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Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Want to work as a teacher aide or education support worker? Start your journey by studying a Certificate IV in School Based Education Support at MCIE.

Job prospects

+ Teacher Aide

+ Education Support Worker

+ Education Assistant

+ Inclusion Support Worker

+ Learning Support Officer

+ Classroom Assistant


+ Duration: 42 weeks

+ Work placement: 100 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

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

How can I study?

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

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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).

National code: CHC40221

Units: 13 core + 4 elective

Location: MCIE City Campus, Level 8 & 9, 234 – 250 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Program delivery: Blended training

Work placement: 100 hours

Delivery: 38 sessions

Holiday weeks: 4

Total duration: 42 weeks

Government funded: $200*

Government concession: $40*

Self-funded: $3,500

Textbooks and materials: $140

*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

With a Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, you could become a…

  • 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 Worker

  • Special School Teacher Aide

  • SSO or School Support Officer

  • Education Support Worker

  • Learning Support Officer or Classroom Assistant


According to the National Skills Commission:

  • There are currently 110,200 Teacher Aides employed in Australia

  • Future growth for this occupation is forecasted at nearly 18%

  • 22% of Teacher Aides work full-time

  • Weekly earnings in this role are around $1,137

  • 90% of Teacher Aides are women with an average age of 46.


There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.



You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.

All candidates 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 administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Students with disabilities

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


Digital technology

Students must 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.


Industry requirements

Candidates may be asked 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 and COVID-19 vaccinations


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Blended training delivery

This program is delivered as blended training, both in-person and remotely in real-time via Microsoft Teams, for approximately 7.5 hours per week, with up to 5 hours trainer-directed learning each week.



Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, reflective journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are delivered online via the Canvas LMS.


Required equipment

We recommend that students have access to a laptop or tablet to submit their assessments. MCIE provides access to Microsoft Office.

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

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective Units

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities and development

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

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.

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The reviews

Diploma of early childhood education and care

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

March 31, 2021

This course is really great with awesome teachers!

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