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Course Code



12 Months


Face to Face

Training Provider

Phillips Institute

Potential employment Opportunites

Successful completion of this qualification equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to provide professional and compassionate support to primary, secondary and special educational students in this rewarding sector.


120 hrs

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support CHC40221

We’re ready when you are!  Our class-based and blended programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified education support professionals with proven results.  Take the next step into this satisfying career with strong employment prospects.

Successful completion of this qualification equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to provide professional and compassionate support to primary, secondary and special educational students in this rewarding sector.  With our expert facilitators, quality resources, and clear, practical assessments you could be qualified sooner than you think!

Our program covers how to:

  • Support learning of students with disabilities in the classroom
  • Work with students in need of additional support
  • Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education
  • Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Support learning and implementation of responsible behaviour
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Work with diversity
  • Comply with school administrative requirements
  • and more

This is the nationally recognised qualification that is essential for those who want to work in classrooms and become Teacher Aides, Integration Aides or Education Support professionals in Australia.

Who is this course for?

  • those who are passionate about the importance of quality education for all children, and
  • those who have some experience in a classroom or working with students, or
  • students undertaking an education related degree, such as Primary Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, Bachelor of Education, or similar and looking for relevant skills and experience, or
  • those who have completed the Certificate III in Education Support or similar program and are looking to upgrade (note: the Certificate III is not a prerequisite), or
  • experienced education support workers who need to gain the current accredited qualification (you could be eligible for recognition), and
  • those who are looking to gain family-friendly work with flexible working hours

Delivery Options

This course is offered with the flexibility of either Class-Based weekly sessions, or as Blended online/distance learning.  You must also complete 100 hours of placement in one or more registered schools.  We recommend you approach your local primary, secondary or specialist educational schools for placement.

This course if offered as either Class-Based or as Blended Online.

Class-Based: Currently offered in Victoria at multiple locations, you will attend a weekly class once per week delivered during school time, usually 10am to 2pm, so you can fit in study with your other commitments.  Share your placement experiences in group discussions and be guided by our expert facilitators.
Duration for class-based is three school terms, or about 9 months, but you may extend if you are still completing your placement or assessments, or want to attend study support sessions.

Locations include Carnegie (Mondays), Clyde North (Tuesdays), Melton (Mondays or Fridays) and more.  Please check our online registration page Apply Now for locations currently taking enrolments for this course.

Blended Online/Distance:  This approach to learning enables you to study at your own pace, whenever and however it suits you.  We will supply you with a set of resources for the course enabling you to get started as soon as your enrolment is confirmed.  Our qualified and experienced training team will provide full support with monthly monitoring of your progress and frequent feedback.  With a duration from 6 months up to 18 months, you may work through the required units of this program with the option to extend for a further six months if required.
Please check our registration page Apply Now for current online/distance intakes.

Learning Resources

Class-based students: you will receive the textbook in your first sessions and comprehensive resources from your facilitator at each weekly session.  Blended online/distance students: you will receive the first set of learning resources once your enrolment is confirmed, enabling you to get started.  These comprehensive resources will support your learning throughout your course and become an excellent point of reference for your future career.

Start anytime

With class-based, we have regular intakes at various locations, so you don’t have to wait for months until your course starts.  Call us to find out your closest class location.  With blended learning, you’re in control!  You can study modules at your own pace from anywhere in Australia, and can join this course at any time.
If you’re ready to start your career in education support, call and speak to one of our friendly consultants today.

Fees and Funding

Victorian residents who undertake workshop-based or blended training may be eligible for Commonwealth and Victorian Government Funding (Skills First and JobTrainer available) – see our Fees and Funding page for more information and to check your eligibility, or call us and we can advise you.

Practical assessments

Assessment tasks are practical and oriented to the work or placement context for relevance. They consist of a variety of tasks requiring the ability to research, analyse and present your responses in written form, including reports and practical demonstrations.  Feedback on completion of tasks is given as you progress through the course.  Your placement supervisor will also be asked to provide third party reports on your progress and feedback on your overall placement performance.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however to gain maximum benefit, you will need to be able to speak, read and write fluently in English, as well as have basic computer and internet skills and reliable access.  It is recommended that applicants have completed to at least a Year 11 secondary school level.  All applicants will be required to undertake a pre-training review, including an evaluation of existing language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Special note regarding placement during this course and employment after completion of this course

There are requirements for working and learning in the education sector that all applicants should be aware of prior to enrolment. As you must complete a placement in a registered school, you will be required to undergo a Working With Children check, as well as a National Police Check. 

Please consider this information carefully prior to enrolment to ensure you will be eligible to fulfil these requirements, as Phillips Institute cannot be held responsible for an inability of any student to meet their practical placement assessment requirements which are a non-negotiable component of this program.

For more information about these requirements, speak to one of our course advisors.

Pathway qualifications

On completion of this qualification, you can take your studies further with higher education courses in education or support sectors.

Units of Competency

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE054 Encourage an understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
CHCEDS045 Support student mathematics learning
CHCEDS046 Support student literacy learning
CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support
CHCEDS051 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans
CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCEDS035* Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS036* Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS049* Supervise students outside the classroom
HLTWHS001* Participate in workplace health and safety

If you have already completed units in prior study, such as from the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, or similar program, you can apply for RPL or credit transfer which may reduce your study time and fees.

*Please note: elective units as published may be subject to change – please confirm prior to enrolment.

Please note: this qualification supersedes the previous version the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Phillips Institute is completing or transitioning current students to the new version according to our transition policy as soon as possible.



If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 0414 224 314.


How to Apply

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. To register your interest in a course: click on the ‘Register Your Interest’ link and complete the information required on the form.

2. A Now Training representative will contact you shortly to discuss your application.

3. You are required to attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 0414 224 314.


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