CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Apprenticeship (User Choice)


Within 36 months


Face to Face / Online / Print-based learning


*Textbook Fees Apply


Co-Contribution Fees Apply.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


As this qualification requires mandatory work placement you will need to obtain a Working with Children Blue Card. If your Blue Card application receives a negative notice, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. You may also need to provide a First Aid Certificate, Federal Police Check and/or relevant vaccination records.

To achieve this qualification; CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, fifteen (15) units must be completed including twelve (12) core and three (3) elective units.

Core Units

  • BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
  • CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
  • CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
  • CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
  • CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
  • CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
  • CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
  • CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
  • CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective Units

  • BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
  • CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

The Student Co-Contribution Fee under the User Choice program is dependent on the elective units chosen. Fees are paid at a rate of $1.60 per nominal hour, per unit of competency. This fee may be paid on behalf of the student by their employer or a third party, which must be indicated at time of enrolment. The above is an example unit selection. Elective units can be customised to suit outcomes.

*Textbook Fees apply; however, this will be an additional Employer Cost that is agreed to upfront before training commences. Students are not responsible in covering this cost. Refer to our Schedule of Fees

Full-time: The lodgement of a second training contract where one of the training contracts is full-time will be reviewed by the Department to determine if each of the parties to each training contract can meet their obligations. There must be a clear separation between the training and employment requirements for each training contract and must not be replicated through the one occupation only.

Part-time: Minimum of 15 hours per week over each 4 week period throughout duration of apprenticeship/traineeship.

School-based: School-based arrangements are not recommended at this qualification level. Prior to signing a training contract it is recommended that you contact the department to discuss other available options. While there is no restriction, the Certificate III in Community Services is more appropriate for school-based trainees.

7.5 hours per week of paid employment. This may be averaged over a 3 month period.

Limits have been imposed on the amount of institutional training which may be delivered to school-based apprentices, based on the nominal term of a full time training contract. The limit for this apprenticeship in a school-based mode is a maximum of 33.3% of the competencies.

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Centre Director

If you are a new enrolling student, undertaking Nationally recognised training, you will need a USI number to receive your Qualification/Statement of Attainment. If you do not have a USI you will not be able to receive a qualification. To create a USI account, go to the website:

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