CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Entry Requirements

  • You must have completed year 10 or equivalent or be considered a mature aged student and you must turn 18 years of age or older by completion of the Teacher’s Assistant course.
  • All applicants must also complete a literacy and numeracy assessment at AHEA.
  • Applicants are required to have access to computer and internet.


Course Duration

  • 22 weeks (approximately), including 4 weeks of Supervised Field Placement
  • Additional placement time may be required if assessed as Not Yet Competent
  • AHEA usually does not hold classes during periods designated as school term breaks by the West Australian Department of Education or on gazetted public holidays.



Delivery Mode

  • Full Time:
    • This course requires participants to complete up to 5 hours of individual prereading and preparation before each class.
    • AHEA’s classes are small in size, usually a maximum of twelve students. This allows for a more intense form of instruction and personalised delivery.
  • Flexible/External (only available for students working in the industry)
  • RPL/RCC available: Contact the Academy if you need more details



Course Costs

  • Go to our Fees and Charges page or contact the Academy for current course costs.
  • Please note that course costs do not include the Education Department Police Clearance and the Working with Children Check which are industry requirements.
  • Certificate III in School Based Education Support may be available at a discount to eligible participants of various programs. These programs may be funded by the Commonwealth Government and the Government of Western Australia.



Qualification Information

This qualification reflects the role of workers who assist teachers and support student learning in a range of classroom settings. They complete general administrative as well as operational tasks to support students with learning under the guidance of a teacher or other educational professional. Work requires use of discretion and judgement within boundaries of established policies and procedures.

Education support workers work mainly with students in classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation.

Some jurisdictions may require specialist skill development and supervision by qualified teachers to address specific job roles.

Some job roles may require the education support worker to complete work external to the immediate education environment e.g. In Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Education Assistant
  • Education Assistant (Special Needs)
  • Education Support Worker
  • Home Tutor


Please Note

*** Students are required to demonstrate that they have achieved competency during on-the-job training (Supervised Field Placement).

*** All resources are provided on loan for the use by students during the course

*** Students must ensure they can obtain a Working With Children’s Check and the WA Education Department’s Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (these are not provided as part of the course and are the responsibility of the student).

*** For students who are undertaking Supervised Field Placement and they are pregnant, we require a letter from their General Practitioner stating it is safe for them to continue with the Supervised Field Placement.

Units of Competency covered

Core Units

CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCEDS033Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
CHCEDS034Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs
CHCEDS035Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS036Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS037Support the development of numeracy skills
CHCEDS057Support students with additional needs in the classroom
CHCEDS059Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
CHCEDS060Work effectively with students and colleagues
CHCEDS061Support responsible student behaviour

Elective Units

CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCEDS040Search and assess online information
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety