CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – Traineeship
Childcare workers are in high demand!
Take advantage of the publicly funded Lower Fees Local Skills initiative from Jobs & Skills WA in 2021. You will only pay half price to study your CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Traineeships are one of the best ways to get ready for a career. They combine training and paid employment, leading to skills and qualifications that are recognised across Australia and by other employers in the industry.
Quality early education and care is an essential service to our community and Meerilinga Training College’s vision is to train high quality early childhood educators to support the next generation. This is an opportunity for you to begin an early education and care career while you build great futures for children.
- CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Qualification
- Nationally recognised course and ACECQA approved
- Flexible training plans including RPL and Credit Transfer options for eligible students
- Trainees must be employed and work in a regulated early education and care service workplace for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
* Conditions apply for existing workers who have been in employment for more than 3 months.
- A minimum of 120 hours on the job practicum is required
- A formal training contract and training plan will be in place, the course includes scheduled face to face workplace training, tutorials and self-paced supported learning
- Duration: 12-18 months
- Delivery and assessment can be through small peer group, one on one or on the job
- Workplace visits by trainer are scheduled 6 weekly with trainee
Completing a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with Meerilinga Training College courses provide:
- The opportunity to work towards a highly rewarding, challenging and fulfilling career educating children
- A fun, energetic and creative learning environment where each day is different
- The opportunity to build your confidence and gain a lifetime skill as an early education and care professional
- A qualification to work Australia wide
- A supportive group of trainers who specialise in working with children in the early years
- Additional support for students where English is a second language
- A large network of childcare centres in Perth and support staff to assist in work experience placement
- The chance to study with Perth’s Early Education specialists, with a proud training history dating back to WA’s Kindergarten movement of the 1920s
This qualification has been superseded and may be subject to transition and teach out arrangements and additional cost in 2022. Students continuing in 2022 will be notified and supported through any change or course options as applicable.
Contact us today for a FREE Course Information pack and to register your interest for future classes or contact our friendly Enrolments team direct on 08 9489 4022.
Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation Inc. trading as Meerilinga Training College. Registered Training Organisation NTIS code: 6000
- About the Course
The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Traineeship offers you the opportunity to formalise your expertise whilst you’re working in an early education and care service.
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, children’s well-being, learning and development. Trainees learn the skills required to interact with children, create safe and healthy environments, respond to children’s daily care requirements as well as their social, emotional, and developmental needs. Depending on the setting, Trainees may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
Completing this qualification will provide you with a range of career opportunities and is ideal for anyone seeking jobs in approved education and care services, schools, community services or education support setting, in the positions of:
- Early Childhood Educator
- Child Care Assistant
- OSHC Educator
- Family Day Care Educator
- Kindergarten, or Preschool Education
- In-Home Child Care Provider
- Playgroup Supervisor
- Early Childhood Education Assistant
- Mobile Child Care Assistant
Training is provided at the workplace by industry qualified and skilled Educators, together with the Supervisor and a Meerilinga Trainer Assessor through the individualised training plan to reflect skills required in this job and include scheduled face to face workplace training/tutorials and self-paced supported study.
You will undertake their learning and assessments through a mixed delivery method.
- Logbook tasks
- Knowledge questions
- Scenario case studies
- Direct observations in work environments
- Employer reports
Workplace visits will be scheduled 6 weekly with you and the Meerilinga Trainer to provide individualised training and discuss your progress in accordance with your training plan. Trainees will be invited to attend peer training sessions with other students studying CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with Meerilinga.
Meerilinga Training College also offers this course in a blended delivery model each week through face to face class, virtual classroom and skills instructional class. These classes are conveniently held at Meerilinga locations in West Leederville on the corner of Southport and Cambridge Street, just near the Leederville and West Leederville train stations. We also deliver training at Meerilinga Beechboro, Meerilinga Cockburn, Meerilinga Hilton, Meerilinga Woodvale, Meerilinga Ballajura, Meerilinga High Wycombe and now Meerilinga Kingsley location. All locations have free parking and close access to public transport.
Refer to our CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Meerilinga Training Locations for the next available course near you.
What will you need to study this course?
You are required to obtain (at your own expense) or provide copies of all current checks and clearances required by your employer in accordance with legislative requirements to work in approved education and care services eg: Working With Children Check (over 18yrs) and medical clearance, stating you are fit for the provision of early education and care. If you are under the age of 18, MTC support services will provide you with alternative criminal history check requirements and reference form.
All students will receive digital logbooks to work through for the duration of the course and have access to various e-learning resources, therefore you will need a personal computer or digital device to view and download this material.
- Course Units
There are a total of 18 units (15 core and 3 elective) for this course.
Unit Code Units CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 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 CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice CHCECE003 Provide care for children CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting
The First Aid unit – HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting is a compulsory unit and if you have not have credit transfer for this unit, you can complete it through Meerilinga.
HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting is run over a two day period from 8:30am – 4:30pm at Meerilinga’s West Leederville training rooms and students are required to attend both days in order to complete the unit. If you DO NOT attend both days of training you will be required to complete the unit externally to Meerilinga and at your own expense.
Pre-enrolment at Meerilinga may occur face to face or virtually. We hold information sessions prior to the commencement of all courses offered and they are designed as a two way interview for applicants and MTC. Irrespective Meerilinga will always provide written information along with marketing materials and website before enrolling or entering into an agreement with an applicant. We will cover:
- How training and assessment will be conducted and where – for example, face to face, virtual classroom, skills instructional class, and other location information
- Enrolment application and the required supporting documentation
- What equipment learners need to complete the course
- Course costs, including any possible additional fees, and payment due dates
- Refund and cancellation policies
- Complaint processes
- Barriers to learning and support services for students
During the pre-enrolment process, our Student Administration Officers are able to gather information from the potential applicant and analyse whether the training is the applicants desired outcome or solution. We ask and require evidence about an applicant’s eligibility if seeking a funded place, their background and skills which are instrumental in making sure the learner is in the right class, studying the right subject and at the right level. A successful applicant becomes a student.
Students may be referred directly to a mentoring or support service to enable the best opportunity for a successful completion. Students are guided to the LLN survey and provided detailed information about the course, all of its expectations and induction dates.
- Support Services
Meerilinga Training College offers a range of support services to students, including:
- Training Needs Analysis
- Career Advice, Resume Writing and Work Readiness
- Commendations and Complaints
- Cultural Inclusion, Access and Support
- Direct Debit and Payment Plans
- Language Literacy and Numeracy
- Referral to External Agencies and Services
- Study and Assessment Guidance
- Uniform and applicable PPE
- Virtual Classroom if required for peer training
- Work Placement
- Childcare (Terms and Conditions Apply)
- Recognition of Prior Learning
Students can access these services during business hours 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays and Meerilinga closure) by appointment for the duration of their enrolment with Meerilinga. If you are unsure which service you need, please contact Student Services.
Students may also seek guidance from their Trainer who may be able to address your need or guide you to alternate supports.
Where applicable, our onsite licenced education and care services offer fee paying pre kindy for 2.9 to 5-year-old children at sessional times only. For program details, locations and session times please visit our Early Learning Programs.
Programs are limited by State licencing numbers and Commonwealth duration of care. Students can discuss the care needs for their child and eligibility for Commonwealth childcare subsidy and financial hardship guidelines with the Enrolment Advisor.
General Enquiries, Work Placement, Referral and Student Services
Cultural Engagement and Liaison Officer
Youth Officer (Under 25 years)
Education and Care Services Enrolment Advisor
Fees and Payment Plans
Virtual Classroom Support
- Am I Eligible?
All applications will be assessed by the Meerilinga based on the following criteria:
- Applicant being employed and work in a regulated early education and care service workplace for a minimum of 15 hours per week and Employer has agreed to traineeship.
* Conditions apply for existing workers who have been in employment for more than 3 months.
- Completed Application Form and all supporting documentation
- Proficiency in language, literacy and numeracy
- Funding approval from the Department of Training and Workforce Development
You are eligible for the course if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:
- An Australian citizen;
- A permanent visa holder; or
- A holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826; or
- A dependent or spouse of the primary holder of visa sub-class 457; or
- A Bridging Visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) where the visa holder has made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.
Contact Meerilinga for more information on specific visa’s details.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Meerilinga Training College (MTC) offers RPL to any student who can provide evidence of competency for the units in this course, where previous skills and knowledge, achieved through formal and informal training, industry work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognised. RPL can be used to get credit for units in a course or sometimes the whole qualification. Fees apply per unit for RPL, please refer to the Fees Policy.
You can apply for RPL at the time of enrolment by indicating you wish to be considered for RPL on the MTC application form. You will need to provide evidence of your achievements and experience prior to enrolment, and this may come in the form of a written self-assessment and/or an interview. The evidence is systematically assessed for recognition purposes to align with the requirements of the rules of evidence as determined by the Vocational Education Training (VET) industry regulatory body, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for this qualification. If deemed eligible, we will proceed with the RPL process.
Meerilinga provides credit transfer free of charge. Credit Transfer is only awarded to units of competency that have been deemed by the Training Package as having ‘equivalent competency outcomes’.
Meerilinga does not require a student to repeat any unit in which they have previously been assessed as competent, unless a regulatory requirement or license condition requires this. Where a student provides suitable evidence such as a statement of attainment of having successfully completed a unit at another Registered Training Organisation, Meerilinga will verify authenticity via the USI online portal or by contacting the issuing training provider before awarding a credit transfer.
- Course Fees and Government Subsidies
This qualification is part of the publicly funded Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative where you’ll only pay half of the standard course fees (on selected courses) from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. The fees are based on the current year’s West Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development VET Fees and Charges Policy. Visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website to read the VET Fees and Charges for each year.
Evidence and approval in relation to fee waiver due to severe financial hardship, concession, units eligible for recognition of prior learning or credit transfer within the specified period of time is outlined in the Student Guide and within the Department of Training and Workforce Development VET Fees and Charges for each year – refer to the website link above.
Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.
Incidental charges may be incurred through the course of study.
Meerilinga Training College will publish applicable resource fees on this web page and in Policy.
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Traineeship
Fee TypeTuition Fees
Course fees will only be charged up to the fee cap per calendar year.Annual Fee Cap
01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021
Fee Type Tuition Fees
Course fees will only be charged up to the fee cap per calendar year.
Annual Fee Cap
01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021
**Concession Course/Tuition Fee
25 Years Plus, 18-24 years and *Secondary School Age
$372 $400 Non-Concession
$1255.50 $400 Non-Concession
25 Years Plus
Fees for Certificate III Trainee Students deemed Existing Workers
Fee Type Tuition Fees
Fee for service
Annual Fee Cap, Concession and Fee Waiver
01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021
***Existing Worker $7,517.50 Does not apply
Under the publicly funded Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative, course units commenced in 2021 will be charged up to the fee cap. In 2021, the annual fees cap means that full fee paying students will pay a maximum of $1200 and concession fee paying students will pay a maximum of $400 for all course units commenced within a calendar year.
*Secondary School Age persons who are not enrolled at school (in 2021, these students will be born on or after 1 July 2003, must be at least 15 years old).
**Concession applies where proof of eligibility is provided on application
The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:
a) Persons and dependents of persons holding:
i) Pensioner Concession Card
ii) A Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
iii) A Health Care Card
b) Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
c) Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance
d) Persons and dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution
e) Persons for whom the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper payments are being received
f) Secondary school age persons, not enrolled at school
g) Persons and dependents of persons who are in receipt of services from a selected Commonwealth support or employment services programs
ii) Online Employment Services
Concession must be valid for the full enrolment period to receive the full concession rate. Units commenced after concession expiry will attract non-concession rates. Please note change in concession eligibility for 25 years plus will affect course fee caps.
***Existing Worker Trainee
A person who has already been working with an employer in a regulated education and care service for more than three months full time equivalent, is considered an existing worker. Please refer to DTWD factsheet Guidelines for determining existing worker status for traineeship training contracts.
Please contact Student Services for any queries you have on fees and payments.
On enrolment, students will take up one of the following payment options:
- Pay a maximum of $1500 in nominated instalments;
- Present a signed authority from an employer to invoice that employer for the student’s fees and charge;
- Pay the fee by instalment;
- Make application on the grounds of severe financial hardship for fees and charges to be waived for courses below diploma level or concession-eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses (excluding the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care)
Students who fail to take up one of the above options will not be enrolled.
Students will be invoiced on the commencement of units. Course fees are calculated on the Nominal Hours of each unit set by the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD). Nominal hours do not represent the hours of training or instruction.
Students can pay course fees on the commencement of units which are delivered in unit cluster sets but if it works better financially, all our students are welcome to apply to utilise our option of payment by fortnightly instalment. This is direct debited from the designated account or credit card.
Student’s upfront fees will be calculated (at no more than $1500) and the student will be invoiced accordingly. Where a unit or cluster of units exceed an upfront cost of $1500 alternative payment arrangements will be approved through the Executive Manager Finance.
Waiver due to Severe Financial Hardship
Applications for consideration of severe financial hardship will be managed by the Executive Manager Finance and determined on an Individual basis, taking into account all circumstances. Fee Waivers will follow the requirements for fee waiver assessments of VET Fees and Charges Policy Attachment C.
The applicant needs to establish with documentation that severe financial hardship would result (after reasonable expenses are deducted from income) if Meerilinga pursued the recovery of a fee.
At the sole discretion of the Chief Executive Officer, further tangible evidence of hardship may be requested.
Course/Tuition Fees do not include the cost of recommended reading materials for your course. These can be purchased separately by the student through an external provider. Please note if purchased externally, they must be the correct edition and be purchased before the commencement of your studies. See below for resource information.
Recommended Reading Resource
The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III, 2nd Ed Revised
By: Lorraine Walker
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Australia
Print IBSN: 9781760423377
This resource is available to purchase online for a RRP of $99.95. You can purchase the resource directly from retailers such as Booktopia, Zookal & Jekkle. For those that prefer digital media, an eBook version is also available.
Free training resources are available to download from the Meerilinga website to support student’s learning. All students need access to a personal computer or digital device to view and download additional Student Learning Resources.
Recognition of Prior Learning Fee
Where units are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning a charge of $100 per unit will apply.
Units eligible for Credit Transfer are free of charge.
For more details on Meerilinga fees and charges please Contact Us.
Re-Issue of Record Fee
Where request is made to re-issue a record, a charge of $50.00 for each document will apply eg: certification documentation such as Qualifications and Statements of Attainment.
Deferring and Withdrawing from Course or Unit
Students that are studying a Unit, Certificate or Diploma, not under a VET Fee-Help loan can withdraw from a Meerilinga training course:
- If approached and signed up on the spot, students automatically have a 10 day cooling-off period by law; or
- Prior to the census date, as stated on the student invoice; and
- Must do so in writing, using the approved Deferment/Withdrawal Request Form T642.
This ensures that Meerilinga can appropriately close off the student’s enrolment and maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
Students are able to view their Census Date on all unit invoices or you can calculate your Census Date using the Census Day Calculator here. Students are made aware that if the Census date has passed, they will be liable to pay any fees and charges for units that have been commenced and other costs applicable. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 9489 4021 if you need additional support finding your Census Dates.
Students withdrawing from a unit or course prior to the cooling off period or census date can apply for a refund. Any request for a refund will be assessed in accordance with the Meerilinga Fees, Charges and Refund Policy
Students must read the accompanying Deferment, Assessment Extension and Withdrawal Policy for all options and complete and submit the Deferment/Withdrawal Request Form with supporting evidence.
A student may lodge a complaint with their local consumer protection agency.
- Appeals, Complaints, Concerns and Grievances
Meerilinga Training College ensures that students and clients have access to a fair and equitable process of dealing with appeals, concerns and grievances and provides an avenue for students to appeal decisions which may affect the student’s progress. This includes the student’s right to appeal assessment outcomes, fees and payments and general concern. In the first instance students and clients should discuss concerns directly with the Education Team.
All concerns, complaints, grievances, and appeals and subsequent actions, outcomes and improvements will be recorded and forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer without delay, stored centrally (a copy can be retained where it was lodged). The central records will be used to identify any opportunities to improve our systems and identify appropriate corrective and preventative actions. All complaints and requests for an appeal will be acknowledged in writing and finalised as soon as practicable.
All documentation and records relating to a concern, complaint, grievance or appeal are to be held confidentially. All formal complaints will be attended to within 10 working days of being received.
No costs are associated with lodging a Complaint that is resolved internally by Meerilinga staff. Where a complaint is forwarded on to an external body for review, the costs will be shared by the student and Meerilinga. Students are encouraged to contact the Meerilinga Office for more information in this regard.
Meerilinga is a member of a Mediation Scheme which will handle all complaints and grievances that cannot be resolved internally by Meerilinga. Please contact the Meerilinga office if you require contact details. In the first instance students and clients should discuss concerns directly with the Education Team.
Please refer to our Appeals and Complaints, Grievances and Concerns Policies
- Privacy Notice
Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, Meerilinga Training College is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).
Your personal information (including the personal information contained on this enrolment form), may be used or disclosed by Meerilinga Training College for statistical, administrative, regulatory and research purposes. Meerilinga Training College may disclose your personal information for these purposes to:
- Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies; and
Personal information that has been disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed by NCVER for the following purposes:
- Populating authenticated VET transcripts;
- Facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage;
- Pre-populating RTO student enrolment forms;
- Understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
- Administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.
You may receive a student survey which may be administered by a government department or NCVER employee, agent or third party contractor or other authorised agencies. Please note you may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.
NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the National VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER’s website at www.ncver.edu.au).
All personal and sensitive information is held in Meerilinga archives for a reasonable period of time as per Australian Law dictates. Once this information is no longer required Meerilinga will take reasonable steps to destroy the information or to ensure it is de-identified. Meerilinga also uses an external provider, CTI Records Management, for secure and confidential off-site storage.