Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Free TAFE Pathways Program
Course Code CHC30221
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus, Online, Workshops
Length 12 months
Commencement Register interest for 2024
Timetable Two days a week on campus. Wednesday and Thursday, 9am - 4pm
Course Overview

This nationally recognised education support qualification 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. It involves assisting a teacher in the classroom and contributing to the overall growth and development of children. Education Support roles typically work during ‘school hours’ that fit in with parents that look after their own children.

It is also a great course to undertake during your gap year. It provides an excellent grounding if you wish to continue to study teaching at university.

We also offer this course as a traineeship, enabling you to earn while you learn.

What will I Learn?

During this course, you will gain hands-on skills and experience in:

  • supporting numeracy skill development
  • how to work with students and colleagues
  • supporting learning for students with disabilities
  • supporting students with additional needs
  • supporting the behaviours of children and young people
  • assisting in the implementation of planned educational programs
  • contribute to the organisation and management of the classroom
  • supporting the development of literacy and oral language skills

Mode of delivery

This course is two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 4pm.

Assessment will be completed and uploaded to SWTAFE Online, learning resources will be supplied.

You will also be required to complete 100 hours of placement. The structure of the placement will be negotiated with each student, but we encourage you to spread your time in the workplace over the full duration of the course.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Education assistant
  • Education support worker
  • Literacy worker
  • Teacher aide
  • Teacher assistant
  • Special needs education assistant   


After completion of this course, you may choose to advance your skills and continue further study in the Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.  Gain employment as an educational support worker within an educational setting.  Alternatively undertake a Bachelor of Education.


You will be required to undertake 100 hours of work placement during the course. Placement will be arranged by SWTAFE. Placement will be Monday and/or Tuesday. Placement will commence in the term 2/3 after completion of 6 units. 

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 Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

  • Obtain a Police Check (any disclosures will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Provide a Working with Children Check (any disclosures will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Be at least 17 years of age

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 15 units: 10 core and 5 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment 35 $0.00
CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs 70 $0.00
CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains 60 $0.00
CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills 55 $0.00
CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills 60 $0.00
CHCEDS057 Support students with additional needs in the classroom 85 $0.00
CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students 30 $0.00
CHCEDS060 Work effectively with students and colleagues 50 $0.00
CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour 45 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support 70 $0.00
CHCEDS040 Search and access online information 30 $0.00
CHCEDS041 Set up and sustain learning areas 45 $0.00
CHCEDS049 Supervise students outside the classroom 40 $0.00

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.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE
    Find out more about Free TAFE Pathways Programs

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at 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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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $2,645.00
Concession rate $530.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $10,710.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Free TAFE place will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.

Find out more about Free TAFE courses and eligibility or contact our Customer Service team.

This course is part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program

A Free TAFE Pathways Program is a group of courses that complement each other to help you continue to train for the career and industry you may wish to work in. For eligible students, these courses are tuition fee free. Depending on the course, you may still be required to pay material fees. The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.

Find out more about the Free TAFE Pathways Program and eligibility or contact us.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $240.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

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

Our Careers Coaches at the 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.

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.