OPEC College


CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

SKU CHC30221 Category

If you are seeking a career as a Teacher Aide or Teaching Assistant or you are currently working as one without the formal qualification, this is the course for you. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to supervise students within a school based setting and provide you with the tools for a long and successful career in the Education Support sector.

  • Course Name: Certificate III in School Based Education Support
  • Course Code: CHC30221
  • Course Completion Time: RPL is achieved at your own pace. RPL + Study is achieved part time. Our skilled Trainers and Assessors will support you achieving the best educational outcomes by completing a study Unit of Competence every four to six weeks. We have open enrollment which means you can start whenever you are ready.
  • Units Studied: 15 (10 core units plus 5 elective units)
  • Nationally Recognised Training: Yes
  • Delivery Style: This course is delivered in a flexible way to suit your learning style. This could include online learning, hard copy materials or face to face where possible. You will be supported one on one by your own Trainer who will empower you to achieve your career goals.
  • Delivery Mode: OPEC College’s RPL + Study learning package is designed to help students achieve their qualification faster without having to study things they already know. Known as ‘Empowered Learning’, our RPL + Study packages are individually tailored, and after a formal assessment of knowledge and skills, students can achieve their qualification through RPL as well as undertaking study in areas where there’s an identified gap in their experience
  • RPL available: Yes, absolutely!

Total number of units = 15

(10 core units plus 5 elective units)

Core Units:

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
  • CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs
  • CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
  • CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
  • CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills
  • CHCEDS057 Support students with additional needs in the classroom
  • CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
  • CHCEDS060 Work effectively with students and colleagues
  • CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour

Elective Units 

  • CHCEDS047  Assist in facilitation of student learning
  • CHCEDS049  Supervise students outside the classroom
  • CHCEDS041  Set up and sustain learning areas
  • CHCEDS048  Work with students in need of additional learning support
  • HLTWHS001  participate in workplace health and safety

To achieve this qualification by RPL, the individual must have completed a total of least 100 hours of work in an Australian school based context. For study, placement will take place across the course duration. Video evidence will be required to show the performance of on-the-job tasks. We will provide simple guidance to help with your video collection.

If you are Studying

This course is assessed using a diverse range of assessment strategies to ensure we cover the assessment conditions for each unit of study and provide our students with interesting and flexible assessment experiences.

All assessments are completed in your own time and submitted online, with no assessment due dates. This modern and flexible approach is designed to reduce the uncomfortable pressure and unnecessary stress that traditional assessment testing is so famous for. Marking feedback is provided online usually within 1 week of submission.

Many assessments will include researching, reading and analysing information on your computer, laptop or tablet (Internet required), however each unit of study provides assessment instructions and benchmarks you can easily follow to successfully complete each assessment task.

By Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already have the knowledge and skills to achieve this qualification we encourage you to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

    RPL is a simple process with OPEC College and works like this

Click here to be taken to our Pre-assessment form.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Teachers Aide
  • Education Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Support Worker
  • Special Needs Education Support Worker
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander Education Worker
  • Indigenous Language and Culture Teaching Assistant
  • Full RPL Achieved – $1195/1495
  • RPL + Study (Empowered Learning) – $1995
  • By study $

Fees are broken down to an enrolment fee of $500 (for RPL only) and $995 (for Empowered Learning) and the balance either on completion or spaced evenly across the program to suit your financial needs.

A range of flexible payment plans are available and can be set up at the enrolment stage.

Current government funding models possibly available to OPEC College students are found on the Funding page, click here for more information.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available on all OPEC College qualifications. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can provide you with nationally recognised qualifications through converting your existing skills, knowledge and experience, gained through prior work or study, into formal competencies.
RPL means you can gain qualifications simply through providing evidence of relevant knowledge and skills you have gained through previous work.
This means you don’t have to waste time studying what you already know.
You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application and the OPEC College RPL team will assist you through the RPL assessment process. Apply for RPL below to commence the process.

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