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Teacher Aide Course Mackay

Learn about ITAC’s government subsidised education support courses in Mackay

Teacher Aide Course in the Mackay region

Australia’s most popular teacher aide course now available in Mackay with government subsidised courses from $50.

Completing a teacher aide course in Mackay is the first step towards a rewarding career in a local primary or high school. A teacher aide course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively help Mackay schoolteachers and students with learning, behaviour and other tasks required for the effective operation of a busy, dynamic classroom.

Female adult student sitting at desk in decorated lower year classroom.

You could be in this picture soon! The fun and exciting work of a teacher aide never ends. Pictured: ITAC student on placement in a local school.

ITAC offers 3 teacher aide courses to people living in the Mackay region of QLD. We’ll look at each of these qualifications and the key topics you’ll learn in each. The first two are individual courses and can be government subsidised ($50 co-contribution fee for concessional students or $100 for standard enrolments subject to eligibility). The third is our teacher aide combo which is perfect for anyone not eligible for a government funded place (such as if you have competed a higher-level course).

1) CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

This is the entry-level teacher aide course (both in Queensland and across Australia). In this teacher assistant course, you’ll learn key skills such as how to:

  • provide numeracy and literacy support to students,
  • facilitate play-based learning activities,
  • implement best practice support for one-on-one and small group work,
  • help to manage the logistical and operational needs of the class, and
  • how to effectively deal with student behavioural issues.

You can learn more about what teacher aides do in Queensland here (ITAC article) and here (government article).

Once you complete the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support, you’ll have the ability to be an effective teacher’s aide in a mainstream Mackay primary and/or high schools, such as:

2) CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

This teacher aide course is often referred to as the ‘special needs course’. In other words, you should choose this course if you’d like to work in schools (or classrooms) that cater for students with special needs such as neurological disorders, behavioural disorders and learning disorders. Working in these positions usually requires the higher qualification and therefore results in a slightly higher pay point than staff who work with students who do not have a disability or disorder. This course opens more doors as the majority of teacher aide jobs in Mackay are for work with special needs students.

Completing the CHC40221 teacher aide course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be able to work effectively in a special school such as the Mackay District Special School. However, graduates of this course can find work in any school as they are the highest qualified teacher aides and will potentially find work easier due to being better qualified than most applicants (who usually hold the lower level CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support).

Female teacher aide showcasing equipment used for science experiments and to teach measurement (volume of containers).

You could be doing this very soon! ITAC student enjoys her final hours of placement before finishing her nationally recognised course. Well done!

3) Our teacher combo

For those not eligible for funding, this popular teacher aide course combines the above Certificate III and Certificate IV courses in Education Support. It therefore provides you with the skills to work as a teacher aide with all Mackay primary and high school students (both those in mainstream schools as well as those with special needs). Having this combined qualification maximises your employability. This program is cost effective (compared to paying for two courses – saving over $1500) and takes only a little more time than completing a single course.

You might be wondering how much it costs for a teacher aide qualification in Mackay. Depending on your situation and the course you choose, the cost can be as little as $50. That’s because some teacher aide courses are subsidised by the government.

You also might be wondering how you’ll find the time to attend and complete a teacher aide course. You don’t have to worry about that because our ITAC courses come to you, wherever you are in Mackay! We offer all our teacher aide courses to Mackay residents via distance learning, so you can study at a time that suits you. We provide our teacher aide students with all of the resources they need to complete their course online.

To learn more about whether studying online is right for you we recommend this article: Teacher aide course online: is it right for you?

However, personal support is always readily available via a phone call or an email to one of our experienced teacher aide trainers. Our live webinars are also a great way of getting some face to face time and interacting with other students from all across Australia. You’ll also gain practical experience in a Mackay school via the 100 hours of work placement that is a compulsory requirement of all teacher aide courses in Australia (at least the nationally recognised qualifications). This requirement is for both the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.

Here are a few other tips to help you join the 80% and more of ITAC students who successfully completed their teacher aide course in the last decade or so:

  • be organised from the outset and develop a study routine,
  • set yourself realistic goals including micro-goals, and
  • enjoy your learning journey!

For more tips and advice, read our collection of informative articles or view our range of videos. Feel free to also contact us here at ITAC directly with any questions you have about our courses if you want to become a teacher aide in Mackay.


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


CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

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



CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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



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

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



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.



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

50% choose ITAC

For the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.


Interest free plans from $40 - no hidden fees, includes all resources.


From $50 - courses subsidised by the Queensland government.


Friendly trainers with years of experience in local schools.


We visit every learner on placement to help improve your practice.


A 30-day no obligation period so you can be sure the course is for you.


Supported, self-paced distance mode or class from 1 day per week.


Learn industry best practice and research-based pedagogy.


An established provider with more than 5000 happy graduates.


CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

The introductory teacher aide course for anyone seeking to work as a support worker.



CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Maximise your job prospects and skills with the highest level teacher aide course.



A streamlined program saving you time and money

Turbo charge your resume and save $1500 with our most popular teacher aide course.



Sample course resources and materials

View resources and materials from our research-based, best practice teacher aide courses.



The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses is the go-to provider for nationally recognised teacher aide courses. Around 1 in 2 students choose to study Australia's most popular TA course with ITAC.