Course Code: CHC40213

Certificate IV in Education Support


This course is aimed at teacher aides (Education Support Officers) who are required to work at times without direct supervision from a teacher. The course will qualify you to work from Kindy – Yr12 in public or private schools.  The Certificate IV covers the skills and knowledge required to successfully perform the range of tasks expected of a teacher aide and is inclusive of a special education setting. 

Study Modes

  • Online – Study at times that suit you from anywhere in Australia. Our world class online platform is user friendly, interactive and includes unlimited trainer support. 
  • Correspondenc– Great for those who prefer hard copy books. Study is Self-paced, meaning you can study anytime from anywhere in Australia. Unlimited trainer support is inclusive. 
  • Blended – A combination of online, correspondence and one-on-one support. Perfect for those with specific learning needs or those who are “nervous” about studying again.

All study modes are supported by webinars and optional web conference tutorial sessions. Webinars cover the key concepts of a module and give you a head start on your assessment. If you are not able to attend the live webinar, you can view recordings at a time that suits you. Our tutorial sessions are ideal for students who have learning difficulties, study anxiety, “procrastination-itis”, or simply those who feel they would benefit from a supportive and structured environment.

  • Nationally Recognised? Yes
  • Who can enrol? Students in all States and Territories of Australia
  • Trainer Support? Unlimited
  • 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 2018 student survey we gained over 99% student satisfaction!

GOVERNMENT FUNDING: Subsidised price from as little as $100 for eligible participants. Click on the cost tab (above) for more information.

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

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

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This course has a mandatory 100 hr practical placement. Our flexible course structure means that you can complete all theory components first and the practical component when conditions allow. Classroom study mode is no longer available however self paced online and correspondence modes are available with the support of webinars and trainer tutorial sessions. New enrolments are welcome! 

Please be aware that many States have mandated that people completing a practical placement in certain industries (such as schools or education and care settings) 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.

Course Details
  • Training modes for this qualification include: self paced online or self paced correspondence.
  • For those not currently working in an educational setting, a minimum of 100 hours practical placement (work experience) in an educational setting must be achieved. Adapt can organise a suitable placement for you or you can arrange your own if you prefer.
  • This qualification is approved for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy, Centrelink’s Education Supplement and Commonwealth Traineeship Incentives for eligible candidates. View the Government funding page on this website to find out more about the funding.
  • Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: Teacher Aide, Teacher Assistant, Learning Support Officer, Education assistant (special needs or disability), Language, Literacy or Numeracy worker, Education support worker, Home tutor.
  • All training, assessment and student services for this course are offered by Adapt Education (RTO# 32452). We do not act as a broker and no aspect of your enrolment will be outsourced to another organisation.

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 HLTAID003 Provide first aid 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 HLTAID003 Provide 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 the you are booking into a first aid course that includes the nationally recognised unit HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.



Self Paced: 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 9 – 12 months.

Classroom: structured 20 week program (1 day classroom, 1 day self-paced per week). You may finish within the 20 week block but you have the same 2 year time frame to complete should you need it.

Note: students receiving government funding may be obligated to complete the program in a shorter time frame:

  • Centrelink (education supplement): Full time 53 weeks, part time 89 weeks
  • Traineeship: Full time up to 24 months, part time up to 48 months
  • Higher Level Skills Subsidy: self-paced up to 24 months




 Non ConcessionalConcessional
Standard domestic fee paying student$2500$2500
For students who qualify for Higher Level Skills funding$200 ($11.76/unit)$100 ($5.88/unit)

For more information about eligibility criteria for the Higher Level Skills or other subsidies go to our Government funding page.

Contact us for a quote if you have specific requirements or a group booking.

For more information about course inclusions and exclusions go to our fee schedule page.

Payment plans are offered at no additional cost! That’s right, you DO NOT pay more if you opt for a payment plan. 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.).


  • While it is generally preferred that participants complete the Certificate III in Education Support first, those with experience or a previous qualification in education or working with children may request direct entry into the Certificate IV.
  • It is an expectation that 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.
  • As you will be developing the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills of school children, it is expected that you will have well developed LLN skills. Students who do not meet the minimum LLN requirements for this course will be provided a range of options and strategies to assist.
  • For information regarding Adapt Education’s policies and procedures please refer to our student handbook.

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.



How to Enrol

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


Bridging Course

The Certificate III & Certificate IV in Education Support qualifications do have a lot of overlap. If you have completed the Certificate III in 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 $980* (or as low as $50 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 CHC40213 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.

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.


Course Structure (17 units required)

Unit Name

CHCECE006Support behaviour of children and young peopleCore
CHCEDS001Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environmentCore
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at riskCore
CHCEDS004Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centreCore
CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleCore
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safetyCore
CHCEDS032Support learning and implementation of responsible behavioursCore
CHCDIS004Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategiesElective
CHCEDS006Support the development of numeracy skillsCore
CHCEDS021Assist in facilitation of student learningCore
CHCEDS022Work with students in need of additional supportCore
CHCEDS024Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander educationCore
CHCEDS025Facilitate learning for students with disabilitiesCore
HLTWHS001Participate in work health and safetyCore
CHCEDS020Support students’ literacy learningElective
CHCEDS031Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorderElective
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practiceCore
 Alternate electives are available. Discuss with staff