Certificate III in Education Support

Certificate III in Education Support

Course Code: CHC30213

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The Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213) is ideal to prepare you for work as a Teacher Aide assisting children to learn and develop in the classroom.

This is Australia’s most current nationally recognised and accredited education support course where you will learn how to help and assist children learn and grow in the classroom, including children living with disabilities or who have other special needs.

If you see yourself supporting students with their development and progress in the classroom, then this is the right course for you.

Certificate III in Education Support – What Will You Learn?

The CHC30213 is Australia’s latest nationally accredited qualification for education support. It is recognised Australia-wide as one of the top courses for anyone wanting to start or advance a career as a teaching assistant or other related roles.

During your online training course, you will learn the essential skills and knowledge required to provide assistance in an educational setting, especially to students with special needs. This teacher’s aide course will show you how to work with other educators in supporting students’ learning, behaviour, and development, and promoting their health and safety.

You will also assist in implementing learning programs, help organise and manage a classroom or education centre, and aid in ensuring that industry and legal requirements are met. Additionally, you will learn how to work effectively with teachers and students from different cultural backgrounds and those with special needs.

This Education Support qualification will give you the skills you need to pursue roles like:

  • ✔ Teacher’s Aide or Teaching Assistant
  • ✔ Education Aide
  • ✔ Preschool Aide
  • ✔ Integration Aide
  • ✔ Special School Teacher Aide

Certificate III in Education Support Course Units

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support consists of 17 units – 12 core units and 5 electives. All elective units in this education support qualification were chosen to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of education professionals.

These units are clustered into 6 workbooks to provide a more holistic learning experience, and reduce ‘doubling-up’ of assessment tasks in two or more course units. This may help you complete your qualification faster.

CHC30213 Core Units

CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS001 – Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
CHCEDS002 – Assist implementation of planned educational programs
CHCEDS003 – Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS004 – Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
CHCEDS005 – Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS006 – Support the development of numeracy skills
CHCEDS007 – Work effectively with students and colleagues
CHCEDS017 – Contribute to the health and safety of students
CHCEDS018 – Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHC30213 Elective Units

CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCEDS011 – Search and assess online information
CHCEDS016 – Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment
CHCEDS025 – Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
HLTWHS001 – Participate in work health and safety

Course Delivery

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have up to 12 months from your start date to complete your Certificate III in Education Support qualification. This course also has a flexible start date which means you can start training at any time throughout the year. You can also study at your own pace, so you can choose to complete your training in less than 12 months!

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered through online training. We used a range of specially developed online resources and support services to help you successfully gain your qualification. Online learning is an extremely popular and effective method of learning which will allow you to study from anywhere in Australia.

How much time should I spend on my course?

This online education support course has an expected study time of up to 1315 hours (including Vocational Placement), depending on your industry experience.

How will I be assessed?

The Certificate III in Education Support is assessed through Case Study, that may include simulated scenarios, portfolio, reports, displays, work samples, role plays, presentations, and questioning. Assessment is also done via Written Questions, and Practicum/Skills Logbook that includes workplace observation, third party evidence, and reflection.

Entry Requirements

While there are no previous qualifications required to enrol in the Certificate III in Education Support, it is preferred that students:

  • ✔ Are 18 years or older
  • ✔ Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English and Math, or equivalent)
  • ✔ Have basic computer skills

Students are also required to:

  • ✔ Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • ✔ Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • ✔ Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • ✔ Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

Support & Resources

As part of your course, you’ll enjoy access to a range of excellent resources and support services, including:

  • ✔ Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • ✔ Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • ✔ Simulations. where applicable
  • ✔ Basic assessment and diagnostic tools such as forms, records, inventories, checklists and surveys
  • ✔ Sample individual education plans (IEP), diagnostic reports, and other assessment and diagnostic materials
  • ✔ WHS industry guides and other relevant organisation policy, protocols and procedures
  • ✔ Information about accreditation standards
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents

Reach Community College is responsible for issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

During your studies, you will also need access to:

  • ✔ A computer with internet access through Google Chrome
  • ✔ Latest MS Word, MS Powerpoint, or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ✔ A video recording device
  • ✔ An audio recording device (where necessary)

Vocational Placement

You must complete a vocational placement in an approved educational environment in order to gain the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. This includes facilities such as:

  • ✔ Government or Private schools (pre-primary, primary, and secondary)
  • ✔ Education Centres
  • ✔ Kindergarten
  • ✔ Special Education Centres
  • ✔ Community Educational Centres

You need to complete a minimum of 100 hours up to a maximum of 240 hours to fulfil the vocational placement requirement and complete your study. This work placement will allow you to gain practical workplace-based experience and solidify the skills you will learn in your teaching assistant course. For more information about education support vocational placements, please visit the FAQ page.

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check, Blue Card or Working With Children Check, and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Study Pathways

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support will help you develop the skills and knowledge to apply for entry level jobs as a Teacher’s Aide or similar roles.

Once you have completed this course, you may continue your training in this field with the:

  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support
    To enable further career advancement into supervisor roles, entry into broad-based community education settings, other support specialisations.

Other courses that may complement your Education Support qualifications include:

Recognition of Prior Learning/Current Competence (RPL/RCC)

Any Learner who has completed any formal or informal training or gained work experience relevant to this education support qualification may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. When applying for RPL, you must provide sufficient evidence of competency for the units offered in this Certificate III in Education Support online course.

To apply for RPL for the Certificate III in Education Support, simply indicate on your enrolment form your intent to apply for RPL. You will then receive an RPL Kit and a call from your Trainer and RPL Assessor to help you collect evidence and identify RPL opportunities.


Student Handbook

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.