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COURSE FEES & POLICIES

Easy fee payment for your course

First Door provides students with a ‘pay as you study’ monthly payment plan, using an automatic payment system linked to your nominated debit or credit card. This allows students to pay course fees over the agreed time frame, based on completing one unit per month.

During the enrolment process, a personalised Student Fees Agreement and monthly fee payment schedule is established for each student, based on the student’s training plan.

The student’s enrolment fee and first unit fee will be invoiced on enrolment, and is payable before course commencement. There is no enrolment fee charged for Government funded students.

For full details, see our Student Fees Policy here.
 

Reduce your course fees with our Government funded Early Childhood courses

Find out if and how you qualify for Government funding here. 

First Door is a pre-qualified supplier for Government funding for Certificate lll or Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care courses.
Through Government funding your fees can be reduced to $25 per unit, or if you are a Year 12 graduate within one year of finishing Year 12 you are eligible to study for free. 

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.

Your course investment

Non-refundable Enrolment Fee $175 
First Door invests in a thorough and personal enrolment process to understand each student’s individual learning needs and to establish the appropriate training plan for each student. This fee is charged to all enrolling students (except Government funded students) and is non-refundable to contribute towards the cost of getting you underway in your course and providing you with your course resources and text books. Your enrolment fee and first unit fee is invoiced to you and payable before you commence training.

Unit fees 
The investment for each unit of the course includes the cost of: First Door unit resources, a workshop, personal mentoring, study support and assessment. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate for their nationally accredited qualification and are invited to attend a graduation ceremony.

Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule Note:
1. If a student changes the way they complete assessment for any of the units in their course, then their payment plan is subject to being adjusted accordingly. For example, if the student later decides to use RPL assessment or Credit Transfer units.
2. If a student is progressing through their course faster than one unit per month, then an additional invoice will be emailed to them for payment, and/or the regular monthly payments will be adjusted to align with their accelerated pace of course completion.

Qualification and funding options Payable by invoice
on Enrolment 
Monthly Direct
Payment
Course Cost
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Higher Level Skills - Govt funded
Enrolment: $0
1st unit: $25
$25 
for 27 payments
$700 course cost: 28 units
28 units of $25 per unit
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Full fee paying
Enrolment: $175
+ 1st unit: $195
$195 
for 26 payments
$5,440 course cost: 27 units 
27 units of $195 per unit
+ HLTAID004 unit fee
Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care
Fee free for Year 12 graduates - Govt funded
$0 No charge:
Fee free
$0 course cost:
18 units
Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care
Certificate 3 Guarantee - Govt funded
Enrolment: $0
1st unit: $25
$25
for 17 payments
$450 course cost:
18 units at $25 per unit
Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care
Full fee paying
Enrolment: $175
+ 1st unit: $195
$195 
for 16 payments
$3,490 course cost:
17 units at $195 per unit
+ HLTAID004 unit fee
Diploma of Leadership and Management Enrolment: $175
+ 1st unit: $230
$230 
for 11 payments
$2,935 total course cost
12 units at $230 per unit

 

Apprentice & Trainee funding option

Enrolment Fee

Unit fee payment Course Cost
Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care
Traineeship student - school student
$0 $0 $0

Certificate lll or Diploma of Early Childhood E&C
Yr 12 Fee-free training as trainee or apprentice

$0 $0 $0
Certificate lll or Diploma of Early Childhood E&C
Free for Under 21s training as trainee or apprentice
$0 $0 $0

Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care
Traineeship student

$0
1st unit: $83

$83 
for 17 payments

$1,445 course cost: 17 units
18 units at $83 per unit

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Apprenticeship student

$0
1st unit: $112

$112 
for 27 payments

$3,024 course cost:
28 units at $112 per unit


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) $165 per unit
Please be advised that a RPL unit requires thorough assessment processes, and requires a combination of: completion of a self-assessment, evidence collection and qualified workplace supervisor's observations based on the performance criteria for each unit.

 

Work Placement fee $95
For enrolling students that are not currently employed in Early Childhood, the work placement fee covers:
• contribution for WorkCover insurance
• work placement handbook, overview and work placement meeting/agreement to be completed
• the blue card student application under First Door

Issuing Replacement Certificates $20 per certificate
First Door will issue replacement certificates subject to receipt of a Statutory Declaration, stating previous enrolled name and address and current name and address and the reason for the replacement. The replacement certificate fee covers the cost of postage and handling.

Fee Protection and Refunds
All fees paid in advance are protected. We safeguard all student fees made in advance until commencement of training to the value of the advanced payment. If First Door has to cancel the course a full refund will be given, including all administration fees.

If a student provides one week notice to cancel prior to the course starting date, they will receive a full refund less the non-refundable enrolment fee. 

If the student still does not commence or submit work within the agreed course timeframe, they will be deemed to be inactive and will have their enrolment terminated without fee refund. First Door will ensure we have followed student support processes to assist the student in completing the course before terminating the course enrolment.

Student Handbook and Policies

See our Student Handbook with student related policies
Policies Booklet 
- last reviewed November 2019