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Certificate III in Education Support


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Certificate III in Education Support – CHC30213

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Course Overview

The Certificate III in Education Support is the recognised qualification to become a Teacher's Aide.

Get the skills you need to work in any school, with children or young people. You could be working one-on-one with a student, or helping out in a class.

You'll learn how to support the education, learning, and behaviours of children and young people, including students from other cultures and those with disabilities or learning challenges.

You'll also learn to implement education support programs and contribute to the management of the classroom, and gain insight into legislative, policy, and industrial requirements.

For students interested in further study, pathways into teaching are available.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Education sector. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Generalist Education Assistant
  • Education Assistant (Special Education)
  • Inclusion Support Worker
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Education Support Worker
  • School Support Officer
  • Home Tutor
  • Literacy Support Worker

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Certificate IV in Education Support.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

Starts Thu 4th July, 3 Days a Week, 9am to 3.30pm / 2019

Starts Monday 13th Feb, 2 days a week, 9am - 3.30pm / 2020

Starts Monday 20th July, 2 days a week, 9am - 3.30pm / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

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:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
  • Students will also be required to have current and successful Police and Working with Children Checks.
Core Units
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Support behaviour of children and young people
Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
Assist in implementation of planned educational programs
Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
Support the development of numeracy skills
Work effectively with students and colleagues
Contribute to the health and safety of students
Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
Elective Units
Communicate and work in health or community services
Comply with school administrative requirements
Search and assess online information
Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide first aid
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Participate in workplace health and safety
Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
Plan and conduct programs

Assessment methods may include:

  • Presentations
  • Question and answer tasks
  • Scenario’s
  • Simulations
  • Projects
  • Completion of workbooks
  • Demonstrations
  • Workplace observation

Patricia Graham
Campus: Seymour

Britt Andrews
Campus: Wangaratta

Tish Okely
Campus: Shepparton

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 in the workplace, 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.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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