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

A guide for anyone seeking employment in an education support role in South Australia.

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


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Read about FTTA’s research-based, best practice teacher aide courses available in SA by distance and online learning from Australia’s pre-eminent provider of the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


Study with the industry leader in pedagogical skills, strategies and techniques and supercharge your professional practice. Learn strategies such as best practice one-on-one instruction, explicit instruction, feedback, formative assessment, small group work, behaviour management, literacy and numeracy strategies, intervention strategies and many more – only at FTTA!


FTTA student demonstrating teaching strategies.

Could this be you? An FTTA student on placement demonstrating her knowledge of best practice teaching strategies with a phonics activity.


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The Certificate III & IV in Education Support in SA is the perfect qualification for people seeking employment in education support roles in South Australian schools. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory qualification for anyone seeking employment as a support worker in a South Australian school. Support workers are also called teacher aides, teacher assistants, classroom assistants and school support officers (or SSOs) and many other titles – each state has its own official term for teacher aides.

SSO and teacher aide tasks and responsibilities

SSOs or teacher aides work under the supervision of a classroom teacher to support children’s learning, to manage and guide their behaviour, and to help with the logistics and operational needs of running a busy, dynamic classroom. Teacher aides in SA can however, work in a range of settings including kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, senior colleges, special needs school and various specialist programs. There are plenty of options should you choose to study a nationally recognised teacher aide qualification in SA with a reputable provider such as FTTA.


After completing the introductory CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the higher level CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support from SA, you might find work in a mainstream classroom supporting students with skills such as literacy and numeracy; or in subjects such as science, humanities and social sciences, the arts, physical education, mathematics, languages and English. To learn more about the subjects in the Australian Curriculum follow this link to ACARA. You will learn all about the Australian Curriculum in your CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with FTTA.


To learn more about the types of tasks that you may undertake as a teacher aide or SSO in SA, we recommend reading this article: What do teacher aides do in Australia?


FTTA student demonstrating literacy activity.

An FTTA student finishes her placement after facilitating a small group literacy activity utilising the skills and strategies she learnt in her course.

Employment options in SA for teacher aides and SSOs

Students who study the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support from SA may find employment in a range of roles in private, independent or government schools. This includes kindergarten, pre-primary, primary and high schools, as well as senior colleges and religious or alternative schools (such as Montessori and Steiner schools).


According to the ACARA (the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority), there are 716 schools in South Australia (including 453 primary schools, 78 secondary schools, 160 combined schools (k-12) and 25 special schools). In other words, there are plenty of opportunities in SA for gradates of education support courses who have the right skills, demeanour and personality, as well as a love for helping others. You will also need to study best practice skills, techniques and strategies such as behaviour management techniques and teaching and learning strategies (aka ‘pedagogy’ which means ‘the art of teaching’).


teacher aide supporting an oral literacy activity.

A teacher aide supporting an oral literacy activity.


The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is a more advanced qualification and is for anyone seeking employment as a support worker in a South Australian school. It is popular for those who wish to work with children with special needs particularly in specialist programs such as literacy and numeracy programs or special need’s schools. As with the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, students can find work in a range of schools in South Australia. Anyone considering a career in this industry can, however, choose to enrol directly into the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support or the very popular Teacher Aide Combo.

Studying a teacher aide course from SA online

FTTA currently offers both the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support via distance learning to people who reside in SA. When studying online, most of the learning is completed ‘online’ by logging into our easy-to-use, bespoke learning platform where you can access webinars, lectures, videos, readings and a range of other learning materials – all from the comfort of your own home – study when you want and as often as you want!


Our courses take the average student 600 hours to complete (including a work placement component). However, given that our programs are all self-paced, students who have experience with children, or who have worked or volunteered in other relevant industries, can expect to complete the course faster. To learn more about studying online, we recommend reading this detailed article: Teacher’s aide course online: is it right for you?

Work placement

All students are required to complete a work placement in a local school in SA. The placement includes practising a series of activities (such as supporting literacy and numeracy with individuals and small groups), as well as helping the teacher with managing behaviour and other logistical tasks. FTTA visits all students on-site during their work placement to provide support and guidance and to help you perfect your practice – the site visit is a valuable and essential part of the course, particularly if you intend to work at the school where you complete your placement. Not sure where you might like to do your placement? You can find local schools in your area by searching online (for example, using the education department’s ‘Find a school’ tool).


In addition to accessing the portal, FTTA students can contact their trainer by email or phone at any stage of their course. Your friendly, experienced, and supportive trainer is only a phone call away. Our higher completion rate of over 80% – 3x the national average according to government statistics (NCVER) – shows that we know how to help, support and guide our students all the way from start to finish!


Adult learner studying online.

Online learning is becoming more and more popular with adult learners – even those who are not tech-savvy.

Industry best practice strategies and skills

The three online programs currently available to anyone interested in studying a teacher aide or SSO course from South Australia is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, or the very popular (and highly recommended) Teacher Aide Combo. You can read more about these courses including the costs, duration, topics, structure, modes, placement and other details by clicking on the links below:

Students who study the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support with FTTA learn a range of pedagogical skills (such as one-on-one instruction, questioning techniques, providing feedback, formative assessment, and worked examples), as well as literacy skills and strategies like phonics and repeated reading. Students in SA studying the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support study similar topics, as well as some more advanced skills which are often used when working with students with disabilities and disorders such as Autism, ADHD and physical disabilities.


FTTA student placement in a local primary school.

An FTTA student on placement in a local primary school preparing to deliver spelling and phonics activities to year 2 students. Could you do this?


If you would like to learn more about how to become a teacher aide, please read this article, or this one: Teacher's Aide Courses: 18 Things You Need to Know.


If you would like to know how much teacher’s aides get paid in SA’s 700+ schools click here for the latest salary details.

Tasks and responsibilities of SSOs and teacher aides in SA

According to the SA government, teacher aides (often called SSOs, classroom assistants or classroom support officers in SA) provide curriculum support for teaching staff by:

  • “contributing to the planning and delivery of curriculum with participating teachers
  • delivering curriculum to children in small groups or to individuals under the direction of the teacher or director
  • performing administrative duties and records management
  • organising and preparing materials and resources for activities, and organising activities within the safety guidelines under the direction of the teacher
  • discussing program implementation and evaluation with the teacher
  • helping organise special events and children's work displays.”

To work as a teacher aide in South Australia, you will need to complete a nationally recognised qualification and have a suitable personality and demeanour. You will need to be professional, calm, and patient, as well to enjoy working with people and children. Once you hold either the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, you can begin looking for work as a teacher aide in SA.


Supporting learning development.

Teacher aides support learning and development in a range of subjects, including art – one of the key areas of the Australian Curriculum.


Your employment search may include searching government websites such as the SA government’s job’s board, online advertisers such as SEEK (mainly for private schools), or by contacting schools directly. This final method is how the majority of SSOs or education support workers find work in Australia – usually by starting with ‘relief’ or casual work and progressing to more permanent positions over time – schools like to ‘get to know you’ first to ensure you are a good fit for the school, the classroom, the teacher and the subjects being delivered.


‘Relief work’ (the term used for casual work in schools) is also an opportunity for you to visit many different schools and classrooms. You will get paid an additional loading to work as a relief SSO based on the South Australian school and preschool education staff enterprise agreement 2016. While you won’t get paid annual leave or be eligible for sick or personal leave, casual relief staff do get paid an additional loading.


Below are 6 common questions that we get from people in SA considering a career in this challenging yet rewarding career.

1. What is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support?

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory qualification for anyone seeking employment as a support worker. This is the entry level course that covers all of the basics of working in mainstream classrooms. It touches on and introduces students to the skills and strategies required to work with more complex needs such as students with comorbidities (multiple additional needs).


There is a focus on literacy and numeracy as well as behaviour management techniques in this course. Students in SA who study the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support with FTTA learn all the basics of working in a school as a teacher aide including proper and best practice techniques for providing:

  • one-on-one support,
  • scaffolding and chunking,
  • the levels of instruction,
  • modelling and worked examples,
  • play based learning and enquiry-based learning,
  • best practice questioning and feedback techniques, as well as
  • many other useful and essential skills required to successfully support student learning and behaviour.

2. What is the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?

The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is a more advanced qualification for anyone seeking employment as a support worker in a South Australian school, particularly those who wish to work with students with special needs or in specialist programs such as literacy and numeracy.


CHC40213 students learn the same techniques and skills found in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, plus additional and more advanced techniques such as:

  • metacognitive skills,
  • coping strategies,
  • executive functioning,
  • using social stories,
  • cognitive load theory, and
  • many other essential skills that will make you an invaluable team member.

3. How long does it take to complete a teacher’s aide course in SA?

It takes approximately 600 hours to complete a teacher’s aide course in SA by distance or online learning. Students who have experience in education or a related field (or who have experience raising children) may be able to complete the course faster (sometimes in half the time or less). This is because many of the skills that you have developed over the years are applicable to this course.


Students who are new to Australia and/or who are not fluent in English may need additional time to work through the learning materials before attempting the assessments – even more reason to enrol with a professional, reputable provider.

4. What jobs can you get with the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support?

The Certificate III and IV qualifies you to work in schools in SA in almost any position that involves work in a classroom (or similar learning environment) assisting and support students in learning and development. This includes various job title such as:

  • teacher’s aide,
  • school support officer (or SSO),
  • education assistant,
  • education support worker,
  • teacher’s assistant,
  • special needs education assistant,
  • school-aged care assistant,
  • learning support officer,
  • classroom assistant,
  • integration aide, and
  • many other school-based positions.

5. What is the difference between the 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 nationally recognised qualification for anyone seeking to begin a career as a teacher aide, school support officer or teacher assistant in Australia. It is the most commonly held teacher aide qualification and the certificate that most teacher aides in Australia hold. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support focuses on providing educational support services to a wide range of students in mainstream classrooms in order to improve students’ learning, development, behaviour and abilities. You will also learn how to assist the teacher with the operational and logistical needs of the classroom.


The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support focuses on work with special needs students including those with multiple disabilities, comorbidities and complex needs. This is the special needs qualification that covers everything required to effectively support children with disabilities and disorders in the educational environment. It covers almost everything from the lower level course but with a consistent focus of applying those skills to the work of supporting students with special needs. Many students who complete this qualification find work in special needs schools and centres – positions that also attract a higher level of salary and more independence and responsibility.

6. How do I become an SSO or teacher aide in SA?

To become a teacher aide or SSO in SA you will first need to complete a nationally recognised teacher aide course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Depending on your provider, you will learn skills and strategies to develop your pedagogical awareness, understanding and abilities. This means you will learn ‘how to teach’.


Some of the skills and strategies that you will only learn with FTTA include:

  • the levels of instruction such as guided learning and shared learning,
  • scaffolding and modelling,
  • metacognitive skills,
  • a plethora of reading and writing learning strategies,
  • how to facilitate group work and pair work,
  • how to plan and develop basic lessons and activities,
  • intervention and remedial instruction, and
  • best practice one-on-one instruction.

Once you have completed your course with a reputable provider and developed the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively work as a beginning teacher aide, your next job is to begin applying for work in your local area. You can do this by applying for jobs online or by approaching schools with your resume and asking to be placed on the ‘relief list’ for any future jobs that may come up.


If you think you have what it takes to begin a new career as a teacher aide, SSO, school support officer, classroom assistant, or special needs education assistant in South Australia, please feel free to contact Fast Track Training Australia – the go-to provider for teacher aide training in Australia. Alternatively, you can read more about our qualifications and options by clicking on any of the links below. We have also published a plethora of free guides and videos that we encourage you to explore.


Happy learning!

About the author

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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