Certificate III in Education Support

This qualification covers workers in a range of education settings including public and independent schools and community education settings that provide assistance and support to teachers and students under broad based supervision.

Some jurisdictions may require specialist skill development and supervision by qualified teachers to address specific job roles.

Some job roles may require the education support worker to complete work external to the immediate education environment e.g. in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Occupational titles may include:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education worker

Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant

Education assistant

Language worker

Education assistant (special needs)

Literacy worker

Education support worker

Support worker (working with children with disabilities)

Home tutor

Teacher aide

Homeland teaching assistant

Teacher assistant


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

14 units are required for award of this qualification including:

8 core units

6 elective units

A range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Group B elective which required in some jurisdictions for reporting of child abuse

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCCHILD301B Support behaviour of children and young people

add topic CHCEDS301B Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment

add topic CHCEDS303A Contribute to student education in all developmental domains

add topic CHCEDS312A Work with diversity in the education environment

add topic CHCEDS313B Communicate with students

add topic CHCEDS314B Work effectively in an education team

add topic CHCEDS316B Comply with school administrative requirements

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking education support work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Group B elective - required in some jurisdictions for reporting of child abuse

The following elective is required in some jurisdictions to meet legislative requirements for mandatory reporting of child abuse:

add topic CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

The selection of electives should be guided by the type of service delivery and the setting.

Literacy and numeracy electives

add topic CHCEDS305A Support the development of reading skills

add topic CHCEDS306A Support the development of writing skills

add topic CHCEDS307A Support the development of numeracy skills

add topic CHCEDS308A Support the development of oral language skills

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

Electives for work with students with disabilities

add topic CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability

add topic CHCEDS335A Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment

add topic CHCEDS330B Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment

Electives for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Education Worker

add topic CHCEDS317B Communicate with parents, students and colleagues in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language

add topic CHCEDS318B Work effectively as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander education worker

add topic CHCEDS403B Promote and implement Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language and culture programs

add topic CHCEDS404A Liaise with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community re education program

Home tutor electives

add topic CHCCN301C Ensure the health and safety of children

add topic CHCCN302A Provide care for children

add topic CHCEDS305A Support the development of reading skills

add topic CHCEDS306A Support the development of writing skills

add topic CHCEDS307A Support the development of numeracy skills

add topic CHCEDS319A Search and assess online information

add topic CHCEDS320B Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas

add topic CHCIC301E Interact effectively with children

add topic CHCRF301E Work effectively with families to care for the child

add topic HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA311A )

add topic CHCFC502A Foster physical development in early childhood

add topic CHCFC512A Foster physical development in middle childhood

Education support electives

add topic CHCCS312A Use electronic learning materials

add topic CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector

add topic CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability

add topic CHCDIS411A Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

add topic CHCEDS302A Facilitate implementation of planned educational programs

add topic CHCEDS304A Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre

add topic CHCEDS330B Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment

add topic CHCEDS331B Contribute to the health and safety of students

add topic CHCEDS335A Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment

add topic CHCEDS319A Search and assess online information

add topic CHCEDS320B Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas

add topic CHCEDS321B Use an e-learning management system

add topic CHCEDS322A Support students with English as a second language

add topic CHCEDS323A Support development of student research skills

add topic LMFFT4011B Purchase materials and consumables

First Aid

In some jurisdictions, it is a condition of employment that Education Support Workers are competent in basic first aid. Candidates and employers should clarify specific jurisdiction requirements for first aid.

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA311A )

Information technology electives

add topic BSBITU201A Produce simple word processed documents

add topic BSBITU202A Create and use spreadsheets

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology

add topic ICAICT101A Operate a personal computer

add topic ICAU1130B Operate a spreadsheet application

add topic ICAU1132B Operate a presentation package

add topic ICAICT103A Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email

add topic ICPMM263C Access and use the internet

Oral health

add topic CHCOHC303B Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries