Disability Services

Short Course Supporting Children with Autism

Looking to increase your knowledge and skills in the vital areas of autism, behaviour, and using augmentative and alternative communicate strategies.

During this training program, you will develop deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the interventions that support communication and behaviour.   You will have the opportunity to work with, and hear from a range of service providers, therapists, and parents.

The workshops are an opportunity to increase skills and knowledge and gain an understanding of the issues and challenges in providing services to children and adolescents with autism.

There are three accredited units that will be delivered through workshops, workplace project, online and self-paced study:

  • CHCCCS024 – Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • CHCDIS004 – Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • CHCDIS002 – Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

This course is targeted learners who are:

  • Support Workers
  • Teacher assistant’s
  • Parents and families
  • Anyone with an interest in the area

*Some participants may choose to attend workshops and do the learning, but choose not to complete assessments – which will result in a Statement of Attendance.

Study Pathways

Further study the following pathways exist:

Location, dates and times

Clarence Campus

  • Next Intake:   To be confirmed
  • Participants will be required to commit to 10 x 5 hour workshops in conjunction with out of class activities and assessments
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest 

Launceston Campus

  • Next Intake:   2020
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Devonport and Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:   2020 (To be confirmed)
  • Face to Face Workshops – 9.30am to 3pm
  • This course will only run subject to demand
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

There will be additional hours, which includes 2.5 hours each week of structured online learning, as well as up to 2-3 hours of self-study to complete assignments & projects and a work place project for students wishing to gain a statement of attainment.

You may attend the workshops and choose not to complete the assessments;  you would then receive a statement of attendance.

Learning Options

For students studying on campus learning will be undertaken using a combination of the listed delivery modes

  • Workshops on campus – Including undertaking project work, group work and presentations
  • Online learning and assessment activities (Using TasTAFE online learning system called CANVAS)
  • Applied learning and assessment activities.
  • You may attend the workshops and choose not to complete the assessments, you would then receive a statement of attendance.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written assignments
  • Questions
  • Case studies
  • Research projects
  • Observations on the job and in a simulated assessment environment
  • Portfolio of evidence

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

Full Fee:  $347.11 per person
Concession Fee:  $115.69 per person

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

Writing material (pens and notebooks)

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course

However you will be required to ensure that you are physically able to undertake the tasks required and complete the work placement requirements of the assessment.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

A current National Police check and Working with Vulnerable People check is a requirement of workplaces in this industry and will be required before your practical placement can be undertaken.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • literacy and numeracy skills to the level required by industry
  • good communication and time management skills
  • ability to use word processing software
  • be physically fit
  • have a driver’s license

Entry to the course

Attend one of the nominated Information & Enrolment sessions in your region.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


A Statement of Attainment for the units successfully completed or A Statement of Attendance if only attending workshops.


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