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 teacher assistants in a range of education settings, including public, 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 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.

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.

This course aims to 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.

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is for working with young people from the age of 5 to 18 years of age in the school setting.

To enrol in this program you will need:

  • To be involved in an information and suitability process
  • To be able to satisfy a Department of Justice, Work With Vulnerable People Check
  • Participate in work placement in a school setting

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:  February 2019 (Campus Based)

  • Duration:   3 days per week plus work placement
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Next Intake:  February 2019 (Blended Delivery)

  • Duration:  A blend of online learning with fortnightly campus workshops and work placement.
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Alanvale Campus – Campus Based and Online

To be eligible to enrol in this qualification in the North – Alanvale campus, you need to reside in the North and North East regions of Tasmania.

  • Online/Flexible Delivery – Next Intake:  July 2018
  • 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
  • Blended Delivery:   a blend of online learning, campus workshops and work placement
  • Information Sessions:  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 – 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm
    • Devonport Venue:  2nd Floor, A Block, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
    • Burnie Campus:  3rd Floor, C Block, Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Information and Suitability Process

  • Students must participate in an information and suitability process that requires attendance at an information and suitability session which involves the following;
    • Completion of a suitability assessment booklet, that is a requirement for entry into our courses, which takes about 30-60 minutes; and
    • One-on-one interview with a teacher.
    • Support is available to help candidates who have literacy/numeracy difficulties and must be advised to us, prior to attending the session, so that teaching staff are aware and able to assist on the day.
    • Within 21-28 days a letter of offer will be sent to successful candidates or a letter of offer to an alternative course, if unable to place into desired qualification.

Learning Options

The training product is for people who are passionate to work with young people in schools, employed as a teacher assistant, or you would like a career change. You will gain the skills and knowledge to work effectively with young people, with families and working closely with the teachers in a range of school settings. Learning options may include:

  • On campus full time or part time; – participation in timetabled workshops at TasTAFE and practical placement within a school setting.
  • Blended delivery – a blend of learning through Canvas online learning platform, classes/workshops and practical placement.

As an off campus student through the TasTAFE online learning platform, workshops, individual learning support meetings with a teacher and a work placement in a school setting.

Assessment Process

A range of assessment methods are used for each unit or cluster of units when assessing competence. Assessment methods used for the program include:

  • Written questions
  • Scenarios
  • Performance evidence portfolio (PEP)
  • Observation checklists
  • Third Party reports


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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

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


There are no pre requisites for this qualification

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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