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Teacher Aide Courses in Queensland

Australia’s most popular teacher aide course

Teacher Aide Courses in Queensland

Government subsidised best practice teacher aide courses in QLD

Studying a teacher aide course has never been easier with government funding provided by the Queensland government. Queensland has 1250 schools including 920 primary schools, each one representing numerous opportunities for well-trained, qualified teacher aides with the right demeanour, attitude, and skills. FTTA’s teacher aide courses are based on research from around the world – only with FTTA will you learn best practice skills, strategies and techniques that will set you apart as a high performing teacher aide in any of Queensland’s 1250 schools.


Study the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support to learn the basics of working as a teacher aide in Queensland. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support will show you how to work with special needs including students with complex needs that require ongoing support. The Teacher Aide Combo, our most popular offering, comes highly recommended – combining the best of both nationally recognised courses and improving your skills, knowledge, confidence, self-esteem, and job prospects.


Teacher assistant supporting a group of 6 young students in a classroom.

Learn best practice strategies such as implementing small-group activities as pictured above – only in FTTA’s research-based teacher aide courses.


Below we discuss many questions and topics about studying and working as a teacher aide in Queensland. For specific details about an individual course such as cost, duration and current government funding opportunities, please follow the relevant link below:

Teacher Aide Courses in Queensland: Takeaways

For those on the go, here is what you need to know in 60 seconds or less:

  1. Government subsidised places are funded by the QLD government and start at $50 for concession holders.
  2. Teacher aide courses in Queensland can be completed by either class (Brisbane) or online mode.
  3. An important aspect of becoming a teacher aide is to learn best practice teaching and learning strategies such as modelling and scaffolding.
  4. Online study includes tutorials, webinars, a library of videos, e-books, interactive activities and a structured, supported pathway.
  5. We recommend the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support followed by CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support given that government funding is available for both.
  6. Teacher aides support student learning and development. They assist the teacher with behaviour management and provide logistical support.
  7. Teacher aide courses in QLD take about 600 hours for someone with no previous work, study, or school experience.
  8. A person with experience with children including parents and those from other sectors such as childcare, may complete the course in a shorter period of time.
  9. Some teacher aides can take on higher-level responsibilities such as managing a literacy or numeracy program.
  10. Choosing a teacher aide course in Queensland is not easy: select your provider wisely as your career depends on it!
  11. Enrol in a course that uses a clustered and holistic assessment approach as this can cut your duration down by 50% due to the removal of duplicate content.
  12. Teacher aide courses are not that difficult (compared to many technical courses such as IT) and there are no essays or reports (at least with FTTA).

Teacher Aide Courses in Queensland: A Comparison

We regularly get asked about the difference between the government funded CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.

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

Here is a side by side comparison to make it easy for you to broadly see the differences. Note that to make this table simple, we have made some broad generalisations.


Teacher Aide Courses in Queensland

Code

CHC30213

CHC40213

Level Certificate III Certificate IV
Full title Certificate III in Education Support Certificate IV in Education Support
Units 17 17
Accredited or recognised Yes Yes
Class mode Yes, Brisbane Yes, Brisbane
RPL Available Available
Online mode Yes, all QLD Yes, all QLD
Clusters 5 topics 5 topics
Skill level Basic - intermediate Intermediate - advanced
Fee – funded concession $50 $50
Fee – funded standard $100 $100
Funding program Certificate 3 Guarantee Higher-Level Skills
Fee – non-funded (FFS) $1960 $2160 (also note the Teacher Aide Combo)
Duration 26 weeks (no child-related experience) 26 weeks (no child-related experience)
Payment plan (FFS) Yes Yes
Placement 100 hours 100 hours
Placement location Usually mainstream Usually with special needs
Job outcome Mainstream teacher aide Special needs education assistant (or mainstream)
Job location Mainstream classroom Mainstream or special needs
Kindergarten Yes Yes
Pre-primary Yes Yes
Primary Yes Yes
High school Yes Yes
Senior school Sometimes Yes
Special need’s school Sometimes Yes
Disability school No Yes
Specialist program No Yes
Job prospects Medium (if studied best practice pedagogy) Very high (if studied best practice pedagogy)
Job stability Medium (if studied best practice pedagogy) Extremely high (if studied best practice pedagogy)
Independence Low to medium (if studied best practice pedagogy) Medium to high (if studied best practice pedagogy)
Key role General learning support Support students with special needs
Salary hour $26 - $30 $29 - $34
Salary PA $47,000 average (32.5 hours) $52,000 average (32.5 hours)
Teaching strategies Scaffolding, modelling, one-on-one instruction, play based learning, others All CHC3013 + metacognitive skills, levels of instruction, explicit instruction, cooperative learning
Behaviour techniques Basic such as scanning and proximity Basic and more advanced such as motivational strategies
Knowledge Broad knowledge of teaching strategies, behaviour management, operational tasks, policies Knowledge of basic strategies and some advanced strategies related to working with disabilities and disorders
Enrolment age 16+ 18+ usually
Graduate outcome Employ basic skills to effectively work as a teacher aide in the mainstream classroom environment under teacher direction. Effectively work with students with a range of learning and behaviour needs including students with disabilities and disorders.

As you can see from the above comparison, there are more similarities than differences particularly in terms of structure, cost, and modes. Both the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support and the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support have 17 units, 5 clusters and cost $50 for concession and $100 for standard funded enrolments thanks to funding by the Queensland government.


The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support specifically targets the skills and knowledge required to work with students with disabilities and disorders such as autism and ADHD. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support on the other hand is aimed at teaching you the basic and introductory skills to work with students in mainstream classrooms under the close guidance of the registered classroom teacher.

Studying a teacher aide course in Queensland: Additional information

Taking the leap and enrolling in a teacher aide course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is not a decision to be taken lightly. We dissect these courses in great detail and answer many of the most common questions regarding studying and working as a teacher aide in Queensland.


Teacher aide courses in QLD – additional information

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What you’ll learn

Teacher aide courses: 18 things you should know We have done the research and put together 18 things that we think you should know before enrolling in a teacher aide course in Queensland.
How to become a teacher aide So, you want to become a teacher aide but are not sure of exactly how to go about it? This article explains everything you need to know in order to become a teacher aide in Australia.
What do teacher aides do? If you have searched 'what do teacher aides do' this is the article for you.
Courses and qualifications for teacher aides This article will summarise the learning opportunities available for teacher’s aides in Australia and includes qualifications, certificates, short courses, and ways of learning and developing your skills independently.
Teacher aide pay and salary How much do teacher aides get paid? What do teacher aides earn? What is the teacher aide salary in my state?
Teacher Aide Courses Online Our trainers have put together this detailed guide so you can make the best decision about whether studying a teacher aide course online in QLD is right for you.
CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support: Everything you need to know Read in depth answers and make the best decision about whether the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or any other teacher aide course is right for you.
CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support: Everything you need to know We've done the research and come up with the most accurate and relevant answers to your questions such as 'is the Cert 4 in Education Support difficult' and 'how long does the Cert 4 take to complete'?

A pictorial guide to teacher aide courses in Queensland
-> for the visual learners!

Teacher aide assisting in the classroom environment.

Above: Study a research-based teacher aide course with FTTA and learn industry best practice teaching and learning strategies such as play-based learning, modelling, co-operative learning, pre and post reading strategies, feedback techniques, learning styles, guided learning, rapport building, using cues, active reading and many others – only when you study with the leader in teacher aide training in Australia.


Teacher assistant supporting students with digital technology.

Above: Best practice skills such as one-on-one instruction, worked examples and scaffolding are essential for all teacher aides. At FTTA, you will study a range of effective techniques and strategies including Cognitive Load theory, social stories, motivational strategies, and many more skills that will make you an invaluable and essential member of your school community! Ensure you learn best practice skills by enrolling in a reputable teacher aide course with FTTA.


Small group work with several students.

Above: Teacher aides who have completed a teaching aide course with a reputable provider and studied best practice skills are often given additional responsibilities such as managing small group learning and even developing and facilitating ongoing programs. The teacher aide in the picture above is implementing a range of strategies including questioning skills, feedback skills, metacognitive skills, the levels of instruction and cooperative learning. You too could do this, by enrolling with the leader in teacher aide courses – FTTA.


Teacher aide on placement in a local school.

Above: A group of students sit on the floor to engage in a learning activity provided by their teacher aide. In our best practice teacher aide courses in Queensland, you will study skills such as those shown above: consolidation, review activities, pair and group work, scaffolding, developing resources, designing programs and activities and many more.


Teacher aide graduate in a school setting.

Above: Could this be you? An FTTA student on placement for the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support soon after demonstrating her ability to implement a series of best practice strategies and techniques such as active reading, writing strategies, building on existing knowledge, anchor activities and mental scripting. Study best practice teaching and learning strategies by enrolling in one of FTTA’s research-based teacher aide courses.


FTTA teacher aide during placement in a classroom.

Above: Teacher aides who have completed a high-quality course to learn best practice skills and strategies may be provided with additional responsibilities. The picture above is an FTTA student on her placement who is planning, organising, facilitating, and reporting on a numeracy activity that she has been asked to implement in order to address learning needs of several students. You too could do this by completing a nationally recognised teacher aide course with FTTA.


Pictured is a FTTA student working towards a job as a teacher aide.

Above: FTTA students learn a range of best practice strategies particularly for use in the literacy and language classroom. This includes critical literacy, multi-modal strategies, multiple exposures, writing to learn, self-questioning, pre-reading activities, and many other. Learn best practice skills and strategies and boost your career as a teacher aide in Queensland.


Teacher aide standing infront of a whiteboard in a school classroom.

Above: An FTTA student who recently completed her 100-hour placement for the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. As you can see from the board, she has been implementing best practice strategies such as worked examples, repeated reading, spelling, and writing strategies, and a range of other traditional and non-traditional strategies. Could you do this?

How to choose the best teacher aide course in Queensland

Whether you enrol with FTTA or another provider, it is important to choose a provider that is high quality, who teaches best practice strategies and skills, who represents value for money and finally, who has experience and expertise. Here is how you can achieve this:

  1. Enrol with a provider who teaches a range of strategies and skills such as best practice explicit instruction and one-on-one support. Do not be afraid to ask your provider for a list.
  2. Enrol with a provider who is approved for government funding in Queensland. Only a small number of providers are approved for funding. The approval process weeds out many providers and the government impose a range of strict rules and requirements that approved providers have to follow (including audits).
  3. Enrol with a provider that runs classes – even if you don’t attend them. Why? Classes are a good indication that the RTO has quality trainers and materials, as well as the confidence to run face to face classes with big groups.
  4. Choose a provider who writes, develops, and publishes their own resources, materials, e-books etc. This is a sure-fire way of separating poor quality from high quality providers with internal expertise who know the industry like the back of their hand.
  5. Support services are the key to successfully completing your teacher aide course (even though when you first enrol you may not think so). Ensure that the provider offer services such as tutorials, regular ‘as needed’ phone calls, live webinars and very importantly, workplace visits while you are on placement (as this helps you to perfect your skills which is how to get offered work).

Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses?

You may have noticed that we like to use the term ‘research-based’ and ‘best practice’ to describe our courses. So, what exactly does this mean? In simple terms, when we develop our courses, our experts comb through research from Australia and around the world to find what works. We look at what teachers are taught in universities, the skills that governments want their teachers to have and what the research says about teacher aides and their effectiveness. Here are just three examples:

  1. Australian professional standards for teaching,
  2. High impact teaching strategies for Victorian teachers, and
  3. Graduate teacher induction program WA.

From there, we develop and provide you with the best information and resources so you can become the most effective teacher aide possible. This means the services that you provide your students will be second to none – in many instances you will know more teaching strategies than your teacher!


Teacher assistant demonstrating best practice skills.

A teacher aide pictured implementing a series of teaching and learning strategies. Learn best practice teaching and learning strategies only with FTTA.


Practically speaking, this means that we base our teacher aide courses around a whole heap of best practice strategies, skills and techniques that are used by high performing teachers, teacher aides, schools and government around the world including Australia. Depending on which teacher aide course you enrol in, the following strategies are likely to be part of your course:

  • Traditional, tried and tested strategies such as scaffolding, modelling, rapport building, text-book learning, and goal setting.
  • More modern approaches such as cooperative learning, play-based learning, online learning, technology learning, blended learning, and cross-curriculum learning.
  • Advanced and lesser known strategies such as Cognitive Load theory, serial-position effects, the self-fulfilling prophecy, the Zone of Proximal Development and flipped learning.
  • Literacy strategies such as phonics, active reading, pre and post reading tasks, graphic organisers, using cues and prediction, spelling and grammar supports, modelling, guided and shared learning and critical literacies to name a few.
  • More generic skills that all high performing teachers and teacher aides have mastered such as motivational skills, questioning skills, feedback skills, reflective practice, and games.
  • Transferrable and life-long strategies and skills such as study skills, specific transferrable skills, metacognitive skills, mental scripting, and many others.
  • Physical and skill’s development strategies such as deliberate practice, over-learning, spaced learning, and massed practice.
  • Strategies to support students with special needs such as assistive technology, intervention and targeting approaches, social stories, aids and props and differentiated instruction.
  • A range of student-centred strategies such as learning by failure, self-directed learning, pair and group work, debating and role plays.
  • A range of teacher-centred strategies such as team teaching, explicit instruction, and scaffolding.
  • Strategies and approaches to support the operational needs of the classroom such as methods for planning learning sequences, behaviour systems and using data for continual improvement.

Where else will you study, learn and master these skills? Nowhere but FTTA! We use the principles of adult learning, combined with high quality expert support, and in-house developed materials, to bring you a world-class teacher aide course that is second to none.


A quick note – the list above only covers a small percentage of the total skills, strategies and techniques that you will study in your teacher aide course with FTTA – we didn’t mention behaviour management, disabilities, disorders, additional needs, operational and logistical tasks and many other topics essential to your professional development. Whether you study the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, learning and mastering a range of best practice skills is vital for your future career and your students’ success.

Quick recap

If you are just joining us, we have been discussing and examining some of the key strategies that you will learn in a nationally recognised teacher course and explaining why these strategies are so important to your career. You will study these strategies in all three programs with FTTA.


The three options in Queensland are:

The Teacher Aide Combo is not funded however but is a good option for anyone not eligible for a subsidised fee.

Your questions about teacher aide courses from Queensland
and in-depth responses from our experts

1. How much do teacher aides earn in Queensland? 2. How do I become a teacher aide in Queensland? 3. How hard is it to find a teacher aide job in Queensland? 4. Can I study a teacher aide course online in Queensland? 5. Tell me about the teacher aide courses in Queensland. 6. Are teacher aides also known as teacher assistants in QLD? 7. Is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support difficult and how long does it take to complete each of these? 8. Should I enrol with FTTA or a TAFE provider for the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?


Teacher aide planning and resource development for a classroom.

Teacher aides are now expected to undertake a range of tasks including explicit instruction, skills development, planning and resource development. These and many other roles and responsibilities of teacher aides in today’s modern classroom is easy when you complete a best practice teacher aide course.

1. How much do teacher aides earn in Queensland?

The majority of teacher aides in Queensland earn approximately $30 per hour. The exact pay will range from $23 to $33 or even higher depending on the position you are employed to undertake and other factors. Some teacher aides work in mainstream classes with students who have special needs and are therefore paid a higher salary than those who do not work with special need’s students. This is due to the fact that working with special needs requires a higher level of knowledge and understanding of a range of complex disabilities, strategies, processes and policies. It also requires the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


The highest paid teacher aides are those who work in special needs centres or special need’s schools – often also called education support centres or special schools. These are schools that operate within or are attached to a larger mainstream school in many cases. They quite often have their own school managers (principal, deputy, HOD, registrar etc.) yet run independently from the main school (with a similar name). They may have the same or a similar name and hence are often overlooked by many job hunters.


Hint: Remember to apply for work (including relief work) in special need’s schools – many teacher aides work in special need’s centres and they are quite often looking for new staff.


There are a range of positions and specialist roles filled by teacher aides in Australian schools. The pay for these roles varies depending on factors such as:

  • location – regional and rural areas can attract a regional loading,
  • tasks – some activities such as manual handling and/or specialist roles may put you on a higher pay level, and
  • school – working in specialist schools e.g. visual and hearing impairment.
  • qualifications – do you hold the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?
  • quality of your qualification – if you studied and learnt best practice strategies you may be employed in more specialist roles such as literacy programs.

Broadly speaking, many teacher aides earn $30 per hour and work approximately 32 hours per week (over five days). The average teacher aide in Queensland therefore is probably earning around $1000 per week give or take.

2. How do I become a teacher aide in Queensland?

The most common process and first step to become a teacher aide is to complete a nationally recognised qualification with a reputable provider. The two main courses to become a teacher aide in Queensland is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Both are government funded for those who are eligible. See our website for further details.


In the past it was not necessary to complete a qualification and many teacher aides did not hold a certificate or any kind (there were no accredited courses anyway). These days, almost all schools require that their support staff hold a certificate or qualification of some description – and, if they don’t hold it – they will be working towards completing it. Schools need to know that all of their staff represent maximum value for money and are well trained in key areas such as:

  • behaviour management,
  • student safety and supervision,
  • classroom management,
  • logistics and administration tasks,
  • strategies for academic and physical development, and
  • other essential tasks and responsibilities.

Once you have enrolled and completed (or nearly completed) your nationally recognised qualification, you can begin looking for work as a teacher aide in your local community. We recommend putting your name down at 20 or more schools where you are willing to work. The more schools you are willing to work at, the higher your chances of finding work and the sooner you are likely to be hired. Most graduates eventually manage to find work within a reasonable and comfortable travel distance from their home. However, if you are narrowing down your search to less than 5 schools, you are limiting your opportunities and chances of success.


It is important to organise your clearances and to prepare a professional resume. We have a resume builder and introductory letter template on our website – free, easy to use and no sign-up required. This template is just a basic outline to get you started.


A quick hint: make sure you clearly state your qualifications on your resume (the front page) where it is clearly visible for someone who scans the resume in a few seconds.

3. How hard is it to find a teacher aide job in Queensland?

For obvious reasons, we can’t promise that every person who wants to become a teacher aide, will find a job as a teacher aide. We certainly can’t promise you a job in the school of your choosing. However, most graduates tend to find work in their local community following their course (assuming of course you enrolled in a reputable course and learnt all the best practice strategies that schools require).


A good place to start your job-hunting is at the Brisbane’s Catholic Education Office or the Department of Education’s Smart Jobs and Careers website. Both sites regularly advertise vacancies.


Many students who enter our training programs have an idea of where they would like to work, although, by the time they finish their course, they have a very different set of goals in mind. Many students (after or before enrolment) tell us that they would like to work with lower grades. However, once they start learning about other opportunities, such as special needs or high schools, they are more open to alternative options. The more you are open to trying things outside of your comfort zone, the easier it will be to find work as a teacher aide – cast a wide net.


In general, we find that most students do not struggle to find work, provided they have a suitable demeanour to work in schools and enjoy working with people and children. As we have discussed earlier, it really depends on your search parameters. If you are only willing to work at one school, then your chances of finding work in the near future is limited (you are basically waiting for someone to retire or quit).


Most students initially find work by applying for relief or casual work in a variety of schools near them (20-30 minutes’ drive) and then working casual relief until a long-term contract becomes available. This can happen quite quickly depending on the needs of the school and your skills and abilities. Sometimes, however, it takes more persistence (assuming of course, you are looking for contract work – many prefer relief work and the flexibility it provides – as well as the 25% per hour loading).


Finding work may also depends on whether you have completed a qualification from a reputable provider and the quality of the training provided. Schools like to know that you have completed your course with a reputable provider so they can be confident in your abilities. Our advice: Do not skimp on investing in your own education.


You should also think about where you would prefer to ultimately work. Part of this decision will be led by your experience but also your personality – some people work well with younger students, others older students.


You can narrow your job search by first selecting one or more categories from the below list. While not recommended, it might be a way to get your started on your job-hunting expedition. You can widen your criteria every few weeks.



4. Can I study a teacher aide course online in Queensland?

FTTA student engaging in online study resources provided by FTTA.

Online mode is popular with adult learners; no longer does family, work and income need to be sacrificed in order to study.


At the time of writing this you can study the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support online in Queensland and in all areas. Online can mean various things however, depending on the provider, so it is important to ask questions to find out about the types of resources you will be provided and how much support the RTO is actually going to offer you.


As far as support is concerned (what your fees pay for), choose a provider who visits you in the workplace (while you are undertaking your work placement). This is essential for two key reasons. Firstly, it’s probably the only opportunity of this kind that you will ever have (to be observed and receive feedback). This crucial feedback will include advice on how you can improve you practice in order to:

  • maximise student learning,
  • reduce behavioural issues,
  • reduce your stress,
  • deliver the best services to your school community, and consequentially
  • maximise your chances of being offered a contract.

Even the best students have trouble from time to time and if something goes wrong, you will be thankful for a quick site visit from your friendly trainer who can (hopefully) help to resolve the problem.


Online courses don’t mean that you will be sitting and staring at a computer screen 8 hours a day for months on end. While studying online does mean using the internet regularly, there are a range of other activities that you will engage with. At least this is the case with reputable providers. For example, our students work through activities online and offline; they listen to pre-recorded webinars and classroom lectures – often while taking the dog for a walk, catching the train or sitting on a plane. Students can also watch and interact with other students in our regular scheduled online lectures (webinars), chat to trainers and ask questions via the webinar platform.

5. Tell me about the teacher aide courses in Queensland.

Firstly, we have already discussed various aspects of the work placement and the fact that the 100-hours is completed in a local registered school. During your work placement you will complete a range of activities such as assisting the teacher and supporting students in the lead up to your workplace assessment. In this assessment, your trainer will visit you in the school. He or she will observe you completing a range of tasks such as helping students with reading and writing (and implementing best practice teaching and learning strategies).


Another aspect of your course is the theory assessments. The theory assessments are comprised of short answer questions, mini projects, case studies and other activities of that nature. There are no essays or long reports to stress about. You certainly don’t need to be a professional writer to enrol and complete the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support – many people are apprehensive before they enrol and imagine writing dozens of essays and reports – this simply is not the case (at least with FTTA – we cannot speak of what other providers expect).


If you skipped straight to this section, the three teacher aide courses we offer in Queensland are below. Note the Teacher Aide Combo is not currently funded (students who are not eligible for funding tend to enrol in the Teacher Aide Combo however we do not discuss it in length in this article).

Note that while all of our teacher aide courses are nationally recognised, no two RTOs are the same, nor do they use the same materials or write the same assessments. So, while you could enrol in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with any number of different providers, the title of the course is where the similarities end.

6. Are teacher aides also known as teacher’s assistants in QLD?

Teacher’s assistants and teacher aides are two terms that mean the same thing in almost all cases. Other terms are commonly used depending on your location such as:

  • learning support officers in New South Wales and sometimes Victoria,
  • school support officers or SSO are found in South Australia,
  • integration aides are teacher aides from victoria, and
  • education assistant or EAs is the term in Western Australia.
Image of a teacher assistant working in a active classroom..

Teacher aides are also known as teacher’s assistants. Regardless of the role or title, all teacher aides complete the same nationally recognised teacher aide courses such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.


If you have travelled overseas such as in the US, you may have heard of terms such as paraprofessional and paraeducator. All these terms are effectively the same thing, sometimes with slight differences. Teacher aide is the common phrase used by the general public and by most countries around the world. The term is considered a tad old fashioned, as it tends to indicate that the person is employed as a personal assistant to the teacher. Today, modern titles (with the word ‘support’ or ‘education’) is eludes to the pedagogical responsibilities of support workers.


In the past, teacher aides were first hired to aid teachers with clerical type activities (well before the invention of modern computers). As time went by, people in these positions started helping students more and more. In the last decade or two, alongside the rise of concepts such as inclusivity and diversity (students with complex needs entered the mainstream classroom), governments, unions and the community have normalised the ubiquitous use of teacher aides, especially as the main means of supporting students with complex needs.


As students with disabilities more commonly entered the mainstream classroom, time-poor teachers needed an additional mechanism in which to juggle the demands of mainstream non-disabled students and those with complex individual needs (neurological, learning, physical, or behavioural disorders and disabilities).


It is widely known that the diagnosis of some disabilities and disorders have increased over time. Autism (ASD) including Asperger's is an example of this phenomenon. There are varying explanations to why this is the case but regardless it has meant that more and more teacher aides have been required by schools.


Actual and projected % prevalence of Autism in the US.

The rise of autism. Source: Australian Autism and ADHD Foundation.


What does this all mean? It means that role of the teacher aide in Australian schools continues to evolve and change – more change is still to come and with it, new titles will probably be invented to reflect new changes in expectations and roles.

7. Is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support difficult and how long does it take to complete each of these?

Generally, the course will take approximately six months to complete – this is an average – some take 9, some 4 – there are various factors that need to be considered such as previous experience.


There is also a large variance in the amount of time per week that students dedicate to their studies. Some students can only manage a few hours whereas other dedicate 20, 30 or 40+ hours. It really depends on:

  • how quickly you want to get the course completed,
  • your general abilities and English language skills,
  • previous experience with studies,
  • experience with work,
  • experience with children, and
  • other personal factors.

Think of it like this - how long does it take to bake a cake? How long does it take to walk a dog? All of these things can really depend on the person. It can also depend on the topic as well. If you have worked in mining, construction or another industry with an emphasis on ‘work health and safety’ then you’ll find the first topic in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support rather easy - the first topic is “work health and safety”.


Here’s another way to think about it - how long will it take you to read a chapter and answer 10 or 15 activity questions? Some students will be able to do this in an hour or two whereas others will need to read it many times over a period of a week, do some research, ask some questions, attend a tutorial, and so forth.


In general, if you have worked with (or raised) children in the past, or been employed in similar industries such as aged care or childcare, you should move through the course at a very reasonable pace without too much trouble.

8. Should I enrol with FTTA or a TAFE provider for the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?

You have two options when considering a study path in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support in Queensland.


The first option is to enrol in a teacher aide course in Queensland with a private provider such as FTTA. As a private provider, we specialise in delivering nationally recognised teacher aide courses to adult learners. Here at FTTA, the average age of our students is 37. Our trainers case manage students who need flexible yet supportive study programs – students study when they can, around other commitments such as work, family and health.


FTTA teacher aide classroom.

FTTA students tend to be adult learners. TAFE tends to attract high school student/leavers. FTTA class pictured.


The TAFE system on the other hand is generally geared towards students who are younger or live in regional and rural areas. Many students who are currently in high school or have recently graduated from high school enrol in TAFE so they can be in class several days per week (TAFE in this way is an extension of high school).

Key takeaways from reading this article

  • Teacher aides in Queensland earn around $30 per hour and work 32 hours per week (over five days).
  • The average teacher aide in Queensland earns about $1000 per week although this varies depending on the position and other factors.
  • To become a teacher aide in Queensland, the first step is to complete a nationally recognised qualification with a reputable provider.
  • The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the beginning teacher aide course in Queensland.
  • The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is the more advanced teacher aide course in Queensland for anyone wishing to work with special needs students.
  • The more open you are to working in schools outside of your comfort zone, the easier it will be to find work as a teacher aide.
  • Schools like to know that you have completed a teacher aide course with a reputable provider. This is so they can be confident that you have learnt a range of best practice teaching strategies and techniques.
  • Studying ‘online’ can mean many things depending on the provider. Before selecting a provider ask about support services, resources, and assessments.
  • Always enrol with a provider who uses a clustered assessment approach and preferably a holist assessment structure as this saves time (up to 50%).
  • During your work placement, expect to complete a range of activities that prepare you for your final workplace assessment. This includes implementing support strategies and helping with operational tasks.
  • The theory assessments are comprised of short answer questions, mini projects, case studies and other activities – there are no essays or exams.
  • Our teacher aide courses take approximately 26 weeks or 600 hours to complete. This is an average however and students with experience with children often finish much faster as the course is self-paced.
  • Adult learners tend to enrol with private providers where TAFEs are more geared towards students who are in high school.

So far you have discovered some of the opportunities in Queensland for those looking for a new and exciting career as a teacher aide or teacher assistant. But first, a few challenges lay in your way – where to study? What to study? We have tried to allay fears and answer some of these questions, as well as many of the common enquiries we receive each and every day – pay, courses, modes, support, difficulty etc. If your questions remain unanswered, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our student advisers.


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About the author

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ADAM GREEN

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

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

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CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

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