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Accredited Course; Traineeship; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
1 year
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Course Overview

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Are you working in a job you love, but don’t have all the qualifications you need? Or do you have a staff member with huge potential you want to keep, but they just need that little bit of upskilling? If so, a Certificate III in School Based Education Support (Traineeship) is the perfect course for both the employer, and the employee.

Available to people who currently work in the education sector, this traineeship will help students learn the skills and gain the qualifications they need in this nationally accredited course.

Designed so students can study and work at the same time, this flexible course will give them hands-on experience in the industry they love, allowing them to work as an integration aide, an office administrator or even a teacher’s aide, in a public, independent or specialist school, as well as enhancing career opportunities.

Training for this course is undertaken in the workplace, where you’ll meet with your teacher on a regular basis both face-to-face and via phone so you feel supported 100% of the way.

Individuals can apply directly, or a business owner can enrol an employee as a way of developing staff knowledge, skills and experience.

So, if you’re needing to upskill in your current industry, we’re here to help you get the qualifications you need to stay in the job you love.


Training is undertaken in the workplace, teachers meet with trainees on a regular basis both face to face and via phone to support them in their training. Visits undertaken in the workplace and meetings with Supervisors of trainees to discuss their progress.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in School Based Education Support (Traineeship).

Career Opportunities

  • Education support worker in a primary or secondary school setting
  • Integration aide in a primary or secondary school setting
  • Teacher's aide in a primary or secondary school setting

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

The Certificate III in Education Support (Traineeship) requires students to complete physical and academic tasks, in order to be successful with the Certificate coursework and practical placement, students are required to perform and demonstrate a number of skills in a safe manner to themselves, other students, staff and those within their responsibility.

By understanding the task required within the course work and practical placement students can make an informed decision whether the program is suitable prior to enrolment.

Click here to read the Inherent Requirements for this course

To attend placement or be in the workplace, students are required to have three COVID-19 vaccinations as determined by the State Government on public health recommendations. Students are required to have the third COVID-19 vaccination by March 25th, 2022. Further information can be found here


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Students will need access to a computer and internet connection.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information


At least a minimum of 100 hours to be completed in a school setting. Trainees complete the required workplace training hours within their employment in an education setting.
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs
CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
CHCEDS057 Support students with additional needs in the classroom
CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills
CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour
CHCEDS060 Work effectively with students and colleagues
CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
CHCEDS043 Support students with English as an additional language
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Practical class  and placement experiences, projects, written assessments, online quizzes.