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ECTARC announced as an approved provider of new CHC qualifications
ECTARC has been announced as an approved provider of the new CHC qualifications: CHC30113 Certificate III..


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Early Childhood Training And Resource Centre

The Early Childhood Training And Resource Centre (ECTARC) is a leading Australian registered training organisation that specialises in early childhood training and professional development.  ECTARC is committed to excellence in the delivery of training that fosters educators that can provide high quality education and care to young children.  

Educators currently employed in early childhood services, school leavers and unemployed people who wish to commence an early childhood career, study with ECTARC as they can do it via distance study from any location throughout Australia, study at their own pace and know that they will receive a qualification that is well respected by employers in the early childhood sector.  ECTARC's training has been recognised with numerous awards; the most recent being the winning of the 2012 NSW Small Training Provider of the Year at the NSW Training Awards.

ECTARC is also a leading provider of training to trainees and apprentices in early childhood services in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote services throughout NSW and QLD.  

Exceptional Student Support

ECTARC is well known in the early childhood sector for the exceptional support given to students and employers while they are completing their studies with our organisation. The team of ECTARC Training Officers are available at all times 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 5pm to 7pm Tuesday nights to answer your questions. For additional support there is a student resource website (FAQs, links, forum etc) and free online study sessions that students can choose to be part of at any time. ECTARC Training Officers also go to services to visit trainees and apprentices.

Browse, call or enrol now!

View our website for course, traineeship, apprenticeship and professional development information or call to speak to one of our friendly, qualified ECTARC Training Officers about your training needs on 02 4223 1111 (NSW) or 07 3345 8272 (QLD). If you know what course you wish to commence please click this link to enrol now - http://www.ectarc.com.au/enrol-online.htm

Distance Study Courses - Commence study at any time of the year




The Qld Government is providing funding for QLD residents to study the Certificate III - click here for details

•  Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113  

•  Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113

•  Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care CHC40113

•  Diploma of School Age Education and Care CHC50213

•  Certificate II in Community Services

•  Safe Food Handling

•  Nutrition and Menu Planning

Child Protection - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCPRT001

Ideal for Certified Supervisors - Facilitate compliance in an education and care setting CHCECE019

ECTARC Distance study courses can be studied from any state in Australia and commenced at any time of the year. For detailed information on all courses download the ECTARC Training & Course Guide.  Enrol today online or download the enrolment form.

Traineeship and Apprenticeship Training

ECTARC is a government approved provider of traineeships and apprenticeships and has been successfully delivering training to students in rural, remote and metropolitan areas of NSW and QLD since 1988. Thousands of students have gained their qualification and then stayed with ECTARC to gain their early childhood Diploma. ECTARC enjoys ongoing relationships with the owners, management and staff of early childhood services through NSW and QLD as they continue to give employment and career opportunities to new trainees each year. In NSW, ECTARC delivers the Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma traineeships via distance study, complimented with face to face sign up and contact support visits at the service. In Queensland, ECTARC delivers the Certificate III, Diploma and Advanced Diploma traineeships and apprenticeships training via face to face workplace visits. Learn more....

School-based Traineeships

ECTARC has many high school students studying the Certificate III in Children's Services while they are working towards their secondary school certificate. Traineeships and apprenticeships are a great way to commence training for a vocational qualification and earn a way while completing the senior secondary certificate. Careers Advisors, parents and students are invited to call Natalie Fernandes, ECTARC Student Co-ordinator on 02 4223 1111 or email natalie@ectarc.com.au to discuss how a School-based traineeship can be commenced. For a brief overview, click here for an Australian Government School-based apprenticeships brochure. 

Professional Development Workshops, Webinars and Inservices

ECTARC offers a wide range of face to face workshops, online workshops and customised inservice workshops to meet the needs of the early childhood sector.  Ongoing professional development is the key to keeping staff well educated, motivated, inspired and delivering high quality education and care. At ECTARC, we are passionate about offering current, informative and exciting professional development opportunities that reflect best practive and meet the needs of the early childhood sector.  View our workshop calendars to see when the next training opportunity is available in your area or online workshop is scheduled. If you would like customised training for your service call Cynthia Cuoco, ECTARC Workshop Coordinator on 02 4223 1111 or email cynthia@ectarc.com.au

Face to face workshops

NSW Calendar         QLD Calendar

Interactive Online Webinar Workshops

The online webinar workshops have proved so popular that we are constantly adding new topics to our calendar.  Visit our online workshops page for upcoming workshops and sign up to ECTARC Updates (top left hand side of this page) - an email is sent out to notify when new workshops are added to our calendar.

Customised workshops held at your service

If you do not find an online or face to face workshops that meets your needs, ECTARC can customise a workshop to present it to your staff at your service or preferred location.  Many services join with other services in their area to hold professional development training. For further details about inservices click here or call to discuss your options with Cynthia Cuoco, ECTARC Workshop Coordinator on 02 4223 1111 or email cynthia@ectarc.com.au    

Student Support - discover the many ways ECTARC students are supported


ECTARC is well known for providing a high level of student support. Every ECTARC student is allocated a personal Training Officer to support them throughout their studies. Students will be able to correspond with their personal Training Officer by telephone and email. ECTARC also has a team of Training Officers to speak with at all times during office hours and on Tuesday evening phone support nights.  Students also have the option to participate in live interactive online study sessions or view pre-recorded study sessions, unit snapshots, and the FAQ information page for additional learning resources.  The ECTARC online student forum is also an excellent way for students to connect and learn.

Call to speak to an ECTARC Training and Development Officer about how you can commence study today on 02 4223 1111 or email info@ectarc.com.au