Course Code: CHC30221 & CHC40221

Teacher Aide Courses


Hi! Thanks for visiting – If you’re looking to become a Teacher Aide, you’ve come to the right place!

Enrolments are welcome from anywhere in Australia.

Online, Correspondence and Classroom Study Modes Available.

Our nationally recognised qualifications will build your ability to support students overcome learning barriers and achieve their educational goals.  The courses are geared towards public and private schools (primary, secondary or special needs) where the provision of assistance and support to teachers and students is required.

Download our Course Outlines:

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support – The entry level qualification expected by most schools

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support – For those with relevant experience or previous qualifications

Have questions? Give us a call. We don’t employ salespeople, so when you call you’ll be speaking directly with real people who know the course inside out. Or email us – we guarantee 24hr response time.

1300 380 335

What Does Learning at Adapt Education Look Like?

All student enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited trainer support available by phone, email and online (through instant chat or Zoom meetings). You even get your trainer’s mobile number!
  • Online or Correspondence options:
    • Easy to navigate online system. The online course is interactive, meaning less reading and more visually engaging resources.
    • If online isn’t for you than you can opt for correspondence (hard copy books) or a combination of the two modes…
  • Up to 2 years to complete. Note: students receiving the education supplement (Centrelink) may be obligated to complete in a shorter time frame.
  • Classroom options available. Please contact us to find current intakes and locations.


Self Paced Study

  • Study at home, at work, or anywhere in the world for that matter!
  • With no classes or lectures required you can study at times that suit you.
  • No assessment due dates to stress about.

Learning is supported by recorded webinars and interactive learning materials so you can view them at a time that suits you.

Should I choose Certificate III or Certificate IV?

Note: In 2022 the course codes and course names are being updated:

  •  CHC30213 Certificate III in Education support is replaced by CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education support is replaced by CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

New enrolments are being enrolled into the newest version of the course.

Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Generally accepted as the industry standard for a Teacher Aide. When looking at job advertisements, the significant majority of schools will require a Teacher Aide to possess a Certificate III. The Certificate III will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to complete the broad range of tasks expected of a Teacher Aid.

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Most students will complete the Certificate III before moving on to the Certificate IV. If you have relevant work experience or previous qualifications you may request to skip the Certificate III and commence at the Certificate IV level. The Certificate IV has more of an in-depth focus on working with children with learning difficulties, additional needs and disabilities.

The Certificate III to Certificate IV Bridging program

The Certificate III & Certificate IV in School Based Education Support qualifications do have a lot of overlap. If you have completed the Certificate III in School Based Education Support, we do offer a bridging program across to the Certificate IV. This means that instead of completing an additional 17 units, you just complete the gaps between the Certificate III and the Certificate IV. Our bridging program will save you months of time spent on assessment and at only $1400* is an affordable way to upgrade your qualifications. Download the Bridging Program Course Outline

*Prices will vary depending on the electives you have completed in your Cert III. Contact Adapt for a quote.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have completed qualifications in Childcare (Childrens Services) or you have experience or other relevant qualifications you may be eligible for RPL. We specialise in RPL and guarantee that we will maximise the credit you are eligible to receive.

Government Funding

To confirm your eligibility for funding call us on 1300 380 335

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy is available for eligible QLD residents enrolling in the Certificate III in School Based Education Support. Click here for the eligibility criteria.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills subsidy is available for eligible QLD residents enrolling in the Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. Click here for the eligibility criteria.

For detailed information about course fees and payment plans view the fee schedule.

Centrelink support

These qualifications are Centrelink approved and you may be eligible to receive ongoing study support benefits while you study from home. If you are a single parent, on a carers pension, disability pension, Newstart allowance and several others, you may be eligible for the Education Supplement and the Education Entry Payment. To find out if you’re eligible for Centrelink payments check the Centrelink website or call 13 24 90 and ask about the above payments. The Certifcate III in School Based Education Support is registered with Centrelink as 40 weeks full time (or 70 weeks part time). The Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is registered with Centrelink as 53 weeks full time (or 89 weeks part time).

Don’t meet the requirements for the subsidies above? Don’t worry, we have payment plans to suit every budget.

Course Fees
  • Fees quoted below are per student for the self-paced study mode.
  • Fees quoted are all inclusive. No hidden costs or fees.
  • Additional fees may apply if you are completing the first aid unit as part of your course. Refer to the relevant course outline for further details.

Certificate III in School Based Education Support

  • $2180  for a standard fee paying student; or $2080 for a concession card holder (available on $25 /week payment plan)
  • $100 ($6.66/unit) for a student eligible to receive the Certificate 3 Guarantee
  • $50  ($3.33/unit) for a concession card holder eligible to receive the Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

  • $2580  for a standard fee paying student; or $2480 for a concession card holder (available on $25 /week payment plan)
  • $200 ($11.76/unit) for a student eligible to receive the Higher Level Skills Subsidy
  • $100 ($5.88/unit) for a concession card holder eligible to receive the Higher Level Skills Subsidy

Payment plans are offered at no additional cost! That’s right, you DO NOT pay more if you opt for a payment plan. You nominate the payment periods (i.e. weekly, fortnightly or monthly). You nominate the amount you are comfortable paying (i.e. $50, $100, $200, etc.).

For more information about eligibility criteria for the subsidised rates go to our Government funding page.

Contact us for a quote if you have specific requirements or a group booking.

For more information about course inclusions and exclusions go to our fee schedule page.

Assessment and Practical Placement

Course assessment consists of two components:

  1. Theory – assessment methods may include: textbook activities, short answer questions, case studies, scenarios, projects and reports.
  2. Practical – achieved through observations through out your practical placement.

Practical Placement – So many of our students gain employment as a result of their placement. It is a great learning experience and a chance to impress!

  • 100hrs placement in a school (Prep – Yr 12).
  • Complete your hours at any stage throughout your course.
  • We can arrange your placement or you can arrange your own.
  • Additional hours (up to 100) may be required for school based students, early school leavers, or those assessed as having limited work/life experience. This will enable more time to develop skills in a work setting.

Note: many States have mandated that people completing a practical placement in certain industries (such as schools) must have received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. It is your responsibility to check the requirements of your State prior to enrolling and prior to commencing your practical placement.

First Aid as an Elective

Apart from being a crucial life skill, having up-to-date First Aid certification can improve your employability. You have the option of selecting HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting as an elective unit within this course. Note: selecting this unit is not mandatory. You may book into an Adapt Education first aid course or you can complete it with any provider in Australia. Simply present your certificate to us on completion and we will credit the unit towards your Education Support course.

Some important points to consider if selecting HLTAID012 as an elective:

  • The cost of the first aid unit is not included in Adapt Education’s course fee. You will need to pay the listed course fee to your selected first aid provider.
  • Ensure the unit you are booking into a first aid course that includes the nationally recognised unit HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting.
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • You will have a computer and access to the internet to complete the assessment requirements of the course. Please discuss with Adapt if this is an issue as strategies can be put in place to assist.
  • All students will complete a brief Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test prior to commencing their course. Any students who does not meet the minimum standard for their course will be contacted to discuss options and strategies that can be put in place.

Working with Children Check

As working with children is a part of this course, it is required that students obtain clearance from the relevant authority prior to commencing their practical placement. In some jurisdictions students can apply for student/volunteer cards that are free but please remember that if you gain employment as a teacher aide you must hold the correct paid employee card.

How to Enrol

There are no set in-take dates so you can enrol whenever you’re ready!

  1. Read the Student Handbook and the Course Outline for your preferred course
  2. Go to to complete and submit your enrolment. Alternatively call us on 1300 380 335 to enrol over the phone.

Upon receipt of your enrolment form an Adapt Education staff member will contact you to discuss:

  • Your elective units of study (if electives are available)
  • Your practical placement preferences
  • Your course timeline and goals
  • A suitable course commencement and induction date

All students will receive a course induction.

If you would like to discuss your enrolment with an Adapt Education staff member please call 1300 380 335 or email:

Want The Quick Overview?

Check out the Teacher Aide course explainer video.

Why Us?

  1. Service – We guarantee friendly staff and prompt responses.
  2. Flexible – You can progress at any pace with no stressful due dates. Need an extension? Need to put your payment plan on hold? Want to change study mode half-way through? No Problem!
  3. Quality – Our online system is sleek, interactive and easy to use. A quality course will benefit your skills and employability and could be the difference between you completing the course or not…
  4. Price and Payment – You will search long and far to find a comparable price and we don’t charge more for choosing to pay via a payment plan.
  5. Specialists – We don’t do 100’s of courses, we do a few courses and we do them exceptionally well!

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