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About This Course

The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support has become the industry standard for educational support roles, and ITAC is Australia's leading provider of this essential qualification. This advanced course goes beyond basic classroom assistance, focusing on the specialised support required for children with additional needs such as autism and ADHD. While this Certificate IV qualification meets the minimum requirements for most educational support positions, those aiming for a competitive edge in high-demand roles should consider the Teacher Aide Combo. This comprehensive program includes both Certificate III and IV, providing a distinct advantage in the job market by showcasing a broad and deep skill set.

The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support extensively covers classroom management and specialised support strategies for students with various disabilities and disorders. The curriculum integrates research-based behavioural and instructional techniques, assessed through a combination of short-answer questions and practical, work-based tasks – eliminating the need for essays or exams. A requisite 100-hour work placement in a local educational setting is included, furnishing valuable hands-on experience and a potential route to paid employment. Although the course is designed for completion within 26 weeks, an extended 18-month enrolment period is available to accommodate learners at different paces.

Inclusions and benefits:
  • All learning materials
  • Interest free payment plans
  • 30-day no-obligation period
  • Integrated structure: Time-saving
  • No exams, tests or essays
  • JobAssist Program
  • Australia’s largest provider
  • Links with 1000s of schools
  • Site visits to improve your skills
  • Friendly, local trainers
  • Unlimited support
  • Weekly catch-up webinars

Course Includes:

  • Qualification:
    CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
  • Accredited:
    Yes – Nationally Recognised
  • Availability:
    Australia wide
  • Centrelink:
    Eligible for payments while studying
  • Payment plan:
    Interest-free available (See Fees tab above)
  • Online mode:
    Enrol anytime
  • Fast-Track:
    10-week Accelerated Mode. Read more here.
  • RPL:
    Available to experienced candidates. Read more here.
  • Class mode:
    Yes (WA). See calendar here.
  • Integrated:
    Yes. Read more here.
  • Completion:
    26 weeks or 600 hours. Those with relevant experience or education may finish sooner. This includes parents and caregivers.
  • Enrolment:
    18 months. This is to allow for periods of illness or other events.
  • Placement:
    100-hours in a local school. See Work Placement page here.
  • Topics:
    Classroom management and instructional support strategies, with a focus on assisting students with additional needs, such as ADHD, autism, and learning disorders.

Standard fee (Australia wide) - $3,500

Complete Cost Breakdown and Savings (Certificate IV)
Enrolment Fee $180 Waived
Resource Fee $500 Waived
E-Learning Platform Fee $265 Waived
Class-based Fee (inc. Virtual) $650 Waived
Payment Plan Setup $160 Waived
Transaction Fees $89 Waived
Payment Plan Surcharge $800 Waived
Site Visit Fees $625 Waived
Priority Printing Fee $95 Waived
Student Services and Amenities $75 Waived
Career Counseling Service $140 Waived
Course Extension (from 12 to 18) $1,975 Waived
JobAssist Access ($120 pm) $2,160 Waived
One-on-One Consultation Fee $700 Waived
Certificate IV Fee $3,500  
Total Course Value $11,914  
Less Waived Items $8,414  
Total Savings $8,414 71%
Total Payable after Savings $3,500  

Payment Plan Options - Certificate IV

Frequency Per Payment # Payments Total Cost
Weekly $67.31 52 $3,500
Fortnightly $134.62 26 $3,500
Monthly $292 12 $3,500
2 Payments* $1500 / $2000 2 $3,500

* Due to regulations ITAC cannot receive more than $1500 in advance. The second payment is scheduled soon after the 30-day census period. Students may request fees be paid over 3-6 payments.

What you need to know:

1. All fees marked 'Waived' are conditional on fair and standard use and subject to institutional policies. 2. Waived fees are part of the total course package and payable fees are not subject to reduction if unused or declined. 3. Services are subject to availability. 4. Transaction fees include standard card and transaction fees normally charged by vendors; it excludes dishonour fees and any additional fees charged by the student’s institution. 5. The total course value may include estimations and may vary depending on utilisation. 6. Small incidental costs may be occasionally incurred, such as the cost of applying for a clearance and minor resources for creating children’s activities. 7. Regulatory Compliance: All financial arrangements are compliant with Australian educational financial regulations. 8. Students are advised to read the Direct Debit TnCs, Enrolment TnCs, Student Handbook, and familiarise themselves with all Student Policies.

Payment Plan Options - Certificate IV RPL

Frequency Per Payment # Payments Total Cost
Weekly $48.08 52 $2,500
Fortnightly $96.15 26 $2,500
Monthly $208 12 $2,500
2 Payments* $1500 / $1000 2 $2,500

Units of Competency for the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures
CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education 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
CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour
Minimum requirements No previous qualifications or experience is required. Must reside in Australia.
Physical capabilities Ability to engage in learning activities (including games) inside and outside of the classroom.
IT resources Access to a functional computer with an internet connection, desktop applications, PDF reader and other basics.
IT skills Ability to complete basic tasks such as opening .pdf documents and watching online videos. As schools are heavily IT focused, learners should be comfortable assisting children with technology i.e. iPads.
Numeracy skills TAs require knowledge of basic mathematical concepts such as basic calculations, converting mm to cm, finding the average of a set of numbers, and drawing basic graphs - these skills are not taught as part of this course.
Language skills Ability to complete basic literacy tasks such as reading and comprehending a school policy. TAs need basic English language skills (given that they are teaching these skills to children) e.g. know the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'.
Age Be turning 16 in the year of enrolment. Students under 18 are required to attend a career guidance interview with an ITAC trainer.
Clearances Students must obtain (early in their course or beforehand) the relevant clearance to work with children such as a Blue Card(QLD), WWVP(ACT, TAS), or WWCC(WA, Vic., NSW, SA, NT). Click here for details.
Visas ITAC are not registered to enrol learners on a student visa. If you are currently in Australia on a student visa, you can find CRICOS providers here.

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