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Teacher Assistant Courses in Sydney NSW

Australia’s most popular teacher assistant courses in Sydney NSW

Australia’s Most Popular Teacher Assistant Courses from NSW


Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses


Considering a career as a teacher aide or teacher assistant? Think you have the right personality to support students to learn and develop new skills? Australia’s most popular teacher assistant courses are now available by distance or online learning to anyone in NSW including the greater Sydney area. Study with the leader in teacher assistant training in Australia and enrol in a research-based, best practice, practical teacher assistant course and become part of NSW’s education sector.


We offer several programs to students in New South Wales: The popular Teacher Aide Combo is a streamlined program that saves time and money. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is the highest teacher assistant qualification that opens doors and makes you very employable. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory teacher assistant course in NSW and will get your career off to a good start.

The current enrolment details for our nationally recognised education support courses can be found by following the links below:

Teacher Assistant Courses in NSW

This article looks closely at the courses, careers, roles, responsibilities, schools, and other aspects of studying and working as a teacher assistant (or Learning Support Officer – LSO as they are commonly called) in Sydney and across New South Wales.


We answer many common questions including which qualifications schools are asking for, how to find work as a teacher assistant in NSW, the types of jobs that are available, your expected pay and salary, study options for those in NSW seeking to become a teacher assistant and many other questions that you need to know if you are considering a career in this stable, rewarding and ever evolving industry.


If you don’t have time to read this whole article, here’s a quick peek at what we believe are the most important takeaways from this article:

  1. To become a teacher assistant in New South Wales you will first need to enrol in a teacher assistant course and obtain your clearances to work with children.
  2. You will also need to complete a 100-hour placement in an NSW school (where you may end up working thereafter).
  3. A reputable provider will teach you valuable best practice skills such as behaviour management techniques and teaching strategies.
  4. It is essential that you learn a range of techniques and strategies such as mental scripting, intervention strategies and the levels of instruction.
  5. Teacher aides or teacher assistants support learning, development and behaviour, and assist with a range of classroom tasks.
  6. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is not as popular in NSW (at least with FTTA students) as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support or the Teacher Aide Combo.
  7. The Teacher Aide Combo saves students about $1500 and a heap of time when compared to completing the CHC30213 or the CHC40213 individually.
  8. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is the ‘special need’s course’ making you very employable and highly sought-after once complete.
  9. Studying online (with a good provider anyway) means ongoing support and contact as well as technological solutions such as live webinars to complement your home-learning and self-study.
  10. Teacher assistants in NSW are often (and officially) called Learning Support Officers or LSOs.
Teacher assistant educating students in front of a white board.

Could this be you? Only at FTTA will you learn best practice teaching and learning strategies such as worked examples, scaffolding and guided learning.


After you have finished reading this article, remember to check out these valuable (and free) resources so you can be sure that enrolling in a teacher aide course in NSW is the right choice for you:

The first step to becoming a teacher assistant in NSW:

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

Have you ever dreamt of becoming a teacher aide but never had the time, opportunity or money? Now is your chance – the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is available by online mode in Sydney and all areas of New South Wales. If you need to get your teacher assistant career in NSW off to a running start, this introductory course may be the right program for you. You will study and master 4 key areas of work as a teacher assistant or learning support officer that will enable you to deliver high quality services to both your teacher and your students. These four areas are briefly described below.


FTTA teacher assistant shown implementing literacy strategies in a classroom.

FTTA student demonstrating how she implemented several research-based best practice strategies such as scaffolding, modelling and number sense.


Teaching strategies: The main focus of the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is teaching you how to best support students learning and skills development. To use technical terms, this is referred to as ‘pedagogy’ which is most commonly thought of as ‘the art of teaching’.


You will learn a range of teaching and learning strategies and techniques (in FTTA’s research-based courses at least) including more traditional strategies such as modelling, worked examples, repeated reading, active reading, graphic organisers and scaffolding.


You will also learn a range of modern strategies such as play-based learning, enquiry learning, cooperative learning and metacognitive skills. Finally, we place an emphasis on practical teaching skills such as best practice questioning skills, formative evaluation, remedial instruction, one-on-one instruction, pair and group work, and many others.


In fact, you will learn dozens of skills and strategies when studying a teacher assistant course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support by supported online learning from Sydney and anywhere in NSW for that matter.


Behaviour Management: this crucial aspect of your CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is a feature of all teacher assistant courses that we offer in NSW. It is one of the most important skills that schools notice and use as the basis for hiring decisions (which is important to know given that many of our students are offered positions based on their performance during their placement).


Behaviour management is all about keeping kids on track; motivating them to spend as much time as possible learning and as little time as possible ‘off-task’ as we call it in the industry. A range of techniques are used to achieve this goal such as low-key responses, scanning, proximity and non-verbal cues. You will learn all the basic behaviour management techniques in FTTA’s research-based teacher assistant courses available by online learning in New South Wales.


Special needs: another vital element of the work of all teacher assistants in NSW is supporting the learning, development, progress and behaviour of students who have one or more additional needs (often called special needs). This includes learning about Autism, ADHD, visual and hearing impairment, processing disorders, behavioural disorders, physical disabilities and a range of other learning issues such as Dyslexia and Dysgraphia.


The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support with FTTA will teach you the essential and basic background knowledge (overview, characteristics, treatment) as well as how to apply a number of strategies and techniques when working with children diagnosed with a disability or disorder. For those seeking to work with special needs in a mainstream classroom or in a special needs school, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support or the Teacher Aide Combo is recommended as these course focus solely on working with students with complex needs of various types.


Professional Skills: Teacher assistants in NSW help the teacher with a range of classroom tasks such as administration, record keeping, communicating with parents, developing resources, planning activities and programs, researching, purchasing and managing equipment, organising events such as excursions and a range of other activities that necessitates a methodical, professional and business-like approach. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support teaches you how to support the management of the classroom under the guidance of a teacher and in accordance with the laws, regulations and policies of NSW and Australia.

For those seeking to become a special needs LSO in NSW:

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

A step up from the course above is the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Touted as the ‘special needs course’ by industry, this is the go-to course for many teacher assistants in NSW who work with special needs and especially those who work in special needs centres and schools.


You will learn most of what students learn in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support as well as more advanced topics to further expand your skills and knowledge. This course is concerned with developing your abilities to effectively work with special need’s students such as students with Autism, ADHD, learning disorders such as dyslexia, physical disabilities, and more complex behavioural issues. Before the introduction of our famous Teacher Aide Combo, The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support was our most popular course.

Save time and money with our unique offering in NSW:

Teacher Aide Combo

Take your practice to the next level and join the ranks of Australia’s best teacher assistants by completing two qualifications in one streamlined, cost effective program. FTTA popular and unique program, the Teacher Aide Combo, combines the best of the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support to give you maximum employability, maximum skills and maximum confidence. For not much more time and cost compared to a single course, study FTTA’s flagship offering and give yourself a significant advantage over other job applicants.


Teacher aide working in a classoom environment demonstrating behaviour techniques.

Students in FTTA’s teacher assistant courses learn best practice strategies such as Cognitive Load theory and metacognitive skills.


We have designed the Teacher Aide Combo in a way that combines the basics of the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support with the focus on disabilities and disorders found in the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. You will also learn a range of useful, effective, practical and advanced skills such as Cognitive Load theory and the Zone of Proximal Development to boost your classroom performance.

Which is the best teacher assistant course for me in NSW?

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

If you are looking for a long and stable career as a teacher assistant in NSW, we tend to recommend either the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support or the Teacher Aide Combo (which combines the Certificate III and IV). While there are plenty of opportunities for teacher assistants in NSW, particularly if you have completed a high-quality course with a reputable provider, having two qualifications is always advantageous.


The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is what most teacher assistants in NSW hold and is by far the most popular course across all providers (about double the number of people enrol in this than the higher-level CHC40213). We do things differently at FTTA however and advise students to not do the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support unless there is a good reason to do so.


A good reason would include language issues (learning English), the student is young (year 10 or 11) or some other reason that means the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is not suitable. Our expert student advisers have years of experience with advising students in this regard – feel free to give us a call.

Online Teacher Assistant Courses from New South Wales

Modern technology has provided us with a plethora of new and exciting options. Residents of NSW now have the opportunity to enrol in any of FTTA’s research-based teacher assistant courses by studying online. This means you can study at any time of the day or night, from anywhere in New South Wales (or indeed Australia), and as often or as little as you like in a way that suits your goals, commitments and schedule.


You may have noticed many providers advertise an ‘online’ mode of study and indeed some of these courses seem like good value. However, we believe that downloading some PDFs from a website is not what we call a high quality ‘online’ course. In fact, we don’t think that is even a course! FTTA’s online teacher assistant courses, including those available in NSW, are world-class. They are based on the principles of adult learning and utilise modern technologies in combination with a case managed, structured and supported approach.


Our courses provide a range of resources to suit all types of learners and are backed by live webinars and contact with/from your trainer on a regular basis. Learners can watch pre-recorded class lectures, complete interactive learning toolboxes, read guides and advice from experts from around the world and even complete theory assessments online. That is what a high-quality course from a world leading provider looks like – enrol with the experts, do your career a favour and ensure that your professional practice is nothing but cutting edge.

Work placement in a school in NSW

Teacher assistant on placement sitting at a arts table in a school.

FTTA student on placement for the Teacher Aide Combo showing how she implemented a range of industry best practice strategies. Could this be you soon?


There is a big difference between learning something in a book and putting it into practice. Teaching is a perfect example of this. Hence the 100-hour placement requirement for the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Students can complete their 100 hours in any number of NSW’s many schools (usually in a school not far from their home). The placement is an exciting yet challenging part of your teacher assistant course.


Most students find a placement by speaking with people who they know and who work in schools. This is the preferred method as it means students have existing relationships to support them and they can be placed more easily in an NSW school that is suitable and aligns with their future career aspirations. FTTA can also assist however it is much harder for providers to place students in the student’s preferred school (everyone wants to work in lower primary).


The placement is often completed 2 or 3 days per week for 16 days (total) depending on the school’s opening and closing time. We count the 100 hours from ‘siren to siren’ meaning from when the bell goes in the morning to when it sounds at the end of the day.

Becoming a teacher assistant in Sydney and other areas of NSW

While there are many different ways to go about the task of finding work as a teacher assistant in NSW (after you have completed your nationally recognised course), we recommend the following steps. Note that these steps are a guide only and are not designed to be followed lock-step; where you live, your goals, your connections, the time of year and various other factors will affect the way in which you go about searching for work as a teacher assistant in one of New South Wales many schools:

  • Complete a nationally recognised 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.
  • Write your resume and introduction letter – have another person edit and then proofread multiple times (there is a difference between editing and proofreading).
  • 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).
  • Make copies of your resume, intro letter, resume and your main certificates (this is where the Teacher Aide Combo is beneficial – two qualifications look better than one).
  • 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 is a particular school is like trying to hit a hole in one – be open to new opportunities).
  • Dress professionally 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 few hours of 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 NSW:

  • 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 or currently) prefer not to work. For many people this means high schools or special need’s school (if you are intimidated by the idea – give it a try – many are surprised at how much they enjoy it!).
  • Be willing to compromise initially such as by travelling further than you initially wanted to.
  • 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 (some of the most challenging classes that we have seen are in non-government primary schools yet our students commonly avoid high schools – this decision is based on a mistaken belief that high school classes are the most difficult).
  • 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.

The options for teacher assistants in New South Wales

As part of the process of finding work (the previous section), we recommended setting goals and thinking about where you wanted to ideally work. There are several options available to you in NSW including:

  • government schools which are also called public schools,
  • non-government schools of various types,
  • individual non-government schools (380 of them) such as non-denominational schools, and
  • systemic non-government schools such as Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist schools.

Most teacher assistants in NSW work in the public sector as government schools represent the majority of schools in the state. Government schools include:

You can search for schools in your area using the Find a School service on the Department’s website by clicking here.


Don’t forget to search for vacancies on the government’s recruitment website which can be accessed here. Note that jobs for teacher assistants in NSW use the official term ‘Learning Support Officer’ in most cases. The number of positions advertised varies greatly depending on the time of the year.

How to choose a provider for teacher assistant courses in NSW

FTTA trainer assessing teacher assistants during their placement.

Choose your provider carefully. Ensure they visit you in the workplace, you can call them when you need help, and your trainer is experienced (former teachers or teacher assistants).

Take your practice to the next level and join the ranks of Australia’s best teacher assistants by completing two qualifications in one streamlined, cost effective program.

Once you have decided on whether you want to become a teacher assistant in NSW, and whether you will enrol in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, the next step is to choose your provider. The problem is, how do you know which provider will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to be effective (and be offered a job), and which providers you should avoid. Here are our tips for finding a provider (whether for this course or any other industry such as aged care or childcare):

  1. Do they offer dozens of courses? This is usually a good indicator that the provider doesn’t focus on education support and therefore the quality of your course will be mediocre at best. Avoid providers that have more than a few courses outside of your course area (many providers see education support as a ‘side gig’).
  2. Ask about their completion rate – it should be well over 80%. Some providers have completion rates less than 20% (and even less than 10% for some courses). If they won’t tell you or ‘don’t know’ stay away.
  3. Ask if they make their own resources, materials, learner guides and assessments – don’t even consider a provider who purchases these materials as it’s considered very poor practice in the VET community.
  4. Ask about their trainers and their management staff – are they former teachers or teacher assistants? Who runs the provider and makes all the decisions about what you learn – is that person a former teacher? Many providers claim to be ‘leaders’ or ‘experts’ – ask how they justify that claim.
  5. Ask about support services such as live webinars, one-on-one training and workplace visits (which is essential for your professional development).

Hint: A good sign that your provider is a quality provider is if they deliver classes. Classes require a high level of expertise from a trainer’s perspective – stay away from 100% online providers.

4 quick and common questions: NSW Teacher Assistant Courses

How long does it take to get a teacher's aide certificate in NSW?

The time it takes to complete a teacher aide course depends on whether you study a unit-by-unit course or a clustered course. A clustered course takes half the time in many cases (around 26 weeks or 600 hours). Those with experience with children may take even less as much of the course material will seem like a no-brainer. Students who have no experience with children or related industries such as aged care will take 900-1200 hours.

What courses do I need to complete to become a Learning Support Officer?

To become a Learning Support Officer or LSO in NSW you will need to complete a nationally recognised education support such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. During your course you will learn the essential and vital skills required to perform the duties and responsibilities of a teacher assistant in NSW including supporting learning and behaviour.

How do I become an education Aide in NSW?

An education aide is the same thing as a teacher aide, teacher assistant, integration aide, LSO and integration aide. To become an education aide, you will need to complete the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support as a minimum. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is the better choice for adult learners particularly if you intend on working with students with disabilities and disorders.

What is the difference between the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?

Both of these courses cover very similar topics and have almost identical job roles – the main difference is the students being supported. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory course and is aimed at those who work in mainstream classrooms. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support has more of an emphasis on working with students with disabilities and disorders such as Dyslexia and Autism.

Summary and conclusion

To enrol in a teacher assistant course or not to enrol in a teacher assistant course? Whether you decide to enrol in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, you have several decisions to make, and ones which you should not make lightly – after all, your career depends on it. Which provider should I enrol with? Where do I want to do my placement? What are my career goals? Where do I see myself working in 3 years’ time? These are the questions we believe you need to answer before enrolling in a nationally recognised teacher assistant course in NSW.


The good news is that we have developed a range of articles for you to continue reading in order to learn more about your options and your future career as a teacher assistant in New South Wales.


If we can help you further regarding any of our national recognised courses, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Happy training!


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 a #1 best selling 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 FTTA, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher aides every year.

Source: Teaching Skills and Strategies for the Modern Classroom: 100+ research-based strategies for both novice and experienced practitioners. Amazon #1 best seller in the category of Classroom Management.

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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