Certificate III in School based Education Support CHC30221


This nationally recognised CHC30221 Certificate III in School based Education Support will equip you with the skills to support and assist children to learn numeracy, literacy, and language skills. Start your career in education support and make a real difference in the lives of young people.

Course Breakdown


CHC30221 Certificate III in School based Education Support

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 18 months

Recommended hours per week: 18h

Delivery method: Online with Work Placement

Qualification level: Certificate III

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

The CHC30221 Certificate III in School based Education Support is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means that you can take this qualification anywhere within Australia.

Job growth is strong across the sector with 100,900 people employed as an Education Aide in 2021. This number is expected to grow to 118,500 by 2026.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook (

Is this course for you?

This qualification is perfect for people who want to start a career as an Education Assistant/Officer/Worker/Aide, as well as those who are already working in the area but who need to formalise their qualifications in order to take the next step in their career.

The course is also suitable for new entrants as it is a direct entry with no pre-requisite subjects.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

During the course, you will learn how to:

  • Fully prepare for a career in the classroom, helping teachers to educate, support and inspire students.
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with teachers and colleagues, as well as support the holistic wellbeing, health and safety of all students.
  • Master the skills that you need to effectively help children learn and develop numeracy, literacy and oral language skills.
  • Help children and teens with behavioural issues, and how to fully support and assist those with special learning needs.
  • Become adept at implementing planned education programs in classroom settings, as well as helping with the organisation and management of classrooms and community education centres.

Learning Material

Your learning materials are accessed through our online platform OpenSpace. These learning materials include

  • Learner workbooks
  • Weblinks, readings and resources
  •  Videos and other digital resources

Your trainer

Erika Russell
Erika has worked in the education industry for over 15 years in a wide range of areas including early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. She has taught in both remote and metropolitan schools, even teaching abroad for several years.

Academic Information

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.

Certificate III in School based Education Support

Support responsible student behaviour
  • Contribute to a safe and supportive environment.
  • Use positive behaviour support techniques.
  • Implement and monitor strategies to support student behaviour.
Work effectively with students and colleagues
  • Interact positively with students.
  • Respect and support students.
  • Work effectively with diverse students and colleagues.
Support students with additional needs in the classroom
  • Work with others to support students with additional needs.
  • Support individual students with additional needs.
  • Support the rights, interests and needs of students with additional needs as part of the education team.
  • Assist with classroom programs to support students with additional needs.
  • Contribute to learning opportunities.
Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
  • Work within guidelines for a literacy program.
  • Provide literacy support.
  • Monitor progress.
Support the development of numeracy skills
  • Work within guidelines for a numeracy program.
  • Provide numeracy support.
  • Monitor progress.
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is self paced - maximum of 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.


Work Placement

This course contains a minimum of 140 hours of work placement. A work placement is the part of your course where you learn and are assessed in a place of work related to your course which has been approved by Open Colleges.

At your work placement, you'll get practical, hands on experience under the guidance of your supervisor. Your supervisor will be someone with involvement in industry, who can mentor you during your placement.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice.
  • You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate.
  • Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.

How do I find a work placement?

You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:

  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
  • If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement, including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or Open Colleges), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation, and uniforms are the responsibility of the student. These fees will vary and are dependent on your location within Australia.

  • Costs for statutory checks will range between $0 - $100 dependent on the type of check you select and your state.
  • Costs for vaccinations will very between practitioners, please refer to your GP for approximate costs.
  • Placement fees will vary, please discuss this with your intended host organisation for approximate costs.

Host organisation

Your placement hours can be done part time or as a block depending on the requirements and availability within the workplace. 

The workplace will need to provide access to the equipment and resources necessary to undertake your Workplace Assessments and must be an Australian School catering to students between the ages of 5 and 18 years in a classroom environment. 

Open Colleges will need to ascertain whether the workplace you have chosen is appropriate before you commence your work placement hours. 

The workplace can include a range of education environments, including:

  • Government school (pre-primary, primary and secondary)
  • Private/non-government school (pre-primary, primary and secondary)
  • Education centre
  • Kindergarten
  • Special educational centre
  • Community educational centre


Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation.

It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement.

Supervisor requirements

The Workplace Supervisor will need to be an individual currently employed as an accredited teacher (by the New South Wales Institute of Teaching) or registered teacher (through the Victorian Institute of Teaching, Queensland College of Teachers, Teacher Registration Board of South Australia, Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, Teacher Registration Board of Tasmania, Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory or Australian Capital Territory Teacher Quality Institute) in a relevant school setting.


Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$3,745.00 Save $1,605.00
was $5,350.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 12%
Pay in 74 instalments over the length of your course.
$60.81 Weekly
Total course cost: $4,700.00
was $5,350.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone