Certificate III in Education Support
This is the introductory course that covers most of the topics required to work as an EA such as safety, behaviour, development, diversity and learning strategies. Most EAs have at least this qualification and often enrol and graduate before beginning paid employment.
Certificate IV in Education Support
This is the second level in the Education Support pathway. It builds on the Certificate III in Education Support with more technical or advanced strategies as well as more units related to working with special needs. Typically, this qualification is seen as the requirement for working in special needs centres (students with disabilities).
Diploma of School Aged Education and Care
This course is a big jump from the Certificate level courses especially in the level of understanding required. This is for EAs or child care educators who plan and deliver their own programs. Educators who are employed to manage Outside School Hour Care programs may hold this qualification.
Some EAs will hold other qualifications in addition to those listed above. This may include qualifications from other countries or qualifications that are no longer available such as the Diploma of Education Support. Some EAs hold qualifications that are related to their work in some way such as the Diploma of Community Services or a child care qualification such as the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
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With more than 4000 graduates, FTTA is the go-to provider for teacher aide courses. 1 in 2 students choose to study the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with FTTA.