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CHC30213 | 095184A 

Certificate III in Education Support

Kick-start your career in education with this entry-level course that will give you the foundation skills you need to get you into the classroom sooner.

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TIME 9 months / Full Time NEXT START DATE 30 May 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On Campus Online Apprenticeships and Traineeships International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$0
Concession
$340 - $375
Subsidised
$340 - $665
Full Fee
$3,675
International
$6,200
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Course overview

Get a head start on your career in education with this entry-level course. This qualification is perfect for those looking to work as a teacher aide across various school settings. It will give you the foundation skills you need to work in private or public schools.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service the number of people working as education aides is expected to see very strong growth in the coming years. This is a very large occupation with around 85,000 job openings expected over the next five years. 

This course covers core skills such as assisting in the implementation of planned learning experiences , supporting the numeracy, literacy and communication skills of students, supporting students at risk, and working with diverse communities. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals are the best in the business and will give you the tools you need to support teachers and students.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a teacher aide or education support worker, as well as giving you the option to undertake further studies in education.

What can I do?

  • Inclusive Education
  • Special Schools
  • Education Assistant (Culturally Diverse School)
  • Indigenous Language and Culture Teaching Assistant
  • Education Support Worker
  • Teacher Aide

Course outcome:

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

JobTrainer funded course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be free for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Get qualified sooner

If you’re already employed as a Teacher Aide and have more than two years’ experience in the role, you may be eligible for a fast-tracked qualification using our recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. Learn more >If you’re already employed as a Teacher Aide and have more than two years’ experience in the role, you may be eligible for a fast-tracked qualification using our recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. Learn more >

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 100 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV002
    Unit description :

    The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE006
    Support behaviour of children and young people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE006
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply strategies to guide responsible behaviour of children and young people in a safe and supportive environment.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Support behaviour of children and young people

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS001
    Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS001
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to maintain compliance with legislation, policy and industrial instruments that relate to the education support worker role. The unit applies to education support job roles in a variety of education contexts including schools and other educational settings. This work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other educational professional.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS002
    Assist in implementation of planned educational programs
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist a worker to support the teacher/s in delivering planned education programs. Classroom-level support is provided to ensure the learning environment is inclusive and relevant, and appropriately resourced and maintained.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Assist in implementation of planned educational programs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS003
    Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to support students with different developmental issues to participate in classroom and other school activities. This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and the work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to student education in all developmental domains

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS004
    Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support the effective functioning of a classroom or other learning environment. It deals with practical issues such as administration, equipment, teaching aids and other supplies. This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS005
    Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required in providing assistance to students who need additional support with their reading, writing and oral language skills. This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and the work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Support the development of literacy and oral language skills

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS006
    Support the development of numeracy skills
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS006
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement numeracy programs as identified by the teacher to assist students requiring additional numeracy support. This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and the work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Support the development of numeracy skills

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS007
    Work effectively with students and colleagues
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS007
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to effectively communicate with students and colleagues. This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and the work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work effectively with students and colleagues

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS017
    Contribute to the health and safety of students
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS017
    Unit description :

    This unit describes skills and knowledge required for teacher assistants to contribute effectively to the health and safety of students. The education support worker implements workplace health and safety instructions and procedures within his or her scope of responsibility and according to direction.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to the health and safety of students

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS018
    Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS018
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by an education support worker to support students with additional needs in classrooms where there are students with a mix of abilities and needs.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bracken Ridge
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Mt Gravatt
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Robina
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Part time - two afternoon/evenings per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Robina
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time: 2 days per week, plus 1 day per week for a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $3,675
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 1 year.
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bracken Ridge
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Mt Gravatt
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Robina
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Part time - two afternoon/evenings per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Robina
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time: 2 days per week, plus 1 day per week for a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $3,675
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 1 year.
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bracken Ridge
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Mt Gravatt
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Robina
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Part time - two afternoon/evenings per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Robina
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time: 2 days per week, plus 1 day per week for a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $3,675
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 1 year.
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bracken Ridge
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Mt Gravatt
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 12 x 6 hour workshops and 6 x 6 hour tutorials
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Robina
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Part time - two afternoon/evenings per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
Robina
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time: 2 days per week, plus 1 day per week for a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $3,675
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 1 year.
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $375
  • Subsidised: $665
  • Full fee: $3,675
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,200
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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International Student Payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

Read this before applying.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
Specific selection criteria may apply to the location where you intend to study.

International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to enter into this course;
  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International; and
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place. TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources Required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Robina campus

The Robina campus will be a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) campus for general learning.  Students are able to access discounted pricing for device purchases via JB Hi-Fi.  TAFE Queensland will have some portable devices available for short term loan and there will also be a limited number of desktop computers located on-site that students will be able to access.  For all the details visit the BYOD page on our website. 

Placement

From 11.59pm 23 January 2022, mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all people working or delivering a service at a school or early childhood education and care setting. This includes contractors, volunteers regulators and auditors. Workers will need to have received 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccination by 17 December 2021 and the second dose by 23 January 2022. Learn more about the vaccination requirements for workers in high risk settings.

For further information about mandatory vaccinations for workers in all education settings, please visit the mandatory vaccinations page.

Schools located in areas where restrictions are currently in place: read the latest news and information.

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. Your vocational placement will be conducted in line with school hours and activities and will be approximately 6 hours per day. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Please note: prior to placement you will need to complete a Criminal History Check (yellow card) and apply for a Blue Card (working with children check). 

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements, which may include an additional cost of approximately $45 for a Criminal History Check.

Need to know

For all students who are undertaking courses that include Vocational Placements in a high risk workplace, Queensland Health has directed that students must declare your COVID-19 Vaccination status and evidence to either TAFE Queensland or the placement provider. 

This may require you providing us or the placement provider information on:

  • Your vaccinate status
  • Last date of vaccination
  • Evidence of vaccine status

Where this information will be collected as part of your application and / or enrolment process.  Any data collected will be managed under the TAFE Queensland Privacy Policy.

This requirement is in place for all students in affected courses, including TAFE at School students.

Those students who have a medical contraindication may be unable to complete the vocational placement component of their course. This means you may not be able to meet all of the requirements of your course and may not be able to graduate or receive your qualification.

If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact our COVID hotline on 07 3307 4789.

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When studying online it is strongly recommended students follow the order of study and enrol in no more than two units per intake or the units required to complete a cluster/stage, unless otherwise advised. 

Replacement qualification
This qualification has been replaced by CHC30221 - Certificate III in School Based Education Support, as of 18 July 2021. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 20 January 2023.

International Important Information

Blue Card: Commission for Children and Young People Act 2000 (Qld) contains a new law to help ensure that people seeking to work with children are suitable. This is called 'the working with children check'. Any person wanting to work in regulated employment, as a paid employee, a volunteer, or a person carrying on a regulated business, will have to fill out a Blue Card application form consenting to a criminal history check prior to his or her appointment or engagement. Students will be unable to attend Vocational Placement until they hold a valid Blue Card. Once enrolled, students need to make an appointment for the Teacher to sight their ID and sign their Blue Card application form. The teacher then arranges for the application to be lodged with Blue Card Services for processing and final approval.

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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