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CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

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

Qualification Description

The CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care introduces students to the role of working in the field of school age care. It is one of the minimum qualifications for gaining employment in an ACECQA approved school age care service and often the first qualification for those wanting to move to higher qualifications in school age care in the future.

Through the Certificate IV, you will learn the basics of working with school age children and supporting their development. There are 19 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Supporting child interaction, behaviour and care
  • Assisting with child health and safety
  • Supporting child development and learning
  • Following legal and ethical frameworks

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:

    Units in this Qualification

    This qualification is made up of 19 units of competency (15 core, 4 elective) which reflect the needs of industry.

    Core units

    CHCSAC003   Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care
    CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    HLTAID004      Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
    CHCECE002   Ensure the health and safety of children
    CHCECE004   Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    CHCLEG001   Work legally and ethically
    HLTWHS001   Participate in workplace health and safety
    CHCSAC004   Support the holistic development of the child in school age care
    CHCECE009   Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    CHCSAC001   Support children to participate in school age care
    CHCECE011   Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
    CHCSAC002   Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
    CHCDIV001    Work with diverse people
    CHCDIV002    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    CHCECE001   Develop cultural competence

    Elective units

    CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
    CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
    CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations

    Please note: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency response in an education and care setting 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 IV qualification supports employment in the following roles: 

    • Educator in before and after school care programs
    • Educator in vacation care or school holiday programs
    • Nominated Supervisor
    • Support roles in leisure/youth programs including recreation Assistant
    • Educational Leader
    • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as a tutor, support workers or as a teacher aide

        Vocational Placement

        All students need to be employed or volunteering in an ACECQA approved school age care service to complete the practical components of their qualification. This will be for no less than 120 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. 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, you can gain credit (between 12-15 units) into the CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care to continue your education career.This will shorten the duration of your Diploma course and also reduce the fees.


        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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