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Certificate IV School Based Education Support

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CHC40221 – Cert 4 in School Based Education Support


The qualification CHC40221 – Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is referred to in industry as the Cert 4 Education Support or your teacher’s aide course. Education support workers assist teachers and support student learning in a range of primary and secondary classroom settings under the guidance of a teacher or other educational professional. To complete the Cert IV Education Support, the individual must complete at least 100 hours of work in a classroom environment catering to primary or secondary school students, within at least one approved school.

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Course CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
Delivery Options

Classroom based, or

Blended: online learning + classroom practicals, or

Start DateInformation sessions held online, Monday to Thursday.
Duration10 months average

All students who meet the Skills First eligibility criteria can access $0 tuition fees for this course. Traineeships will have tuition fees.

Study this course for no-fee

You could have all of your tuition fees covered thanks to the Victorian Governments Skills First Funding Program.

General Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Evidence of citizenship/residency, you must be either:
    • an Australian citizen;
    • a holder of a permanent visa; or
    • a New Zealand citizen
  2. You can enrol in a maximum of 2 funded qualifications and
    2 funded skills sets in one year
  3. You can undertake up to 2 funded programs at one time
  4. You must not be enrolled in school (including government, non-government, independent, Catholic or home school or the Commonwealth SEE program). University is OK!

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CategoryAvailabilityTuition Fee
Skills First FundedYes$0
Fee for ServiceYes$6500
Traineeship - Government FundedYes$3000
Traineeship Concession - Government FundedYes$600
Material Fee – Digital ResourcesYes$100

Tuition fees are GST free.

The course fees and costs depend upon whether you are eligible for a Government subsidy, with funds made available by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. For more details please visit our funding page or view our statement of fees here.

Material Fees
Material fees are a one-time payment for essential learning material. Material fees are a one-time payment for essential learning materials, these are inclusive of GST. For more details, view our statement of fees here.

Skills First Government-subsidised place
You could be granted a Skills First government-subsidised place when you apply for this course.  If you are eligible for a government subsidised place, this funding will cover the tuition fees for your course. Material fees will need to be paid by the student directly to MCFE Check your eligibility now.

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There are many diverse roles waiting for you after completing the Certificate IV in School-Based Education Support, working with both primary and secondary school students in classroom-based environments.

Occupational outcomes include:
  • Education Assistant

  • Education Support Worker

  • Teacher aide

  • Support worker

  • Home tutor

  • Multicultural worker

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To enroll in this course the following entry criteria apply:


Application Participate in an Information Session & Pre-Training Review
Enrolment Form
Digital LiteracyAccess to a computer or smart device and the internet to complete your studies
Language Literacy and NumeracyAQF Level 3
Not Applicable
AvailabilityOne day a week for 5 hours
Ability to undertake 100 hours placement at an approved primary or secondary school

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10 months average duration
27 x 5hr theory sessions
1 x 8hr first aid class
4 x 8hr skills assessments
2 x 3hr assessor visits in the workplace
Written and oral
Observations of skills
Recommended 15 hours of self-paced learning per week
100 hours of work placement in a classroom environment in a primary or secondary Australian school
Meet industry working with children check
Ability to travel to placement

TopicUnit CodeUnit TitleCore or Elective
1) Working effectively with othersCHCEDS060Work effectively with students and colleaguesElective
2) Diversity in the workplaceCHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleCore
3) Legal and ethicsCHCEDS033Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environmentCore
4) Working with studentsCHCEDS048Work with students in need of additional learning supportCore
5) WHS in the workplaceHLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safetyElective
6) Student safety and wellbeingCHCEDS059Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of studentsCore
7) First aidHLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care settingElective
8) Facilitating learningCHCEDS047Assist in facilitation of student learningCore
9) Supporting literacyCHCEDS046Support student literacy learningCore
10) Supporting mathCHCEDS045Support student mathematics learningCore
11) Responsible behavioursCHCEDS061Support responsible student behaviourElective
12) Professional practiceCHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practiceCore
13) Learning with a disabilityCHCEDS051Facilitate learning for students with disabilitiesCore
14) Children at riskCHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at riskCore
15) Behavioural plansCHCEDS058Support the implementation of behaviour plansCore
16) Supporting children with autismCHCEDS056Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorderCore
17) First NationCHCECE054Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culturesCore

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Fees and funding

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. The course fees/costs depend upon eligibility for a Government subsidy, via the Skills First Funding Program.  Using a funded place can affect your access to future funding. If you are not eligible for funding the course fees will be the “Fee for Service” rate.

Student Handbook

Please read the MCFE student handbook, which includes:

  • Application Pre-training review and enrolment process; including USI information

  • Fees and charges/statement of fees; including refunds, concession, eligibility for Skills First Funding, and how this can affect future enrolments in funded courses

  • Privacy statements

  • Student support

  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer options

  • Online service standards

  • Assessment methods and instructions

  • Job and employment

  • Code of conduct

  • Complaints and appeals

  • Completions & certificates

  • Deferrals and withdrawals

  • Third parties that may be relevant to my enrolment

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