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Teacher Assistant Courses in South Australia

Australia’s most popular teacher assistant courses in South Australia

Australia’s Most Popular Teacher Assistant Courses in SA


Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses


Study a teacher assistant course in Adelaide SA by enrolling in any one of FTTA’s research-based, best practice, nationally recognised courses such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support or the Teacher Aide Combo. Australia’s most popular teacher aide courses are now available to anyone in the greater Adelaide area seeking to begin a stable, rewarding and challenging career as a support worker (also called SSO’s or school support officers in SA).


By enrolling in one of FTTA’s unique research-based teacher assistant courses from SA, you will learn the skills, knowledge, strategies and techniques to become a sough-after teacher assistant or School Support Officer in any number of SA’s many schools.


Teacher assistant working with a student in a classroom.

Could this be you? Teacher assistants employ a range of teaching strategies and techniques to help children to develop their skills and knowledge.


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Teacher Assistant Courses in Adelaide SA

Below you will read about FTTA’s teacher assistant courses in SA including many of the questions that we get about our education support course and the wider industry. We discuss life as a teacher assistant or SSO in SA, the types of schools in SA, the roles and responsibilities of a teacher assistant in the South Australian school system, how to become a teacher assistant in SA, and the pros and cons of each course. You will also learn about the differences between the two education support courses and which course is best for a career as a teacher assistant in one of South Australia’s many schools.


While we highly recommend reading the rest of this article, for those who are time poor, here is a list of the main points that we think you should know:

  1. We recommend the Teacher Aide Combo as it saves students $1500 compared to enrolling in two courses.
  2. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support focuses on working with special needs students.
  3. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is a broad qualification that covers all the basic skills.
  4. Teacher assistants in SA are often called SSOs or School Support Officers.
  5. To become a teacher aide or SSO in SA you will need to complete a nationally recognised education support course, obtain your clearance and develop a resume.
  6. Teacher aide jobs in SA are advertised online or you can approach schools and ask to be placed on their ‘relief list’.
  7. The majority of teacher assistants in South Australia work with special needs particularly in special needs schools.
  8. No two providers deliver the same course content and the quality of graduates varies greatly – choose your provider wisely as your career depends on it.
  9. Enrol in a teacher assistant course that teaches a range of practical strategies, techniques, and skills so you can be effective in the classroom (and be offered work).
  10. High quality teacher aide courses (support, resources, expertise, webinars) not only provide vital skills, but have a much higher completion rate meaning your chances of finishing the course is sometimes double if not triple.

We want you to have all the information that you need to make an informed choice about whether this industry is right for you and which course and mode is likely to suit you the best. Therefore, we have written and published the following articles which we highly recommend:

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

SA’s introductory teacher assistant course

FTTA teacher assistant graduate sitting infront front of school geography activities.

An FTTA student graduates from the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support after completing her placement in a local SA school. Could this be you?


For those wanting to begin a career as a teacher aide, teacher assistant or school support office (SSO) in South Australia, the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is a good option. This is the introductory, nationally recognised course that covers everything you will need to know to work in a South Australian school under the supervision of a classroom teacher. You will study and learn:

  • basic behaviour management techniques such as scanning, proximity and natural consequences,
  • basic teaching and learning strategies such as modelling, scaffolding, play based learning and a range of reading and writing support strategies,
  • the basics of working with students with disabilities and disorders including Autism, ADHD and several physical disabilities, and
  • standard and effective industry best practice methods for supporting the teacher with the operation and management of the classroom.

Throughout these topics, you will develop an understanding of how to perform workplace tasks within the requirements of South Australian laws, department and school policies, regulations and industry best practice guidelines.


Please note that this advice is specific to FTTA’s research-based teacher assistant courses in SA – while the course title and code may be the same, course quality and content varies greatly from provider to provider. Our advice – do not be afraid to ask providers for specific information on what you will learn.

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

SA’s special need’s teacher assistant course

For the vast majority of people in SA who are contemplating an enrolment in a teacher assistant course, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support will help you achieve your career goals. You will learn everything that is covered in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support (see section above). However, this education support course goes one step further and teaches you how to apply that knowledge to support students with complex special needs such as disabilities, disorders and comorbidities.


While the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support touches on working with special needs, this course focuses on special needs from start to finish – hence it is known as the ‘special need’s course’. Given that the great majority of teacher assistants in SA schools work with special need’s students for the majority of their day, this is the teacher assistant course that schools prefer you to have studied (and in particular studied with a reputable provider so you learn best practice teaching skills, techniques and strategies).

Teacher Aide Combo

SA’s best value teacher assistant course:

The teacher aide Combo is our flagship program that gives you the best bang for your buck, the highest level of skills and knowledge and maximum employability, job opportunities and confidence.


The Teacher Aide Combo is unique to FTTA; bringing together the best elements of our two nationally recognised teacher assistant courses to give you a leg up in the South Australian job market and boosting your skills and knowledge at the same time. This is why the Teacher Aide Combo is our most recommended and most popular teacher assistant courses in Adelaide and all areas of South Australia.


From a price perspective the Teacher Aide Combo is a fantastic option. For only a little more than the cost of an enrolment in the higher-level CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, the combo provides two qualifications (meaning two certificates for you to show your school and add to your resume). Having completed two teacher assistant courses means that you are eligible for practically all teacher assistant (or school support officer – SSO) positions in South Australia whether it be in primary school, high school, special needs or any number of other schools, programs and speciality areas.

Which teacher assistant course in SA should I enrol in?

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support of the Teacher Aide Combo?

Teacher assistant working with a small group of students.

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support covers all the basic teaching and learning strategies that you need to know to help students learn in a mainstream classroom environment. Could this be you?


If a long and stable career as a teacher assistant in SA is your goal, we strongly encourage you to consider FTTA’s unique research-based, best practice Teacher Aide Combo. You will have two certificates to show schools, extra confidence, and an edge when it comes to your work performance. If you want to be the best teacher aide that SA has ever seen – this is the teacher assistant course for you.


Our second recommendation is the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Given that most teacher assistants in SA work with students with additional needs for most of the day (if there is no ‘additional need’ there is probably no need for a teacher assistant after all), a course that focuses on special needs is a logical choice.


The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, however, is still quite popular in SA. Most of FTTA’s students, however, now enrol in one of the above due to the fact that there is no need to complete this introductory teacher assistant course in order to work in SA in a school. Some students may still prefer to complete the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support in certain circumstances such as:

  • anyone who recently arrived in SA from a non-English speaking country (and their English is likely to be an issue),
  • anyone with a mild learning disorder or other issue that may impact their studies,
  • Anyone with a lack of confidence in their abilities (language, literacy, numeracy, study skills etc.) and who want to begin at the ‘easiest’ level first and to build from there as they become more experienced with studying and the industry in general, and
  • Anyone who is in high school or recently graduated (high school students tend not to enrol in the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support).

Online teacher assistant courses in South Australia

Whether you live in Adelaide, Port Augusta, or any other location in South Australia, you can study a world-class, research-based, practical teacher assistant course via online mode thanks to modern technology and FTTA’s easy to use learner platform. Unlike many providers, our online courses are not just a collection of boring PDFs – our courses give you access to a plethora of resources and materials in a structured, easy to follow and fully supported library of high quality resources designed to improve your pedagogical expertise (pedagogy is a term used in the education sector that is best described as ‘the art and science of teaching children’).


We provide various resources for every type of learner including pre-recorded webinars and class lectures, readings from experts from around the world, free e-books and guides and free learner guides for each topic. Students can also watch short videos from our trainers and other industry experts, complete free short courses and print certificates to add to their portfolio and engage in a range of interactive learning ‘toolboxes’ which make learning easy. Not only that, our students enjoy services that you won’t get anywhere else such as regular live webinars as well as workplace visits from their trainer to help the student perfect their professional practice. These are some of the reasons for why FTTA is the home of Australia’ most popular teacher assistant course.

The teacher aide Combo is our flagship program that gives you the best bang for your buck, the highest level of skills and knowledge and maximum employability, job opportunities and confidence.

Work placement in one of SA’s many schools

All students enrolled in either the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support are required to complete a 100-hour placement in a local school. Generally, you will be able to complete this requirement in or around Adelaide usually within a few minutes’ drive from where you live. This may however not always be the case as the decision to accept you for a placement is ultimately up to the school.


The placement for all of our teacher assistant courses in SA is 100 hours which equates to about 16 days in a school (undertaking student support tasks). Many students complete this requirement by working 2-3 days per week for 5-8 weeks. Some students however complete the placement 1 day per week over a longer period of time. This happens when the student is unable to attend more regularly due to other commitments or if they are in no rush to finish their course. Students also have the option to work 5 days per week in order to complete the 100 hours in a shorter period of time – this is called a ‘block placement’.


The purpose of the placement is to provide our students with the opportunity to practice what they have been studying in the theory part of their course. For example, you will first learn and complete a series of theory assessments for topics such as behaviour management, safety and literacy. The placement then provides the opportunity for students to observe the teacher going about the task of managing behaviour, dealing with safety issues and teaching literacy skills. Students can then practice implementing a range of techniques and strategies with the goal to continually improve their skills. As part of the placement, we visit all students to provide advice and to help them perfect their professional practice. This service is a vital and essential part of all of our teacher assistant courses.

How to become a teacher assistant in Adelaide and other areas of SA

Picture of teacher assistant during her work placement in a school.

FTTA student on placement showing resources developed for a reading program. Enrol with a professional provider of teacher aide courses to learn industry best practice skills.


To become a teacher assistant in South Australia we recommend the following steps:

  1. Research and learn as much as you can. Read the articles on our blog. Speak to any friends or family who work in a school. The more you can learn now the better – ensure that you enrol for the right reasons and that this is the best option for you.
  2. Once you are sure that you are ready and committed to completing a teacher assistant course in SA, you have some decisions to make, namely:
    1. Which course will I choose: Teacher Aide Combo, CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?
    2. Which provider will I choose? A private provider such as FTTA or a TAFE?
    3. When will I enrol and what are my goals – do I want to finish quickly, or will I complete the course gradually over time?
    4. Set yourself some goals: where do you want to work ideally (choose at least 5 schools)? Do you want to work full-time, part-time or casually? Where are you willing to work and not willing to work? High schools, primary schools, special needs, government or non-government schools?
  3. Choose your provider carefully. Ensure they teach best practice strategies and techniques so you can impress your school when on placement.
  4. Choose your finance option (payment plan), enrol and inform members of your household (if not already) so they can support you (such as by babysitting or giving you time to learn).
  5. During your placement put your name down for relief at the school and ask to be considered for any contracts or positions. Let them know what days you will be available (be flexible to maximise your chances).
  6. After you receive your certificate, make a dozen or so copies. Also photocopy your resume, ID and clearance. Give these to 10-20 schools in your area and let them know that you have completed a teacher assistant course and are seeking employment. Ask to be placed on the relief list.
  7. Keep in contact with schools, widen your net, and ask around. Apply for jobs online and make finding work as a teacher assistant your full-time job. Assuming that you enrolled with a reputable provider, you should have no problems finding work eventually (it’s likely that you will pick up some work at the school where you did your placement which is a good start).

Teacher assistant jobs in Adelaide and SA

Once you have completed a teacher assistant course in SA, you will be able to start working in a local school. You have a range of possible options given that there are around 716 schools in South Australia (including 453 primary schools, 78 secondary schools, 160 combined schools (k-12) and 25 special schools). This number fluctuates from year to year as some schools close, some merge and others open.


Given that almost all schools have a large number of teacher assistants (officially called SSOs or School Support Officers in South Australia), there is a very good chance that you will find work in a local school after completing a high quality teacher assistant course and successfully navigating the work placement in a South Australian school. In fact, many schools (particularly special needs schools), have more teacher assistants than actual teachers!


You could find work in any number of schools in SA after completing your nationally recognised, best practice, research-based teacher aide course with FTTA. This includes:

For more detailed information and to search for schools in your local area, visit the SA government’s online search application here.


Don’t forget to consider non-government schools as well. You can find jobs and information about these schools online at the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA). Finally, there are plenty of ads for teacher assistants in SEEK (mainly independent schools) or the government’s new recruitment site.

Tips for choosing a teacher assistant course provider in Adelaide SA

Adult learner studying a teacher assistant course using online resources provided by FTTA.

Choose a provider who offers a combination of online support (webinars, email, recorded lectures), and traditional phone and face to face contact.


If you have read this far, you are probably very interested in enrolling in a teacher assistant course to become a teacher assistant or SSO in Adelaide or somewhere else around South Australia. Here are our top 5 tips for choosing a provider for your teacher’s aide course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support:

  1. Ensure the provider teaches best practice teaching strategies and behaviour management strategies – the two main skills schools look for and which will make you invaluable.
  2. Ensure the provider develops their own resources and materials – learning from ‘off the shelf’ resources made overseas or by non-expert ‘professional writers’ is not conducive to developing best practice skills.
  3. Ensure that the provider visits you in the workplace – surprisingly most don’t. This is essential as it helps you to perfect your practice and thus making you much more employable, effective, and useful to students’ learning and development.
  4. Ensure that you can call and speak with a trainer as needed. Nothing is worse than having to wait days or even weeks for a return call when you have a simple question.
  5. Regarding the trainers (and management) of the provider, ensure that they are experienced teachers or teacher aides (surprisingly many providers treat education support as a side gig and their trainers are actually from the childcare industry. There is a huge difference between childcare and education support however).
  6. Bonus tip: ask the provider about their completion rate for your course – the completion rate for providers varies from 10% to 80%+ and it pays to ask this question (the completion rate is a good reflection on the quality of the provider, their trainers, their course materials, and general industry expertise).

Many people believe that all providers are the same – this is like saying all cars are the same or all restaurants are the same. The message we are trying to get across here is that you should ask plenty of questions before enrolling in a teacher assistant course in South Australia including those listed above.

4 Quick Questions about Teacher Assistant Courses in Adelaide

How do I become a teacher's aide in South Australia?

To be become a teacher’s aide in South Australia you will need to:

  1. complete a nationally recognised teacher aide course,
  2. obtain your working with children clearance,
  3. put together your resume and intro letter,
  4. search online for schools in your area,
  5. visit schools and ask to be placed on the relief list,
  6. work causally for some time until a position comes up,
  7. update your skills with short courses and online videos, and
  8. build relationships with people in the industry.

How long does it take to complete a CHC30213 Certificate III in education support?

For courses that are delivered unit by unit, expect to take up to 1200 hours. For courses that cluster units together, expect to take 600 hours. For those with experience with children or related industries, the course is often completed much sooner. Those who work in schools may take less than 200 hours and RPL can take as little as a few days. The spectrum of experience, abilities and knowledge of students or applicants means the duration is highly variable given that the course is self-paced.

What jobs can you get with a CHC30213 Certificate III in education support?

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support qualifies graduates to work in any school in Australia particularly in mainstream schools. This includes preschool, kindergarten, primary school, high school, senior colleges and special needs schools. It is the introductory course that covers all of the basics of working as a teacher’s aide in a school under the supervision of a classroom teacher.

What qualifications do I need to be an SSO?

To be an SSO or School Support Officer in South Australia you will need to hold either the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. While there is no legal requirement for SSOs to hold certain qualifications to be employed, schools rarely hire support staff without a nationally recognised certificate from a reputable provider.

Summary and final thoughts

This article has given you much to think about: what mode should I choose? Who should I enrol with? Which course is best for me? Do I want to even become a teacher’s aide and pursue this career path now that I know what teacher assistants in SA schools are expected to do? We answered these common and important questions as well as many others so you can make the best decision for you, your goals and your circumstances. The rest is now up to you.


In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our office for any questions you may have regarding your options and our popular, research-based teacher assistant courses available by distance learning in South Australia.


Happy training!


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

INTRODUCTORY COURSE

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

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

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SPECIAL NEED'S COURSE

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

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

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INTRODUCTORY COURSE

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

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

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SPECIAL NEED'S COURSE

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

Maximise your job prospects and skills with the highest level teacher aide course.

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TEACHER AIDE COMBO

A streamlined program saving you time and money

Turbo charge your resume and save $1500 with our most popular teacher aide course.

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SAMPLE RESOURCES

Sample course resources and materials

View resources and materials from our research-based, best practice teacher aide courses.

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