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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.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

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

Education Support Workers at this level:

  • Work alongside parents or carers of children under teacher supervision as part of a Student Support Group formed for students with special needs during difficult life phases - eg diagnosis of an illness or disability, family separation, death, illness.
  • Sometimes 'out of school hours' work with children (eg excursions to Melbourne requiring late returns, evening school concerts etc)
  • Preparation and tidying of room
  • Preparation of materials and resources for class and manual lifting may be required to move classroom equipment
  • Supervision of children, within and external to the school (excursions etc), including the potential provision of First Aid following incidents.
  • May work independently from the main teacher and class.
  • Provide feedback to staff and inform support plans

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

Traineeship - Open from 10th January / 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)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Current National Police Check (no older than 6 months prior to placement)
  • Current Volunteer or Employee WWCC (prior to enrolment)

Inherent Requirements:

  • Work with children and their various and sometimes complex needs: Behavioural, Autism, EAL, Physical and emotional needs, Learning etc - may include some personal hygiene issues.
  • Engage and collaborate with teachers, parents, professionals and provide feedback.
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
Support students' mathematics learning
Support students' literacy learning
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
Support students with English as an additional language
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

Assessment methods may include:

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

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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.

Blended learning:

  • Students undertake training 2 days per week; 1 day on campus, and 1 day in a virtual classroom.
  • Sequencing of units is identified in the student’s timetable.
  • 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.


  • Students are required to complete 160 hours of placement over the duration of the course.
  • Students are required to travel throughout Victoria at their own cost.
  • Placement is made up of 30 days at 5.5 hours per day which can be completed on individual days or block placement depending on the student's and schools' requirements.
  • Placement is organised by GOTAFE and students are unable to choose where they want to go.
  • Students are required to be available for placement on-site between 9AM and 3.30PM Monday to Friday.
  • Placement activities include the completion of assessment tasks and the demonstration of skills and knowledge.
  • GOTAFE uniform is required to be purchased on orientation day.
  • Students are required to participate in physically, mentally, and intellectually demanding tasks, this may include; lifting children, moving furniture, and participating in physical activities. There is continuous bending and squatting to engage with children at their level.


  • This course runs over a 1-year period and students are enrolled part-time.
  • The training comprises of weekly virtual classes via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
  • It is expected that students undertake 85 hours of online self-paced learning of course material on GOLEARN.
  • Trainees are visited on a regular basis at their school for the purpose of training and assessment.

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.

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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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