Course Description

This nationally recognised qualification has been custom-designed by industry experts for two categories of potential workers; those who are already working as teacher aides and are looking to formalise their qualifications, and for prospective employees seeking work.

Teachers' Aides work in a range of classroom contexts, including public and independent schools and community education settings. Structured Workplace Learning is undertaken during this course to provide the on-the-job experience that will give you the skills that will help you to secure employment.

Getting further ahead in a career you’ve always wanted to explore can be easy with Open Colleges. If you’re patient, easy to communicate with, mature and sensible with the skills to accept direction and supervision, then a career in the classroom could be right up your alley. Take the next step in your career by studying online.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Education Support Worker
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Support Worker (Assisting Children with Disabilities)
  • Teacher Aide
  • Teacher Assistant
Course number E1048
Qualification name CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Interviews, Logbook, Portfolio of evidence, Quizzes, Short-answer questions, Simulation, Workplace assessments
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Physical requirements

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Facilitate programs and behaviour

  • Contribute to a safe and supportive environment
  • Use positive support techniques
  • Observe and collect data to assist with development of appropriate strategies for support
  • Implement strategies to support children or young people who require additional support
  • Monitor and review strategies
  • Communicate effectively with students
  • Use current, recognised good practice techniques of communication
  • Work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Work with others to support students with additional needs
  • Support individual students with additional needs
  • Assist with classroom programs to support students with additional needs
  • Contribute to learning opportunities

Developing literacy and oral language skills

  • Identify oral language, reading and writing skills
  • Work within guidelines of literacy program
  • Support student literacy

Developing numeracy skills in Education

  • Apply developmental and learning approaches to basic numeracy skills under supervision of teacher
  • Implement a numeracy support program
  • Support student numeracy programs

Health and safe practices in Education

  • Maintain a safe environment
  • Maintain a hygienic and healthy environment
  • Supervise students in conjunction with teacher
  • Deal with emergency situations
  • Support the health and wellbeing of students

Safe practice in Education

  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Diversity in the workplace

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Contributing to student development

  • Support the physical development of students
  • Support the social and emotional development of students
  • Support the cognitive and language development of students
  • Contribute to the inclusion of all students in the classroom and community

Legal and ethical practices in Education

  • Identify legislative and policy requirements
  • Comply with legislative and policy requirements
  • Identify and comply with industrial instruments relating to the job role
  • Manage self in classroom
  • Select and utilise equipment effectively
  • Prepare and maintain teaching aids, materials and resources
  • Monitor classroom supplies
  • Process and maintain information (documents and records)
  • Operate computers, printers and current technological equipment used in classroom activities
  • Contribute to the organisation and coordination of school/centre activities

Resourcing and planning in Education

  • Manage self in classroom
  • Select and utilise equipment effectively
  • Prepare and maintain teaching aids, materials and resources
  • Monitor classroom supplies
  • Process and maintain information (documents and records)
  • Operate computers, printers and current technological equipment used in classroom activities
  • Contribute to the organisation and coordination of school/centre activities
  • Contribute to planning and preparation of educational program
  • Assist in the implementation of planned educational program
  • Contribute to a consistent and stable learning environment
  • Contribute to individual and group assessment in consultation with the teacher


  • CHCEDS008 Comply with school administrative requirements
  • CHCEDS012 Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas
  • CHCEDS014 Support students with English as a second language
  • CHCEDS015 Support development of student research skills
  • CHCEDS016 Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment
  • CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid



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Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Your work placement will need to be conducted in an approved school setting in Australia. 

Although we encourage you to begin to think about work placement when you begin your studies, your work placement starts in Module 9. This allows you to develop all the skills and knowledge you will need to make a positive contribution to the classroom. In Module 9 you’ll begin to put your new skills into practice.

You will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

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