Certificate III in Education Support

Program code CHC30213
Start date(s) February/April/July
Program length Full time: 17 weeks
Campus Chadstone; City - St Kilda Rd
Study mode Mixed delivery
International program No
  • Program 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 industry 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, put into practice support behaviour strategies and apply the principles of inclusion and diversity.

    Successful completion of 17 units will qualify you as an education support worker in primary and secondary 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.

  • Program Structure

    All units in this course feature an online component. You are supported to develop the skills necessary to undertake online learning.

    You are required to complete 100 hours of industry placement throughout the duration of the course. 


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

    Core Subjects

    • HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
    • HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
    • CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability
    • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • CHCCS312A Use electronic learning materials
    • CHCEDS007 Work effectively with students and colleagues
    • CHCEDS002 Assist implementation of planned educational programs
    • CHCEDS003 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
    • CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
    • CHCEDS006 Support the development of numeracy skills
    • CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
    • CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students
    • CHCEDS008 Comply with school administrative requirements
    • CHCEDS018 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
    • CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
    • CHCEDS014 Support students with English as a second language
    • CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
  • 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. AQTF 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.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

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


    If you wish to further your studies, you may continue in the Certificate IV in Education Support, Certificate IV in Disability or the Diploma of Education Support.

    Career Opportunities

    • Education support worker
    • Teachers' aide
    • Integration aide
    • Education assistant
    • Language and literacy worker
    • Note taker
    • Tutor
  • Dates

    Program Commencement


    Attendance for the course is comprised of:

    • Two days per week on campus, 9:30am - 3:00pm
    • One day per week in industry placement
    • 6 hours per week online learning.

  • How to Apply


    More information about the Direct Application process.

    Further Advice

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

    Community & Transitional Education Department
    03 9564 2067

  • Fees

    This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible students.

    Fees are calculated according to the level of course being studied, and the number of hours being undertaken, up to Government established maximums. Eligible students are able to access a Government Subsidised Place and certain categories of Full Fee Paying students may be able to access an Eligibility Exemption. Assistance is available in the form of a Holmesglen Payment Plan for students who are unable to afford fee payment up front.

    For further information please visit the Fees and Charges page or contact the department via phone, email or through the Enquire Now form on this page.