Return to Ectarc

ECTARC Updates

Subscribe to receive course, workshop and funding updates please click here 

ACT Traineeships

Traineeships are an excellent way for someone to commence an early childhood career. Many services take on a trainee each year to bring new staff into their centres and provide career opportunities for those wanting to enter the sector.  Traineeship courses give educators an opportunity to pass on their knowledge and skills which they have gained from years of experience working with children. ACT traineeships are funded under User Choice initiatives by the ACT Government. The Australian Government also provides financial incentives to assist with the cost of employing a trainee. 

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care


Training is provided via distance education so trainees are able to complete their studies at the service and home.   

At ECTARC we pride ourselves on the high level of support we provide to our trainees. Our trainees receive:

  • Support and assessment visits at their service,

  • Guarantee of a Training and Development Officer to speak to at all times during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Tuesday nights until 7pm,

  • Email access to their personal Training and Development Officer and

  • 24/7 online training and student portals (providing supplementary resources, a Trainer messaging service, facility to upload assessments, assessment results etc).

      Directors, Nominated Supervisors and/or employers are supported and regularly updated throughout the traineeship on the progress of their trainee.


      ECTARC over 20 years experience of delivering traineeships and won numerous awards that recognise the high quality training we provide.

      Please view our information below on our traineeship courses or call

      Natalie Fernandes, Manager - Funded Programs 

      Phone: 02 4223 1111



      CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

      CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

      CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 



      CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
      CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care


      Download the ACT Traineeship Information handbook for the various traineeship programs offered by ECTARC. 

      All ECTARC trainees are encouraged to read the Traineeship Information Handbook prior to commencement and refer to it throughout their studies. 

      Download here the ACT Traineeship Information handbook


      • Owners/Directors contact their local Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) - Find your local centre at to discuss the requirements of taking on a trainee and information on the financial incentives available.

      • The Owner/Director tells the AAC that they want ECTARC to be the training provider. 

      • Owner/Directors employ a trainee. 

      • An ECTARC Training and Development Officer visits the centre to sign up a trainee, explain the training plan and provide learning materials.Training takes place both on and off the job. Trainees are provided with learning materials and assessment tasks that give them the opportunity to study at a service or from home. Employers give trainees time off the floor each week to complete learning materials. A qualified educator/Teacher from the service takes on the role as the trainee's Workplace Supervisor. The Workplace Supervisor provides support and advice to the trainee throughout the program. 

      • ECTARC provides support to the trainee and employer through contact visits to the centre throughout the traineeship and via regular telephone communications. Every three months a progression letter is sent to the Director to clearly communicate how the trainee or apprentice is progressing with their studies.


      The ACT Training Fee is set by the ACT Government Education and Training Directorate. The current fee for a traineeship course is $350.00.  Further traineeship information

      FIRST AID CERTIFICATE: please note all students must complete the First Aid Certificate HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting with an external registered training organisation at their own expense but this fee will be reimbursed by ECTARC up to the amount of $160.  A copy of the invoice and a Statement of Attainment must be forwarded to ECTARC before the completion of the course. Credit Transfer will be granted for this unit provided the First Aid Certificate is current on completion of the enrolled qualification. Where the First Aid Certificate expires throughout the enrollment period, the student is required to renew this prior to their qualification being issued. To find an external training provider please click here   Please note: reimbursement will only be paid if the First Aid course has been completed after the ECTARC sign up date and in the term of the traineeship.


      ACT Australian Apprentices who successfully complete their qualification are eligible for a completion payment. A completion payment will be paid directly to the Australian Apprentice upon completion of the qualification and a survey. The completion payment is $300 for each qualification. Australian Apprentices will be eligible to receive the completion payment for up to one (1) year after successful completion of the qualification, provided up to date email and bank account details are confirmed. An Australian Apprentice is not eligible for a completion payment where more than 50% of the units are completed through RPL. A significant proportion of units completed through credit transfer may also impact on student eligibility for the completion payment (refer Completing a Training Contract).


      All students will have 14 days access to the ECTARC Training Portal after their course completion date to download content and any completed assessments for future reference. To download completed assessments, go to the relevant unit and click on the ASSIGNMENTS link to view your assessment tasks. Click on the assessment task you wish to copy and then right click on your mouse and choose the PRINT function. Change the destination from your printer to the PDF setting and click SAVE. If you have any questions regarding the saving of your online content, please call 02 4223 1111.

      TRAINEESHIP ENQUIRY FORM If you would like an ECTARC Training & Development Officer to contact you to discuss employing and training a trainee or apprentice please don't hesitate to complete the form below and we will give you a call.

      * Required