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Certificate IV in Education Support


Certificate IV in Education Support CHC40213

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Education Support is the recognised qualification to work in an Education Support role. You'll provide classroom assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

This course can be delivered on campus and is also available as a traineeship or through flexible delivery.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in Education Support. 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 at the Diploma or university level.

There are no formal pathway arrangements in place for students completing this qualification, however it is considered as an ATAR alternative for many degrees.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Trainee / SBAT - Open from 11/01/2021

Blended - Open from 04/10/2021 - Mon & Tues - 9am to 4pm/2021

Traineeship - Open from 10th January / 2022

Blended - Starts on 15th Feb - 2 days per week Mon,Tues - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Wang/Benalla -Flex/Blend - Open from 07/10/2021 - Thur & Fri - 9am to 4pm/2021

Blended - Starts on 17th Feb - 2 days per week Thurs Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

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 2021 and may change without notice.

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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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.
  • Provide a current and successful Police Check
  • Provide a current Working with Children Check
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 facilitation of student learning
Work with students in need of additional support
Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
Support learning and implementation of responsible behaviour
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas
Support students with English as a second language
Support students' mathematics learning
Support students' literacy learning
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

Assessment methods may include:

  • Presentations
  • Question and answer tasks
  • Scenarios
  • Simulations
  • Projects
  • Workplace observation

Students are required to purchase a GOTAFE Education Support polo shirt and to wear this when participating in community events, whilst on excursions and during practical placement.

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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 or employer.

On-campus: Students undertake training full-time 2 days per week; 1 day on campus, and 1 day in a virtual classroom. You will be required to undertake 160 hours of placement over the duration of the course.

Industry-based training: This course is delivered over a 12-month period. Students attend weekly virtual classrooms via Microsoft Teams or Zoom which equates to 90 hours over the duration of the course.

Trainees: This course runs over a 1-year period and students are enrolled part-time. Training comprises of weekly virtual classes via Microsoft Teams or Zoom and it is expected that students undertake 85 hours of online self-paced learning.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

Find how to reach out to our library in Shepparton

Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

Reach out to our Skills and Jobs Centres

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

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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