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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

ECTARC offers the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as a distance study qualification that can be studied from any location within Australia. ECTARC students come from regional, remote and metropolitan areas of every state. You can enrol at any time of the year and commence study as soon as your enrolment has been processed.

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 CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package. 

Career prospects

This an entry level qualification for anyone wishing to commence a career in the early childhood sector for someone who has been working in the industry for a number of years who wishes to formally recognise their knowledge and skills.

The Education and Care Services National Regulations state that an educator at a centre-based service who is educating and caring for children preschool age or under are required to meet the relevant educator to child ratios for the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification (Section 126 b). A family day care educator must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification (Section 127).

Completion time

Average completion time is 12-18 months. This is self paced, more time allocated to study will determine when the qualification can be achieved. For example, a student that studies full time may be able to complete the program in approximately 12 months. The full qualification must be completed within 2 years from date of enrolment and regular submission of assessment tasks is required. 

Practicum requirements - 120 hours

30 hours - Birth-2 years - Babies practicum
30 hours - 2-3 years - Toddler practicum
60 hours - 3-5 years - Preschool practicum

Please note that certain units have practical work placement hours that are required to be completed before the unit is deemed competent. These hours can be completed within your practicum. ECTARC TDO”s can provide further information on this.

Course units

There are 18 units in total - 15 compulsory units and 3 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 

These are the units you will study:

1.   CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
2.   CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
3.   CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
4.   CHCECE003 Provide care for children
5.   CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
6.   CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
7.   CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
8.   CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
9.   CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
10. CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
11. CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
12. CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
13. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
14. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
15. HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety


Choose 3 electives from this list of units.

1.   CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
2.   CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
3.   CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
4.   BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
5.   CHCSAC004 Support the holistic development of children in school aged care
6.   CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

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.