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Certificate III in Education Support

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: CHC30213 Cricos: 096645B

Overview

Campus

Epping, Preston

Campus

Epping, Preston

Duration

6 months full time

Duration

6 months

Requirements

Minimum age of 18 years. Working with Children Check (WWC).

Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Working with Children Check (WWC) and Police Check.

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

A high impact career

Teachers’ aides make a real difference in the lives of the children they support. Working with children with special needs is an ideal career for people who enjoy working with children and possess patience, resilience and empathetic natures. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Education Support teaches a specialised skill set to provide this support. Opportunities for education support workers are expected to increase substantially in the next five years, with an additional 30,000 job opportunities predicted. You can expect to be in demand and enjoy job security and opportunities to learn and develop your career. More importantly, you’ll make a difference to people’s lives.

Learn to provide the support they need

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Education Support provides the skills needed to give extra literacy and numeracy support to students with special needs in classroom settings. You will learn with highly experienced teachers who will guide your learning and mentor you in the essential skills needed to work as an educational support assistant. You will participate in a number of excursions to primary schools and be given the opportunity to listen to guest speakers from industry. You will also gain hands-on skills via a 100-hour workplace placement.

Graduate classroom-ready

The successful completion of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Education Support qualifies you to work as a teacher’s aide or education support worker. You may gain employment as an education assistant, Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant or with some further study, an education officer. This is a comprehensive and widely recognised qualification that provides the ideal foundation for a successful career in education support for children with special needs or further studies in education, training or early childhood care.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a teacher's aide, you will make a difference in the lives of the students you assist. You can work in all schools and community education settings that provide assistance to teachers and students. This work is ideal for parents needing to be home early for school-aged children.
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Education Assistant

Pathways

Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply to enrol in a Certificate IV in Education Support, Diploma of Education Support or a Bachelor of Education.

Course Details

Delivery methods

This course has a 100-hour workplace requirement.

  • Online components
  • Flexible
  • Practicum
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through a combination of on-the-job (practicum) and off-the-job tasks. Off-the-job assessment is a combination of class exercises, assignments and practical demonstrations.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCDIV002 PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY Core 25
CHCECE006 SUPPORT BEHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE Core 30
CHCEDS001 COMPLY WITH LEGISLATIVE, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL REQUIRMENTS IN THE EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT Core 35
CHCEDS002 ASSIST IN IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANNED EDUCATION PROGRAMS Core 40
CHCEDS003 CONTRIBUTE TO STUDENT EDUCATION IN ALL DEVELOPMENTAL DOMAINS Core 50
CHCEDS004 CONTRIBUTE TO ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CLASSROOM OR CENTRE Core 30
CHCEDS005 SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITERACY AND ORAL LANGUAGE SKILLS Core 55
CHCEDS006 SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUMERACY SKILLS Core 50
CHCEDS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES Core 40
CHCEDS011 SEARCH AND ASSESS ONLINE INFORMATION Elective 20
CHCEDS012 SET UP AND SUSTAIN INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP LEARNING AREAS Elective 18
CHCEDS014 SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Elective 30
CHCEDS016 SUPPORT LEARNING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Elective 35
CHCEDS017 CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY OF STUDENTS Core 30
CHCEDS018 SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS IN THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Core 30
HLTAID004 PROVIDE AN EMERGENCY FIRST AID RESPONSE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SETTING Elective 20

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $520 $2600 $6300
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $695 $2850 $6550
Per year $7800
Per semester $7800
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Students will need to order their course materials directly from the publisher, which we will help them to do in the first week of the course. They will also need to supply your own notebooks and stationery.

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

Applicants should be over 18 years old on commencement of the course and hold a Working with Children Check (WWC). Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or recognised equivalency
Other: Applicants must provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in Education settings (voluntarily, informally, or by paid employment) and the reasons why they want to study this course

Applicants will need to provide a Working with Children Check (WWC) and a police check

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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