Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Make a positive impact in the classroom with a higher teacher’s aide qualification. Build on your foundation knowledge and experience to advance your career in Education.

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support provides the skills and knowledge you need to be involved in facilitation of learning across a broad range of instructional groupings, including for those students in need of additional support. This includes supporting students in literacy and numeracy, supporting the specific learning needs of individual students, and working with students with a disability.

Working in classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, you will apply your skills to communicate and work collaboratively with educators and colleagues, as well as support the holistic wellbeing, health and safety of all children. You will seek and analyse information from diverse sources to inform your practise, may provide guidance to other workers, and can expect to undertake your work with limited direct supervision.

If you have completed CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support you can fast track your Certificate IV qualification with credit transfer! Talk to us today about advancing your career in Education Support.

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
  • establish a foundation to undertake further studies in education

Employment Opportunities

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

A career in education support is deeply rewarding and positively impacts students, families, and the educational community.

Education support offers a range of positions, including full-time, part-time and school-hour roles. These flexible options accommodate personal and family commitments, providing a better work-life balance.

Demand for education support professionals in Australia remains robust and stable. Jobs and Skills Australia data indicates future employment growth for Educational Aide staff is expected to be strong. Employment opportunities in this sector are projected to increase by 17.4% in the period November 2021 – November 2026. Employment opportunities exist in all Australian States and Territories.

Schools continually seek dedicated individuals who can offer tailored assistance to students with diverse learning needs, to help support their success.

Education Support provides critical hands-on daily support to qualified Educators and Teachers in a variety of educational settings. 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 in facilitation of student learning
  • Facilitating learning for students with disabilities
  • Supporting mathematics learning
  • Supporting literacy learning
  • Working with students needing additional learning support
  • Supporting students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Supporting the implementation of behaviour plans
  • Promoting and encouraging understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures


17 units of study – 13 core and four elective units of competency. No pre-requisites.

Core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Work with diverse people
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
Support student mathematics learning
Support student literacy learning
Assist in facilitation of student learning
Work with students in need of additional learning support
Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
Support the implementation of behaviour plans
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Elective Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Facilitate responsible behaviour
Assist in production of language resources
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
Set up and sustain learning areas

The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 6 months – 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 or secondary)
  • Private/non-government school (primary or 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:

CHC40221 Certificate IV 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.

Certificate IV 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.

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 is a Fee for Service course.

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

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


CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
Number of Units: 17

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: Non-Funded Course - Payment Plans Available

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