CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is your first step into a career in education.

The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is an excellent option for students seeking a career in the Education industry. In addition, students may see this as a pathway to further studies.

This course can be completed on campus in Geelong or as a traineeship program. The on-campus course will include a mandatory work placement component, and students completing this course as a traineeship must be employed in an appropriate education setting before commencing.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in various education settings, including public and independent schools and community education, who assist and support teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

Whether you’re interested in working with young children, students with disabilities or other learners with diverse needs, our program will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

If you want to start a rewarding career in the education sector, then the VFA Learning CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is for you!

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

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Course Duration

1 – 3 years

Intake Dates


Course Format

Workplace Traineeship & On Campus


Geelong Campus, 78 Yarra Street Geelong, VIC

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Career Outcomes

Teacher's Aide

Teacher's Assistant

Community Worker

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Course Information

Key Study Areas

Education Planning

Student Support

Recreation Leader


First Aid


Units of Competency

You must be deemed competent in all units to be awarded the qualification of CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support.

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

CHCPRT025 Identify and report children and young people at risk

HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

SISXCAI003 Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve professional practice

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Entry Requirements

Successful completion of VFA Learning Pre-Training Review and approved

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Test (LLN).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from students with diverse academic, work and life experiences.

For further information, view our student entry procedure.

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Clinical Experience

This course contains 100 hours of mandatory work placement. VFA Learning will assist on-campus students with organising practical placements where required and regular workplace visits by a qualified assessor to support on-the-job training.

Students will need to provide evidence of the following before placements:

  • Provide a clear National Criminal History (Police) Check
  • Provide a clear Working with Children Check
  • Provide a record of your immunisation history
  • Provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination
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Flexible Study

We understand that many of our students need to work while learning, so we have developed a blended option for this course. It includes online theory components and completion of all practical observations in a simulated work environment or placement as required by the qualification.

Our modified Flipped Learning approach encompasses the following:

  • Face-to-face/Classroom Based
  • Work Placement
  • Self-directed Learning

Each week of training, students will complete:

  • 2 days of classroom-based training and assessment

Students can also expect self-directed studies and practical practice on the remaining days of the week to reinforce skills.

  • If completing the course on campus, the 100 hours of mandatory work placement will be in timetabled blocks within the course. Placement will be 1 day per week while completing placement requirements.

Potential students are encouraged to speak with one of our highly experienced Course Consultants to discuss options that suit your learning needs.

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students in this course using the following methods:

  • Written Questions
  • Observations
  • Case studies
  • Workplace logbook
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Course Costs

Fee For Service – $6,500

Skills First Government Subsidised – $0

Materials – $170

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Payment Options

Fee For Service: Deposit (maximum $1,000) and Direct Debit payment of balance (paid through Debit Success).

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Pathway to Further Education

Many graduates of this program have gone on to further education by applying for the Bachelor’s Degree in Education through their chosen University.

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