CHC40221 Certificate IV 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

  • 26 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 WA Education Department’s Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and the Working with Children Check which are industry requirements.
  • Certificate IV 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 under the guidance of a teacher or other educational professional. At this level, workers may be involved in facilitation of learning for a range of instructional groupings, including for those students in need of additional support. In these roles, the education support worker sources and analyses information from diverse sources, may work with limited direct supervision and could provide guidance to other workers.

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
CHCECE054Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people's cultures
CHCEDS033Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
CHCEDS045Support student mathematics learning
CHCEDS046Support student literacy learning
CHCEDS047Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS048Work with students in need of additional learning support
CHCEDS051Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCEDS056Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCEDS058Support the implementation of behaviour plans
CHCEDS059Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own profession practice
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Elective Units

CHCDIS002Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety