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Welcome to the home of Australia's most popular teacher aide course - ITAC

Welcome to the home of Australia’s most popular teacher aide course. The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses (ITAC) is the pre-eminent and leading provider of nationally recognised education support courses including the introductory CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the higher-level CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. ITAC courses are the industry standard when it comes to teacher aide training in Australia.

Unique to ITAC, our courses teach the latest in research-based, best practice skills and strategies. This results in highly effective graduates capable of supporting the learning and development of a wide range of students and subjects from k-12.

ITAC students learn dozens of foundational teaching and learning approaches such as systematic prompting, explicit instruction and the levels of instruction. Students also learn best practice behaviour management techniques, strategies for supporting students with disorders, and how to support the logistical operations of busy classrooms.

ITAC works with thousands of schools across Australia and have done for many years. ITACs completion rate is 3x the national average according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Students can choose from various modes of study including flexible, structured and supported online mode, virtual mode, or class-based mode in some areas. All students have access to an expert trainer for ongoing support and guidance, as well as our resource library of free e-books, videos, webinars and pre-recorded lectures. In fact, two of our books have been on the number one best seller list in the education category.

For these and many other reasons, ITAC students are sought after by schools. To become a sought-after and valuable member of your school community, choose to study with the leader in teacher aide training in Australia: the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses.

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FAST FACTS

The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses was the first provider in Australia approved to deliver the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support as well as the more advanced CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. ITAC is well known as the leading provider of teacher aide training in Australia.

The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses is one of the few providers developing their own resources and materials, and are the only provider incorporating research from hundreds of academic studies from around the world. This means our students learn similar strategies to university trained teachers and are highly effective, sough after classroom practitioners.

ITAC's graduation rate is about 3x the national average according to the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research.

DISTANCE AND ONLINE LEARNING

In today’s busy world, learners are looking for more flexible ways to learn new skills. Advances in technology allow learners to access high quality and engaging learning materials in the comfort of their own home. ITAC students can choose to study by distance which is great for those with work and family commitments. Many of our students are mothers with family commitments meaning distance/online courses are the only option. All students, regardless of mode, can contact trainers for support and attend live webinars.

Every student of the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses is provided with access to high quality support services including tutorials, workshops, webinars, phone and email support as well as regular contact from ITAC trainers. ITAC's bespoke online portal was made by ITAC for ITAC students, and contains a large library of free resources including learner guides, videos, webinars, activities, e-learning modules and free short courses.

You can read more about studying online by clicking here.

CLASS-BASED LEARNING

Class-based learning is a popular study mode and is great for students who have not studied for a while, who live closer to a training location or who simply enjoy being in class. We always recommend enrolling in a class-based mode where possible as class students are typically more successful and enjoy the experience of learning in a social setting. Hint: ITAC's classes fill up fast so get in early!

ITAC's classes start every school term in WA and run one day per week for 10 weeks. Each class introduces students to the main aspects of a topic. We think of our classes as being more like adult-orientated workshops. Classs are supplemented with activities that are completed in the comfort of your own home via ITAC's easy-to-use online learning platform.

You can read more about ITAC's class-based programs by clicking here.

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RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning is a way for students to have their existing skills and knowledge recognised. RPL is generally quicker, easier and cheaper. Generally this means that there is no training involved – students go straight to demonstrating competence and are not ‘taught’ anything by the assessor.

For example, Sarah has worked as a teacher aide for 6 years and enrols in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support by RPL. Sarah is a good candidate for RPL as she probably already knows everything from the course due to her previous experience and training. The time to complete RPL can vary and is generally completed over a period of time (a few hours per week for example).

As part of your RPL program, your ITAC assessor will need to collect evidence showing that you are competent (we can’t just read a resume and hand out a certificate after all). Your assessor will need to speak to one or more supervisors or colleagues as well as ask them to complete a Third Party Report.

Many ITAC students choose however to enrol in the Accelerated Program. This is a full course enrolment however students can move through as fast or slow as they like. The benefit of the Accelerated Program over the RPL program is that it comes with all resources and support services that 'normal' students have access to (RPL is an assessment only process). Many ITAC students use the Accelerated Program as a form of refresher training.

You can read more about ITAC's RPL programs by clicking here.

ONLINE PORTAL

ITAC believe that our online portal is one of the best Learner Management Systems available. Made by ITAC over many years specifically for our students, ITAC's modern portal is easy to use, fast, engaging and includes a range of features to help you achieve your goals. Learners have full access to webinars, lectures, videos, learner guides, readings, free e-books, online and printable assessments, practice activities, a simulated workplace, free short courses with printable certificates, a resume builder and many other features to help you develop your pedagogical expertise.


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Only at ITAC will you learn industry best practice skills, strategies and techniques such as explicit instruction, worked examples, formative assessment, play based learning and motivational strategies. The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses is Australia's leading provider of teacher aide courses.


TOP 5 FAQs

Do I need to find a placement?
All students enrolled in a Nationally Recognised Qualification are required to complete a work placement. ITAC can organise a placement for you however as we have many students to find placements for, you may not be placed in your ideal workplace. Students may approach a local workplace of their preference and ask if a place is available. Many students have someone in their circle of friends, family and acquaintances who may be able to assist. ITAC will then ensure that the workplace is suitable and discuss the requirements with the school. More information is provided during your course.

Can I do a placement at my child’s school?
You may do a placement in a school where your child attends, however it is standard practice to not be in the same classroom as this can cause issues.

What is the difference between CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support?
The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is the entry level qualification. It covers all of the basic topics of working as a teacher assistant. The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is a higher level qualification and is focused on working with students with special needs. The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support covers most of the topics in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support as well as having a heavier emphasis on working with children with special needs including disabilities and disorders. Teacher aides who work with special needs may be paid a higher salary.

Do I receive a hardcopy of the learner guide?
Yes – you can request the hardcopy of your learner guide. All class-based students are supplied with a learner guide in hardcopy format on their first day. Note that students will need access to a computer on a regular basis in order to complete their learning and assessment activities such as viewing lectures and reading online materials.

QLD government funding – Am I eligible?
There are strict rules set down by the government that determines who is eligible for subsidised fees. You can read the information provided under the fee’s tab of each course or speak to an ITAC student adviser about your situation. Generally speaking, students cannot have completed a qualification at the same or higher level as the qualification being applied for. Students must also live in Queensland.

You can read our full FAQ by clicking here. On each course page such as here, you will also find a plethora of information including a list of common questions and answers. Alternatively, we have developed and published a wide range of articles on our blogs' page that are available free of charge such as:

AWARDS

The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses is a multi-award winning training provider. Click here to view ITAC's Awards' page.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses, we believe that Corporate Social Responsibility is at the core of everything that we do, the decisions we make, our systems and processes, and the way we treat people and communities.


As a large provider of education services, ITAC is involved in the lives of a large number of people and communities within Australia. The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses train thousands of students, who then in turn, educate thousands of children. Because of this multiplying effect, ITAC work hard to deliver the best possible programs and resources.

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MEET THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
Image of the managing director of ITAC.

While a high school English teacher by trade, Adam spent many years teaching maths, PE, languages and career studies. Adam has experience teaching all grades from k-12 and has worked in rural, metro, public and private schools in WA and Tasmania. Before founding ITAC, Adam was HOD (Head of Department) at one of the country's largest SAER schools (Students at Educational Risk) which supports students with complex developmental, behavioural and learning needs.


Currently, Adam is completing a Doctor of Education at Murdoch University specialising in the work and trainnig of teacher aides - possible the only Australia academic in this niche field of study.


Adam is a member of the 'Education Support Expert Advisory Panel' which provides advice to government about the development and improvement of new and existing teacher aide qualifications.



Publications

  • The Teacher Aide Training Manual
  • Teaching skills and strategies for the modern classroom. Amazon #1 best seller (classroom management category)
  • Behaviour management skills and strategies for the modern classroom. Amazon #9 best seller (classroom management category)
  • High-performance teaching: How high-performing teachers maximise their students’ success. Amazon #2 best seller (classroom management category)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education – Current
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Asian studies
  • Graduate Diploma of Community Sector Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership
  • Graduate Diploma of Management Learning
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development
  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • Diploma of Quality Auditing
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
REBRANDING FROM FAST TRACK TRAINING AUSTRALIA (FTTA)

ITAC rebradnded from Fast Track Training Australia (FTTA) in August 2021.

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The following is a statement from ITAC’s CEO, Adam Green:


“The purpose of the rebranding process is to better align the company with our specialisation and reputation as the leading provider of teacher aide courses across Australia. With thousands of partnering schools in every state and territory, a new brand seemed long overdue. We felt that a brand representing our niche area of specialisation would benefit students by providing them with a certificate that is easily recognisable by potential employers.”


Read ITAC's full media release here


COMPLIANCE

The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses (ITAC) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Our registration number is 52215. We are regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and are audited against the Standards for RTOs 2015, the Australian Qualifications Framework and other laws such as the Disability Standards for Education 2005. These laws require providers to deliver high quality and compliant training and assessment services, and to have a range of student protection mechanisms in place such as a fair and systematic appeals and complaints system.

Each year a sample of ITAC students and employers complete a survey about their educational experiences with ITAC. ITAC's latest Student and Employer Survey Report can be accessed by clicking here.

Our most recent VET Quality Framework audit information can be accessed by clicking here.

ITAC’s systems, processes and activities are also aligned with the following Australian and international standards:

  • AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016 Quality management systems
  • AS ISO 21001:2019 - Educational organizations - Management systems for educational organizations
  • ISO 10018:2012 Quality management - Guidelines on people involvement and competence
  • ISO 10015:1999 Quality management - Guidelines for training
  • AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems
  • AS/NZS 10002:2014 Guidelines for complaint management in organizations
  • AS ISO/IEC 38500:2016 Information technology - Governance of IT for the organisation
  • AS ISO 19600:2015 Compliance management systems
  • AS/NZS ISO 19011:2014 Guidelines for auditing management systems
  • AS ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management
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ITAC'S RESEARCH-BASED TEACHER AIDE COURSES

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support & CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

INTRODUCTORY COURSE

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

The introductory teacher aide course covering all the basics of working in a school.

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HIGHER-LEVEL COURSE

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

The industry standard TA course with a focus on disabilities and disorders.

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TEACHER AIDE COMBO

Study two courses in one streamlined program with the Teacher Aide Combo

Save time and money by completing ITAC's popular Teacher Aide Combo.

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SAMPLE RESOURCES

Have a look at our range of sample course resources and materials

Be sure to ask your provider for a sample of their resources and assessments before enrolling.

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ITAC'S VIDEOS

ITAC'S MOST WATCHED VIDEOS

Distance

In today’s busy and demanding world, adult learners are looking for more flexible ways to gain qualifications, increase their job prospects and improve their earning potential. Gone are the days where students can afford to spend 20 or 30 hours per week in classroom. Advances in technology now allows students to access high quality and engaging resources in their own home.

Many students prefer to study their course without coming into class on a regular basis. This is commonly referred to as distance learning but can also be called external, online, blended or flexible learning. These terms are very similar and generally mean that:

  • There is little or no attendance on campus
  • Most learning materials are accessed through a website portal
  • Students will often have hardcopy materials as well
  • Students will still have access to support via email and phone
  • Many students still attend tutorials for additional assistance

Flexible learning (also called blended learning) is a combination of class and distance and is where a student attends some online learning and some class based learning. There are many reasons why students choose to study by distance:

  • Classes are not held in the local area
  • Work commitments
  • Family commitments
  • Health reasons
  • A want of more flexible study times
  • Time poor for various reasons
  • Previous experience meaning classes cover existing knowledge
  • Alternative study programs or pathways
  • Regular travel or hospital stays
  • Existing worker completing a traineeships or RPL

Many courses have a work placement requirement such as aged care and child care regardless of which mode of study selected however this is usually completed in the local area.

Even though students are not attending classes, they are still able to access support services including:

  • Email and phone support
  • Booking one on one tutoring
  • Attending regularly held workshops
  • Attending some classes (subject to available places)
  • Orientation and engagement sessions early and throughout the course

The online portal is a structured learning pathway. This means that students work though activities and assessments in a structured manner. This structure is easy to follow and explained step by step. Each topic has instructions on how to complete that particular topic. Resources in the portal generally include:

  • Learner guides for each topic
  • Power point presentations
  • Links to YouTube videos and websites
  • Additional readings
  • Toolboxes with videos and a range of activities
  • Practice activities
  • Free short courses such as work skills, literacy skills and Microsoft Office
  • Assessments and assessment tips and guides
  • Lectures from your trainers

Online learning is becoming more and more popular each year and many courses now enrol more online students than class based students.

If you would like more information please speak to one of our student advisors or you can enrol using our online enrolment form at itac.edu.au

Class Based Learning

Class based learning is a popular study mode and is great for students who have not studied for a long period of time, who live closer to the training location or who simply enjoy being in class. We always recommend enrolling in a class based mode where possible as students who attend classes are typically more successful.

In today’s busy and demanding world, adult learners are looking for more flexible ways to gain qualifications, increase their job prospects and improve their earning potential. Gone are the days where students can afford to spend 20 or 30 hours per week in a classroom. Advances in technology now allows students to access high quality and engaging resources in their own home.

Flexible learning (also called blended learning) is a combination of class and distance and is where a student attends some online learning and some class based learning. Class based learning with ITAC involves the following:

  • Attend class one day per week over a period of time
  • Complete set homework activities and assessments between classes
  • Attend tutorial as needed and recommended by your trainer
  • Complete the workplace learning component
  • Regularly accessing resources and learning materials in the online portal
  • Regular contact with trainers via email, phone, individual meetings/tutorials or during class

Students tell us that they enjoy being in class for two main reasons:
Firstly, because they can easily ask questions and trainers can help students when stuck. Note that many courses have online lectures (recorded in class) for distance students.

Secondly, students enjoy the social aspect of class based learning: swapping stories, talking about the course and helping each other along the way. Many students make new friends and study together outside of class time.

There are many reasons why students choose a flexible class based study mode:

  • Attending full time is not possible
  • Work commitments
  • Family commitments
  • Health reasons
  • A want of more flexible study times
  • Time poor for various reasons
  • Previous experience meaning extensive class time is not an efficient use of time
  • Enrolled in other education programs
  • Regular travel or hospital stays

Many courses have a work placement requirement such as aged care and child care regardless of which mode of study selected however this is usually completed in the local area.

Even though students are attending classes, they are still able to access support services including:

  • Email and phone support
  • Booking one on one tutoring
  • Attending regularly held workshops
  • Attending some classes (subject to available places)
  • Orientation and engagement sessions early and throughout the course

The online portal is a structured learning pathway. This means that students work though activities and assessments in a structured manner as directed by their trainer. This structure is easy to follow and explained step by step. Each topic has instructions on how to complete that particular topic. Resources in the portal generally include:

  • Learner guides for each topic
  • Power point presentations
  • Links to YouTube videos and websites
  • Additional readings
  • Toolboxes with videos and a range of activities
  • Practice activities
  • Free short courses such as work skills, literacy skills and Microsoft Office
  • Assessments and assessment tips and guides
  • Lectures from your trainers

Flexible learning is becoming more and more popular as people become busier.

If you would like more information please speak to one of our student advisors or you can enrol using our online enrolment form at itac.edu.au

Education Support - A Guide

Education Assistants work in schools such as kindergartens, primary schools, high schools and special needs centres.

Education Assistants work under the guidance and instruction of teachers. They can work with a single student for most of the day or float in a class or a number of classes helping many different students.

Education Assistants or EAs for short can also be called integration aides, teacher aides, support workers, teacher assistants, Aboriginal and Indigenous Education Officers or AIEOs, Home Economic Assistants, or school support officers.

Some of the main tasks of an EA includes:

  • Helping individual students with activities and learning
  • Helping small groups of students with activities and learning
  • Helping students with core skills such as reading, writing and numeracy
  • Helping students who have learning difficulties, a disability or a disorder
  • Helping the teacher with behaviour management, ensuring that students are on task
  • Helping the teacher with activities such as cleaning and preparing resources
  • Ensuring that students are safe at all times

Education Assistants are most often employed to work with students who need additional support in learning or due to a disability or behavioural issues.

EAs may also work in specialist positions such as in literacy programs or youth at risk programs.

To obtain work as an EA you will need to have the following:

  • A Working with Children Check
  • Usually a police clearance is also required
  • A relevant qualification such as the Certificate III in Disability or Certificate III in Education Support
  • A suitable demeanour, attitude and presentation to work in a school environment
  • A love of working with children and other people in a team environment
  • A good quality resume and cover letter

Education Assistants undertake many community service work tasks including but not limited to:

  • Working with parents and guardians on a daily basis
  • Assisting with case management (IEPs and IBPs)
  • Organising community events such as excursions and fetes
  • Assisting vulnerable groups of people such as low-socio economic
  • Ensuring abuse and neglect is reported to supervisors
  • Obtaining funding such as grants from government departments or local businesses
  • Organising and assisting with events such as art displays
  • Working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Assisting with a range of disabilities and disorders
  • Researching and informing clients of support services and networks
  • Liaising with community groups
  • Liaising with specialist case workers such as psychologists and teachers
  • Managing behaviour and learning
  • Planning activities and creating resources

Education assistants often work with children with disabilities including but not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Processing disorders
  • Developmental delay disorders
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Mental health
  • Fragile X
  • Downs Syndrome

It is generally easy to find casual and part time work as an education assistant by putting your name down at all schools in your local area. This often leads to more permanent employment. Many education assistants work part time.

When looking for work, don’t forget special needs schools which are schools within the main school that even have their own Principal, teachers and administration staff. Over 90% of people who enrol in a course to become an education assistant are female and are often mothers who are looking for family friendly work hours.

Depending on the course and level, education assistants learn the following:

  • Safety including duty of care laws
  • Education policy and regulations
  • Supporting students literacy and numeracy learning
  • Instructional techniques (how to help students learn)
  • Techniques for working with a diverse range of people
  • Behaviour management techniques
  • Developmental domains such as cognitive, language and social development
  • Basics of and techniques for working with specific disabilities and disorders
  • Creating activities and basic planning
  • Working with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Individual Behaviour Plans (IBPs)
  • Early Years Learning Framework implementation

Working in the education sector is challenging, rewarding and is a never ending learning curve. Rarely will you be bored working as an education assistant as each day presents a new challenge.

If you would like more information, please speak to one of our student advisors.

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