CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of workers who assist teachers and support student learning in a range of classroom settings. They complete general administrative as well as operational tasks to support students with learning under the guidance of a teacher or other educational professional. Work requires use of discretion and judgement within the boundaries of established policies and procedures. 

Education support workers work mainly with students in classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation. To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 100 hours of work in a classroom environment catering to primary or secondary school students, within at least one school in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. Education setting - Classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation

Student Selection

Persons with the language, literacy & numeracy skills to fulfil their job role & complete course AND meet industry vaccination mandates

Student Intake

All year (except for end of year closure)

Delivery Mode

Online with support from CTA Trainers and Assessors

Course Duration

Maximum 18 months part-time or 6 months full-time

Practical Component


Student must be either employed and working in a classroom setting in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation OR be able to secure a Volunteer Placement for a minimum 100 hours on enrolment (confirmation required)


Course: 15 units (10 core plus 5 elective units) plus mandatory 100 hours working in a school as a teacher-aide
Timeline: Course Completion: maximum time 15 months
Course Payment: maximum time 56 wks FFS students



Certificate 3 Guarantee


Co-contribution fees


$30 on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID011 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment 


$15 on enrolment for concession card holders on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID011 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment


Eligibility for a C3G training subsidy by the QLD State Govt. includes.

  • be a Queensland resident
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • not hold a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training)
  • not be enrolled in another qualification (not including foundations skills training).

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

Applicants / Students - Refer to the QLD Govt. VET Investment Plan Student Factsheet below for more information


Fee for service $3100.00 ($300.00 enrolment fee followed by 56 weekly payments of $50)
Face-to-face classes On application and group basis
VETiS (Schools) As per school PA

The Enrolment fee (if applicable) is non-refundable as are courses fees once students commence training. Fees and conditions are aligned to government funding conditions. Refer to fee policy on enrolment form for further information.

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12 Compulsory Units
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people C
Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment C
Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs  C
Contribute to student education in all developmental domains C
Support the development of literacy and oral language skills C
Support the development of numeracy skills C
Work effectively with students and colleagues
Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment C
Support responsible student behaviour
5 Elective Units
Provide Fist Aid E
Identify and resport children and young people at risk E
Work with students in need of additional learning support E
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety E
Set up and sustain learning areas

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How is the Course Delivered & Assessed?

The course knowledge is delivered and assessed online. Concurrent to gaining knowledge you will either be working or volunteering in a primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation to learn, and practice the practical skills imbedded into the course. Evidence relating to your practical skills is gathered by the assessor and involves a mix of observations, supervisor reports and projects, depending on the unit requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Have you gained knowledge and skills through your work, life experience, training or education? You may be halfway to a qualification and not realise it. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may be able to have your skills formally recognised. Recognition of your current skills and knowledge can occur through credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.

What Is Involved?

As part of the recognition of prior learning process an assessor will determine if you hold the knowledge and skills relevant to the unit/course you are seeking RPL in. This involves you answering a set of questions for each unit and providing proof that your skills and experience are current within the school community.

Credit Transfer (CT)

If you have completed past studies in areas related to the qualification you plan to enrol in you may be eligible for credit transfer. You will need to provide a Statement of Attainment matching the unit of competency you are seeking credit for.


Learning resources supplied online (CTA trainers will show you how to use the online system) are included in the course cost. Additional charges will apply for printing of learning resources, if requested. Please check before enrolment.

Job Roles

Teacher aide


On successful completion of all units within this qualification, participants may receive a Certificate III School Based Education Support

Course Pathway

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Industry Placement

Students enrolling in this program will be required to complete a mandatory 100 hours in a classroom setting in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation

Centrelink Eligibility

If you are eligible for assistance, contact Centrelink for details of study assistance for this course before enrolment.

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