Certificate IV in Education Support

Education Support offers a fantastic career path for anyone interested in working with children 0-12 years old supporting their development. We are taking enrolments now for the Certificate IV Education Support.

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October 30, 2020
36 Weeks
CHC40213 - DC5402
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)

Do you want to work with children in a classroom?

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


Qualification Details

  • National Code: CHC40213
  • Units: 17 units (12 core & 5 electives)
  • Location: Level 5, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
  • Delivery Mode: Classroom
  • Work placement: 100 hours
  • Duration: 36 weeks (additional holidays of up to 6 weeks may be included)
  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, role play, portfolio, workplace-based tasks and assessor observations.
  • 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
  • Enrolment Fee: This is a Fee for Service course


Career Opportunities

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


Domestic Pricing

Government Funded* Traineeship^ Full Fee
$220 N/A $6,000
Textbook Cost
Textbook (MCIE will provide a hard copy after payment) $80

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies. 
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding. 



There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.


Entry Requirements

Education/Core Skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate IV 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.

Special Needs
MCIE welcomes people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.

All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Work Placement Support

MCIE Work-placement Officers will facilitate the work placement of students into an early childhood education and care service.


Industry Requirements

Candidates are required to provide evidence of the following for work placement:

  • Working with Children Check


Course Outline

Successful completion of this course requires students to complete 17 units of competency in total (12 core plus 5 electives). This course is delivered over 36 sessions with 7.5 hours of training including unit delivery and undertaking unit related activities and research work. There is a mandated requirement of 100 work placement hours to be undertaken as part of this course requirement.

Course Units

CHCECE006  Support behaviour of children and young people

CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people

CHCDIV002  Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

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

HLTWHS001  Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCEDS019  Support students’ mathematics learning

CHCEDS020  Support students’ literacy learning

CHCEDS026  Deliver elements of teaching and learning programs

CHCEDS031  Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

CHCDIS009  Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

Course Location

Study a Certificate IV in Education Support at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.

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Level 5, 250 Collins St Melbourne 3000   View map

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