A teacher aide supporting learning in an Australian classroom.

About This Course

The Teacher Aide Combo is as a comprehensive pathway for those looking to be fully equipped for any education support role in an Australian school. Including both the CHC30221 Certificate III and CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, this pathway not only sets you apart in the competitive job market but also offers a uniquely broad and deep skill set. Rather than tackling 25+ repetitive units, ITAC's innovative Teacher Aide Combo is streamlined around four key modules. Completing this all-inclusive pathway allows learners to achieve all the essential competencies in a time frame only slightly longer than it normally takes to complete a single course.

Mirroring the structure of the Certificate IV course, the Teacher Aide Combo includes foundational elements like school policies and safety protocols, as well as more complex classroom management and specialised support techniques. Assessment consists predominantly of short-answer questions and practical, work-based tasks. A mandatory 100-hour work placement is integrated into the course, giving you hands-on experience and potentially leading to paid employment. Though designed for a 26-week completion, an 18-month enrolment period is available for added flexibility.

Choosing the Teacher Aide Combo not only broadens your skill set but also significantly enhances your employability, providing a one-stop qualification route that sets a new standard in the field of education support. This is why thousands of students now choose the Teacher Aide Combo.

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

Teacher Aide Combo

  • Qualification:
    CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and
    CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
  • Accreditation:
    Yes, Nationally Recognised
  • Availability:
    Australia-wide
  • Duration:
    26 weeks or 600 hours. Completion time may decrease for those with relevant experience or education, including parents and caregivers.
  • Topics:
    Combines core concepts from Certificate III, including general classroom support and policy implementation, with specialised strategies from Certificate IV for supporting students with additional needs.
  • Placement:
    100 hours in a local school. [Visit Work Placement page]
  • Enrolment:
    18 months to accommodate for illness or other life events.
  • Online Mode:
    Enrol at any time
  • Class Mode:
    Yes, in WA. [View calendar]
  • Fast-Track:
    Offered for Certificate IV and TAC only. [Read more]
  • RPL:
    Available to experienced candidates. [Read more]
  • Integrated:
    Yes. [Read more]
  • Fees:
    Standard $3,960; see [Fees tab] for full breakdown.
  • Payment Plan:
    Interest-free payment plans available; see the [Fees tab]
  • Centrelink:
    Eligible for payments during studies
Standard Fee

Standard fee (Australia wide) - $3,960

Complete Cost Breakdown and Savings (TAC)
Enrolment Fee $180 Waived
Resource Fee $500 Waived
Virtual Platform Access Fee $265 Waived
Class Fee (Onsite & 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
Personal Consult Fees $700 Waived
Certificate III Fee $3,500  
Certificate IV Fee $3,500  
Total Value of Inclusions: $15,414  
Less Waived Items $8,414  
Less TAC Discount $3,040  
Total Savings $11,454 74%
Total Payable after Savings $3,960  

Payment Plan Options - TAC

Frequency Per Payment # Payments Total Cost
Weekly (12 months) $76.15 52 $3,960
Weekly (9 months) $104.21 38 $3,960
Weekly (6 months) $152.31 26 $3,960
Weekly (3 months) $330.00 12 $3,960
Fortnightly (12 months) $152.31 26 $3,960
Fortnightly (9 months) $220.00 18 $3,960
Fortnightly (6 months) $330.00 12 $3,960
Fortnightly (3 months) $660.00 6 $3,960
Monthly (12 months) $330.00 12 $3,960
Monthly (9 months) $440.00 9 $3,960
Monthly (6 months) $660.00 6 $3,960
Monthly (3 months) $1320.00 3 $3,960
Monthly (2 months)* $1500 / $2460 2 $3,960

* 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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Payment Plan Options - TAC RPL

Frequency Per Payment # Payments Total Cost
Weekly $55.77 52 $2,900
Fortnightly $111.54 26 $2,900
Monthly $242 12 $2,900
2 Payments* $1500 / $1400 2 $2,900

Important: While there are 15 units in the Certificate III and 17 in the Certificate IV, due to ITAC’s unique integrated structure, students only need to study 4 theory modules + placement requirements. Read more here.

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs
CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills
CHCEDS057 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
CHCEDS060 Work effectively with students and colleagues
CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour
CHCEDS041 Set up and sustain learning areas
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support
CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans
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.

The Teacher Aide Combo is an integrated educational pathway that includes both the CHC30221 Certificate III and CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. This comprehensive course is designed to equip individuals with a broad range of skills needed for various roles in educational support, from foundational to specialised techniques.

Choosing the Teacher Aide Combo ensures you receive a holistic education that prepares you thoroughly for a career in educational support. This option is highly popular due to its efficiency and comprehensive coverage, which significantly enhances your employability and prepares you for a wider variety of roles within the educational sector.

The Teacher Aide Combo grants you both the CHC30221 Certificate III and CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, making you exceptionally well-prepared for supporting students with and without special needs. This dual certification is particularly valuable for those seeking to maximise their career opportunities in the educational field.

While individual courses focus on specific levels of support, the Teacher Aide Combo seamlessly integrates the foundational elements of the Certificate III with the advanced strategies from the Certificate IV. This combination avoids repetitive learning of similar content across two separate courses, making it a more efficient and cohesive learning experience.

The Teacher Aide Combo is ideal for those who are determined to enter the educational support sector with a strong, comprehensive skill set. It is particularly suited for individuals looking for a robust training program that covers a wide range of competencies needed for various support roles in schools.

Similar to the individual certificate courses, the Teacher Aide Combo offers flexible study options including online learning, which allows you to study from anywhere at any time, and in-person classes for those who benefit from face-to-face interaction. An Accelerated Mode is also available, and is popular among those with prior work and life experience.

Enrollees must complete a 100-hour practical placement in a school setting, which is integral to applying the comprehensive skills learned during the course. This placement not only provides hands-on experience but also enhances job prospects by demonstrating competence in real-world educational support scenarios. ITAC visit every student on placement – an integral and very important part of your learning experience.

The Teacher Aide Combo is designed to be completed within 26 weeks or approximately 600 hours, providing a streamlined approach to obtaining two certifications. However, an extended enrolment period of 18 months is available to accommodate various life circumstances, ensuring flexibility for all students.

Assessments in the Teacher Aide Combo include a mix of short-answer questions and practical, work-based tasks that assess a wide range of skills from basic safety protocols to complex classroom management and support strategies.

Graduates of the Teacher Aide Combo are highly sought after and qualify for all levels of support roles within the Australian school system. The dual certification greatly enhances employability, especially in inclusive education and special needs programs, preparing you for diverse opportunities in the educational sector.

In Australia, teacher aides are known by various titles depending on the region, such as Education Assistants (EAs) in Western Australia, School Services Officers (SSOs) in South Australia, teacher assistants in Queensland, and School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs) in New South Wales. Other terms like educational aide and paraeducator are also occasionally used, reflecting the diverse nomenclature within the educational support sector.

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