Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Duration (incl. holidays) 34 weeks
    Teaching Duration30 weeks
    CRICOS Code083066F
    National CodeCHC30113
    Example Career ProfileChild Care WorkerChild Care Worker
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      Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

      • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.5 in all bands or equivalent.
      • Satisfactory completion of Year 10 or overseas equivalent.

      Work Placement Duration:  140 hours

      Work Placement is across 4 weeks for 35 hours per week.

      Course Notes

      • Students may wish to combine the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Students who successfully complete the Certificate III will receive credit into the Diploma which is typically 4 semesters in length. The duration for the package of Certificate III and Diploma is 4 semesters at a total cost of $24,000.
      • From 2017 the duration for this course will be 1.5 semesters.

      How to Apply

      International Course - application process

      If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.

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      Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

      Qualifications & Skills Covered

      Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
      This course provides the skills needed by educators 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. 15 core units plus 3 electives.

      Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.


      These course fees are for international students only.

      Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
      Semester 1AUD $3000-
      Semester 2AUD $3000-
      Fee TotalsAUD $6000-
      Total Course CostAUD $6000

      * Students will be required to purchase a name badge for $10.

      Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

      Overseas Health Cover

      All overseas students are required to have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Health Cover.

      Additional Services

      TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

      Contact us

      TAFE South Australia International

      Level 1, 120 Currie Street
      Adelaide, South Australia, 5000