Course Code: CHC40221

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Government Funded Teacher Aide Training Courses


CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support


This course is aimed at teacher aides (Education Support Officers). The course will qualify you to work from Prep – Yr12 in public or private schools and is inclusive of a special education setting. 

  • This course replaces the old course CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support and is commonly known as the Teacher Aide course.
  • Nationally Recognised – enrolments welcome from anywhere in Australia.
  • Unlimited Trainer Support.
  • Quality Provider? Yes – rather than offer 100’s of courses, we specialise in a small number of courses and we do them exceptionally well. In our 2021 student survey we gained over 99% student satisfaction!
  • Government Funded? Yes – there are several funded programs we are approved to offer. View the funding & cost tab above for information and eligibility criteria. Funded course prices start from $100. 

Study Modes

  • Self-paced – Study at times that suit you from anywhere in Australia. No assessment due dates and no time tabled lectures. Fast track your study or take your time, the choice is yours.
  • Blended, onsite and classroom study modes may be available on request. Please discuss with an Adapt Education staff member.

Online or Correspondence

  • Online – Our world class online platform is user friendly and interactive. We provide webinars, videos and other visually engaging resources so there’s less reading for you.  Optional Q&A sessions are run live throughout the week and give students an opportunity to interact in person with their trainer and other students. 
  • Correspondenc– Great for those who prefer hard copy books or have a poor internet connection. Receive a hardcopy textbook. All other resources are provided on a USB stick so the course can be completed offline. 


In most instances you will have up to 2 years to complete this qualification. Being self-paced study you can enrol at any time and progress at any speed you like without the stress of due dates and rigid class time tables. Study duration depends on the hours you put in and your skill level. As a guide, someone dedicating 8 hours per week to study, could expect to complete the assessment component of the course in 8 – 11 months.

Note: students receiving the education supplement from Centrelink will be obligated to complete the program in a set time frame: Full time 53 weeks, part time 89 weeks.


Subsidised price from as little as $100 for eligible participants. View the funding and cost section for more information.

Practical Placement

  • There is a mandatory 100 hr practical placement in a Prep – Yr 12 school environment. Our flexible course structure means you can complete the practical component at any point during your course timeframe.
  • Adapt can organise a suitable placement for you or you can arrange your own.
  • Additional hours (up to 100) may be required for school based students, students on a Traineeship, Early School Leavers or those that have been assessed as having limited work/life experience so as to allow more time to develop skills in a work setting.
  • COVID Note: many States have mandated that people completing a practical placement in certain industries (such as schools) must have received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. It is your responsibility to check the requirements of your State prior to enrolling and prior to commencing your practical placement.

Entry Requirements

  • You will have access to a computer and the internet to complete the assessment requirements of the course. Please discuss with Adapt if this is an issue as strategies can be put in place to assist.
  • All students will complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test and a phone interview to confirm suitability for this course. 
  • For information regarding Adapt Education’s policies and procedures please refer to our Student Handbook.

How to Enrol to Education Support Certificate 4 Course

There are no set in-take dates, so you can enrol online at any time. Alternatively call 1300 380 335 to enrol in the Certificate 3 in School Based Education Support over the phone. To find out more about our enrolment process go to the How to Enrol page on this site.

For full course details Download Certificate IV School Based Education Support course outline.

If you have already completed the Certificate III in School Based Education Support, check out our Certificate IV School Based Education Support Bridging Course

We get it! Sifting through all this information can be overwhelming. Call 1300 380 335 for a free course consultation if you would like to confirm aspects such as study mode, funding eligibility, pricing, course structure, practical placement, duration, etc. .



Course Details

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support (17 units)

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education environment

CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning

CHCEDS051 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities

CHCEDS046 Support student literacy learning

CHCEDS045 Support student mathematics learning

CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students

CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans

CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support

CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCEDS049 Supervise students outside the classroom

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures

HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting

CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies.


First Aid

Apart from being a crucial life skill, having up-to-date First Aid certification can improve your employability. You have the option of selecting HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting as an elective unit within this course. Note: selecting this unit is not mandatory. You may book into an Adapt Education first aid course or you can complete it with any provider in Australia. Simply present your certificate to us on completion and we will credit the unit towards your Education Support course.

Some important points to consider if selecting first aid as an elective:

  • The cost of the first aid unit is not included in Adapt Education’s course fee. You will need to pay the listed course fee to your selected first aid provider;
  • Ensure you are booking into a first aid course that includes the nationally recognised unit HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting.

Working With Children Check

As working with children is a part of this course, it is required that students obtain clearance from the relevant authority prior to commencing their practical placement.

Learning and Assessment for Certificate IV in Education Support

Learning consists of webinars, interactive learning modules and readings. We reduce the assessment workload in this course through the use of integrated assessments. Each course module consists of two key assessment components:

  1. Theory: quizzes, written questions, case studies, projects, and role plays;
  2. Practical: observations conducted as part of your practical placement.


Funding and Cost

Teacher Aide Certificate 4 Course Fees

  • Fees quoted below are per student for the self-paced online study mode.
  • Please contact us for a quote for classroom based study, corporate or school groups.
  • Enrolments cannot be accepted from international students or those in Australia on a student or education visa.
  • Fees quoted include:  course fees, administration fees and compulsory course materials such as text books, workbooks and handouts. Prices quoted do not include: face-to-face classes or tutoring, site visits, internet costs, stationary and other consumables such as printing paper, etc.
  • Additional fees may apply if you are completing the first aid unit as part of your course. Refer to the relevant course outline for further details.

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support



Standard Course Fee



Student Co-Contribution Fee for those who qualify for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy

$255 ($15/unit)

$153 ($9/unit)

Student Co-Contribution Fee for corporate groups (10+ students) who qualify for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy

$40 ($2.35/unit)

$25 ($1.47/unit)

Payment Plans

Payment plans are offered at no additional cost! That’s right, you DO NOT pay more if you opt for a payment plan. No Interest, account, or administration fees. No contracts with external finance companies. You nominate the payment periods (i.e. weekly, fortnightly or monthly). You nominate the amount you are comfortable paying (i.e. $50, $100, $200, etc.). Payment plans are processed with our direct debit system.

Upfront Payments can be made by credit card, bank transfer, cheque, money order or cash.

Funding Information for Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

Adapt Education is an approved Skills Assure provider funded by the QLD Government to deliver this course.


The course is heavily subsidised, however a small student co-contribution fee is applicable. Concession card holders (health care card or pension concession card) and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons will qualify for the concessional rates indicated. Student contribution fees can be incorporated into an interest free payment plan.

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills subsidy, a student must:

  • Be a Queensland resident over the age of 15;
  • Be an Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency;
  • Have finished secondary school or left school;
  • Not hold or be currently undertaking a certificate level IV or higher qualification. This does not include qualifications completed while at secondary school. Qualifications completed abroad may impact eligibility and must be submitted for assessment prior to commencing the course. 

Some important points about the Higher Level Skills subsidy:

  • Students are only eligible for one subsidised training place;
  • The Queensland Government Higher Level Skills subsidy student factsheet is available here.


This course is Centrelink approved and you may be eligible to receive ongoing study support benefits while you study from home. If you are on a single parent pension, a carers pension, disability pension, NewStart and several others, you may be eligible for the Education Supplement ($62 p/fortnight for full time study for the nominated duration of the course) and/or the Education Entry Payment ($208 one off payment). To find out if you’re eligible for Centrelink payments check their website or call 13 24 90 and ask about the above payments. For eligible participants to claim the education supplement, simply take a signed copy of your training plan (issued upon enrolment) into centrelink and attach it to the relevant centrelink form.

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

The Skills Checkpoint Program provides up to 10,000 eligible older Australians per year with advice and guidance to help them:

  • Transition into new roles within their current industry or
  • Find pathways to a new career.

The guidance provided includes referral to relevant education and training options.


You can do the Skills Checkpoint Program if you are

  • Aged 40 years or over
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Employed and at risk of becoming unemployed and entering the income support system
    or recently unemployed (within 12 months) and not referred to or registered with a Commonwealth funded employment services provider.

Accessing the Program

You can find out more information about the Skills Checkpoint Program, including how to apply, by contacting the provider:

The BUSY Group Ltd

Please call BUSY at Work 1300 359 061 BUSY Skills Checkpoint Program





CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support – For Yr 11 – 12 students

Available as Fee For Service to students anywhere in Australia.

Completion of the course will:

  • Contribute up to 8 Credit Points towards a QCE;
  • Ensure a minimum ATAR rank of 74;
  • Create meaningful pathways into employment and university.

Note: ATAR & QCE information is generic only. Students individual circumstances (such as previous qualifications) can impact eligibility for QCE points. Refer to university policies regarding acceptance of VET qualifications and rankings as they can differ (Some universities do not accept Cert III courses for entry).

Download Certificate IV School Based Education Support outline for schools

Delivery Options

RTO Delivery: Students undertake the course Self-Paced Online.  This may be:

  • fully independent from school studies, with the student dedicating their own time or spare periods to the completion of the course;
  • Built into the students timetable. With a dedicated line on their timetable or selected incursion days to complete the course.

Adapt Education provide unlimited online, phone and email support to students. 

All enrolment  paperwork, student induction, training and assessment is conducted by Adapt with no administrative or teaching burdens placed on school staff.

Shared delivery: The school and RTO share delivery and assessment responsibilities. For example, Adapt Education may deliver key sessions on campus and be responsible for all assessment marking to reduce the burden on school staff however an approved “in-house” teacher may be responsible for day-to-day delivery and support. Minimum group numbers apply for this mode.  

Partnered Delivery: Schools wanting to deliver the qualification to a cohort may seek a partnering arrangement. This involves the school delivering Adapt’s program with an approved “in-house” teacher. We provide the course resources, assessor guides, online system as well as support and ongoing PD to teachers. 

Contact us for a customised quote. 

Other Qualifications offered to School Based Students include:



Bridging Course

Education Support Certificate 4 Bridging Program

The Certificate III & Certificate IV in School Based Education Support qualifications do have a lot of overlap. If you have completed CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support, we do offer a bridging program up to the Certificate IV. This means that instead of completing all 17 units, you just complete the gaps between the Certificate III and the Certificate IV.

Our bridging program will save you months of time spent on assessment and at only $1180* (or as low as $54 for Higher Level Skills subsidised participants) is an affordable way to upgrade your qualifications. Please contact an Adapt Education staff member to discuss if this option may apply to you.

Download the Bridging Program Course Outline for full details.

* Prices will vary depending on the elective units you have completed in your Certificate III. Email us a copy of your transcripts and resume and we can provide you with a quote and proposed course structure. 

For those who do not qualify for the bridging program, Adapt can offer a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway to ensure that you gain maximum recognition for your existing competencies and a minimised assessment load. You should consider applying for RPL if you have:

  • completed competencies in an older version of the education support course;
  • completed competencies in a qualification for child care or Outside School Hours Care (OSHC);
  • completed units from an education degree;
  • Over 2 years experience in a Teacher Aide role but not yet qualified.


    We Love Our Students and They Love Us!

I started my Teacher Aide course with the amazing team at Adapt Education only 8 months ago! I did a lot of research to find the perfect RTO and I am forever grateful to have found the Adapt team!

Throughout the course and from my first phone call the team has been so professional and quick to provide me with any information or assistance I require.

My trainer’s professionalism, dedication, enthusiasm and care for her job and for me as her student was evident from day one. She responded so quickly to questions and her responses were spot on & always easy to understand. Her feedback on every unit was so informative.  In addition, she has guided me on future school prospects. I honestly could not have asked for a better experience.

Helen C, Adelaide

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