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Certificate IV in Education Support: Non-Trainee

National Course Code: CHC40213

TAFE NSW Course Number: CHC40213-01V02

Nominal Hours: 705

Full Fee: $8,110
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,320

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

Contact by Training Services NSW

If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of education settings, including public and independent schools and community education settings, who provide assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

Some job roles may require tasks to be performed with a moderate level of autonomy and/or the provision of supervision/leadership to other staff/volunteers.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.


To be enrolled in this course, you are required to provide evidence prior to enrolment of:

- Hold a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance in your State, or qualified for an exemption. Information on the NSW WWCC application is available on https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au. Students residing in other States and Territories will need to provide TAFE NSW with an equivalent probity check (for example, ACT Working with Vulnerable People Check; QLD Blue Card).
- Anyone engaging in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) must have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers can obtain a WWCC for free).


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 15 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 18 months.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, work experience and research.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Are there any additional entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
- to purchase the textbook Supporting Education – 3rd Edition by Karen Kearns (ISBN: 9780170419642)
- access to a computer and internet, including a reliable Internet connection
- to be reasonably, physically fit to undertake the traineeship, as the tasks and activities associated may involve manual lifting and other physical activities
- a valid Working with Children Check for work within NSW
The WWCC is to be verified through the Office of the Children’s Guardian by TAFE NSW and stored on the student’s file.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course: You will need to complete:
- a minimum of 100 hours supervised work placement within a school (K-12) environment that caters for students with recognised additional needs.

You will be required to arrange your own work placement which will be completed progressively throughout the course.

You are required to complete a range of assessment tasks in the workplace. You will need to consider, in consultation with your supervisor, how many hours will be required to complete the tasks and skills required.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children’s Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.


Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
• Meet NSW Health’s - Criminal Record Check requirements;
• Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
• Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Health’s requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:

4. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm

"Yes. Workplace learning is a compulsory component of all OTEN Community Services courses and is completed progressively throughout the qualification. To be assessed as competent in this qualification, students are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours supervised work placement;
You will need to arrange your own work placement within a school (K-12) environment that caters for students with recognised additional needs, who are supported by education support workers. This can sometimes be a difficult process and students are advised to allow plenty of time to make these arrangements;
Students who are currently working or volunteering in a school (K-12) environment that caters for students with recognised additional needs, who are supported by education support workers may complete their workplace hours at their usual place of work;
You will need to have visited your intended work placement organisation and discussed the requirements with your qualified workplace supervisor;
It is the responsibility of the student to research requirements for career pathways before enrolling in a course of study. This includes membership of a professional association, employment, work placement and/or articulation to university."

CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
CHCEDS022 Work with students in need of additional support
CHCEDS031 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS025 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCEDS023 Supervise students outside the classroom
CHCEDS032-UNGRADED Support learning and implementation of responsible behaviour
CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
CHCEDS026 Deliver elements of teaching and learning programs
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCEDS021 Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS027 Support flexible learning in an education environment

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Yes. You will be required to purchase: Supporting Education - The Teaching Assistant's Handbook. 2nd edition Cengage. ISBN: 9780170364379. Approximate cost: $85.00
* Online via the OLS
* Textbook purchased by student
• Logging on to the Online Learning Support (OLS) website
• Reading online learning resources and textbook
• Successful completion of online quizzes, forums, written and workplace assignments
• Completing a range of assessment tasks in the workplace
• Maintaining contact with the Teaching Section

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1,990
Second qualification$2,320
Non-government subsidised fee$8,110

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place. You may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption, or fee free scholarship. Payment made by instalments is available.

You may continue with enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder, to discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241.

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure to read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies, and if you are behind in instalment payments.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
- compulsory textbook; Supporting Education – 3rd Edition by Karen Kearns (ISBN: 9780170419642) RRP $95.00. RRP $95.00.
You will need to regularly refer to this book in order to complete your assessments.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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