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Support children in the classroom as a teacher's aide. Become qualified to work in public and independent schools or after school care facilities. Cater for children with special needs, work with people who are culturally diverse and assist in the implementation of planned educational programs. Course details

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Online: Varies - Dependent upon the number of units completed per study term / Recommend one cluster per intake

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  • Full Fee $3,400
  • Subsidised $740
  • Concession $405

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13 72 48

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Beau Eastman

TAFE gave me training I could translate into employment.

"TAFE Queensland Brisbane gave me training I could translate into employment straight away. When the time came for further study, I went straight to TAFE Queensland Brisbane again because I knew that was where I would get the skills I needed. I'm now getting more out of my job thanks to TAFE."

Beau Eastman
TAFE Queensland Brisbane returning student

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Sarah is one of over 11,000 students who partner with TAFE Queensland Brisbane Online every year to enhance their skills, upgrade their qualifications or change their careers. Balancing study with everyday life can be challenging. Providing you with fully-supported flexible study options is just one of the ways TAFE Queensland Brisbane can help you achieve your goals, no matter how busy you are.

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Practical, hands-on classes combined with state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built learning areas make us a standout amongst training providers. Better than that though, many of our facilities are acknowledged by industry as being amongst the best in Australia.

Course snapshot

Key dates

Online 9 Apr 2018 Recommend one cluster per intake Online
14 May 2018 Online

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry criteria however TAFE Queensland Brisbane has the following selection criteria:

  1. Successful completion of Year 10 in the Australian secondary school system or its equivalent; or,
  2. Mature age (over 18 years) Sound levels of literacy and numeracy are essential for successful completion of this qualification.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

Resources required

Login to the Student Self Service to update your personal details and check your grades, and login to Connect to study your course! For new students, your username and password will be sent to you after enrolment. For existing students, please use your existing information.

Students will be required to purchase additional resources available at Qld Textbook Warehouse.  Please refer to the Relevant Documents section below for resource details.


Complete this course online and be supported online every step of the way with our Connect Learning Management System. With a range of exciting features and functions including your account information and enrolment pack, online materials, discussions boards, and places to upload your assignment. Connect now and get a head start with your exciting career!


Vocational Placement is an essential component of this qualification. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours placement by Cluster 7. Students are to source their own placement, in either a primary or secondary school environment. Students are to negotiate the VPC placement with their chosen school. This placement will be in addition to online assessments. It is recommended you attend for one day per week for the duration of your studies.  Students will be assessed against prescribed clusters of competency undertaken during their vocational placement. Students must hold a Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing vocational placement.  For further information go to Blue Card. If you are a registered teacher or work as a police officer you can apply for an exemption card.

It is compulsory that all students are in a school vocational placement while studying this qualification either as a Volunteer or Employed Teacher Aide.

Students who are not employed as Teacher Aides are required to enrol in 'Vocational Placement VPC240' and attend Vocational Placement at a school for the duration of their studies. It is recommended that you attend for one day per week. Volunteer students must not exceed 240 hours of placement during the 18 month contract.

Employed Teacher Aides must complete an ‘Employment Validation Form’.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

Study is structured into fixed intakes which have set durations (completion date is 12 weeks from the commencement date of each intake). Study can be commenced at the beginning of each intake, with dates as follows:


  • Study duration: 09/04/2018 - 29/06/2018


  • Study duration: 14/05/2018 - 03/08/2018

Students will be able to access the online course content from the first day of each intake.

Please note that you must be enrolled in order to access the online learning materials.

There are 8 clusters and assessments are due in Week 2 and Week 9 for each cluster. You will be expected to commit to a minimum of 5 hours of study per week for each cluster to successfully complete your study and Vocational Placement of 1 day per week for Volunteers only. There will be an Online Room to attend during each cluster. Dates, times and access details will be available through the Connect calendar at the commencement of the Intake. It is expected that students attend to make themselves familiar with the requirements of the cluster.

Year 12 graduates: start trade training fee free, here’s how.

To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training, with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

For more information call TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 13 72 48 or visit Training Queensland.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete12 core and 5 elective units. Upon successful completion of all 17 units you will receive a Certificate III in Education Support.

This course is provided in clusters which can be purchased for completion in various intakes over the year. It is recommended students enrol into one cluster per intake – up to a maximum of two clusters per intake.

The Certificate III has 8 clusters and has an expected completion time of 12 to 18 months for the whole qualification.

Vocational Placement - Volunteer Students Only
VPC240 Vocational placement Mandatory
Cluster 1 - Legislation and Risk
CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Elective
Cluster 2 - Behaviour, Health and Safety
CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Core
Cluster 3 - Classroom Management and Administration
CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre Core
CHCEDS008 Comply with school administrative requirements Elective
Cluster 4 - Literacy and Numeracy
CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills Core
CHCEDS006 Support the development of numeracy skills Core
Cluster 5 - e-learning
CHCEDS013 Use an e-learning management system Elective
CHCEDS011 Search and assess online information Elective
Cluster 6 - Diversity
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
Cluster 7 - Development Domains
CHCEDS003 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains Core
CHCEDS018 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment Core
CHCEDS025 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities Elective
Cluster 8 – Teams and Education Programs
CHCEDS002 Assist in implementation of planned educational programs Core
CHCEDS007 Work effectively with students and colleagues Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Brisbane has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 712 007. We're here to help.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Living in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

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If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs.

We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free.

For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 13 72 48.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Students will be required to purchase additional resources. Please refer to the Course Details tab for information.


CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

Articulation Options: CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support - Online

Work as a Teacher Aide, School Officer or Education Support Worker in any government, church or independent primary or secondary school, environmental education centres, schools of distance education, community schools, special education units and schools and outside school hours care facilities.

The Queensland Department of Education and Training recognises this qualification in its salary structure for teacher aides. Formal qualifications may lead to additional salary increments.

Job prospects

  • Teachers' Aide
  • Education Professionals

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Beau Eastman

TAFE gave me training I could translate into employment.

"TAFE Queensland Brisbane gave me training I could translate into employment straight away. When the time came for further study, I went straight to TAFE Queensland Brisbane again because I knew that was where I would get the skills I needed. I'm now getting more out of my job thanks to TAFE."

Beau Eastman
TAFE Queensland Brisbane returning student

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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At the beginning of each semester we host orientation events across our locations so you can meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. We also throw in a bunch of free activities, because... why not? We like to have fun.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 15 March 2018

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