Certificate III in Education Support

National Code: CHC30213
TAFE SA Code: TP00625


Gain the knowledge to work in a range of education settings, including primary or high schools, and community education settings. You will develop a range of skills to support teachers and help students to develop literacy, numeracy and computer skills, or work with students with disabilities.

This course is delivered across the state with applications processed at Mount Gambier or Regency Campus. The course has a blended learning approach incorporating online learning with the support of a weekly Skype session offered day and evening, some on campus workshops offered at various locations and a Vocational Placement. Attendance at all of these components is essential to enable success.

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18 months 

Part Time

School Services Officer

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Course Admission Requirements

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
Full Fee

This course also has an additional cost of $60.00 for National Police Clearance – Child related employment screening issued by DCSI.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Students do not have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to study at TAFESA or attend vocational placement in an education and care or education support program, however, individual services may have their own policies on the requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and other diseases such as whooping cough. Students will need to address the requirements of the service.
    • Prior to commencing your Vocational Placement you are required to have a Child-related Employment Screening clearance letter from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion; Responding to Abuse and Neglect-Education and Care (RAN-EC) Certificate for Department for Education school or service or a private school service in South Australia.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    School services officers and early childhood workers.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213)
    This qualification covers working with diverse people, legislative, policy and industrial requirements, education programs, contribute to student education, organisation and management of classrooms, supporting development and student safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist in implementation of planned educational programs 40
    Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment 35
    Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre 30
    Contribute to student education in all developmental domains 50
    Contribute to the health and safety of students 30
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety 25
    Support behaviour of children and young people 30
    Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment 30
    Support the development of literacy and oral language skills 55
    Support the development of numeracy skills 50
    Work effectively with students and colleagues 40
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Comply with school administrative requirements 30
    Provide first aid 18
    Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder 50
    Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas 18
    Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment 35
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