Certificate III in School Based Education Support


CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

If you are passionate about pursuing a career in education as a teacher’s aide and want flexibility in your choice of education environment, this course is designed for you.

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support provides the foundational skills and knowledge needed to work in entry level positions in a range of diverse education environments including kindergartens, preschools, schools and school age care. During the course you will learn to communicate and work collaboratively with educators and colleagues, as well as support the holistic wellbeing, health and safety of all children. On completion of the course you will be qualified to work in a variety of roles that provide assistance and support to qualified Educators and Teachers, your work will be carried out under the direction of others under broad based supervision.

Great Organisation that guided me through my studies in Cert III Education Support which has helped me gain employment. Very happy and I thank Skills Generation for their support.
Emma Tedman
Skills Generation Graduate

Benefits Of Studying This Course

You will:

  • gain an Australian nationally accredited qualification
  • gain exposure and access to the wide variety of learning environments and career pathways available within the education sector
  • gain access to an employment sector that offers a diverse range of roles and working conditions – including flexible hours and geographic locations
  • develop skills employers are looking for including strong communication and support skills
  • gain personal and professional satisfaction supporting educators and helping the children you are working with become confident and involved learners

Employment Opportunities

  • Teacher Aide
  • Teacher Assistant
  • First Nations Education Worker
  • Education Support Worker
  • Education Assistant (Special Needs)
  • School Support Officer (Working with children with disabilities)
  • Home Tutor

Education Support provides critical hands-on daily support to qualified Educators and Teachers in a variety of educational settings. Workers obtain broad experience in all aspects of learning delivery and classroom management including supporting skills development, running classroom environments and providing individualised support. Education Support is an ideal career pathway to becoming a qualified Teacher or Educator.

Key tasks and functions this qualification will prepare you for include:

  • Assisting implementation of planned education programs
  • Contributing to organisation and management of classroom environments
  • Supporting the development of literacy and oral language skills
  • Supporting the development of numeracy skills
  • Supporting students with additional needs
  • Promoting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


15 units of study – 10 core and five elective units of competency. No pre-requisites.


Core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Work with diverse people
Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs
Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
Support the development of numeracy skills
Support students with additional needs in the classroom
Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
Work effectively with students and colleagues
Support responsible student behaviour
Elective Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Communicate and work in health or community services
Apply communication skills
Participate in workplace health and safety
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Work with students in need of additional learning support

The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 1 – 2 years, however with both face-to-face training, and flexible online learning, learners are typically completing within the first 6 – 9 months. How quickly an individual is able to complete the course will depend on how fast they work through the content, their commitment to learning and their level of competence.

100 hours of vocational work placement is required in one of the following education environments:

  • Government school (primary and secondary)
  • Private/non-government school (primary and secondary)


Students need to find their own work placement with an organisation approved by Skills Generation. It is important to find a work placement at the beginning of the course. Skills Generation staff and your trainer will be available to assist you to identify suitable schools/organisations.

Students who are already employed in an education setting may be able to undertake their work placement with their employer and their current experience may satisfy the work placement requirements. You can review your work history with your Skills Generation trainer prior to commencing the course to see if your experience can be used.

Students are responsible for the cost of any travel and accommodation that may be associated with work placement. Skills Generation insurance covers students undertaking course requirements while on work placement

From time to time, restrictions may be placed on students entering education services to complete their work placement, particularly in Local Government Areas impacted by COVID-19. Please refer to the relevant Queensland/other State Government website/s for the most up-to-date information regarding any restrictions and vaccination requirements that may be in place, or contact the Skills Generation Student Services team for current information and advice.

  • Digital content with assessments accessed online
  • Access to Skills Generation Learning Management System (LMS) 24 hours a day 7 days a week, including Library resources
  • Zoom/other for training sessions, group discussions and virtual classrooms
  • Inclusive Learning Strategies are also available for learners with disabilities enabling them to participate on the same basis as other learners
  • Professional discussions with your trainer
  • Individual tasks, assignments and case studies
  • Workplace based reflective tasks
  • Demonstration of practical skills through workplace experience at a school
  • Demonstration of practical skills through digital recording as applicable

On successful completion of this course you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO 41008, with training and assessment delivered by Skills Generation or an approved Third Party training provider on behalf of Skills Generation.

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support


  • Access to a computer with word processing, email, Zoom/other, PDF reader capabilities and a reliable internet connection
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels that indicate you have a high probability of being able to successfully complete the course. Skills Generation can help you assess your current LLN levels as required to ensure we are able to effectively support you
  • Current Blue Card. Skills Generation can assist with your application if required
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week
  • Ongoing access to a school to complete workplace tasks

The Commonwealth Government requires all learners undertaking nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.

Blended – Online and Word Experience

If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. If you wish to undertake an RPL process, please discuss with our Student Services enrolments team.

Funding and Fees

This course currently attracts government funding for eligible students. Depending on the funding program, students who access funded training may be required to pay a co-contribution fee that represents a small fraction of the total course fee.

Students eligible for subsidised training under government funding programs can normally only access the funding once, so it is important that you choose your course carefully.

Eligibility criteria for funding can be found on our Funding and Fees page or contact us to discuss your circumstances and determine your eligibility.

Students who are not eligible for subsidised training pay the full course fee.

Payment Plans are available making it easy for students to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments.

Why Skills Generation

Committed To Your Success
We are committed to helping you succeed
Specialist Trainers
You will be supported by experienced trainers with extensive vocational and professional experience in the Education sector and access to Education industry networks
Learning Resources
Engaging current learning resources available to you 24/7 via our online Learning Management system

On completion of this course you may want to further enhance your skills and knowledge and your job promotion prospects by going on to study:

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.

Course Summary


CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support
Number of Units: 15

Study Mode:

Blended - Online and Work Experience
Typically Completed In: 6-9 months
Hours per Week: 10-15 hours (approx.) + 100 hours work placement over duration of course
Funding: Available To Eligible Students

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