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Teacher Assistant Courses in Queensland

Australia’s most popular teacher assistant courses from Queensland

Australia’s Most Popular Teacher Assistant Courses from Queensland


Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses in QLD


Australia’s most popular teacher assistant courses are available in Queensland from the leader in nationally recognised teacher aide training. Our research-based, practical, best practice teacher aide courses are available from $50 (co-contribution concession fee) for residents of Queensland thanks to funding from the Queensland government. Available by class in Brisbane and by distance in almost all areas including but not limited to Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast.


Both the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support (the introductory teacher assistant course), and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support (the advanced course for those seeking to work in special needs) is available with government subsidies ($50 concession and $100 standard – nothing more to pay!).


To become an invaluable and essential member of your school community, enrol with the leader in teacher assistant training in Australia and learn vital skills, strategies and techniques that you will only study at Fast Track Training Australia.


Teacher assistant working with a group students.

Could this be you? Study best practice teaching and learning techniques such as cooperative learning, small group work and metacognitive skills – only at FTTA.


Click on any of the links below for details about our popular, government funded, research-based teacher assistant courses,

Teacher Assistant Courses in Queensland

If you’re reading this, you undoubtedly have questions about studying and working as a teacher assistant in Brisbane or another area around Queensland. This article answers many of the common questions that we received each and every day about teacher assistant courses in Queensland. This includes the cost of a teacher assistant course in Queensland, which qualification schools are expecting you to hold, the best process for finding work, when to start looking for work, the types of jobs available in schools, what life is like as a teacher assistant in Queensland, and many other hints and tips that we think you should know.


If you don’t have time to read this whole article, here is some important points that we think you should know before enrolling in a teacher assistant course in Queensland:

  1. In Queensland there is no legal requirement to hold a qualification to be a teacher assistant however few schools hire people without a qualification.
  2. Government subsidised courses are available in Queensland for both nationally recognised courses.
  3. If you enrol in a funded course the cost is $50 for concession and $100 for standard (co-contribution fee) thanks to the Queensland government.
  4. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support covers all the basics and is a good place to start your career.
  5. You should also complete the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support if you plan on working with students with additional needs such as those with disabilities and disorders (which is the main role of most teacher assistants in QLD).
  6. To become a teacher assistant in QLD you will need to have completed a qualification with a reputable provider to ensure you have covered everything that you need to know to be effective in the classroom environment.
  7. An important part of your course is studying teaching and learning skills and strategies such as active reading, questioning skills, remedial instruction and making resources for students’ learning.
  8. All students in QLD need to complete a placement in a local school for a minimum of 100-hours. This usually takes around 16 full days.
  9. Many students find work where they complete their placement provided that they have enrolled with a reputable provider and have learnt the vital skills necessary to adequately contribute to student learning and development.
  10. Studying a teacher assistant course from Queensland is easy with webinars, trainer support and our learner platform that contains a library of useful tools and resources such as videos, free e-books, readings and other activities.

We strongly recommend reading one or two of the following detailed articles (after reading this article of course!). Written by our expert trainers, learn everything there is to know about teacher assistant courses whether you are in Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast or somewhere in between:

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

Covering everything you need to know about working in a school as a teacher aide

Picture of a school setting.

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support with FTTA will teach you best practice behaviour management skills which will make you an invaluable member of your classroom.


Have you been thinking about becoming a teacher assistant for some time? Have you always wondered if you’d make a good teacher assistant? With government subsidises for the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support in Brisbane and all areas of Queensland, now is the time to get your teacher assistant career in QLD up and running.


This nationally recognised teacher assistant course is the introductory course that will give you all the skills and knowledge that you need to effectively contribute to students’ learning and development, and to support the logistical and operational needs of the classroom. Students enrolled in FTTA’s research-based, best practice teacher aide course can expect to study four key areas that will make them an invaluable, essential and highly productive member of the local school community.


These 4 key areas include:

  1. A raft of best practice, effective and practical teaching strategies that will make you a star of your school:
    • Scaffolding and modelling – the foundation of all good teaching practice.
    • The levels of instruction – simple and easy to implement, yet effective.
    • Explicit instruction – old-school teaching that gets results.
    • Metacognitive skills – learning how to think about the learning process.
    • Differentiation – adjusting your teaching to suit the needs of diverse learners such as those with a disability or disorder.
    • Collecting, analysing and using data to inform your practice.
    • Technology learning – a range of strategies for including technology in your practice to best effect.
    • Formative assessment – ways of analysing progress, needs and gaps in learning in order to make adjustments to strategies and resources.
    • Team teaching – best practice for teacher assistants and teachers to coordinate and work together to ‘teach’ a class or group.
    • Critical literacy strategies – ways of teaching children to understand and interpret the world particularly with texts such as stories, ads and films.
    • Phonics – develop students’ phonemic awareness (sounds).
    • Literacy strategies – teach kids what ‘good’ spellers, writers and learners ‘do’ so they can improve in and out of class.
    • Co-operative learning strategies such as discussions, debating and brainstorming as well as modern activities such as play-based learning and problem-based learning.
    • Plus many more only at FTTA!
  2. A raft of behaviour management skills that every teacher assistant in QLD needs to know. Our techniques and strategies will impress the teacher so much that they will beg you to stay after your placement. This includes:
    • With-it-ness – being aware, scanning, predicting and making judgements about the best use of your time, position and communication methods.
    • Low key responses – used hundreds of times each day to stay on top of issues before they arise with the least amount if interruption to students’ learning.
    • Systems and routines – we teach our teacher assistants in Queensland how to plan, prepare and expect behaviour and other challenges so you are never caught out and know exactly what to do.
    • IBPs and classroom rules and routines – best practice methods for applying classroom and school rules as well as reporting to the teacher.
    • Stock-standard responses – a raft of stock-standard responses that help you manage the most common behavioural issues so you don’t have to stress about what is the most stressful and challenging aspect of your job as a teacher assistant in QLD.
    • Determining the root cause – you need to know why students do what they do before you can properly address it. Off-task behaviour for example is usually due to fear of failure in front of peers (not because the student is ‘bad’).
    • And a range of other skills, strategies and techniques that you will only learn in a research-based, best practice teacher assistant course in Queensland with the leader in education support courses: FTTA.
  3. Skills and strategies for working with students with additional needs (the bread and butter of teacher assistants). This includes:
    • knowledge of a range of disabilities such as visual impairment,
    • knowledge of a range of disorders such as Autism,
    • knowledge of a range of difficulties such as language, literacy and numeracy difficulties,
    • strategies for identifying, assessing and reporting concerns to the teacher and other specialists,
    • methods for developing resources and materials based on a differentiated approach and in line with the Australian Curriculum,
    • best practices for teacher assistants in QLD in terms for applying support strategies and behaviour management techniques when working with students with disabilities and disorders,
    • intervention strategies, remedial instruction and a range of language development activities and programs for students falling behind,
    • using assistive technology for those who need an extra layer of support in order to engage in educational activities and the school community, and
    • many others essential skills that you will only find in a teacher assistant course in QLD from the experts in teacher assistant training: Fast Track Training Australia.
  4. Professional skills: this is the term we give to the range of other things that you need to know and be able to do as a teacher assistant in a Queensland school. You will learn about:
    • laws, regulations and policies,
    • how, when and what to report (and to whom you should report),
    • correct terminology and common terms used in the industry,
    • how to make ethical and value-based judgements and decisions,
    • ways to support the logistical needs of the classroom,
    • safety, cleaning, hygiene, routines and systems,
    • do’s and don’ts of working in a school,
    • professional boundaries and professional judgement,
    • the signs of neglect and the various types of abuse,
    • reflective practice and continual improvement cycles,
    • the Australian Curriculum and how it impacts on your work, and
    • many other valuable and essential skills that you need to know to be an effective teacher assistant in one of Queensland’s many schools.

Note that the list above outlines some of the strategies that you will learn in FTTA’s best practice teacher assistant courses such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. As each provider sets their courses up very differently, you are unlikely to study the above in any other course – even a nationally recognised one!

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

A higher-level course for those who may work with special needs in Queensland

Education assistant shown finishing her placement in a classroom.

FTTA student finishes the last assessment for her placement by demonstrating use of effective, best practice strategies in a numeracy activity.


For those wanting an edge in the job market, this is the government subsidised Queensland teacher assistant course that is right for you. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support covers everything that you study in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. In addition, however, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is known as the special need’s teacher assistant course meaning you will learn how to support and work with students with a range of disabilities, disorders and other issues including complex multiple disabilities and comorbidities.


This course is ideal for students who intend on working with students with disabilities and disorders including in special needs schools and centres. There is an emphasis on Autism, learning disorders and difficulties; Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia; as well as other more common physical and neurological issues that you will come across in a school environment. We recommend this teacher assistant course over the lower level teacher assistant course as schools in Brisbane and other areas around Queensland prefer the higher level qualification for obvious reasons: more skills, more strategies, better understanding particularly of disabilities and disorders and finally it shows you have the capabilities to provide a high level of service to your clients (students, teachers, parents etc.).

Teacher Aide Combo

Value for money for those who are not eligible for government subsidies

Unfortunately, some people in Queensland will not be eligible for a government subsidised teacher assistant course with FTTA. This is often due to one or more government rules such as visa status or if the applicant has completed (or is enrolled in) another qualification. For those in Queensland seeking to become a teacher assistant and who fall into this category, we offer the Teacher Aide Combo at a value for money price with interest free payment plans so everyone in Queensland can study to become a teacher assistant. This program saves over $1500 when compared to enrolling in two separate courses.


The teacher aide combo merges the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support into one streamlined and easy to follow program. There is only 1 placement of 100 hours to complete. There is only 1 set of theory assessments – the course takes not much more time than a single qualification.


As the overlap between the two nationally recognised teacher assistant courses is quite extensive, the Teacher Aide Combo saves you time, money and the stress of completing two separate courses. This is why the Teacher Aide Combo is our most popular course particularly for those in Queensland and who are not eligible for government funding. As with all of our courses, the Teacher Aide Combo is available across Queensland including but not limited to:

  • Brisbane,
  • Sunshine Coast,
  • Gold Coast,
  • Toowoomba,
  • Rockhampton,
  • Mackay,
  • Townsville,
  • Cairns,
  • Hervey Bay,
  • Bundaberg, and
  • Gladstone.

Which teacher assistant course should I choose to study in QLD?

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

Which teacher assistant course you should choose depends on a range of factors. We recommend contacting and speaking to our expert student advisers who can give advice and guidance based on your situation. However, generally speaking we advise the following:

  • If you are eligible for government funding, we recommend completing both teacher assistant courses – one after the other. You will find the second course to be quite easy as you have covered most of the topics to some degree in the lower level teacher assistant course.
  • If you only intend on completing 1 course, we recommend the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support as it qualifies you to work in special needs and with students with a range of disabilities and disorders. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support only touches on working with additional needs.
  • The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory teacher assistant course that all Queensland schools require as a minimum. If you are not confident in enrolling in the higher-level teacher assistant course (CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support), then this course may be the right fit for you.
  • The Teacher Aide Combo is the best option for anyone in Queensland seeking to become a teacher assistant and who is not eligible for funding.

There is not much of a difference in terms of difficulty or duration between the three programs. While the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support and the Teacher Aide Combo cover more complex topics, we find that the great majority of students have no issues studying at this level (it is not a difficult or technical course such as the likes of accounting, engineering or IT).


Some students however, such as those who are learning English or who believe they have poor study habits, may be advised to consider the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support as a bridge to completing the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support at a later date.

Online Teacher Assistant Courses from Queensland

Adult learner studying online.

Studying online shouldn’t mean you go at it alone! Enrol with a provider with an 80%+ completion rate, live webinars, and face to face support.


For those that can’t make it to class (in Brisbane), our research-based, best practice teacher assistant courses are available across Queensland from Cairns to the Gold Coast and everywhere in between. Government subsidised from $50, easy to use, accessible 24/7, structured, flexible and high quality: everything you have come to expect in a world-class online teacher assistant course.


A high-quality online course will give you the pedagogical skills and knowledge that you need to be one of the best teacher assistants your teacher has ever seen. What do we think a world-class online teacher assistant course looks like? Firstly, it needs to be designed by expert andragologists (someone who is an expert instruction designer specialising in adult learning). Next, you need the best technology. From there, your provider should offer:

  • access to a library of videos made by experts in their field,
  • a plethora of readings carefully selected for their educational value,
  • regular webinars focusing on key topics to boost your performance,
  • interactive toolboxes so you can learn without stress or frustration,
  • free short courses with printable certificates to beef out your resume,
  • free learner guides written by your trainers (not some boring textbook written overseas or by so-called professional writers!),
  • facility to easily complete and submit assessments online,
  • a structured, easy to follow course that has been carefully designed for busy adult learners, and
  • support provided by expert trainers who have worked as either teachers or teacher aides for many years in local schools. Email, phone, face to face and live webinars are important features.

These are just some of the elements that make a world class online teacher assistant courses and why our completion rate is over 80% - more than 3x the national average according to the National Centre for Vocational Education and Training. Give your career a head start and enrol in Australia’s most popular teacher assistant course from anywhere in Queensland with government subsidised fees from $50.

Your school placement in Queensland

Teacher aide working in a classroom setting during work-placement.

Could this be you? An FTTA student completes her placement by implementing a series of best practice teaching strategies – her teacher was very impressed!


You may have heard that all nationally recognised teacher assistant courses in Queensland require a placement in a local school. We get many questions about the placement on a daily basis; few students enrol without asking a couple of questions about the placement such as where they can do it, if they can go to a school where their kids attend and how long it takes to complete. The placement is an invaluable and essential part of your course and it is required for both the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support as well as the Teacher Aide Combo (which doesn’t require two placements).


The purpose of the placement is for students to put into practice the skills, strategies and techniques that they have been studying in their course so far. This includes behaviour management, teaching and learning strategies, logistical tasks, following procedures and policies, working with students with disabilities and disorders, and supporting literacy and numeracy in both one-on-one and small group situations. We visit every student in the workplace to help them perfect their professional practice and to provide advice and guidance to help you improve.


As there are plenty of schools in Queensland, it’s generally is easy to find a school in order to complete this vital and exciting part of your teacher assistant course. However, students should be aware that they may not be able to complete the placement at their ideal school. While we can try to accommodate all preferences, it is up to the school as to who they accept (and we are competing with university students who often take precedent). The exception to this is when students ask their friends and family (who work at a school) or enquire to the school directly. This is the preferred method as it means students can complete their hours in a school where they already have an existing relationship.


An important note to finish this section: Many students end up working (paid work) where they do their placement. This is not guaranteed or automatic, however. It happens when a student uses their 100-hours to perfect their practice and become a vital, essential and necessary support mechanism that the teacher ‘cannot live without’. Many students also end up working casual or relief afterwards (sometimes during) their placement which is how most teacher assistants in Queensland begin their careers (schools like to try the teacher assistant out first which is achieved by hiring them on a casual or ‘relief’ basis as it is called in the industry).


What does all this mean? Put in simple and succinct terms, it means enrolling with a reputable provider who will teach you industry best practice skills is absolutely essential. Yes, there are other teacher assistant courses in Queensland, but if you don’t learn from expert providers and trainers, your career may not get off the ground. Ensure that your provider is able to show you a list of teaching and learning strategies they will help you to master. Ask what you will learn in terms of behaviour management strategies and ensure that their content was written by local experts who have worked in schools (the majority of providers use learner guides written overseas or by professional authors who are not teachers or teacher assistants). In other words, choose your provider very carefully!

How to become a teacher assistant in Queensland

So, you have decided to become a teacher assistant and you intend on enrolling in a teacher assistant course such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. But is that all you have to do? Surely there is more to it than that? For some lucky people, jobs land in their lap and reading this section will be a waste of time. For others, a systematic approach will maximise your chances of finding work as a teacher assistant in a Queensland School and will help you to keep your cool should it not go your way initially.


A quick but very important note: The quality of your teacher assistant course will potentially determine whether you get offered work (such as after your placement) and how long it takes you to find work. Many schools hire staff on a casual basis to test them out – if you haven’t learnt best practice skills and techniques, you may not be asked back for a second go. In other words, choose your provider carefully because even those who were seemingly born to do this work, need a good grounding in best practice – something you won’t get in your ‘average’ teacher assistant course.


Back to the process of becoming a teacher assistant in one of Queensland’s many schools. We typically advise a process that looks something like this (although it won’t suite everyone and every situation so take it with a grain of salt – a guide only to get you started):

  • Complete a nationally recognised teacher assistant course with a reputable provider so you learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective:
  • During your course, organise your clearances to work with children. Your trainer will help you with this at some point before your placement.
  • Optional: Complete short courses such as free online courses (our students do this as part of their course – there are also plenty of free ones online and they can be added to your resume to show you are eager to learn and improve).
  • Write your resume and introduction letter – have another person edit and then proofread multiple times (there is a difference). Your resume should be simple, clear and professional with sections such as:
    • Personal particulars including clearance number
    • Qualifications (your teacher assistant courses)
    • Short courses (try to list at least 6 in the last 12 months)
    • Experience:
      • Name of organisation
      • Start and end date (month and year)
      • 3-5 key roles/tasks
    • List of skills and hobbies (relating to work in schools – playing guitar, surfing or knitting is not relevant here – think people skills, managing conflict, organising materials, IT programs you can use etc.)
  • Make copies of your resume, intro letter, resume and your main certificates (this is where the Teacher Aide Combo is beneficial – 2 qualifications)
  • Go online and find 10 schools where you would be happy to work. Be prepared to travel a bit further than is comfortable and be flexible (steadfastly aiming for a position in a particular school is like trying to hit a hole in one).
  • Dress like you are ready to work as a teacher assistant then and there (professionally but not corporate) and approach schools in person at a suitable time (not late Friday afternoon or in peak times such as before 9 am).
  • Be patient but also persistent (without harassing schools) – a polite follow up phone call might be a good idea every few weeks.
  • Consider doing a couple of hours voluntary work in several schools to get your foot in the door.
  • Ask contacts such as friends and family (and friends of friends) to keep an eye out for positions.

Some additional tips for finding work as a teacher assistant in Queensland:

  • 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 (initially) preferred not to work. Many students avoid high schools until they give it a go and then find they love it.
  • Be willing to compromise initially such as travelling half an hour back and forth to work.
  • Ignore what you think you may know about a school and their ‘reputation’ as it is always unfounded – every school has a story or two that makes it look bad. A school 40 minutes away is no different to the school 2 minutes away.
  • 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.
  • You can also look for work on SEEK, Brisbane’s Catholic Education Office, as well as the Department of Education’s Smart Jobs and Careers website.
  • A note on using the above sites – have a systematic approach such as spending every Monday searching and applying for positions.

Teacher assistant jobs in Brisbane and other areas of Queensland

Happy FTTA student shown during her placement in a school.

A happy FTTA student in her classroom after finishing her course. FTTA students study industry best practice skills and are sought-after by schools.


Many people worry about whether they will be able to get a job as a teacher assistant in Queensland after they have completed their national recognised teacher assistant course. While we cannot guarantee that anyone will get a job, and we cannot say how long it will take to get a job, here are some facts according to the Queensland Department of Education:

  • There are 1250 (approx.) schools in Queensland.
  • There are about 920 primary schools.
  • There are just under 200 high schools.
  • In addition, there is just under 100 k-12 or ‘combined’ schools.
  • There are just under 50 special need’s schools.
  • There are many other specialist schools.
  • There are around 92,000+ employees of the Department of Education (not including private schools).
  • Of these 92,000, around 15% are teacher aides.
  • This equates to about 14,000 teacher aides.

To put this into perspective Coles employed 22,241 staff in Queensland in 2017 including casuals. So, what does this mean for me? It means there are plenty of opportunities for qualified teacher assistants in QLD - positions become available regularly. In fact, some schools employ more teacher aides than they do teachers (such as some special need’s schools where students require one-on-one support for the duration of the day).


Teacher assistant workforce profile.

Source: Workforce Profile, Department of Education, Annual Report


Finally, we should spend a short moment looking at the types of schools in Queensland. You will then be able to further narrow your search (not recommended however) if there are schools where you do not want to work as a teacher assistant. You will learn all about the different types of schools, roles and tasks that are expected of teacher assistants in each throughout your nationally recognised teacher assistant course.


Note that some courses are more focused on certain types of schools such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support which emphasises working in special need’s schools and with students with special needs in inclusive mainstream classrooms. Once you have completed your teacher assistant course, you may find work in a:

Quick note: don’t be too fussy to begin with – get your career up and running by accepting any work that comes your way. Then, once you have beefed out your resume and proved yourself to be a high performing teacher assistant, you can apply to work in almost any school in Queensland!

What to ask before enrolling in a teacher assistant course in QLD

Trainer assessing teacher aides during placement.

Ensure that your provider visits you in the workplace and has experienced trainers who were former teachers or teacher assistants.


Once you have read all of the above and have made some decisions (goals, timeline, mode, course, preferred workplace etc.) you are ready to begin researching and choosing a provider. If you are thinking about enrolling in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, you have quite a few options. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is more specialised however and far fewer providers are registered to deliver this higher-level nationally recognised teacher assistant course.


Here are our top 10 tips for choosing a provider in Queensland for an education support course (or any other course in the future):

  1. Classes. Whether or not you attend classes, a good way to separate poor quality providers from better ones is whether they run classes. Anyone can run a distance course as trainers may not have to even meet or speak to the student (not recommended).
  2. Curriculum. Ensure the provider develops all of their curriculum including learner guides and assessments. In-house developed materials are a good indication that the provider has a high level of internal expertise. Cheaper courses often provide no more than a textbook which you can purchase on Amazon or elsewhere.
  3. Trainers. Are their trainers experienced? Were they or are they teacher assistants or teachers? Don’t be afraid to ask (in a nice way of course). Which school did they last work at?
  4. Support. Can you speak with a trainer (some only allow email), do they run tutorials and webinars? Can you visit their office or meet the trainer as needed? You may not think this is important now, however once you begin your course, support services are the core of what you are paying for.
  5. Placement. The most important part of your course is the placement. Cheaper courses skip the site visit to save money (as it is very expensive to have trainers visit students across Queensland – think Mackay or Cairns for example). It is essential that your trainer visit you as they will help you perfect your practice making you a much more skilled practitioner.

Top 5 FAQs: Teacher Assistant Courses in Queensland

How much is a teacher’s aide course in QLD?

A government subsidised teacher aide course in Queensland is currently $50 for concession holders and $100 for non-concession holders. This is the co-contribution fee for subsidised courses in Queensland and there is nothing else to pay thanks to funding provided by the Queensland Government. High school aged students pay no fee if they graduated the year before. For students who are not eligible for government funding, we offer the Teacher Aide Combo at a $1500 discount to completing 2 separate courses.

How much do teacher’s aides earn in QLD?

Teacher aides across Queensland earn $31 per hour on average (between $27-35 per hour on average) depending on experience, qualifications, the school and the position. This is about $200 per day or $1000 per week for most teacher aides as many do not work a 38-hour roster. Casual teacher aides can expect to earn an added 25% however they are not eligible for annual leave or sick pay.

How do I become a teacher’s aide in QLD?

To become a teacher’s aide in Queensland you will first need to enrol, complete and graduate from a nationally recognised teacher aide course. Your two main choices are the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Of course, you will need a good resume, clearance and have a suitable attitude and demeanour as well as enjoy working with children.

How long does it take to complete a teacher aide course?

It takes most people about 6 months or 26 weeks to complete a nationally recognised education support course including the 100-hour placement in a local school. A unit-by-unit course will take twice this time. Those with experience with kids (including raising them), are expected to complete much faster. Those fresh from high school or who are learning English may take 800-1200 hours depending on how their chosen provider structures their courses.

What is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support?

The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory teacher aide course that provides students with the essential and fundamental skills and knowledge to work in a mainstream school. Students learn how to support learning, development, behaviour and the logistical needs of the teacher and their students. Students are also introduced to the basics of working with students with additional needs.

What is the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?

The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support prepares students for work in both mainstream and special need’s schools including roles and responsibilities that require a higher level of independence from the teacher. Students learn best practice techniques for supporting the needs of students with disabilities, disorders, complex needs and comorbidities. At the end of this course, graduates will be able to effectively support students with complex needs in their learning, development and behaviour.

Summary and final comments

With so many options, choices and recommendations, where to from here? First, take the time to think about whether this industry is for you. Second, decide on which course you want to undertake: the introductory CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, or the special need’s teacher assistant course: the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


Third, ensure that you enrol in a teacher assistant course in Queensland that teaches best practice, research-based strategies and techniques – your workplace performance, usefulness, effectiveness and employability depend on it. Finally, set your goals: where do you want to work, where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Do you want to work full-time, part-time or casual? We have given you the information and tools to answer these questions – the rest is up to you – good luck!


To learn more about any of our online or class-based teacher assistant courses from Brisbane and other areas of Queensland, please read our detailed articles here, or contact our friendly student advisers – if we don’t know the answers to your questions – no one will.


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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OUR RESEARCH-BASED TEACHER AIDE COURSES

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

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

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AUSTRALIA'S MOST POPULAR TEACHER AIDE COURSES

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

1 IN 2 CHOOSE FTTA

1 in 2 study the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with FTTA.

PAYMENT PLANS FROM $40

Interest free plans from $40 - no hidden fees, includes all resources.

GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES

From $50 - courses subsidised by the Queensland government.

SUPPORT

Live webinars, regular tutorials, phone and email support.

PLACEMENT

We visit every learner on placement to help improve your practice.

30-DAY NO OBLIGATION

A 30-day no obligation period so you can be sure the course is for you.

MODES

Supported, self-paced distance mode or class from 1 day per week.

RESEARCH-BASED CONTENT

Learn industry best practice and research-based pedagogy.

ESTABLISHED PROVIDER

An established provider with more than 5000 happy graduates.

INTRODUCTORY COURSE

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

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

LEARN MORE

SPECIAL NEED'S COURSE

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

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

LEARN MORE

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.

LEARN MORE

SAMPLE RESOURCES

Sample course resources and materials

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

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ABOUT US

With more than 5000 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.

              

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