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Teacher Aid RPL Program - QLD

Teacher aid rpl Program - QLD

What is the Teacher Aid RPL Program?

Education Support qualifications (sometimes known as Teacher Aide qualifications) supports students to learn the role of assisting a Teacher or Educator in a school or other education service. It involves learning strategies to facilitate children's learning, supporting children with additional needs, legislative and ethical requirements as well as health and safety.

Queensland state schools have an obligation to support their permanent or temporary teacher aides at OO2 (paypoint 4) to access recognition of prior learning toward obtaining a Certificate III in Education Support (RPL). The certificate aims to recognise the existing knowledge and skills of these teacher aides, and support their pathway to a higher paypoint (OO3 – paypoint 1).

While this obligation existed previously, it has been formalised in the latest certified agreement for teacher aides. In this new agreement, the department has committed to incorporating RPL providers into its existing supply arrangements.

This means that schools will now have access to a panel of pre-qualified registered training organisations (RTOs), making it easier for you to source an RTO to conduct RPL for your school’s teacher aides.

What qualification will be issued? 

CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support

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 keep their options open for the type of education environment they'd like to work in the future.

The Certificate III in Education support consists of 17 units 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

A full course outline can be found on our website -

How are my skills assessed?

In order for ACCCO to make an initial assessment of RPL, students will be asked to provide the following:

  • Transcripts of qualifications completed
  • Job description
  • Professional development certificates
  • Up to date resume outlining work history, skills and knowledge

Please note, RPL is not necessarily a quick process. A student is required to collate and coordinate evidence to show they have sufficient, valid and current knowledge and skills equivalent to the qualification they are enrolled in. Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an ACCCO Trainer Assessor. ACCCO doesn’t guarantee you will pass the entire qualification.

A visit to your workplace will be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or performance appraisals. The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification. RPL is about the student proving that the knowledge, skills and experience they have matches a unit or qualification. The student drives the RPL process by collating evidence to demonstrate their current knowledge, current skills and current experience that are relevant to the qualification they are seeking.

Once the evidence has been collated by the student and submitted, an ACCCO Trainer Assessor will consider the evidence of skills and knowledge the student has provided, matching this evidence against the relevant qualification. This process can take between 4 -6 weeks to assess.

Cost to the Participant

This qualification attracts Certificate 3 Guarantee funding assistance for eligible persons! If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, full fees apply.

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee a participant must be:

  • Aged 15 years or over
  • No longer at school
  • Not hold or be undertaking a Certificate level III or higher qualification
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland

You can read about this funding on our website -

If a person is eligible for funding under Certificate 3 Guarantee, the Queensland Government will subsidise the costs of their accredited training, although a student contribution fee will be required.

Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding, fees will be calculated at the Fee-For-Service rate.

Fees listed below are for the RPL process only and doesn’t cover any costs associated with Gap training if needed.

Pricing Schedule CG3 Subsidised Students Fee For Service Students
Non-Concessional Concessional Non-Concessional Concessional
Enrolment Fee N/A N/A $150.00 $150.00
#Price per Unit $15.00 $7.50 $160.00 $160.00
Total Course Fees $255  $127.50 $2,870.00 $2,870.00

Units awarded a credit transfer outcome attract no course fees.

Am I eligible for Concession?

The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:

  • the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card
  • the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • the student has a disability
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is an assessment only process for experienced workers who are seeking formal recognition of their existing skills and knowledge. Read more

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer (sometimes known as advanced standing) is awarded when a student has completed the units required for a qualification at another Registered Training Organisation. This may reduce the amount of time it will take you to gain a qualification, and reduce the overall cost. ACCCO provides credit transfer free of chargeRead more

Payment Options

Upfront Payment

Students can choose to pay up to $1500 of their student contribution fees upfront at enrolment. Further payments of up to $1500 can be made at later stages of a student's enrolment. ACCCO accepts the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Cheque

Payment Plan

Students can choose to enter into a payment plan arrangement to pay off their student contribution fees in smaller amounts over a period of time.

Students entering into an ACCCO payment plan have the option of fortnightly or monthly payments. Students with contributions fees of over $1500 can also request a weekly payment plan.

Payment plans require an initial upfront payment towards their student contribution fees to set up the plan, and then each payment period a recurring payment amount is direct debited from the student's nominated account.

Students are given recurring payment amount options when setting up their plan.

Example plans are given below.

Total Student
Contribution Fees
Upfront Payment Amount Recurring Payment Details
$500.00  $50.00 $25.00 x 18 fortnightly payments
$800.00 $100.00 $50.00 x 14 monthly payments
$4630.00 $310.00 $80 x 54 weekly payments

 Please note the above is an example only and may not reflect your actual course fees or the applicable payment plan options.

Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.

Pay As You Go

Students that are not receiving any funding for their course can choose to pay as they go. This is where a student will pay the fees for each unit of competency prior to commencing it.

How to Apply

Once you have made the decision to apply, please send through the following documents to

  • Current resume outlining your work history, skills and knowledge
  • Job description
  • Transcripts of qualifications completed
  • Professional development certificates

ACCCO will make an initial assessment of RPL then advise the student of the outcome.

If you have any questions regarding your application or any further enquiries, please feel free contact Head Office on 07 3257 1972.

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Want to find out more or ready to take the next step? Give us a call on 1300 139 406 to discuss your individual learning needs. 

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