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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


  • Distance study,
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or 
  • Traineeship program (delivered via distance study in NSW, one-on-one training at the service in QLD) 

  • Fee Schedule


    Commence at any time of the year. Enrol online.

    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 for consideration, the enrolment and distribution of learning materials can take up to 21 working days.  Students can commence study as soon they receive their learning materials and information package.  


    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!