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Certificate III in Education Support: Non-Trainee

National Course Code: CHC30213

TAFE NSW Course Number: CHC30213-01V03

Nominal Hours: 567

Full Fee: $7,150
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,930

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  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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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.

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Education Support will get you qualified as an in-demand learning support officer or teacher aide in the evolving education sector. Learn how to support students with varying and additional needs to get the most out of study and make a difference in the lives of young people.


Through theory and practical course work you will learn to:

- Contribute to the preparation and implementation of classroom programs and lesson plans
- Identify student development opportunities
- Respond to behaviour and specific needs
- Apply curriculum
- Record and assess student progress


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this field, including:

- Well developed communication and interpersonal skills
- Patience, responsibility and compassion
- Passion for education and helping others learn


Complete this course and gain a nationally recognised industry qualification that will help you to make an impact in your work.

Career opportunities include:

- Teacher aide
- School learning support officer in public and private schools
- Education support worker in community education services
- Home tutor


Complete this course and move directly into the Certificate IV Education Support to gain a greater depth of experience and enhanced employment opportunities.

Then, take your career further with a degree:

- Bachelor of education - primary
- Bachelor of education - secondary


There has been demand for teacher aides since 2011 with significant continued job growth expected through to 2023. An anticipated 85,000 jobs will open over the next 5 years. Also in high-demand are teaching assistants in mainstream schools to support students with disability and learning difficulties.

A qualification from a trusted educator like TAFE NSW will help you stand out from the crowd.


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 18 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 6 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 Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To enrol in this course, you will need to provide evidence of the following:

- National Police Check
- Signed consent from your parent or guardian if you are under 18 years old
- A valid Working with Children Check

**Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)**

All students will undertake an LLN Indicator tool before starting the course, to identify both strengths and skills gaps, so that we can determine any support needs. You will need LLN skills at Level 2 to achieve the course outcomes.

If you have difficulties with the literacy and numeracy requirements of the Certificate IV in the Education Support course, a number of options will be explained to you.

**Specific requirements for TAFE Digital students**

This course is offered online, however, you still need to attend the mandatory hours of work placement plus the eight hours of mandatory face-to-face training for First Aid.

When you apply for the course, TAFE NSW will get in touch to check your suitability and access to an approved workplace for assessment.

**First aid**

Before your enrolment you need to agree to one of the following options for completion of First Aid:

- Attend Strathfield campus for one of the arranged First aid training and assessment sessions
- Attend another TAFE NSW campus for a First aid training and assessment session - you must arrange this prior with your teacher
- If you are unable to attend a TAFE NSW campus, you will need to obtain your First Aid certificate with another provider. We will adjust your fee at enrolment or when you submit your certificate.

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).

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.

Student Readiness for Work Placement documents must be submitted before commencing work placement – they include:
- a Workplace Learning Agreement
- WHS Risk Assessment
- Student Code of Conduct
- a Workplace Notification form

Student eligibility for work placement:
Before commencement of work placement students will require:
- a completed National Police Check
- a valid Working with Children Check for work within NSW
- organisations that agree to offer work placement for students must also be provided with the student's WWCC.

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 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.

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.

**Video recording**

If you are in a remote location, you may need to provide video evidence for assessments in the workplace. When you apply and it is identified you are in a rural location, an email questionnaire will be sent to you outlining more detail on work placement and video requirements.

All video requirements must include parental permissions and release forms wherever relevant, and should be completed on the equipment at your work placement to help maintain client confidentiality.


There are no licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practice responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a classroom or simulated environment.

This course has a mandatory 100 hours of work placement to enable you to apply your learning in a practical environment.

TAFE NSW will support you in coordinating your work placement agreement within a school (K-12) environment that caters for students with recognised additional needs.


Work placements generally only begin once you have had significant contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from on-the-job learning and performing workplace duties.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you are:

- Reasonably fit and flexible to carry out first aid responses like CPR while kneeling on the floor
- Able to access a K-12 school that caters for students with recognised additional needs, and can undertake the 100 hours of work placement.

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, however it is estimated students studying via distance education will normally require extra hours in the workplace as assessment in simulated environments is not always available.
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.

CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
CHCEDS007 Work effectively with students and colleagues
CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCEDS003 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS009 Communicate with parents, students and colleagues in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS006 Support the development of numeracy skills
CHCEDS018 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
CHCEDS012 Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas
CHCEDS002 Assist in implementation of planned educational programs
CHCEDS008 Comply with school administrative requirements
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students

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 a textbook: Supporting Education - The Teaching Assistant's Handbook, 2nd Edition. Cengage Learning: 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$1,600
Second qualification$1,930
Non-government subsidised fee$7,150

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.

You will need to regularly refer to this book in order to complete your assessments.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

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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