Skip links and keyboard navigation

Site navigation

Upgrade your skills

Your new skills will help you become a major influencer in the lives of children in a positive way. If you have a Certificate III in Education Support, then why not take the next step in your professional development and enrol in the Certificate IV course. Learn additional skills in literacy and numeracy and how to support students with disabilities and learning difficulties.As a teacher's aide, you can get a job in a number of community education settings including after school care facilities, public and independent or special schools catering for children with disabilities. Course details

Industry endorsed

University Pathways

Payment options

Student satisfaction



Key dates and info


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

Course details


  • Full Fee $4,185
  • Subsidised $1,970
  • Concession $1,305

Cost details

13 72 48

No matter your question,
we are here to help!

How to enrol

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

A day in the life of an online student

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.

Ten reasons to study at TAFE

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 5 Mar 2018 Recommend one cluster per intake Online

Entry requirements

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

  • Successful completion of Year 10 in the Australian secondary school system or its equivalent; or,
  • 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 need Internet access, computer access to complete word documents, excel and Power Point.

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!


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.

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.

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: 05/03/2018 - 25/05/2018

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 to 10 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.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 12 core and 5 elective units. Upon successful completion of all 17 units you will receive a Certificate IV in Education Support. This is a self-paced program and it is recommended students enrol into one cluster per intake – up to a maximum of two clusters per intake.

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 Core
Cluster 2 - Flexible Learning
CHCEDS013 Use an e-learning management system Elective
CHCEDS027 Support flexible learning in an education environment Elective
Cluster 3 - Special Needs
CHCEDS031 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder Elective
CHCEDS025 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities Core
Cluster 4 - Responsible Behaviour
CHCEDS032 Support learning and implementation of responsible behaviour Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Core
Cluster 5 - Professional Practices
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
Cluster 6 - Support Numeracy and Literacy
CHCEDS019 Support students' mathematics learning Elective
CHCEDS020 Support students' literacy learning Elective
Cluster 7 - Cultural Diversity
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education Core
Cluster 8 - Additional Support
CHCEDS021 Assist in facilitation of student learning Core
CHCEDS022 Work with students in need of additional support 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.



Learn more



Learn more



Learn more

Full fee

This is the total cost of the course.

Got a question?

Enquire about your full fee study options

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.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live 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 IV or higher level qualification.
  • Other restrictions or eligibility criteria may apply


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.

^ Show less

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional costs

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

Students can also access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.


CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

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

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland Brisbane to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to organise your training contract, then give us a call.

If you aren't employed yet, contact Australian JobSearch or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 13 72 48 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

Read the student rules and refund policy.

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.

More about RPL



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.

More about orientation


Enquire about how to apply for this course

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 21 February 2018

Talk to us

13 72 48

Industry endorsed

University Pathways

Payment options

Student satisfaction