Australia’s most popular teacher aide course is now available by distance or online learning to resident of Victoria. Study industry best practice, innovative, research-based skills and strategies as part of your CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support – only at Institute of Teacher Aide Courses.
Study a nationally recognised teacher aide course from Victoria with ITAC and graduate with a high level of theoretical and practical pedagogical skills and abilities. Learn techniques such as best practice one-on-one instruction, small group work, worked examples, interventions, reading and writing strategies, formative assessment, play based learning and dozens of other cutting edge skills that will make you an invaluable member of your local Victorian school community.
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The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is available in Victoria to students seeking to work in the education support industry as:
Graduates of either of these courses (or the very popular Teacher Aide Combo.) may find work in a range of school-based settings:
You can easily learn more about the types of schools available in your area by searching for government schools here or non-government schools online via the Independent Schools Victoria or the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria’s websites. While the majority of schools in Victoria are public schools, there are plenty of opportunities for teacher aides or integration aides who hold a qualification such as the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, in the private sector.
The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is the entry-level qualification that many students complete in order to work in any one of Victoria’s 2254 schools (which includes 1539 government schools, 496 Catholic schools and 219 independent schools). With approximately 1 million children enrolled in Victorian schools, there are plenty of opportunities for people with the right qualifications and demeanour who wish to begin a career as a teacher aide or an integration aide. The Independent sector alone has nearly 7000 support staff (mostly education assistants), despite having with less than 15% of Victoria’s school student population.
The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support covers similar topics to the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. In both courses, ITAC students learn modern, best-practice, industry-relevant and research-based skills, strategies, and techniques – everything that schools demand of their support staff and more. We train our graduates to become invaluable, essential members of the school community who make a big difference to the educational outcomes of their class and assigned students.
Some of the strategies and techniques that you study in ITAC’s research-based best practice courses include:
The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support also covers more advanced topics such as:
Four important topics that all courses cover (albeit to a lesser extent in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support course) are:
Learning these skills are essential and help to ensure that your contribution to an educational team is measurably effective. This is particularly important during the work placement requirement of the course. Many students find work in the school where they undertake their 100 hours of work placement or by doing voluntary work during their nationally recognised course. For more information about becoming a support worker in an Victorian school, please read this detailed article on how to become a teacher aide.
To learn about how much teacher aides get paid in Victoria, click here.
Students in Victoria can enrol with ITAC in a distance-learning mode with structured, self-paced and supported programs that are designed for the busy adult learner. Our distance-learning mode involves accessing our modern portal to:
All of these activities are fully supported by our team of dedicated, experienced trainers who are only a phone call away. Students can attend live webinars which are held regularly or they can even attend one of our many face to face tutorials in selected area – all of these support services are included in your course fee – no more to pay. To learn more about studying online, we recommend reading this helpful article: Teacher aide course online: is it right for you?
The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support require a 100-hour placement in a local registered school. This often equates to around 16 days of voluntary work in a classroom (full days). You can find the schools in your local area by searching your postcode on the Victorian government’s website. You can also find schools from anywhere in Australia by clicking here.
It should be noted that not all schools take students for voluntary placement and no guarantee is provided that enrolled students can undertake placement at their preferred school. Many students ask friends, family and colleagues if they (or someone they know) works in a school particularly as a teacher or a school manager. Some students approach and ask a local school. ITAC can also assist and organise a placement on students’ behalf however student may be placed in non-preferred Victorian school (given the number of placements we organise and limited schools it is impossible to keep everyone happy – hence using connections is the best bet).
The course placement for both the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support can be completed in blocks or over a period of time such as 1-3 days per week. Most students complete their placement 2-3 days per week and are required to work full days (siren to siren as we say). Working full days is crucial for your professional development; managing students after lunch is very different to managing students when they are half asleep before recess.
During placement, students work under the mentorship of an experienced classroom teacher and complete a series of structured activities in order to develop their skills in areas such as numeracy and literacy support. For example, students learn how to target and identify the specific reading issue of individual students: processing issues, whole-word issues, phonics problems, eyesight, pronunciation and so forth. This allows students to implement the best and most effective teaching and learning strategy for each child. To learn more about what teacher aides do, we recommend reading our article: What do teacher aides do in Australia?
Once qualified with a CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the higher CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, graduates can begin looking for work in a Victorian school by searching the Victorian Department of Education’s job vacancy’s database. This is where completing a nationally recognised qualification with a reputable provider will pay dividends. All advertised positions require applicants to show how they meet the requirements of the job role. This means showing that you have acquired the necessary skills, strategies and techniques to complete tasks such as:
To become a teacher aide in Victoria you will need to complete a qualification such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. You will also need to obtain your clearances to work with children. Students seeking to work in a special need’s school will need to complete the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. Another important step is to obtain your clearances to work with children which is usually done before your placement as part of your course.
We find that many students are able to find work in the school where they complete their work placement. This is usually in the form of relief work. Relief or casual work is a great way to get your ‘foot in the door’ and it is how the majority of graduates start their career. Relief work means that you are paid on a daily basis, plus a casual loading, to substitute for support workers who are absent for various reasons (illness, caring for children, emergencies etc.).
To become a teacher aide in Victoria you will also need to have:
You will also need to be well spoken, articulate, and a ‘people person’ – after all, this is a people industry and you will be surrounded by people, adults or children, all day – every day.
Generally speaking, the Cert 3 takes approximately 600 hours for a person new to the industry and who has no related or relevant experiences or skills. The course can potentially be completed faster by those:
As the course is self-paced, students can work through the learning and assessment materials at a rate that suits their existing skills, knowledge, goals, and experience. This means that students with experience with children or related industries can work through materials quicker than those who have no such prior learning.
For more detailed information, read this article: Teacher’s aide courses: 18 things you need to know.
To become an education support worker, teacher aide, teacher assistant, integration aide or education assistant, you will need to:
A training provider such as ITAC (who specialises in training education support workers and who has relationships with thousands of schools) can provide advice and guidance about finding work when you get closer to graduating from your nationally recognised qualification – we also have videos and other resources on the topic such as templates.
The best course to become a teacher’s aide, teacher’s assistant, integration aide, or support worker (or any other similar job title) in Victoria is a nationally recognised qualification such as the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. Some teaching assistants hold the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support however we recommend the higher qualification for adult learners particularly those who have experience with children. The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support gives you maximum employability as you are qualified for any support position in a Victorian school.
The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is essential for anyone seeking to work as a teacher’s assistant to support students with disabilities, disorders and other complex needs in a school setting under the direction of a classroom teacher. As the majority of teacher aides work with special needs students, this qualification makes you very employable.
We also recommend our unique Teacher Aide Combo to all of our online students in Victoria. This program combines both the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support in a streamlined program that saves over $1500 compared to completing two separate courses.
In brief, the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is for those in Victoria who work with students who do not have a disability and who require general support from a teacher aide. The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support covers very similar topics with a heavy focus on supporting students with disabilities and disorders in Victorian schools and in particular working in special needs schools.
Both courses cover the important skills and strategies required to effectively work as a teacher aide in Australian schools such as:
Students in ITAC’s research-based CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support, study a range of best practice, practical, useful and effective techniques, strategies, skills and approaches to teaching and learning. These essential skills provide you with a toolbox of options so you can master your practice and provide a high level of quality service to students – resulting in improved learning and developmental outcomes.
ITAC students lean teaching and learning strategies such as scaffolding, play-based learning, formative assessment, remedial and intervention support, phonics, and a range of best practice reading, writing and numeracy support strategies. Students also learn modern behaviour management techniques, strategies for supporting students with special needs such as Autism, and effective ways of assisting the teacher with the operational needs of the classroom.
As you have read in the article above, there are 2254 schools in Victoria and plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in working as a support worker or integration aide. The first step is to complete a qualification such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support with a reputable and experienced provider who will give you the skills necessary to land your perfect job!
Adam Green is an advisor to government, a registered teacher, an instructional designer and a #1 best selling author. He is completing a Doctor of Education and was previously head of department for one of the country’s largest SAER (students at educational risk) schools. Adam is managing director of ITAC, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher aides every year.
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