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CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

How you will study your course

ECTARC students have access to an online Training portal which holds learning materials and where assessments can be submitted online. Through the Training Portal students can also:

- message their Training Officer
- upload any forms or documents
- view marked assessment tasks - students are notified as soon as an assignment is marked
- access resources - additional information and documentation to support learning.

The Training Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The Training Portal increases communications with students and ensures valuable information is available when required and provides access to their student records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If for some reason you do not have access to the internet please contact our office to arrange an alternative study solution. Hard copies of learning materials can also be provided on request.

ECTARC guarantees that a Training Officer is always available to speak to Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Tuesday evenings 5pm to 7pm.

Nationally recognised

The CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care course is a nationally recognised qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.

Upgrade your Certificate III to Diploma

You may also upgrade from the CHC30708 Certificate III in Children's Services or the CHC30712 Certificate III in Children's Services to CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care. Call ECTARC on 02 4223 1111 for details on the credit you may receive for studies previously completed.

Career prospects

Employment prospects for people holding the Diploma of School Age Education and Care qualification include Nominated Supervisor, group coordinator, group leader, outside school hours care coordinator, outside school hours care educator, program leader, team leader or vacation care coordinator.  

The CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care course is for educators who have the responsibility for the day-to-day management of a before and after school care and/or vacation care service, including planning, implementing and managing programs which address licensing, quality rating systems and duty of care requirements. At this level educators have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers.

Completion time

Average completion time is 24 months via distance study. This is self paced, more time allocated to study will determine when the qualification can be achieved. The full qualification must be completed within 3 years from date of enrolment and regular submission of assessment tasks is required.

Practicum requirements - 240 hours

180 hours - 6-12 years - School age
30 hours must include a child with additional needs (any age group)

Course units

25 units in total - 18 compulsory units and 7 elective units must be completed for this qualification.

FIRST AID CERTIFICATE: please note all students must complete the first aid certificate qualification HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting with an external registered training organisation at their own expense.  A copy of the Statement of Attainment must be forwarded to ECTARC before the completion of the course. Credit will be given for this unit. To find an external training provider please click here 

1.   CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
2.   CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
3.   CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
4.   CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
5.   CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
6.   CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
7.   CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
8.   CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
9.   CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
10. CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
11. CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
12. CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
13. CHCSAC001 Support children to participate in school age care
14. CHCSAC002 Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
15. CHCSAC003 Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care
16. CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care
17. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
18. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Choose 7 electives from this list of units.

1.   BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals
2.   CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
3.   CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
4.   CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
5.   CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early education
6.   CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
7.   CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
8.   BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
9.   HLTWHS003  Maintain work health and safety

The Enrolment Process

Courses can be commenced at any time of the year. 

Students need to read the following documentation
 to understand their rights, responsibilities and ECTARC policies (such as refund policy) before enrolling.

Students need to provide:

  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • verified identification
  • certified qualification/s and/or transcript/s (if applying for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer)

Processing of enrolments and distribution of learning materials can take up to 10 working days. During the 10 days, the ECTARC Assessors review new enrolments to determine if students are eligible for credit transfer. This process must take place to determine which unit a student will be allocated to commence their studies. If students submit qualifications and transcripts for credit transfer consideration, the enrolment and distribution of learning materials can take up to 21 working days. Certified copies of identification (see below) are also required for the enrolment process to be completed. Students can commence study as soon they receive their learning materials and information package. 

Unique Student Identifier number

It s a regulatory requirement that if you're studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, you will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcript) that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results (transcript). One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide students with easy access to their training records and results (transcript) throughout their life.  You can access your USI account online from your computer, tablet or smart phone anytime.
How do you get a USI?

Follow the steps here to get a USI. It is easy and quick to do. When you enrol online you will be required to enter your USI number.

For detailed information on the USI please visit the Australian Government's Department of Industry website at visit 

Verified Identification

To verify a document, the original must be seen, and the copy must be signed and dated by an employer, Director/Nominated Supervisor, ECTARC Training & Development Officer or ECTARC staff member. The person verifying the document must write on the document a statement that says "The original has been sighted. Verified by ", print their name, sign and put the date on the document. ECTARC requires that licences, passports and birth certificates are verified.

Certified documentation

ECTARC is legally required to check that your any qualifications or transcripts you provide are authentic. There are 2 ways this can occur:

1) if you have completed a qualification from 2015 onward, you can give ECTARC access to your online USI records so we can certify your qualifications. Watch this video to see how you can do this or click here to download instructions.


2) send ECTARC certified copies of your qualifications and/or transcripts. Steps to follow:

i) Make a copy of your qualifications, transcripts, marriage certificates and other official documentation

ii) Take the original documents and copies to a Justice of the Peace who will sign the copies to say they are authentic.  You will often find an employee that is a Justice of the Peace at your local post office or bank. Alternately, google 'Find a Justice of the Peace' to locate someone in your local area.  

iii) The original certified copies must be mailed to ECTARC. However, you can upload a copy of your certified copies when you enrol online so you can receive your learning materials quicker. Simply scan your qualifications/transcripts and save it as a PDF or jpeg file to upload. Please note: You do not have to have these documents to complete your online enrolment; the original documents can be mailed to ECTARC at a later date. 

Please note: ECTARC requires all documentation and relevant information before fully processing enrolments. Training will not commence until all documentation is received.  We want to ensure that you get any credit transfer or RPL you are entitled to and that all regulatory requirements are met.