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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 you receive your learning materials. Printed learning materials are posted to students and no additional texts are required. Assessments are submitted online via the ECTARC Training Portal. Students also have access to the ECTARC Student Portal to instantly see results.

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


Commence at any time of the year. Enrol online.

Students need to provide:

  • certified 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. 


Please note: it is a regulatory requirement that original certified copies of your identification (eg. driver's licence or passport), previous qualifications and transcripts (if you wish to apply for Credit Transfer) are provided when you enrol with ECTARC. 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 identification/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. 

If you have completed an online enrolment and wish to send the certified copies by mail at a later date, please put a note with the documents that clearly state your name and the receipt number that will be issued to you after you have completed checkout.

A certified copy means that identification, qualifications, transcripts, marriage certificates and other official documentation must be signed by a Justice of the Peace.  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.  Training regulatory bodies require ECTARC to obtain certified copies of documentation.


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


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).


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. 


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.


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


ECTARC is well known for the high level of support that students are offered throughout their studies. Every student has a personal Training and Development Officer to support and guide them every step of the way. There is always an ECTARC Training Officer available to speak to during office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Tuesday evenings 5pm to 7pm. Questions can also be emailed to your personal Training and Development Officer.

Additional support is also offered to all students with online study sessions, pre-recorded study sessions, online student forum, unit snapshots, FAQs page, resources links page and an interactive online early childhood service that hosts sample policies, procedures, forms and much more.

ECTARC Training and Development Officers hold both early childhood and training qualifications, have worked in the early childhood sector and also undertake return-to-work placements to ensure they have current knowledge, skills and an understanding of what it is like to work on the floor in a service.   

Illawarra Area Child Care Ltd (IACC) manages ECTARC and 12 community owned early childhood education and care services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas. The close working connection between IACC services, management and ECTARC staff ensure that training provided continues to meet the needs of the early childhood sector and regulatory bodies. ECTARC has been delivering training for over 15 years and we are proud to specialise in early childhood training and professional development.

Commence your early childhood career with ECTARC today. Enrol online now!