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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 or Flexible learning, and have study support with a personal mentor to guide you towards best practice. If you live in Queensland, but are not able to attend our North Brisbane workshops, you can enrol in First Door's engaging Flexible learning course.

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 2018, 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 can apply. See our Fees and Policies information 



Full time Cert 3 course, facilitated over nine months OR Part time course, facilitated over 18 months

Our full time course suits school leavers, educators working part time, or people on a career change that are able to commit to completing the course and the required workplace hours on a full time basis. Contact us, to find out more information about First Door's nine month, full time course starting on 23rd January 2019.

The part time course is paced for you to complete one unit per month, if you are working longer hours or 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 January to November. Part time students start the relevant unit that commences following enrolment and a training plan is built from your start date.

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.
Enrol now to get started in our Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course. To enrol, download and complete our enrolment form then email this to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 to provide you with the confidence, knowledge and skills to be an Early Childhood professional. 

Flexible eLearning

First Door facilitates Flexible eLearning to students throughout Australia.  We partner with you to be your best professionally, no matter where you live in Australia, with:

  • inspiring and helpful resources and assessment guides for each unit of study
  • interactions and collaboration with students completing the same unit
  • zoom meetings with your personal mentor to share information
  • study support
  • practical assessments so you can put your learning into practice as you complete each assessment workbook

Structured or Flexi Training Plans

Our structured plan provides students with a monthly timetable to work through course unit/s each month from January/February to November. The structured training plan has unit start dates and due dates to assist students to stay focused and motivated. If you live in Brisbane and nearby surrounds, you will enjoy participating in regular, inspiring workshops to start each unit and to engage with other educators focusing on best practices.

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

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 zoom 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. 

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.


Becoming a qualified Educator

When you study with First Door, you will learn 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.

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.


To enrol

We are here to help you through the enrolment and study process.
To enrol download an enrolment form and return the completed form to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enquire Now to learn more