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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 access to the ECTARC Training Portal. Learning materials are available via the ECTARC Training Portal (hard copies available on request) and no additional texts are required to be purchased. Assessments are also submitted online via the ECTARC Training Portal. If for some reason you do not have access to the internet please contact our office to arrange an alternative study solution. Enrol online and as soon as your enrolment is processed, you can commence study immediately.

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 - http://vimeo.com/77822566

 
Distance Study Qualifications

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
      Student Information Handbook

 

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

If you have been working in the early childhood education and care industry for a number of years and/or have previously studied you should look at RPL and you might be eligible for credits towards your course.

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