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​​CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support

CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support

Centrelink/DHS Approved: Yes
NQF Approved Qualification: Yes 
Recognised Australia wide: Yes

Qualification Description

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is an ideal qualification for people seeking employment in education roles which provides assistance and support to qualified Educators and Teachers. It is a versatile qualification leading the graduate to work in a range of diverse education environments including schools, kindergartens, preschools, school age care or other education environment in entry level positions. It is the ideal qualification for any prospective student who want to have flexibility in their chosen education environment.

Entry Requirements


The guideline for duration is 6 months – 1 year however, training is self-paced, and duration depends on the individual learner, their employment situation and enrolment type. Credit transfer and RPL options may also reduce the overall time taken to complete the course.

Study Options

ACCCO offers a variety of delivery options that allows students to complete the qualification in a mode/s that suit individual learning requirements:

Learning Areas

The certificate III qualification prepares you for working within an education environment supporting students and qualified educators. There are 17 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Working effectively with students, including managing behaviour
  • Supporting child/student development and learning within a curriculum framework
  • Working with diverse people
  • Following legal and ethical frameworks, including child protection

Units in this Qualification

This qualification is made up of 17 units of competency (12 core, 5 elective) which reflect the needs of industry.

Core units

CHCEDS007   Work effectively with students and colleagues
CHCECE006   Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS001   Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
CHCEDS017   Contribute to the health and safety of children
CHCEDS003   Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS002   Assist in implementation of planned education and programs
CHCEDS004   Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
CHCEDS005   Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS006   Support the development of numeracy skills
CHCEDS018   Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
CHCDIV001   Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002   Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Elective units

CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001   Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCEDS023   Supervise students outside the classroom
CHCPRP003   Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAID003      Provide first aid

Please note: HLTAID003 Provide first aid unit may be completed at an additional cost through an external provider if the student is unable to attend an ACCCO training location.  

To learn more about what is included in the units above, click here and type in the unit code.

Employment Opportunities

The Certificate III qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Teacher Aide in schools, preschools/kindergartens
  • Education Support staff
  • Education Assistant (additional needs, language/literacy, cultural support)
  • School Age Care Assistant Educator (vacation care, OSHC, Kindergarten)
  • Inclusion Support Aide
  • SSO or school Support Officer
  • Education Support Worker
  • Learning Support Officer or Classroom Assistant

      Vocational Placement

      All students need to be employed or volunteering in a school or ACECQA approved service to complete the practical components of their qualification. This will be for no less than 100 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. Placement must be completed in an ACECQA approved classroom setting (before & after school care, school classroom or kindergarten program). Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability. The ACCCO Trainer Assessor may be able to support you to arrange this placement if you don't already have one. Students must have a current Working with Children Check prior to starting placement.

      Help and Support

      No matter what your study mode, all students in this qualification are allocated an ACCCO Trainer Assessor who will guide them through the qualification. Trainer Assessors are all qualified in early childhood education and have at least 5 years' experience completing the job you are wanting to hold. Trainer Assessors provide regular phone, email and face to face support in the workplace so you always have help when you need it!

      Pathways to Further Study

      On completion of this qualification with ACCCO, you can use the qualification to gain credit into other qualifications including:


      This qualification attracts funding assistance for eligible persons!!!  Funding varies between State / Territories so please check your eligibility requirements for what is available to you in your area.  

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      How to Apply

      1. Choose Your Course

      Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to complete an enrolment form and a Literacy, Language and Numeracy indicator (LLN).

      Check you meet:

      • Minimum Age Requirement
      • English Language & Academic Requirements
      • Appropriate Visa Requirements

      2. Prepare Your Application

      Complete the online enrolment form, and upload details of:

      • Colour copy of Passport or Driver’s Licence. (Proof of ID+ residency)                                                                        - If passport provided please provide a copy of a bank statement or utility bill issued within the last 6 months showing your current residential address.
      • Colour copy of either: current green Medicare card; Birth Certificate; current Australian passport; current New Zealand passport; or Australian citizenship certificate. (Proof of citizenship)
      • Colour copy of Certificates and Statement Results for any previously attained or partially completed qualifications completed in or recognised in Australia.

      3. Process of Your Application

      Your enrolment will be assessed on the information you have provided. Upon receiving all paperwork and supporting evidence a formal assessment of your eligibility for government funding and suitability for the qualification is conducted. You will be notified by an enrolments officer on the status of this application once your eligibility has been assessed.

      *Please note that we are unable to finalise your enrolment until all required information and supporting evidence has been provided.

      4. Letter of Offer

      ACCCO assesses the enrolment application. When deemed a successful enrolment application, the student will be issued a Letter of Offer to study with ACCCO. Student reads and accepts the conditions outlined in the Letter of Offer. Student fees are finalised – payment established.

      5. Confirm Your Enrolment

      If your enrolment application is accepted, you will receive a welcome email with a Confirmation of Enrolment attached, confirming acceptance into the qualification. It is important to check your junk or spam folder as this email can end up here sometimes. If not received, please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 during business hours. Your Trainer Assessor will contact you to undertake an induction and commence the learning program.

      Before you submit your application it is important that you provide all the above required documents. Without these we are unable to process your application.

      Any Questions?

      For assistance with your enrolment, our Enrolments Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. Contact us now and we'll get you started...


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