Certificate III in Education Support by Open Colleges

Certificate III in Education Support by Open Colleges

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Self paced
Maximum 18 months
Delivery method
Online with Work Placement
Flexible payments options available
(25% off)

Certificate III in Education Support by Open Colleges

Click here to study our nationally accredited Certificate III in Education Support and become a teachers aide. Flexible study options
Self paced
Maximum 18 months
Delivery method
Online with Work Placement
Flexible payments options available
(25% off)
Self paced
Maximum 18 months
Delivery method
Online with Work Placement
Flexible payments options available
(25% off)
Download course guide
Enquire now

Course Description

Become a valued part of the education system as a Teacher’s Aide, Learning Support Assistant or Support Worker assisting children with special needs, with the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support .  

This course is superseded by CHC30221 – Certificate III in School Based Education Support.  For now, you may still enrol in this course, and we will transition you to the new course at no additional cost once it is available. We’ll be in touch closer to our launch date to give you more information about what this means for you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, as our friendly Enrolment Consultants are always happy to help.

What you’ll learn

  • The Certificate III will fully prepare you for a career in the classroom, helping teachers to educate, support and inspire students.

  • This online education support course will give you the expertise to communicate and work collaboratively with teachers and colleagues, as well as to support the holistic wellbeing, health and safety of all students.

  • You will master the skills that you need to effectively help children learn and develop numeracy, literacy and oral language skills.

  • During your studies you will learn how to help children and teens with behavioural issues, and how to fully support and assist those with special learning needs.

  • You will become adept at implementing planned education programs in classroom settings, as well as helping with the organisation and management of classrooms and community education centres.

  • The Certificate III lets you choose what you would like to specialise in as a Teacher’s Aide with a choice of elective subjects, some of which include: small group learning, supporting ESL students, and working with families to provide appropriate care for children.

Why study this course?

  • The Certificate III offers the best of both worlds: the flexibility of online learning, with a practical 120 hours of work placement in a real classroom of your choosing, so you can practice and perfect what you learn.

  • The Certificate is perfect for people who are wanting to start a career in education support, as well as for those who are already working in the area but who need to formalise their experience in order to take the next step in their career. 

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note – limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education worker
  • Education Assistant
  • Education Assistant (special needs)
  • Education Support Officer
  • Education Support Worker
  • Home Tutor
  • Homeland Teaching Assistant
  • Language Worker
  • Literacy Worker
  • School Learning Support Officer
  • Support Worker (working with children with disabilities)
  • Teacher Aide
  • Teaching Assistant
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You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven’t successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Audio visual requirements

  • You will need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet. 
  • You’ll also need access to a digital video recording device and/or digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology. 

Physical requirements

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual handling and other physical activities. Where first aid is a requirement of the host organisation, you will be required to complete 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult manikin placed on the floor.

Other technology requirements

  • Office equipment and resources including telephone, photocopier, scanner and printer.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.



Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you’ll be given access to the next Module. 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Facilitate programs and behaviour


Support behaviour of children and young people

  • Contribute to a safe and supportive environment
  • Use positive support techniques
  • Observe and collect data to assist with development of appropriate strategies for support
  • Implement strategies to support children or young people who require additional support
  • Monitor and review strategies


Work effectively with students and colleagues

  • Communicate effectively with students
  • Use current, recognised good practice techniques of communication
  • Work effectively with diverse students and colleagues


Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment

  • Work with others to support students with additional needs
  • Support individual students with additional needs
  • Assist with classroom programs to support students with additional needs
  • Contribute to learning opportunities

Developing literacy and oral language skills


Support the development of literacy and oral language skillsleagues

  • Identify oral language, reading and writing skills
  • Work within guidelines of literacy program
  • Support student literacy

Developing numeracy skills in Education


Support the development of numeracy skills

  • Apply developmental and learning approaches to basic numeracy skills under supervision of teacher
  • Implement a numeracy support program
  • Support student numeracy programs

Health and safe practices in Education


Contribute to the health and safety of students

  • Maintain a safe environment
  • Maintain a hygienic and healthy environment
  • Supervise students in conjunction with teacher
  • Deal with emergency situations
  • Support the health and wellbeing of students

Safe practice in Education

Enables the learner to identify areas of the workplace where resource improvements can be made. In hindsight of the previous modules, the learner can use the acquired knowledge and skill to identify resource inefficiencies in areas of food and water supply and hygiene.


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Diversity in the workplace


Work with diverse people

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Contributing to student development


Contribute to student education in all developmental domains

  • Support the physical development of students
  • Support the social and emotional development of students
  • Support the cognitive and language development of students
  • Contribute to the inclusion of all students in the classroom and community

Resourcing and planning in Education


Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre (partial)

  • Manage self in classroom
  • Select and utilise equipment effectively
  • Prepare and maintain teaching aids, materials and resources
  • Monitor classroom supplies
  • Process and maintain information (documents and records)
  • Operate computers, printers and current technological equipment used in classroom activities
  • Contribute to the organisation and coordination of school/centre activities


Assist implementation of planned educational programs

  • Contribute to planning and preparation of educational program
  • Assist in the implementation of planned educational program
  • Contribute to a consistent and stable learning environment
  • Contribute to individual and group assessment in consultation with the teacher


Choice of four of the following electives


  • CHCEDS008 Comply with school administrative requirements
  • CHCEDS012 Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas
  • CHCEDS014 Support students with English as a second language
  • CHCEDS015 Support development of student research skills
  • CHCEDS016 Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment
  • CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid: Please note Open Colleges does not provide this unit. You will need to provide a current Education and Care First Aid Certificate to satisfy competency for this unit and apply for a credit transfer if you hold the unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Payment Options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Zip Money Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising Zip Money to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to Zip Money over an agreed period of time. Zip Money provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.


With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from – whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

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Work Placement

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Your work placement will need to be conducted in an approved school setting in Australia. 

Although we encourage you to begin to think about work placement when you begin your studies, your work placement starts in Module 9. This allows you to develop all the skills and knowledge you will need to make a positive contribution to the classroom. In Module 9 you’ll begin to put your new skills into practice.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or OC), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation and uniforms are the responsibility of the student.