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Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213)

VET Course

About this Course


Assist students in their learning as an Education Support Officer working alongside classroom teachers, and occasionally school pastoral support workers. 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.

This qualification is nationally recognised.

Professional Outcomes

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support requires a workplace component of minimum 120-150 hours. This  allows students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Potential pathways include: Certificate IV in Youth Work, Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Diploma of Counselling.

Students are required to:

  • Complete a minimum work requirement of minimum 120-150 hours
  • Apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • Complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training

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.


Students completing the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support may be awarded between 70-75 Stage 2 SACE points if undertaking this full qualification for SACE purposes, dependent on electives chosen. For students wanting to use this towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR), only 20 of these points will be used (provided the student has successful completion of the certificate). For students wishing to gain entrance into a higher qualification needing an ATAR, contact SATAC or the provider directly for further course information.

Skills Sets

Tabor offers the skill set in Education Support which consists of:

• CHCEDS001 - Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
• CHCEDS002 - Assist in implementation of planned educational programs
• CHCEDS003 - Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
• CHCEDS021 - Assist in facilitation of student learning
• CHCEDS023 - Supervise students outside the classroom

Application of this skill set is intended for commencing work as a teacher's aide in an education support context.

Skill sets are not qualifications. They are groupings of units of competency which are combined to provide a clearly defined statement of the skills and knowledge required by an individual to meet industry needs or a licensing or regulatory requirement.

The Training Package Development Handbook defines Skill Sets as 'single units of competency, or combinations of units of competency from an endorsed training package, which link to a licence or regulatory requirement, or defined industry need'. Skill Sets identified and developed within training packages are formally recognised on a statement of attainment.

Units of Competency Structure

17 Subjects total
12 Core
5 Electives


Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
Requires 25 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


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCPRT001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Support development of student research skills CHCEDS015
Requires 35 nominal hours
Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas CHCEDS012
Requires 18 nominal hours
Search and access online information CHCEDS011
Requires 30 nominal hours
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children CHCECE026
Requires 70 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.

More information

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer, you can do so via the RPL Kit. Download link below.
Further information

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 18 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 – July

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: CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Department
Phone: 1300 482 267
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