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Working in Early Childhood and completing your Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) with First Door is life changing. This is Australia’s nationally recognised qualification for people starting their career as educators to work in Early Childhood and Outside School Hours Care services.

You will be inspired in active learning workshops, and have study support with a personal mentor to guide you towards best practice. This qualification with First Door enables you to grow in confidence, knowledge and skills to get started in your career - where you can be a part of seeing each child flourish.

Download our EDUCATORS GUIDE for full information about studying the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course with First Door.


FREE Certificate lll unit fees, or pay $25 per unit with our Government funded course fees

First Door qualifies for Government funding for our Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course. Through Government funding, if you are a Queensland resident and Year 12 graduate within one year of finishing Year 12 you are eligible to complete the units throughout this course fee-free. If you are not a Year 12 Graduate in 2017, then your unit fees can be reduced to $25 per unit if you qualify for the Certificate 3 Guarantee. Find out if you are eligible for Government funding here

Note: Further fee exemptions to $10 per unit apply if you have a Health Care Card, or are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. You are also able to apply for full fee exemption from Student Contribution fees if payment of these would cause you extreme financial hardship.


Full time Cert 3 course structure, over eight months 

Enrol now to get started in our full time Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course. The Certificate lll course provides you with practical workplace experience and is a gateway to further career opportunities including Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Bachelor of Education qualifications. You also have the option of transferring your completed units towards the Diploma course in August.
Contact us, or see more information about First Door's eight month, full time course.
ENROL by downloading and completing our enrolment form 

Become a qualified Educator

When you study with First Door, you will be able to support children to:

  • feel good about themselves and to treat others with care and respect
  • feel like they belong - to be connected with others and contribute to their world
  • have wellbeing - to manage their feelings, to have friends and to be healthy
  • become confident and involved learners
  • be able to communicate effectively with others

You will also be empowered to work effectively and positively with children, families and colleagues in an Early Childhood and Care setting, using the Early Years Learning Framework to guide practice.

Part time study course structure

At First Door the 18 units that form the part time Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course are grouped into four related parts. 

  • Part 1: Provide child focused care and education - six units
  • Part 2: Support holistic development - five units
  • Part 3: Inclusion and diversity - four units
  • Part 4: Professional practice - three units

The Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care is to be completed within two years from enrolment date. Thirteen of these units are able to be credit transferred towards the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Completion of the Diploma course prepares you for leadership roles within Early Childhood centres and Outside School Hours Care services.

The First Door difference

At First Door, we believe each child deserves your best. We are committed to ensuring your learning experience and resources are relevant and meaningful. Within this structure we support your professional learning with engaging, interactive workshops in North Brisbane and personal mentoring for each unit within the course.

Start the course when it suits you

Our full time course suits school leavers, or people in a career change that can study full time.
First Door has rolling enrolment for our part time course for when it suits you to get started, at any point of the year from February to November. Part time students start the relevant unit that commences following enrolment and a training plan is built from your start date. 

Structured and Flexible Training Plans

Our structured plan provides students with a monthly timetable to work through a course unit each month from February to November. The structured training plan assists students to stay focuses and motivated, working together with a group of students.

The Flexi plan suits students that are eligible for credit transfers or RPL course units, and are highly self-motivated and prefer flexibility to set their own assesment due dates. 

Interactive Workshops

Our scheduled workshops relate to each unit within the course and provide active learning experiences. These workshops break down the unit information with interactive and practical activities. We encourage discussions with other educators and shared learning together to discover ways to reflect on and improve your practice.

Workplace Mentoring

You will have a regular mentoring meeting with your mentor to discuss each current unit, within specific workplace locations. Meetings are arranged by skype or phone if you are out of these locations. Your First Door mentor is industry experienced and a qualified trainer and assessor. 

Workplace Related Assessment

First Door has designed an assessment workbook for each unit of study to make assessment questions and activities relevant to workplace experiences, and to provide authentic learning. 

... and much, much more!


To enrol

We are here to help you through the enrolment and study process.
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