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CHC40213 Certificate IV In Education Support

CHC40213 Certificate IV In Education Support

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

Qualification Description

The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support prepares students for working in a range of education support roles. It is most suited to roles which support Teachers in schools, particularly roles which work with children with additional needs and/or with a higher level of responsibility or autonomy.

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 IV qualification provides skills for working in schools and other education environments. There are 17 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Working effectively with students, including managing behaviour and supervision
  • Supporting child/student development and learning within a curriculum framework, specifically literacy and numeracy
  • Working with diverse people, specifically those with additional needs
  • Following legal and ethical frameworks, including child protection and policies

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

CHCECE006   Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS032   Supporting learning and implementation of responsible behaviour
CHCEDS001   Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001   Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCEDS021   Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS022   Work with students in need of additional support
CHCEDS025   Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCPRP003   Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCDIV001    Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCEDS024  Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education

Elective units

CHCEDS003   Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS017   Contribute to health and safety of children
CHCEDS019   Support students in mathematics learning
  Support students in literacy learning
     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 Areas

The Certificate IV 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:

Graduates also might like to pursue a career in teaching by completing university study.


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?

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