Certificate III in Education Support

Course code CHC30213
Start date(s) February/April/July
Course length Full time: 17 weeks
Campus Chadstone; City - St Kilda Rd
Study mode Mixed delivery
International course No
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  • Course Overview

    Do you want to make a valuable contribution to the lives of children and young people in education? Are you currently working in, or intend to work in an education support role?

    This course has been designed by experienced educators to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to become a support worker within a range of educational settings. You will learn how to: support students with literacy and  numeracy skills, cater for the different learning styles,  put into practice support behaviour strategies and apply the principles of inclusion and diversity.

    Successful completion will qualify you as an education support worker in the following educational environments: primary, secondary and tertiary schools, specialist and early childhood settings, and community education environments.

    Your learning is complemented by 100 hours of industry placement in an educational workplace throughout the duration of the course.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 12 core units and 5 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.

    All subjects in this course feature an online component. You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to undertake online learning.


    Assessment may be a combination of written assignments, online discussion and assessment tasks, observation of your skills in the workplace and work related projects.


    CHCECE006Support behaviour of children and young people
    CHCEDS007Work effectively with students and colleagues
    CHCEDS002Assist implementation of planned educational programs
    CHCEDS004Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
    CHCEDS012Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas
    CHCEDS013Use an e-learning management system
    CHCEDS018Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
    CHCEDS016Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment
    CHCEDS003Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
    CHCEDS005Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
    CHCEDS014Support students with English as a second language
    CHCEDS006Support the development of numeracy skills
    CHCEDS001Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
    CHCEDS017Contribute to the health and safety of students
    CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
    CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    HLTAID003Provide first aid
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


    Selection Process

    • Pre-enrolment interview including literacy and numeracy assessment
    • Literacy and numeracy skills appropriate to perform the role of an education support worker
    • Working with Children Check will be required for your industry placement
    • Be at least 18 years of age at commencement of the course
  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.


    If you wish to further your studies, you may continue in the Certificate IV in Education SupportCertificate IV in Disability or the Bachelor of Education

    Career Opportunities

    • Education support worker
    • Education support officer (ESO)
    • Learning support officer (LSO)
    • Teachers' aide
    • Integration aide
    • Education assistant
    • Language and literacy worker
    • Note taker
    • Tutor
  • Dates

    Course Commencement

    • Chadstone campus - Semester 1:
      Group 1       Classes commence Tuesday 6 February 2018
                           Classes are conducted every Tuesday and Wednesday
      Group 2       
      Classes commence Thursday 8 February 2018
                           Classes are conducted every Thursday and Friday
    • City campus - Semester 1:
      Group 1       
      Classes commence Thursday 26 April 2018
                           Classes are conducted every Thursday and Friday  
    • Chadstone campus - Semester 2:
      Group 1       Classes commence Tuesday 24 July 2018
                           Classes are conducted every Tuesday and Wednesday
      Group 2       
      Classes commence Thursday 26 July 2018
                           Classes are conducted every Thursday and Friday


    Attendance for the course comprises:

    • Two days per week on campus, 9.30am - 3.00pm
    • One day per week in industry placement
    • Six hours per week online learning

  • How to Apply


    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Community & Transitional Education Department

    03 9564 2067


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    Holmesglen TAFE
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    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$2550
    Full Fee$6100

    Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire program.

    These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – government subsidised, full fee and concession.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study. Concession fees are not available for qualifications at diploma level or above.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    VET Fee HELP / VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.

    Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    To be eligible for a VET Fee HELP /  VET Student Loans you will need to meet the VET Student Loans entry requirements.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.

Education Support Open Days

  • 10May
    Education Support

    At Holmesglen, we understand that everyone is an individual, with different learning styles and goals. Our education programs focus on developing the practical skills you need to be a strong, independent individual.

    This session will provide you information on the Certificate III in Education Support and how we can assist you to discover the skills you need to become an Education Support worker.

    The session starts promptly at 4pm.

    Visit us on Open Day to join us for a presentation by our experienced trainers, highlighting the Certificate III in Education Support, placement opportunities and pathway options. If you wish to attend the event at our Waverley campus for the Certificate IV in Education Support please register via the Early Childhood Education event page.

    - , Thu 10 May - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road, Chadstone, Vic Australia