Children's Services

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is part of the Community Services Training Package. It 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.

Teacher Assistants have an important role in supporting schools to meet the needs of a full range of students. Teacher Assistants assist teaching staff in kindergarten, early childhood, primary, secondary school, and colleges. Duties may include the preparation of teaching support materials, supporting and guiding students in their learning (under supervision) and with general classroom non-teaching duties. Assisting and participating in activities that enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of school children is an assistant’s primary function.

The demand to participate in this qualification is high. Those wishing to gain entry level training for working as a Teacher Assistant can increase their employment opportunities by studying this course.

Teacher assistants work in schools to support students in a variety of ways. Teacher assistants may work with individual students or in small groups to support students with specific needs including a disability, Autism or challenging behaviours’. Teacher assistants may also support student learning in specific learning areas. They may perform a wide range of roles related to supporting student learning or providing general support to teachers in the school.

Our Education Support Teacher Assistant courses will equip you with skills that you need to work effectively with students to support their learning. You will also learn how to work as part of a whole of school team.

Career Opportunities

The TasTAFE Education Support qualification can lead to a range of employment opportunities and is a pathway to further study in the following:

  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • UTAS Bachelor of Education, or
  • employment as a Teacher Assistant/Aide.

Dates and Times

Clarence Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Alanvale Campus – Campus Based and Online

  • Campus Based – Next Intake:  mid year 2018
  • Online/Flexible Delivery – Next Intake:  June 2018
  • Information Session:  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 – 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm
    • Venue:  C Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307  to register your interest.
  • The Team will contact you with further information

To be eligible for the online/flexible delivery course you need to:

  • Be involved in a suitability process by attending an on campus enrolment appointment with a teacher
  • Be working in a school or wishing to change your career path
  • Be able to undertake either a weekly or block practical placement (to be negotiated) in a school setting
  • To apply for a working with vulnerable people check

Devonport and Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Delivery:  Mixed mode with  Online/Workshops and a practical placement
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Learning Options

The following delivery strategies are used:

  • Workshops, guest speaker, practical tasks
  • Workplace learning
  • Online learning
  • Project based learning
  • Learning support and coaching
  • Flexible Delivery (in some regions)

Online Units (offered via Clarence Campus) Delivery will be via online with ‘optional’ fortnightly face-to-face workshops available for additional support.

Assessment Process

A range of assessment methods are used for each unit or cluster of units when assessing competence.

Assessment methods used for program include:

  • Observations
  • Questions
  • Case Studies
  • Regionally developed assessments


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Resources and Equipment

Students are required to contribute towards the cost of the following items:

  • Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • Resources for project work / practical work

Students are also encouraged to purchase:

  • appropriate clothing to wear on work placement, including non-slip shoes and sun safe clothing
  • recommended text books and learning guides, where applicable

Fees and Payments

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Are there any ‘Other Fees’?

Yes – $100
This may include Polo Top, USB, First Aid and specialised workshops/guest speakers


There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. Applicants complete a suitability assessment. Essential prerequisites for enrolment in the course are:

  • The clearance needed to satisfy the requirements of a Department of Education Good Character Check
  • Effective language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Desirable prerequisites for enrolment in the course are:

  • Demonstrate proficient basic computer skills with the ability to access a computer/internet.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve this qualification a student must complete 17 units of competency consisting of 12 core units and 5 elective units.


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