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Welcome to Australia's most popular teacher aide course

Welcome to the home of Australia’s most popular teacher aide course. FTTA is the pre-eminent and leading provider of nationally recognised education support courses such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. Unique to FTTA, our courses teach the latest in research-based, best practice skills and strategies that will make you an essential, vital and sought-after teacher aide.

Only at FTTA will you graduate with a high-level of pedagogical knowledge and expertise. Our students learn dozens of strategies and techniques such as play-based learning, explicit instruction, modelling, worked examples, scaffolding, reading and writing support strategies, and more advanced concepts such as Cognitive Load theory and metacognitive skills. They also learn best practice behaviour management techniques as well as how to effectively work with students with disabilities and disorders including those with complex needs and comorbidities.

At FTTA, we don’t just advertise unlimited support – we provide it! Students can participate in live webinars, book one-on-one meetings and attend tutorials. They can contact their trainer by phone or email as and when needed. Our bespoke learner portal has an array of videos, lectures, readings, e-books and interactive activities designed to develop your professional practice – making you an expert in your field. We also visit every student in the workplace which is essential to your professional development and employability.

Why is our completion rate is 3x the national average? Support, expertise, experience, quality – hence you will find thousands of FTTA graduates working in schools across Australia. With payment plans, government funding in some areas, classes from 1 day per week, and flexible online options, now is the time to enrol with the long-established leader in teacher aide training: FTTA.



FTTA was the first provider in Australia to offer the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. We are the leading provider of teacher aide training in Australia.

FTTA are one of few providers who develops their own courses and materials from the ground up based on research and industry best practice. Our students have the highest pedagogical knowledge in the land – one reason why they are so sought-after by schools.

Our graduation rate about 3x the national average according to the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research. Why? Support, expertise, experience, quality.


In today’s busy world, learners are looking for more flexible ways to learn new skills. Advances in technology allow learners to access high quality and engaging learning materials in the comfort of their own home. Learners can choose to study by distance for various reasons such as work and family commitments, living in regional areas or simply being time poor.

Learners still have access to high quality support services including tutorials, workshops, webinars, phone and email support as well as regular contact from their trainer. The online portal contains a range of resources such as learner guides, videos, activities, free short courses and webinars.

You can read more about our online or distance programs by clicking here.


Class-based learning is a popular study mode and is great for students who have not studied for a long period of time, who live closer to a training location or who simply enjoy being in class. We always recommend enrolling in a class-based mode where possible as students who can attend are typically more successful and enjoy the experience of meeting and learning with fellow students.

Our classes start every school term in WA and QLD and run one day per week for 10 weeks. Each class introduces you to the main aspects of a topic. We think of our classes are more like adult-orientated workshops. Students complete activities at home by accessing our easy to use learning platform which comes with online videos, lectures, readings, free short courses and a range of interactive learning tools.

You can read more about our class-based programs by clicking here.


RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning is a way for students to have their existing skills and knowledge recognised. RPL is generally quicker, easier and cheaper. Generally this means that there is no training involved – students go straight to demonstrating competence and are not ‘taught’ anything by the assessor.

For example, Sarah has worked as an teacher aide for 6 years and enrols in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support by RPL. Sarah is a good candidate for RPL as she probably already knows everything from the course due to her previous experience and training. The time to complete RPL can vary and is generally completed over a period of time (a few hours per week for example).

As part of your RPL program, your assessor will need to collect evidence showing that you are competent (we can’t just read a resume and hand out a certificate after all). Your assessor will need to speak to one or more supervisors or colleagues as well as ask them to complete a Third Party Report.

Many students choose however to enrol in the Accelerated program. This is a full course enrolment however students can move through as fast or slow as they like. The benefit of the Accelerated Program over the RPL program is that it comes with all resources and support services that 'normal' students have access to (RPL is an assessment only process). Many students use the Accelerated program as a form of refresher training.

You can read more about our RPL programs by clicking here.


Adam (left) with his mum and brother

Adam lives in Secret Harbour with his parter Rhianon and their 2 dogs, Coffee and Rufus. While a high school English teacher by trade, Adam spent many years teaching maths, PE, languages and career studies. Adam has experience teaching all grades from k-12 and has worked in rural, metro, public and private schools in WA and Tasmania. Before founding FTTA, he was HOD (Head of Department) at one of the country's largest SAER schools (Students at Educational Risk) which supports students with complex developmental, behavioural and learning needs.

Currently, Adam is completing a Doctor of Education at Murdoch University specialising in teaching strategies and techniques, behaviour management, classroom systems, and how these apply to the work of teacher aides.

Adam is a member of the government's 'Education Support Expert Advisory Panel' which provides advice to government about the development and improvement of new and existing VET qualifications.


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  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


We believe our online portal is one of the best Learner Management Systems (LMS) available. Made by FTTA over many years specifically for our students, our modern portal is easy to use, fast, engaging and includes a range of features to help you achieve your goals. Learners have full access to webinars, lectures, videos, learner guides, readings, free e-books, online and printable assessments, practice activities, a simulated workplace, free short courses with printable certificates, resume builder and many other features to help you develop your pedagogical expertise.

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Only at FTTA will you learn industry best practice skills, strategies and techniques such as explicit instruction, worked examples, formative assessment, play based learning and motivational strategies.


Do I need to find a placement?
All students enrolled in a Nationally Recognised Qualification are required to complete a work placement. FTTA can organise a placement for you however as we have many students to find placements for, you may not be placed in your ideal workplace. Students may approach a local workplace of their preference and ask if a place is available. Many students have someone in their circle of friends, family and acquaintances who may be able to assist. FTTA will then ensure that the workplace is suitable and discuss the requirements with the school. More information is provided during your course.

Can I do a placement at my child’s school?
You may do a placement in a school where your child attends, however it is standard practice to not be in the same classroom as this can cause issues.

What is the difference between CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?
The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the entry level qualification. It covers all of the basic topics of working as a teacher assistant. The CHC40213 Certificate IV is a higher level qualification and is focused on working with students with special needs. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support covers most of the topics in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support as well as having a heavier emphasis on working with children with special needs including disabilities and disorders. Teacher aides who work with special needs may be paid a higher salary.

Do I receive a hardcopy of the learner guide?
Yes – you can request the hardcopy of your learner guide. All class-based students are supplied with a learner guide in hardcopy format on their first day. Note that students will need access to a computer on a regular basis in order to complete their learning and assessment activities such as viewing lectures and reading online materials.

QLD government funding – Am I eligible?
There are strict rules set down by the government that determines who is eligible for subsidised fees. You can read the information provided under the fee’s tab of each course or speak to an FTTA student adviser about your situation. Generally speaking, students cannot have completed a qualification at the same or higher level as the qualification being applied for. Students must also live in Queensland.

You can read our full FAQ by clicking here. On each course page such as here, you will also find a plethora of information including a list of common questions and answers. Alternatively, we have developed and published a wide range of articles on our blogs' page that are available free of charge such as:


Fast Track Training Australia is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Our registration number is 52215. We are regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and are audited against the Standards for RTOs 2015, the Australian Qualifications Framework and other laws such as the Disability Standards for Education 2005. These laws require providers to deliver high quality and compliant training and assessment services, and to have a range of student protection mechanisms in place such as a fair and systematic appeals and complaints system.

Each year a sample of students and employers complete a survey about their educational experiences with FTTA. FTTA's latest Student and Employer Survey Report can be accessed by clicking here.

Our most recent VET Quality Framework audit information can be accessed by clicking here.

FTTA’s systems, processes and activities are also aligned with the following Australian and international standards:

  • AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016 Quality management systems
  • AS ISO 21001:2019 - Educational organizations - Management systems for educational organizations
  • ISO 10018:2012 Quality management - Guidelines on people involvement and competence
  • ISO 10015:1999 Quality management - Guidelines for training
  • AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems
  • AS/NZS 10002:2014 Guidelines for complaint management in organizations
  • AS ISO/IEC 38500:2016 Information technology - Governance of IT for the organisation
  • AS ISO 19600:2015 Compliance management systems
  • AS/NZS ISO 19011:2014 Guidelines for auditing management systems
  • AS ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management
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CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support & CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support


CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

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



CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

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With more than 4000 graduates, FTTA is the go-to provider for teacher's aide courses. 1 in 2 students choose to study the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with FTTA.