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Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Do you want to work in a classroom? The CHC40213 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is the highest level teacher aide course for anyone seeking a career as an education support worker in an Australian school.

Job prospects

+ Teacher Aide in schools: pre-schools and kindergartens

+ Education Support Worker

+ Education Assistant

+ School-age Care Assistant Educator

+ Inclusion Support

+ Special School Teacher Aide

+ School Support Officer (SSO)

+ Learning Support Officer or Classroom Assistant


+ Duration: 42 weeks

+ Work placement: 100 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding (including JobTrainer) is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available at the Melbourne CBD campus. Call us to discuss your study options.

Satisfied with training

  • 85.8% Satisfied with training

Percentage of graduates in the Education field who were satisfied with the training (Certificate IV).

Improved work status

  • 73.6% Improved work status

Percentage of graduates in the Education field who were satisfied with the training (Certificate IV).


  • $64,900 Salary

The middle of the range of salaries earned by graduates in the Education field starting their first ever full-time job after graduating (Certificate IV).

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An Education support worker works with children in pre-school or school environments:

  • supporting children to develop social skills

  • supporting activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children

  • setting up indoor and outdoor learning opportunities and activities

  • supporting the academic studies of children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties

  • preparing printed materials required to support teaching

  • supporting cultural awareness

Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete the course.

  • National Code: CHC40221

  • Units: 17 units (13 core & 4 electives)

  • Location: Level 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 & 3/1-9 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC, 3030

  • Delivery Mode: Class-based

  • Work placement: 100 hours

  • Duration: 42 weeks

  • Assessment: Written, scenario, role play, portfolio, observation and workplace tasks

  • Prior experience: if you have previously worked in schools as an Early Childhood Educator, Tutor, Teacher’s Support or Teacher’s Aide or in a similar role, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer

Government Funded: $220 (usual price, unless a special promotion is available)*

Traineeship: N/A

Full Fee: $5,728

*Eligibility criteria applies. Enrolment fees include textbooks, resource and Students ID charges.  For more information click here. Fees may be subject to change before or during a student’s enrolment.  For any further course costs, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

A nationally recognised qualification in Education Support is about gaining the skills and knowledge to work in education environments supporting teachers with young students requiring additional support. You could become…

  • Teacher Aide in schools, preschools/kindergartens

  • Education Support staff

  • Education Assistant (special needs, language/literacy, cultural support)

  • School Age Care Assistant Educator (vacation care, OSHC, Kindergarten)

  • Inclusion Support

  • Special School Teacher Aide

  • SSO or School Support Officer

  • Education Support Worker

  • Learning Support Officer or Classroom Assistant

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.

Education/core skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.

Age at commencement
It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

Students with disabilities
MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustment where applicable.

All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at, or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Digital technology
Students are required to have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

MCIE Work Placement Officers will facilitate work placement for students into a local school environment.

Candidates may be required to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):
• National Police Check
• Working with Children Check
• Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test

Successful completion of this course requires students to complete 17 units of competency in total (14 core units plus 5 elective units). The course is delivered over 36 weeks with 7.5 class hours per week plus 100 hours work placement.

Core Units

CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students

CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning (100 Mandated WP hours)

CHCEDS046 Support student literacy learning

CHCEDS045 Support student mathematics learning

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures

CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support

CHCEDS051 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities

CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans

Elective Units

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities and development

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

CHCEDS049 Supervise students outside the classroom

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

The reviews

Diploma of early childhood education and care

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2021

Hi , I am done my diploma of early childhood education and care from this school. My trainer name is Seema. She is the best trainer and explained the content very well. She is very friendly with the students. Thank you so much Seema and thanks to Maryan.


Fantastic course to work in a classroom

Rated 5 out of 5
March 31, 2021

This course is really great with awesome teachers!

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