Certificate III in Education Support

Course Code CHC30213
Campus Seymour - Wallis Street
Duration 608 hours

Course Overview

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the recognised qualification to become a qualified teacher’s aide.

The Certificate III in Education Support gives you the skills you need to work in any school, with children or young people. You could work one-on-one with a child with special needs, or help out in a class. If you want to further your studies, there are pathways to further study, including Primary Teaching.

Students will learn how to support the education, learning and behaviours of children and young people, including students from other cultures and those with learning challenges and disabilities. Additionally, they will develop skills in implementing education support programs and contributing to the organization and management of the classroom, while gaining insight into legislative, policy and industrial requirements.

This course is offered on campus, as a school based apprenticeship, a traineeship and can be facilitated as a school based fee for service program under a specific school arrangement.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible on-campus students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Education profession possibly as a:

  • generalist education assistant
  • education assistant (special education)
  • inclusion support worker
  • teacher’s aide
  • education support worker
  • school support officer
  • home tutor
  • literacy support worker

Working in this industry may involve working outside of usual school hours, working with children who have additional needs, and working with parents, families and guardians, as well as other service providers and education staff.
Further studies
After gaining the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support you might wish to undertake further study in CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Seymour – Wallis Street Starts Thu 4th July, 3 Days a Week, 9am to 3.30pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions or work hours.
Training hours may vary depending on the number of units a prospective student, employer or auspice require.

On Campus: Training occurs on campus in Seymour.

SBA /Traineeship: The majority of training is completed “On the Job”, supplemented by a blended delivery approach. This involves interaction with Moodle, participation in forum discussions, workplace training and assessment visits, and attendance at 4 scheduled workshops to cover topics such as legislation, literacy, numeracy, and cultural safety. Webinars and negotiated catch up sessions are offered as required to provide trainees with the support they need to achieve success. Learning resources are provided for all subjects; these contain information and knowledge that will support assessment completion.
It is important that trainees and SBA’s commit to all course requirements, including study, assessments and skills demonstrations.
Workplace attendance requirements are in accordance with employer policies & procedures.

Auspice delivery provided by specific school: Students undertake the course in an external environment, with all aspects of training and assessment completed by the school. The school will outline class times and attendance expectations.

Course Co-ordinator

Name Patricia Graham
Location Seymour

Name Britt Andrews
Location Wangaratta and Benalla

Name Tish Okely
Location Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 608 $4.72 $2,869.76 $7.00 $4,256.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 608 $0.95 $577.60 $7.00 $4,256.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 608 $4.72 $2,869.76 $7.00 $4,256.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 608 $0.94 $571.52 $7.00 $4,256.00
Full Fee 608 $6.97 $4,237.76 N/A N/A
Course Materials 608 $0.35 $212.80 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a pre-training review to assess suitability for the course. This includes documenting previous work experience, prior qualifications and strategies to support study and course completion.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices and trainees only)

Students will also be required to attend a formal interview and have a current and successful Police and Working with Children Checks

Units of Competency

CHC30213 – Core Units

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

CHC30213 – Elective Units

CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCEDS008 – Comply with school administrative requirements
SISXCAI003 – Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
CHCEDS025 – Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
SISXCAI004 – Plan and conduct programs
HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
CHCEDS031 – Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCEDS011 – Search and assess online information

Assessment Methods

There are a number of assessments required to complete each unit/cluster of competence. The method of assessment may include:

  • presentations
  • question and answer tasks
  • scenario’s
  • simulations
  • projects
  • completion of workbooks
  • demonstrations
  • workplace observation
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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