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

- message their Training and Development 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 ECTARC Training Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The ECTARC 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 and Development 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.

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.

Work placement requirements - 120 hours

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

Please note: Where you are employed in an education and care service that has the required ages/groups, these hours can be completed within your workplace. Where all required ages/groups are not available in your workplace these hours must be completed as a practicum.

Certain units have work placement hours that are required to be completed before the unit is deemed competent. 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 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 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, at their own cost, prior to their qualification being issued. 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 are required to read the following documentation and ECTARC policies prior to commencing the Enrolment Application Form to ensure they understand their rights and responsibilities before enroling:

To complete the enrolment process, students need to provide:

  • A valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • Verified identification (ID)
  • Permission on the USI website for ECTARC to view their USI records (if applying for credit transfer only). Note: Where study was completed prior to 2015 or has not yet been reported, the student must provide a copy of their transcript for ECTARC to verify with the training provider.

Foundation Skills Questionnaire - 'Foundation skills' is the term that Australian Government agencies use to cover both Core Skills and Employability Skills. The five Core Skills are reading, writing, numeracy, oral communication, and learning; and the Employability Skills are teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning, and technology.

ECTARC is required to identify needs of students throughout the enrolment process and to ensure that the qualification is suitable for the student. For those enrolling in a full qualification, after ECTARC receives the Enrolment Application Form, students will be provided access to the relevant Foundation Skills Questionnaire on the ECTARC Training Portal, which must be completed for the enrolment process to be finalised. ECTARC will contact the student to complete the oral component and discuss the outcomes of this questionnaire where required. For students completing a single unit, successful completion of the Enrolment Application Form indicates that the student holds the required Foundation Skills to participate in one unit. If you have specific learning needs, ECTARC encourages you to call the ECTARC office on (02) 4223 1111 and speak to a Training and Development Officer (TDO) and discuss how ECTARC may be able to support you, or if you are unsure if the qualification is suitable.

Processing of enrolments and distribution of learning materials takes 3 business days once all requirements have been completed and received by ECTARC. If you are applying for Credit Transfer, the enrolment and distribution of learning materials may take up to 10 business days as ECTARC is required to verify previous qualifications on the USI website or with the issuing RTO.

You can commence study as soon as you receive access to the ECTARC Training Portal.

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

The Australian Governments' Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) 2015 requires RTO's, such as ECTARC, to authenticate VET qualifications, Statement of Attainments and transcripts that are provided by students for the purposes of granting credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Tod do this students must provide copies of qualifications, Statements of Attainments and/or transcripts to ECTARC and grant permission for ECTARC to view their records on the USI Portal at 

Where permission is not granted, ECTARC will contact the issuing RTO for verification.

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.

Please watch the following video prior to enrolment.