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CHC40221 | 109307J

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Take the next step in your career in education with this intermediate level qualification. Progress your understanding of how to support teachers and students in the classroom.

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TIME 9 months / Full Time NEXT START DATE 29 Aug 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast Wide Bay Burnett
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Online International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$35
Concession
$1,090
Subsidised
$1,090
Full Fee
$4,590
International
$6,200
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Course overview

Take the next step in your career in education by adding to your foundation knowledge with this intermediate qualification. This course is perfect for people looking to progress their career as a teacher aide, working in public or private schools.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service the number of people working as teacher 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 gives you the skills needed to support students in literacy and numeracy, the specific learning needs of individual students, and to work with students with a disability. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the tools you need to support students and teachers in the classroom setting.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a teacher aide across various school settings. It will also give you the skills you need to undertake further studies in education.

What can I do?

  • Education Assistant
  • Indigenous Language and Culture Teaching Assistant
  • Education Support Worker
  • School Officer
  • Teacher Aide

Course outcome:

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Jobtrainer Funded Course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be $35 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 >

Strong industry connections

Our strong relationships and industry connections with schools from prep to year 12 will give you experience across a whole range of educational settings. As well as practical, hands-on training, our students get the chance to meet potential employers before they graduate.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 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
  • CHCECE054
    Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE054
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify different perspectives on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures, develop an understanding of the local and broader cultural contexts, and use the identified information to embed culturally appropriate experiences, interactions, behaviours and physical environments into daily practice with children.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS033
    Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS033
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and comply with legislation, policy and industrial instruments that relate to the education support worker role in school settings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS045
    Support student mathematics learning
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS045
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work with teachers to support primary or secondary students to develop mathematics skills in number and algebra, measurements and geometry, and statistics and probability as included in current curriculum documents.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support student mathematics learning

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS046
    Support student literacy learning
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS046
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work with teachers to support primary or secondary students to develop literacy skills, including oral language, reading and writing skills. It includes the ability to develop literacy resources.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support student literacy learning

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS047
    Assist in facilitation of student learning
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS047
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to facilitate and monitor student learning according to principles of practice used in a school.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Assist in facilitation of student learning

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS048
    Work with students in need of additional learning support
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS048
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to contribute to the planning and implementation of strategies to support students who have challenges that may limit their access to the curriculum and its outcomes.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with students in need of additional learning support

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS051
    Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS051
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work inclusively, and contribute to the planning and implementation of learning support strategies for students with disabilities.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Facilitate learning for students with disabilities

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS056
    Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS056
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to provide support to students who have educational needs associated with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS058
    Support the implementation of behaviour plans
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS058
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to support the implementation of behaviour plans within a school. It includes developing an understanding of relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support the implementation of behaviour plans

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS059
    Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS059
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement work health and safety policies and procedures to support the health, safety and wellbeing of students in an educational environment.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCPRP003
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCPRP003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCPRT001
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCPRT001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bracken Ridge
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 days per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Monday, Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week: Plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday, Wednesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bundaberg
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 1 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Gympie
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time:1 day per week F2F, plus 2 hours of compulsory webinar, plus a minimum of 100 hours of VPC
Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Hervey Bay
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday, Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Maryborough
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
29 Aug 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
17 Oct 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
28 Nov 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $6,200
Mooloolaba
10 Jul 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $6,200
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bracken Ridge
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 days per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Monday, Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week: Plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday, Wednesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bundaberg
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 1 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Gympie
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time:1 day per week F2F, plus 2 hours of compulsory webinar, plus a minimum of 100 hours of VPC
Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Hervey Bay
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday, Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Maryborough
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
29 Aug 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
17 Oct 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
28 Nov 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $6,200
Mooloolaba
10 Jul 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $6,200
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bracken Ridge
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 days per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Monday, Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week: Plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday, Wednesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bundaberg
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 1 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Gympie
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time:1 day per week F2F, plus 2 hours of compulsory webinar, plus a minimum of 100 hours of VPC
Tuesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Hervey Bay
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Tuesday, Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
Maryborough
10 Oct 2022
1 year
Part time: 2 day per week, plus a minimum of 100 hours of Vocational Placement
Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
29 Aug 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
17 Oct 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
28 Nov 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 18 months
Part time 1 cluster per intake
  • JobTrainer: $35
  • Concession: $1,090
  • Subsidised: $1,090
  • Full fee: $4,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $6,200
Mooloolaba
10 Jul 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $6,200

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Certificate IV in School Based Education Support (CHC40221)
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

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
There are no selection criteria requirements for domestic students.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 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

You must 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 and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You may be required to purchase uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items. These details, if required, will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of these uniform items may incur additional costs up to the value of $25.00

Placement

TAFE Queensland School Based Education Support Students are advised to seek advice from Schools about their COVID-19 vaccination requirements for Vocational Placement given the below advice, effective 1am AEST 30 June 2022 & available at this link: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19.

From 1am AEST Thursday 30 June 2022, vaccinations will no longer be mandatory for the following:

Workers in high-risk settings (unless required by their employer) including: early childhood, primary and secondary education, prisons, youth detention centres, watch houses and airports.

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: under the national NDIS Worker Screening protocols, workers (including TAFE Queensland students), who support children/students with a disability should also ensure they have the following.

Prior to placement, you will need to receive and provide evidence of the following checks:

  • You must complete your online NDIS Worker Screening Clearance application at this link - NDIS Worker Screening Unit (WSU), and nominate TAFE Queensland as your employer. There is no cost to students. TAFE Queensland will verify each student because TAFE Queensland students may support students with a disability on vocational placement.
  • If you work with children on vocational placement, you will also need a Blue Card Working with Children Check. This is called Blue Card in Queensland or you will need the equivalent if you are completing your vocational placement outside of Queensland.
  • Please note: you can apply for both the NDIS Worker Screening Clearance and Blue Card by completing a combined application via the NDIS Worker Screening portal NDIS Worker Screening Unit (WSU).

If your 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. 

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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