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CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

National ID: CHC40213 State ID: J590
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Do you have a passion for working with children and supporting their individual needs?

Want a career that fits in with your family life?

Training to be an Education Assistant is the course for you.

The Certificate IV in Education Support will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to assist the teaching staff in schools and provide care, instruction and supervision in kindergarten, pre-primary, primary and secondary school.

Gain these skills:

  • implement planned education programs
  • assist students in their learning and development
  • contribute to the safety and health of students
  • support students with additional needs and disabilities
  • learn how to work with children and young people at risk of harm
  • work effectively with culturally diverse students, families and co-workers

Certificate IV in Education Support students are required to obtain a Working with Children Check and a Department of Education Police Clearance. Students under the age of 18 will be required to complete the WA Department of Education Confidential Declaration Form.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 4 days per week when studied full time across one semester. 

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

150 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you. This can be achieved by attending a two-week block of work placement in Term 1 and a four-week block of work placement in Term 2.  In order to undertake mandatory work placement, you must obtain the following:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC) AND
  • The online National Police History Check (Department of Education Screening)
    OR
  • WA Department of Education Confidential Declaration Form (if under 18 years of age)

These forms will be issued and completed at orientation.

Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that some work placements have been cancelled, put on hold or student places significantly reduced. While every effort is being made to work with our industry partners to secure work placements during this unprecedented time, there may be delays in students being placed. As a result of these delays some students may take longer than the expected time to complete their course. Lecturing staff will keep all students up to date and will inform students if this may affect them and cause a delay in finishing their course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen, notepad, USB and two white lever arch files).

Students will be expected to access to online learning resources with either a laptop or an iPad.

  • If you are under 18 years of age it may be difficult to obtain employment in a school. However, there are career pathways you can follow for further training.
  • Students must be proficient in written and spoken English, as the course requires communication with workers and clients.
  • Students must have the ability to set aside between four and five days per week for attendance at classes, work placement and study.

In order to undertake mandatory work placement, you must obtain the following:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC) AND
  • The online National Police History Check (Department of Education Screening)
    OR
  • WA Department of Education Confidential Declaration Form (if under 18 years of age)

These forms will be issued and completed at orientation.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. In addition, this course involves work placement, giving you further opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that employment is not guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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