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10751NAT

Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Get a head start on your teaching career with this entry-level qualification designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: RATEP sites via Cairns Start date: 06 Feb 2023 Duration: up to 2 years
STUDY LOCATIONS Far North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus TAFE at School
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$1,185
Subsidised
$1,545
Full Fee
$4,365
TAFE at School Subsidised Fee
$0
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Course overview

Get a head start on your teaching career with this entry-level qualification. This course is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is offered to both high school students and adult learners.

This course will teach you essential skills in education support including supporting students with developmental issues, assisting with activity sessions, and guiding responsible behaviour in a safe and supportive environment. You'll also learn how to use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education such as developing Indigenous language and culture lessons, producing work that expresses Indigenous identity, and communicating with parents, students and colleagues in Indigenous language.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek work as a qualified teaching assistant. You will also be able to take advantage of our pathway options and apply to progress into a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University.

What can I do?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker
  • Teacher Assistant

Course outcome:

10751NAT Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Community-based education

This course is offered through RATEP — a community-based teacher education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The program provides a direct pathway for people in remote, rural and regional areas to become qualified teachers or teacher assistants. Students may study at one of several RATEP sites throughout the state or via an offsite delivery model.

Indigenous student support

Our Indigenous Student Support Officers (ISSOs) provide tailored support designed to meet the unique needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. ISSOs can provide assistance with enrolment processes, Centrelink ABSTUDY enquiries, tutor support, referrals to other community service providers, and personal support.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all units listed below. You will also be required to undertake 100 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • AIESCT001
    Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with science inquiry
    UNIT CODE :
    AIESCT001
    Unit description :
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with science inquiry

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • CHCEDS010
    Work effectively as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander education worker
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS010
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education worker to manage their work performance in a range of education environments.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work effectively as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander education worker

  • 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
  • CUAATS111
    Develop understanding of own Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAATS111
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop understanding of the cultural and intellectual properties of one’s own cultural identity.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop understanding of own Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAATS312
    Produce work that expresses own Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAATS312
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to express own cultural identity through artistic practice.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce work that expresses own Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCEDS024
    Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCEDS024
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support, contribute to and coordinate education opportunities for students, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
RATEP sites via Cairns
06 Feb 2023
up to 2 years
Part time including Residential blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,185
  • Subsidised: $1,545
  • Full fee: $4,365
RATEP sites via Cairns
06 Feb 2023
1 year
Full time including Residential blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,185
  • Subsidised: $1,545
  • Full fee: $4,365
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
RATEP sites via Cairns
06 Feb 2023
up to 4 terms
Part time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
RATEP sites via Cairns
06 Feb 2023
up to 2 years
Part time including Residential blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,185
  • Subsidised: $1,545
  • Full fee: $4,365
RATEP sites via Cairns
06 Feb 2023
1 year
Full time including Residential blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,185
  • Subsidised: $1,545
  • Full fee: $4,365
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
RATEP sites via Cairns
06 Feb 2023
up to 4 terms
Part time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0

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Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (10751NAT)

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Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

COURSE CODE: 10751NAT
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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Selection criteria

Student applicants must complete an application form which includes a detailed written recommendation by the school’s Principal, VET Coordinator or Senior Teacher for the student to undertake the studies. As well, applicants undertake a supervised online English and Maths assessment which is aligned to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). However, this assessment is not required if the student can provide evidence of a sound result or higher (ie. C or above) from their previous year of school studies (ie. Year 10) in English and Maths.

Adult applicants with no previous classroom work experience are acceptable as Certificate III students. English and Maths pre-enrolment acceptance tests must be undertaken. These tests are a supervised online English and Maths assessment which is aligned to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Whilst this course has no specific entry requirements, the unit CUAATS101 - Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identity requires interpretation of one's own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island cultural identity in order to complete the unit of competency. Due to this requirement, enrolment into this core unit is limited to those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Students who do not identify as Indigenous or Torres Strait Islanders who complete all other units in this qualification will only receive a Statement of Attainment.

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.

Placement

During your course you will be required to complete vocational placement at a RATEP location so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland will assist in arranging 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 100 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Need to know

This course is offered through RATEP. RATEP is a community-based teacher education program that provides a direct pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote, rural and regional locations to become registered teachers or qualified teacher aides. The RATEP program is a partnership between TAFE Queensland North Region, Queensland Education Department and James Cook University. Currently there are several RATEP sites throughout the state, providing teacher training at the Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma levels. Students are also able to study via an offsite delivery model with teaching support using online technology and regular phone, email and SMS communications.

RATEP locations are as follows:

  1. Barambah
  2. Cairns West State School
  3. Mackay
  4. Mareeba
  5. Maryborough
  6. Mount Isa
  7. Ravenshoe
  8. Rockhampton
  9. St George and Surrounding Region
  10. Toowoomba
  11. Townsville
  12. Yarrabah
  13. Off-site delivery state wide

If students in Queensland are unable to access a RATEP site, there is also study available via an offsite delivery model with teaching support using online technology and regular phone, email and SMS communications. Fully funded residential blocks in Cairns are also offered as part of the course. Students completing the Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education receive one year's credit towards a Bachelor of Education through James Cook University.

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. 

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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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