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  • Learning MethodOnline + Work Placement
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationMax 18 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Course Overview

Career Outcomes:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Assistant
  • School Learning Support Officer

Become a valued part of the education system as a Teaching Assistant, Education Assistant or Support Worker assisting children with special needs, with the CHC30221 Certificate III in School based Education Support.

This course is perfect for people who want to start a career in education support, as well as those who are already working in the area but who need to formalise their experience in order to take the next step in their career.

Topics covered in this course include: supporting responsible student behaviour, supporting students with additional needs in the classroom, and much more. See below for more information on the units covered.

There is a mandatory work placement requirement of a minimum of 140 hours for this course. The work placement will provide you the opportunity put the skills you learn online into practice.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued with a CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support by Open Colleges (RTO: 90796).

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Job Outcomes

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education worker
  • Education Assistant
  • Education Assistant (special needs)
  • Education Support Worker
  • Education Support Worker
  • Home Tutor
  • Homeland Teaching Assistant
  • Language Worker
  • Literacy Worker
  • School Learning Support Officer
  • Support Worker (working with children with disabilities)
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. It is also recommended that students

  • Are 18 years old (students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to work independently with assistance from a support person where required, extract information from simple text, and communicate with trainers via email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete Year 10 or ACSF Level 2.
  • Have basic computing skills

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old (students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol).

Physical Requirements

You are required to have a level of physical ability that enables you to observe and interact with children as well as move freely within a school environment. 

Equipment and tools

Students will require access to the following equipment and tools

  • A modern computer with high-speed internet
  • Microsoft office or equivalent
  • A device with audio & video capabilities
  • People to participate in role plays & assessments


Module 1


Module 2


Module 3


Module 4


Module 5


Module 6


Module 7


Module 8


Module 9


Module 10


Module 11


Module 12


Module 13

Open Colleges does not offer this Unit of Competency. You will be required to undertake the Unit of Competency with an external provider at your own cost.


Module 14-16


Assessment details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assessments

*Please note that recognition of prior learning may be available. 


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.