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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 CHC40221 Certificate IV in 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 (special needs, language/literacy, cultural

+ support)

+ School-age Care Assistant Educator (vacation care, OSHC,

+ kindergarten)

+ Inclusion Support

+ Special School Teacher Aide

+ School Support Officer (SSO)

+ Learning Support Officer or Classroom Assistant


+ Duration: 9 months

+ Work placement: 100hrs

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.

To view the superseded version of this course, click here.


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: Classroom

  • Work placement: 100 hours

  • Duration: 9 months

  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, roleplay, 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

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

Traineeship: N/A

Full Fee: $6,000


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 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 or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available.

  • MCIE Work-placement Officers will facilitate the work placement for students into an education environment.

  • It is a requirement that students obtain the following prior to commencing practical placement.

  • Working with Children Check (minimum level required ‘voluntary’ which is at no cost)

Students must have a Working with Children Check and in some workplaces may require a Police Check, to be accepted into work placement for this qualification.

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.

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
CHCEDS046 Support student literacy learning
CHCEDS045 Support student mathematics learning
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres
CHCEDS048 Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCEDS051 Work with students in need of additional learning support
CHCEDS056 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCEDS058 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCPRP003 Support the implementation of behaviour plans

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTINF001 Infection Control
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!