Certificate III in Education Support

Free TAFE course
Course Code CHC30213
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton
Study Mode Full-time
Length 12 months
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 2 days a week plus placement

Portland & Hamilton campuses via Smart Classroom (the teacher may not always be physically present and may teach via video conferencing).
Course Overview
Introduction

The Certificate III in Education Support has become a very popular teacher’s assistant course in Australia. It’s a nationally recognised education support course which has a special focus on assisting a teacher in a range of different classroom contexts.

This qualification has been particularly popular among parents who are looking for a rewarding career that involves assisting a teacher in the classroom and contributing to the overall growth and development of children while being able to work ‘school hours’ in order to fit in with looking after their own children. It is also well suited to students who have completed Year 12, and are undertaking a gap year.

Additionally, the course provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to study teaching at University.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Education assistant
  • Education support worker
  • Literacy worker
  • Teacher aide
  • Teacher assistant   

Pathways

It is possible to undertake further studies in Education Support at Certificate IV and Diploma levels.

Placement

There is a mandatory requirement for students to undertake 100 hours of work placement in a school environment whilst undertaking their study. This is usually voluntary.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course in Transition

Industry is constantly having input into training packages to ensure course content is relevant and industry specific.  Where this occurs, the course code, title, units and content may change in the future and you may be enrolled into the new qualification.  If relevant, further information will be provided on our website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Entry Requirements for this course include;

  • All applicants must meet with the course- coordinator
  • All applicants will complete a literacy and numeracy assessment
  • All applicants are required to have a Working With Children and Police checks.
  • First Aid certificate required (must be current at time of completion of course)

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 17 units: 12 core and 5 elective.

There is also a mandatory requirement for students to undertake 100 hours of work placement in a school environment while undertaking their study. This is usually voluntary work.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25 $0.00
CHCECE006 Support Behaviour of Children and Young People 30 $0.00
CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment 35 $0.00
CHCEDS002 Assist in implementation of planned educational programs 40 $0.00
CHCEDS003 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains 50 $0.00
CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre 30 $0.00
CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills 55 $0.00
CHCEDS006 Support the development of numeracy skills 50 $0.00
CHCEDS007 Work effectively with students and colleagues 40 $0.00
CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students 30 $0.00
CHCEDS018 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment 30 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCEDS008 Comply with school administrative requirements 30 $0.00
CHCEDS012 Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas 18 $0.00
CHCEDS016 Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment 35 $0.00
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18 $50.00
HLTWHS001 Participate in Workplace Health and Safety 20 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Fees
This is a Free TAFE course

From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Booklist

Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,780.00
Concession rate $360.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $7,410.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $70.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.