National course code: CHC30213

Certificate III in Education Support

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Overview About this course

Kickstart a rewarding career and build the in-demand skills needed to work as a learning support officer or teacher’s aide. Support students with varying and additional needs so they get the most out of study, while you make a difference in the lives of children and young people.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation of classroom programs and lesson plans

  • Identify student development opportunities

  • Respond to behaviour and specific needs

  • Apply curriculum

  • Record and assess student progress

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Skills to gather information about learners, record their progress and use the findings to inform individual education plans and support strategies

  • Confidence to assess student needs and identify, design and develop resources

  • Exposure to schools or various support and intervention services

  • Real-world experience in 100 hours of work placement in a school (K-12) environment that caters for students with recognised additional needs

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A National Police Check

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The ability to read, write and speak English at least a Year 10 level or equivalent

  • The ability to write at least one page of comprehensive information

  • A reasonable level of fitness to undertake manual handling tasks, and perform CPR while kneeling on the floor

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Teachers' Aide

Teachers' Aides assist teaching staff in preparing teaching materials and with general classroom tasks.

  • Full-time share


  • Employment size

    17,000 workers

  • Average age

    45 years

  • Weekly pay


  • Average full-time

    39 hours

  • Skill level rating


  • Gender share

    87% female

  • Future growth

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: School learning support officer in public and private schools, Education support worker in community education services and Home tutor

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Education Support does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Education Support does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Education Support qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 Units of competency, including 12 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Support the development of numeracy skills CHCEDS006

  • Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment CHCEDS018

  • Contribute to student education in all developmental domains CHCEDS003

  • Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre CHCEDS004

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Delivery Options Find a Location to Enrol

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