Certificate III in School Based Education Support


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Do you love working with children? Educate, support and inspire them in a school or specialist school as a teacher’s aide. This course is a great way to start in education, if you are coming out of school, are re-entering the labour market, or want to change your career.


  • Find work as a teaching assistant at a school
  • Continue training for a teaching degree


You start with a short module, Success4U, that helps you successfully prepare for your course and make the most of it.

This nationally accredited qualification consists of 12 general subjects and 5 elective subjects. It covers:

  • the behaviour and development of children, and how to support them
  • health and safety in the classroom, which includes a First Aid training
  • how to work with special needs, diversity and children at risk
  • how to organise the classroom and help develop literacy, numeracy and other subjects
  • how to work effectively with others and contribute to the effective operation of the whole school

The course includes 120 hours of hands-on training at a school. The Centre has an excellent network in the region to help you find a suitable school for your placement. A trainer will observe you working at the school as part of your assessment. Work placement is an ideal way to develop contacts for future employment.


  • Working with Children Check
  • Possible industry required vaccinations e.g. Influenza.


Talk to us today to see if you are eligible for funding.

  • Government funded concession fee $0
  • Government funded full fee: $0
  • Fee for service fee $3,998

You may qualify for The Victorian Skills First funding if you do not have a post-school qualification.

Talk to us today to see if you are eligible for funding.


The course is delivered two days per week in the classroom over six to eight months – dependent on length of time taken to complete the work placement component. Times are generally 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, but these hours can be flexible to your needs. You also get hands-on experience through the 120-hour placement. Work placement hours are agreed to with the host school.

The course can also be offered through our traineeship mode at the workplace if you are already employed or seeking to undertake a formal traineeship with a school. Your will study in your free time or during study leave, if through a formal traineeship, and a trainer will visit you at the workplace at least once a month.

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Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Individuals with a disability are encouraged to access government subsidised training.