Train as an education support officer and work in schools as an integration aide.

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We’re ready when you are!  Our blended program is facilitated with quality online and/or distance resources, facilitated by experienced and qualified education support professionals with proven results.  Take your skills and knowledge further, reflect on and improve your professional practice and gain enhanced competency in your role.

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Successful completion of this qualification equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to provide professional and compassionate support to primary, secondary and special educational students in this rewarding sector.  With our quality resources, expert facilitation and clear, practical assessments you could be qualified sooner than you think!

Our program covers how to:

  • Support learning of students with disabilities in the classroom
  • Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • Assist with implementing planned educational programs
  • Facilitate ongoing skills development 
  • Work with diversity
  • Comply with school administrative requirements,
  • and more

This is the nationally recognised qualification that is essential for those who want to become Integration Aides, Teacher Aides or Education Support professionals in Australia.

Who is this course for?

  • those who have completed the Certificate III in Education Support or similar program (note: this is not a pre-requisite), or
  • those who have some experience in an education support or similar role, or
  • students undertaking an education related qualification looking for experience, or
  • experienced education support workers who need to gain the current accredited qualification (you could be eligible for recognition), and
  • those who are looking to gain family-friendly work with flexible working hours

Delivery Options

This course is offered with the flexibility of distance or online learning enabling you to study at your own pace, whenever and however it suits you.  With this blended approach, we will supply you with a set of resources for the course enabling you to get started as soon as your enrolment is confirmed. With a duration of 6 months up to 18 months, you may work through the required units of this program with the option to extend for a further six months if required.  Our qualified and experienced training team will provide full support with monthly monitoring of your progress and frequent feedback.

Learning Resources

Once your enrolment is confirmed, you will receive your first set of learning resources enabling you to get started.  These comprehensive resources will support your learning throughout your course and become an excellent point of reference for your future career.

Start anytime

With blended learning, you’re in control!  You can study modules at your own pace from anywhere in Australia, and can join this course at any time.  If you’re ready to start your career in education support, call and speak to one of our friendly consultants today.

Fees and Funding

Victorian residents who undertake workshop-based or blended training may be eligible for Commonwealth and Victorian Government Funding (Skills First previously known as Victorian Training Guarantee) – see our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Practical assessments

Assessment tasks are practical and, where possible, oriented to your work or placement context for relevance. They consist of a variety of tasks requiring the ability to research, analyse and present your responses in written form, including reports and practical demonstrations.  Feedback on completion of tasks is given as you progress through the course.  Your placement supervisor will also be asked to provide third party reports on your progress and feedback on your overall placement performance.

This approach enables you to complete this course efficiently and effectively.  If you are already working in an education support role, you may find that you are able to complete the assessment tasks more quickly.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however to gain maximum benefit, you will need to be able to speak, read and write fluently in English, as well as have basic computer and internet skills and reliable access.  It is recommended that applicants have completed to at least a Year 11 secondary school level, however, all applicants will be required to undertake a pre-training review, including language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Special note regarding employment after completion of this course

There are requirements for working and learning in the education sector that all applicants should be aware of prior to enrolment. You will be required to undergo a Working With Children check, as well as a National Police Check.  In addition, registered schools will require you to have a current Working With Children (WWC) check.  See our page for more information about the WWC.

Please consider this information carefully prior to enrolment to ensure you will be eligible to fulfil these requirements, as Phillips Institute cannot be held responsible for an inability of any student to meet their practical placement assessment requirements which are a non-negotiable component of this program.

For more information about these requirements, speak to one of our course advisors.

Pathway qualifications

On completion of this qualification, you can take your studies further with higher education courses in education or support sectors.

Units of Competency

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
CHCEDS021 Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS022 Work with students in need of additional support
CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
CHCEDS025 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCEDS032 Support learning and implementation of responsible behaviour
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies*
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach*
CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre*
CHCEDS007 Work effectively with students and colleagues*
CHCEDS023 Supervise students outside the classroom*

If you have already completed units in prior study, such as from the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or similar program, you can apply for credit transfer which may reduce your study time and fees.

*Please note: elective units as published may be subject to change – please confirm prior to enrolment.

Ready to get started?

Get ready for your future career in education support – Call us on 1300 558 837 or just click on the Apply Now tab on the menu to enquire or when you’re ready to apply.

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