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Distance Courses

ECTARC distance study qualifications 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.

If you are considering a career in early childhood you may like to have a look at this video - interviews with early childhood educators about their experiences -

Accredited qualifications available via distance study

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care         More information       
CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care   More information    
CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care    More information     
CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care    More information     
BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Food Safety Supervisor

Food Safety Supervisor - with Recognition of Evidence Assessment

Click here for information on single unit qualifications such as

  • Safe Food Handling
  • Nutrition and Menu Planning
  • Child Protection

Upgrade your Certificate III to Diploma

You may also upgrade from the CHC30708 Certificate III in Children's Services or CHC30712 Certificate III in Children's Services to the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care. Call ECTARC on 02 4223 1111 for details on the credit you may receive for studies previously completed.

Distance Study Information


  ECTARC Training and Course Guide - this guide outlines each course, entry requirements, how the courses are studied via correspondence, access and equity, welfare services and much more.

   Fee Schedule


Enrolment form enrol online  Please read  Certified copies of identification information below before enrolling.

      Student Information Handbook


Certified copies of identification required

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.

How long do the courses take to complete?

The ECTARC Training & Course Guide outlines the average amount of time each course will take to complete. However, as the courses are self paced - meaning you do it at a pace to suit your lifestyle - it depends on how much time you allocate to study. On average the off-the-job (written assessments) requirements for one unit from the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will take 21 days to complete (approximately 35 hours of study for each unit). On average the off-the-job (written assessments) requirements for one unit from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will take 40 days to complete (approximately 60 hours of study for each unit). Please note: each person brings a different level of skills and knowledge to their studies and this is only a guide as to how long it could take to complete a unit.  Additional hours will be required to undertake practical experience in an early childhood service - see the notes for this under each qualification on this website.  The more time you allocate to study the quicker you will progress through your qualification.  

Practical Experience Requirements

In the Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Education and Care programs most units of competency have an on-the-job component. This means that students must have access to a regulated early childhood education and care service or outside school hours care service on a regular basis. The on-the-job experience gives students the practical ‘hands on’ skills required to achieve competency.  Practicum can be completed at different times throughout a program or in a block (This allows students that do not work in child care to do their practicum during annual leave time). 

Requirements for practicum flyer

RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning

Click here for detailed information about RPL
Information about RPL can also be found in the ECTARC Training and Course Guide

Exceptional Student Support

ECTARC is well known in the early childhood sector for the exceptional support given to students and employers while they are completing their studies with our organisation. The team of ECTARC Training Officers are available at all times 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 5pm to 7pm Tuesday nights to answer your questions. 

ECTARC Student Management Portal

To further support our students, we offer an online Student Management Portal that allows students to:

- view assessment results - students are notified as soon as an assignment is marked.
- upload assessment tasks
- view marked assessment tasks
- access resources - additional information and documentation to support learning.
- send messages to Training & Development Officers
- receive messages from Training & Development Officers
- update personal details

The Student Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The Student 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.

University Articulation

ECTARC graduates who have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification can apply for credit when they are enrolling in a Bachelor of Education and/or Bachelor of Teaching qualifications at various Australian universities. Contact the university you wish to study with for more information.

Charles Sturt University information
University of Southern Queensland information

Statement of Attainment - individual units for professional development

Individual units of any qualification can be studied for professional development. Please view the lists of units for each qualification in the ECTARC Training and Course Guide. PLEASE NOTE: Please be aware that some prerequisite units may be required to be completed before enrolling in some of these individual units - contact ECTARC prior to enrolment.

Call ECTARC today on 02 4223 1111 or email to find out more about ECTARC distance study programs or click here to enrol