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CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support & CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support NSW

For those seeking employment in an education support role in NSW schools.

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support & CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support in NSW


Australia’s most popular teacher aide course


Only at FTTA will you develop a professional level of pedagogical awareness, skills and knowledge - making you a high performing teaching aide in any of NSW’s 3000+ schools. Study the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with FTTA and learn industry best practice, research-based skills, techniques and strategies.


Happy FTTA student demonstrating industry best practice skills in a school.

Could this be you in a few months? The student pictured learnt industry best practice skills such as explicit instruction, worked examples and feedback skills.


To learn more about one of our popular, research-based teacher aide courses, click on any of the links below:

Teacher aide course options in NSW

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the most popular course in NSW for anyone intending to work as a support worker in a school (such as a primary school or high school). It is the introductory course that covers all of the basics of working in a school as a support worker, teacher aide, teacher assistant, LSO or Learning Support Officer as they are often called in NSW.


The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is becoming more popular as it is required for anyone intending to work in NSW schools with students with disabilities, disorders and difficulties. We recommend the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support or the Teacher Aide Combo. as they provide graduates with the best skills, confidence and employability.


Teacher aide working in a computer lab.

Teacher aides can work in a range of settings, including computer labs or more traditional pen-and-paper classrooms.

Employment opportunities for teacher aides in NSW

Graduates of either the introductory CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the higher and more advanced CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support may seek employment in one or more of NSW’s 3103 schools (Source: ABS). According to government statistics, more than 560,000 students enrolled in NSW government schools in 2019 and more than 273,000 enrolled in NSW non-government schools.


With approximately 30% of school staff being employed as support workers of some kind (such as teacher aides, teacher assistants, learning support officers and integration aides), there are thousands of opportunities each and every year in all areas of NSW. You can read more about these learning support officer positions and potential opportunities in NSW on websites such as SEEK, the Education Department’s Careers website or the Catholic School’s NSW website.


Teacher aide in a classroom after graduating with a nationally recognised qualification.

Well done to another student of FTTA graduating with a nationally recognised qualification in NSW – the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


By searching for “learning support” on the I Work For NSW government site, you will find a range of learning support vacancies. Almost all successful applicants for these NSW positions will hold a qualification from a provider such as FTTA and most likely it will be the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. This course is designed and developed specifically for learning support workers who undertake learning, behavioural and other support tasks with children with disabilities (including multiple disabilities) in a classroom or other school environment (such as a special needs centre).


The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is also accepted by schools as it is the introductory teacher aide course that most support workers complete initially. However, nowadays, students can go straight into the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support without first completing the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support (at least at FTTA). Applicants for teacher aide or LSO positions in NSW must show that they can fulfil the role of a learning support officer, which includes:

  • providing support for students with identified diverse learning needs including disabilities,
  • providing support for student welfare, health and wellbeing activities, and
  • providing specific support for students in specialist areas (such as for students with hearing and visual impairment).

Learn these vital skills by enrolling in FTTA’s best practice, research-based teacher aide courses.


Teacher assistant supporting literacy and numeracy program.

Teacher aides support literacy and numeracy programs by implementing best practice teaching and learning strategies.


With economic volatility and job market fluctuations, the sheer size of the education industry, the growing number of students who need support and the volume of schools in almost every corner of NSW, more and more people are considering the benefits of stable employment as a:

  • teacher aide,
  • teacher assistant,
  • learning support officer,
  • education assistant or classroom assistant, or
  • education support worker in an NSW school.

According to the Australian government’s Job Outlook website, the education support industry is a ‘very large occupation’ and it lists the future growth expectation of its workforce as ‘very strong’ – the highest rating possible.

Becoming a teacher aide in NSW

To work in a school as a teacher aide in New South Wales, you will first need to complete a qualification such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. These are the two mainstay qualifications that all schools require before employing someone as a teacher aide, LSO or education support worker.


A popular option is for students to enrol in FTTA’s Teacher Aide Combo course. This combined course provides maximum employment prospects because graduates have more skills and knowledge than someone who has only completed a single qualification. The combo saves time and money. To learn more about how to become a teacher aide in NSW read this article or this one: Teacher aide certificates and qualifications.

Studying a teacher aide course online in NSW

FTTA offers both the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support in NSW by online (distance) learning. Our students access learning materials and complete activities (such as watching lectures and webinars) by logging into our in-house, bespoke student learning portal. All our students follow a simple, structured, self-paced and fully supported learning program. They receive unlimited support and guidance from their experienced and friendly allocated trainer – which is why our course completion rate is 3x the national average according to the National Centre for Vocational Education and Training.

Best practice teaching and learning strategies

For those enrolled in either qualifications in NSW (CHC30213 or CHC40213), key topics include behaviour management strategies such as ‘with-it-ness’ and proximity. Students also study a range of teaching strategies such as:

  • proper questioning skills,
  • explicit instruction and worked examples,
  • the levels of instruction including shared and guided learning
  • reading and writing learning strategies,
  • scaffolding, modelling and chunking,
  • planning and resource development
  • discovery learning and play based learning,
  • facilitating pair and group work, and
  • a myriad of effective techniques to enhance children’s learning and development.

In the higher level CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, a greater emphasis is placed on working with students with disabilities, disorders, difficulties, and complex needs (including multiple disabilities or comorbidities). Students learn strategies and skills such as using:

  • assistive technology,
  • Individual Education Plans or IEPs,
  • Individual Behaviour Plans or IBPs,
  • social stories, and
  • peer modelling.
Teacher aide supporting cross-curriculum tasks.

Teacher aides support activities such as literacy, numeracy and cross-curriculum tasks such as this one that is blending a writing task with painting.

Work placement in a local NSW school

Both education support certificates require a 100-hour minimum placement due to government requirements. Students usually find a placement in a local public or private school. Many students choose to work in the area of special needs as there are ample job opportunities for those who prefer to work with students with disabilities (especially those studying the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support in NSW, given reports such as this one). This higher-level qualification is recommended as it provides graduates with maximum employment prospects (even for those who do not intend on working in special needs schools).


Teacher aide performing a variety of activities in a school.

The best part of working in a school is the variety of activities and people that you meet. Here is an FTTA student showing us some of the work that her students have recently completed.

What jobs can you get with a Cert 3 in education support in NSW?

With thousands of schools in NSW and a positive growth pattern for the overall education industry, there are many different jobs available to education support workers or LSOs who have completed the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, including:

  • education support worker,
  • teacher assistant,
  • teacher aide,
  • education aide,
  • learning support officer,
  • school support officer (or SSO),
  • classroom assistant,
  • special needs education assistant,
  • mainstream education assistant, and
  • literacy specialist.

How long does it take to complete a Cert 3 in education support?

To complete the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, students need to devote approximately 600 hours to learning and completing assessments (including a 100-hour work placement in a local school). The course is largely self-paced meaning the time it takes to complete any section depending on how much time the student devotes to their learning each week and their abilities and experience.


This estimated 600-hour duration may be extended for those who need additional support such as students who struggle with English. On the other hand, it may be reduced for those with experience with children (including parents). Those who have studies in a related field or who have completed higher level qualifications are also likely to require less time to complete the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.


While some students may finish sooner than others, many are busy juggling life’s demands and commitments. Many students prefer to study part-time or ‘casually’ with the occasional block of concentrated study time. This will mean that the duration of the course (in months) is longer depending on how much time is devoted to learning each day, week and month. This is the best part of studying a self-paced online course such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support available anywhere in NSW – you can study 1 hour this week, 30 hours the week after, 5 hours the week after that – the study schedule is very flexible.


There is no difference between the CHC30213 and the CHC40213 in most cases in terms of the time required to complete each course. However, being a higher qualification, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support does require a higher level of knowledge and skills. For parents and those with experience with children or related industries, both courses will feel relatively easy and we rarely have issues with students in this category.


Most students go straight into the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support course, although some applicants are advised to begin with the lower qualification due to language or learning concerns.

What is the difference between a Cert 3 and Cert 4 in education support?

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the basic introductory course for education support workers in NSW, while the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is the more advanced course that covers working with students with disabilities and disorders.


Both qualifications cover:

  • teaching and learning strategies,
  • behaviour management,
  • classroom management,
  • and a range of professional skills relevant to working in an Australian school under the direction of a teacher.

The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support however devotes more time to applying these strategies to situations that involve working with people with disabilities and disorders. For this reason, and given that most work in schools for teacher aides or support workers is to support students with special needs, we strongly recommend the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support of the Teacher Aide Combo.

What qualifications do I need to be a teacher's aide in NSW?

To be a teacher’s aide in NSW you will need to complete an education support qualification such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. The most popular course in Australia currently is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support however the most sought-after graduates hold the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support – the special need’s qualification.


FTTA’s unique teacher aide combo course has become very popular in recent years as it provides two qualifications for not much more cost than the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support – Saving around $1500 compared to enrolling in two separate courses. This gives you maximum bang for your buck as well as supercharges your resume with two qualifications.

Is it each to find work as a teacher aide in NSW after completing one of these courses?

There are literally thousands of schools in NSW so there are certainly plenty of options. Many schools employ dozens of teacher aides (LSOs) so chances are there are positions available in your area today! However, that doesn’t mean finding a teacher aide job is easy – after all, everyone wants to work in Kindy or year 1 and 2. If you are willing to move beyond this initial goal and consider upper primary, high school and particularly special needs schools – your chances of finding work improve dramatically. Holding out for the perfect position to open up in the school 2 minutes down the road may not be reasonable, at least as you are trying to get your career off the ground.


There are however several things that you can do to boost your chances of finding work as a teacher aide or Learning Support Officer at one of NSW’s may public or private (non-government) schools:

  • Prepare a good resume and introduction letter.
  • Complete short courses such as free online courses.
  • Complete a nationally recognised course with a reputable provider.
  • Have copies of your clearances ready to go.
  • Dress professionally and approach schools in person.
  • Approach dozens of schools (not just 2 or 3) – approach 20!
  • Be patient but also persistent (without harassing schools).
  • Do some voluntary work in your local school (or several).
  • Ask contacts such as friends and family (and friends of friends) to keep an eye out for positions.
  • Keep improving yourself by reading books and attending seminars – watch YouTube videos and podcasts – add all of this to your resume.
  • Have a positive attitude and keep on trying – it will happen.
  • Be willing to go to schools where you prefer not to work such as high schools or special need’s school (if you are intimidated by the idea) – give it a try - you may be surprised!
  • Be willing to compromise initially such as travelling half an hour back and forth to work.
  • Be flexible with your availability and be ‘on-call’ if you say you are – the more you limit your availability the less of a chance schools will call you in.

Remember this is only for the first year or so to get your foot in the door and to establish your professional credentials and networks. Once you are getting regular work from a school in NSW, a contract will pop up eventually and you will be offered first pick – your hard work, persistence and sacrifice will pay off sooner than you thought!


The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is our ‘bread and butter’ at Fast Track Training Australia – with thousands of graduates, decades of experience, extensive relationships with schools in NSW, and our industry-leading expertise and resources – FTTA continues to be the ‘go-to’ provider for education support training across Australia.


Please feel free to browse our hundreds of blogs and videos or give us a call on 1300 858 191 if you’d like to find out more.

About the author

Image of the managing director of FTTA.

ADAM GREEN

Adam Green is an advisor to government, a registered teacher, an instructional designer and an author. He is completing a Doctor of Education and was previously head of department for one of the country’s largest SAER (students at educational risk) schools. Adam is managing director of Fast Track Training Australia, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher aides every year.

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to check his article for accuracy, information may be outdated, inaccurate or not relevant to you and your location/employer/contract. It is not intended as legal or professional advice. Users should seek expert advice such as by contacting the relevant education department, should make their own enquiries, and should not rely on any of the information provided.

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