right to cancel intakes and courses if there are insufficient student numbers.


Successful completion of Australian Year 11 or equivalent – Equivalents can be found on our Entry Requirements page.


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent) – Equivalents can be found on our English language equivalency page.
*Applicants from specified countries may be exempt from English Language Requirements for admissions purposes. Such students will still need to provide evidence of meeting minimum English requirements for visa purposes. Check the list of exempt countries for more information.

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children CHCECE033 100
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures CHCECE054 55
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCPRT001 40
Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care CHCECE055 60
Nurture babies and toddlers CHCECE032 108
Observe children to inform practice CHCECE038 40
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001 20
Provide experiences to support children's play and learning CHCECE036 75
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting HLTAID012 22
Support children to connect with the natural environment CHCECE037 50
Support children's health safety and wellbeing CHCECE031 160
Support inclusion and diversity CHCECE030 63
Support the holistic learning and development of children CHCECE035 100
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice CHCECE034 80
Work effectively in children's education and care CHCECE056 65
Elective Units Code Hours
Lead personal development BSBPEF403 40
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement
  • Team projects

Fees are based on current year and are subject to change for future years. Fees are charged upon course offer and must be paid to obtain the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Contact the international office for detailed information or see fees, payments and refunds. More information.

Total tuition fee:


Total approx. materials and courses expenses:

Materials AUD $425.00
Excursion AUD $60.00 Once
Additional Costs AUD $80.00 Once
Administrative Fee AUD $200.00 Once

  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 20/11/2023 4:15:16 PM