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Certificate III in Education Support/Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315/CHC30213)

VET Course

About this Course


Be equipped to work in Education settings with the dual qualification of CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care / CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. Assist students in their learning as an Education Support Officer working alongside classroom teachers, and work as a school pastoral support worker.

Both qualifications are nationally recognised.

Professional Outcomes

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is a nationally recognised qualification which allows Education Support Officers (sometimes known as School Support Officers – SSOs) to provide support to students across learning, social, emotional and behavioural aspects of school life. CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care provides skills and knowledge for person-centred approaches to caring for vulnerable people.

Practical subjects equip students to provide ongoing ethical, moral and spiritual support to clients which is put into practise through a work placement of minimum 160-200 hours.

Students develop self-awareness and undertake professional supervised practice throughout the course.

Students are required to:

  • Complete a minimum work requirement of 160-200 hours
  • Apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • Complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training

National school chaplaincy regulations or legislation may apply to this qualification.

Work Placement

Students are encouraged to find their own Work Placement according to their interests and intended career paths. Over the duration of the Work Based Placement (WBP) the student’s role is that of support worker. In that capacity the student will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks with each client according to the organisation’s service delivery protocols. The WBP mentor will provide additional training regarding the organisation’s policy and procedures that guide the work that is done. The student will work in consultation with their mentor regarding any actions that are taken for or with clients. The way the students support work is structured will be guided by the host organisation mentor in order to meet organisation requirements. Therefore, this aspect of the WBP is not prescriptive.

Units of Competency Structure

26 Subjects total
20 Core
6 Electives


Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
Requires 60 nominal hours
Provide loss and grief support CHCCCS017
Requires 55 nominal hours
Use communication to build relationships CHCCOM002
Requires 55 nominal hours
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
Requires 25 nominal hours
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001
Requires 55 nominal hours
Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001
Requires 80 nominal hours
Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care CHCPAS001
Requires 45 nominal hours
Provide pastoral and spiritual care CHCPAS002
Requires 60 nominal hours
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003
Requires 120 nominal hours
Support behaviour of children and young people CHCECE006
Requires 30 nominal hours
Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment CHCEDS001
Requires 35 nominal hours
Assist implementation of planned educational programs CHCEDS002
Requires 40 nominal hours
Contribute to student education in all developmental domains CHCEDS003
Requires 50 nominal hours
Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre CHCEDS004
Requires 30 nominal hours
Support the development of literacy and oral language skills CHCEDS005
Requires 55 nominal hours
Support the development of numeracy skills CHCEDS006
Requires 50 nominal hours
Work effectively with students and colleagues CHCEDS007
Requires 40 nominal hours
Contribute to the health and safety of students CHCEDS017
Requires 30 nominal hours
Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment CHCEDS018
Requires 30 nominal hours


Assist in facilitation of student learning CHCEDS021
Requires 50 nominal hours
Supervise students outside the classroom CHCEDS023
Requires 40 nominal hours
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001
Requires 20 nominal hours
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHPRT001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
Requires 75 nominal hours
Respond to critical situations CHCYTH004
Requires 100 nominal hours

What do I need for entry?

Students must meet the minimum language, literacy and numeracy standards
Recognition of prior learning / credit transfer
If you can provide evidence of competency for some of the units, you may not have to undertake those units.
In simple terms, RPL means that if you have not already undertaken the unit or its equivalent, but have the required knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for the unit, you won’t have to study the unit.
Credit transfer is where you have a Statement of Attainment or a qualification which clearly states you have demonstrated competency in those units or their equivalent.

How long does it take?

1 year 6 months (18 months) full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 24 months study.

Where can I study?

You can study this course via Blended Learning or Online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – January

Additional Information


As with most adult study, students will be required to complete pre-course reading and related activities prior to attending their weekly classes. In addition, it is expected that students will undertake a certain amount of homework such as reading, research, completing written assignments, etc. During enrolment in this course, students are advised that they can expect an average of 20 hours self-directed study or homework per week.

Course Codes

Tabor: CHC42315/CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support/Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315/CHC30213)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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Phone: 1300 482 267
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