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Teacher Aide Courses in Victoria

Australia’s most popular teacher aide course

Teacher Aide Courses in Victoria

Australia’s most popular best practice, research-based teacher aide courses

Completing a high-quality teacher aide course in Victoria has never been easier. With more than 2250 schools across Victoria and a burgeoning education system, a stable yet rewarding career as a teacher aide is more than achievable.


For those who want a foot in the door, the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support continues to be a viable option. For those who want an edge, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support will help you lift your game and your resume. Our most popular teacher aide course in Victoria, however, is the Teacher Aide Combo – saving you time and money, while boosting your skills and confidence.


Teacher aide holding a small whiteboard during a class presentation.

A teacher aide course based on research and best practice techniques such as guided and shared learning pictured above.


FTTA’s nationally recognised teacher aide courses are now available by online learning from anywhere in Victoria. Only at FTTA will you learn industry best practice, research-based skills, strategies and techniques based on Australian and international research.


This includes essential teaching strategies such as metacognitive skills, motivation strategies, one-on-one instruction, the levels of instruction, explicit instruction, play-based and enquiry learning, and all the key reading and writing support strategies that all high performing teacher aides need to master.


We do things differently at FTTA – helping you to become an efficient, effective, vital, and irreplaceable teacher aide so you land your dream job in your preferred Victorian school.


Below you will read all about teacher aide courses in Victoria including enrolment options, schools, placement, and various other details specifically tailored for Victorian students. For current information about a particular course, please refer to the main course pages by following any one of the links below:

5 things to know about teacher aide courses in Victoria

Too busy to read this entire article? Here are the talking points:

  1. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the beginning teacher aide course in Victoria that covers the basics.
  2. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is a better option for adult learners in Victoria and qualifies you to work almost anywhere.
  3. The Teacher Aide Combo is your best bet as it provides maximum skills while saving money and time.
  4. Studying a teacher aide course online is easy with live webinars, workplace visits, regular trainer contact, a video library, and a well-designed structured course. Ensure your provider offers all of these.
  5. Your work placement can be done in a local school, usually 2-3 days per week, and many students end up working in the school afterwards (that is provided you have enrolled in a reputable teacher aide course and learnt best practice skills and strategies – something that schools look for).

Teacher Aide Courses in Victoria: A comparison

We get many questions asking about the differences between these courses. To save you time, we have put together this basic comparison of our three teacher aide courses: the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, and the Teacher Aide Combo.

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
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CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support
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Teacher Aide Combo

Teacher Aide Courses in Victoria

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CHC30213

CHC40213

TAC

Level AQF Certificate III AQF Certificate IV Certificate III and Certificate IV
Full title Certificate III in Education Support Certificate IV in Education Support Teacher Aide Combo
Units 17 units of competency 17 units of competency 17 units x 2 (includes 9 units overlap)
Electives 5 units of competency 5 units of competency 5 each (overlapping)
Nationally recognised Yes Yes Yes
Class mode Virtual Virtual Virtual
RPL Yes Yes No
Online mode Yes Yes Yes
Clusters 5 clusters 5 clusters 5 clusters
Skill level Basic - intermediate Intermediate - advanced Intermediate - advanced
Duration 600 hours for someone with no experience with children or prior training 600 hours for someone with no experience with children or prior training 600 hours for someone with no experience with children or prior training
Total fee $1920 $2160 $2500
Weekly payment $40 $40 $50
Placement 100 hours in a local school (mainstream or special needs) 100 hours in a local school (usually with special needs) 100 hours in a local school (usually with special needs)
Placement location Any registered school k-12 Any registered school (usually with special needs) Any registered school in Victoria with special needs students
Job outcome Mainstream teacher aide Learning Support Officer, special needs education assistant, teacher assistant, teacher aide (special needs) All of CHC30213 and CHC40213
Job location Mainstream classroom Mainstream classroom, inclusive classroom, specialist program, remedial program, special needs school All locations
Kindergarten Yes Yes Yes
Pre-primary Yes Yes Yes
Primary Yes Yes Yes
High school Yes Yes Yes
Senior school Sometimes Yes Yes
Special need’s school Sometimes Yes - often Yes - often
Disability school No Yes - often Yes - often
Specialist program No Yes - often Yes - often
Job prospects Medium depending on area and quality of training High depending on area and quality of training Very high
Job stability Medium and is likely to increase with experience and assuming completion of quality teacher aide course Very high after contracted and assuming completion of high-quality course Very high
Independence Low but may increase with experience Medium increasing with experience and dependant on quality of training (pedagogical expertise) High
Key role Teacher aide, teacher assistant, learning support officer Teacher aide, teacher assistant, learning support officer, special needs focus All support roles in a school including specialist roles (literacy, numeracy etc.)
Salary hour $31.50 average $34.50 average $34.50 average
Salary PA $53,300 average $58,300 average $58,300 average
Teaching strategies Basic yet effective strategies such as modelling, worked examples, reading, and writing strategies. Basic and intermediate strategies such as explicit instruction. Some advanced strategies such as metacognitive skills. Combination of CHC30213 and CHC40213 and some additional advanced strategies.
Behaviour techniques Able to employ 10-12 basic behaviour management strategies. Able to employ 10-12 basic behaviour management strategies and several advanced concepts. All of CHC30213 and CHC40213 and some additional strategies.
Knowledge Basic knowledge of teaching strategies, techniques, programs, policies, disabilities, safety, and requirements of the job role. Intermediate knowledge of teaching strategies, techniques, programs, policies, disabilities, safety etc. All of CHC30213 and CHC40213 plus several additional and more advanced concepts.
Enrolment age 16+ 17+ 17+
Graduate outcome Work effectively in a mainstream classroom under the guidance of a teacher by employing a range of basic strategies and techniques. Work effectively with special need’s students in either a mainstream classroom or a special needs school. All roles from both CHC30213 and CHC40213

As you can see from the table above:

  • The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the basic or introductory teacher aide course. This is the course for anyone in Victoria who intends to work as a teacher aide in a more general role.
  • The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is geared towards working with students with disabilities and disorders. This is the best qualification to hold as it allows you to work in any position in a school in Victoria as a teacher aide or integration aide (the formal term for teacher aide in Victoria).
  • The Teacher Aide Combo combines everything from the two teacher aide courses above. This is our recommended teacher aide course as it provides the maximum amount of skills, confidence and boosts your resume.

A picture tells a thousand words: learning to be a teacher aide

Teacher aide supporting class learning.

Above: Become the best teacher aide in your school by studying a research-based, industry best practice teacher aide course in NSW with the leader in teacher aide training: FTTA. To be a high performing teacher aide you will need to study and master a range of teaching strategies as can be seen in the picture above: scaffolding, explicit instruction, worked examples, feedback, questioning skills, modelling, guided and shared learning and many others. Learn these and other skills only at FTTA in either the nationally recognised CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


Well trained teacher aide in a small classroom.

Above: Well-trained and well-qualified teacher aides in Victoria can take on higher-level responsibilities such as managing small group activities and programs as pictured above. But first you will need to enrol and study a range of best practice teaching strategies such as those which you will only learn at FTTA. This includes, among others: critical literacies, remedial strategies, technology and online learning, reading and writing strategies, scaffolding, formative assessment, graphic organisers, KWL charts, think-alouds and many others!


Experienced teacher assistant rapport building with students.

Above: Best practice skills such as providing feedback, rapport building, setting goals, helping children to achieve goals, and metacognitive skills are the bread and butter of all high performing teacher aides in Australia. The teacher aide in this picture is implementing these and many other strategies including a range of behaviour management techniques. To become a high performing teacher aide, you will first need to enrol in a nationally recognised teacher aide course with a reputable provider such as FTTA.


Teacher aide working with students in a classroom setting.

Above: Teacher aides don’t just work in literacy and numeracy programs; they support student learning and development across the curriculum. In the picture above you can see a teacher aide in Victoria supporting an art activity – art is one of the core subjects in the Australian Curriculum – something you will learn all about in a nationally recognised teacher aide course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the very popular CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


A image of a teacher aide standing in a small school library.

Above: An FTTA graduate who recently finished the 100-hour placement for her CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support shows us the extensive selection of reading materials she was able to access and use in her reading program. Thanks to the best practice, research-based techniques and strategies from her nationally recognised teacher aide course in Victoria, this student is now happily employed in her local school. We train thousands of teacher aides just like the one pictured here – could this be you in a few months?


Teacher assistant giving a book presentation to students.

Above: Many teacher aides spend a lot of their time helping students to develop their reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary and grammar skills/knowledge. Unfortunately many teacher aide courses fail to teach students how to effectively implement reading and writing support strategies such as phonics, self-questioning, targeted interventions, consolidation, pre and post reading activities, active reading, writing to learn, scanning, skimming, basic writing skills and many other essential strategies that you need to know! Ensure that you give your skills and your career a boost by enrolling with a world-leading teacher aide training provider: FTTA.


Teacher aide pictured doing a placement in a local school.

Above: Could this be you? An FTTA student on placement for the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support – the introductory teacher aide course that will get you career off and running. FTTA students in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support learn strategies to support students in a range of subjects such as in the science classroom pictured above. Strategies relevant to working in the science classroom include brainstorming, mastery learning, problem-based learning, differentiated instruction, chunking, guided learning, prediction, role plays, learning by failure and many others!


FTTA student completing a placement in a school setting.

Above: Could this be you? An FTTA student completed the placement for her Teacher Aide Combo in Victoria. Learning everything from the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, this student landed her dream job in a special needs school as pictured above. You can see aspects of some of the behaviour management and teaching strategies that she helped to develop and implement with students with disabilities and disorders – thanks to the best practice strategies and skills from her nationally recognised teacher aide course with FTTA.

Research-based teacher aide courses in Victoria: Additional info

Need to know more? Have additional questions? We have developed and published Australia’s most detailed, accurate, and practical articles about studying and working as a teacher aide. Click on any link below to open the article in a new tab.


Teacher Aide Courses in Victoria: Additional info

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Teacher aide courses: 18 things you should know Learn everything you need to know about studying and working as a teacher aide in Victoria.
How to become a teacher aide Learn how to become a teacher aide by reading our step by step ‘how to’ guide with added hints and tips.
What do teacher aides do? Learn what teacher aides in Victoria (often called integration aides) do in their day to day work.
Courses and qualifications for teacher aides Learn how to improve your skills and knowledge including accredited and non-accredited courses for teacher aides in Victoria.
Teacher aide pay and salary Learn about the pay you can expect to earn after completing a teacher aide course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support in Victoria.
Teacher Aide Courses Online Learn about studying a teacher aide course online from anywhere in Victoria.
CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support: Everything you need to know Learn about the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support with straight talking answers to the most common questions from students.
CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support: Everything you need to know Learn about the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with straight talking answers to the most common questions from students.

Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses – HUH?

Teacher aide implementing learning strategies.

Can you name 5 strategies that the teacher aide in this image is most likely using to facilitate this activity? Our students could name 20 or more. Learn best practice teaching and learning strategies only at FTTA.


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 of information sources used to develop your teacher aide course:

From there, we develop and provide you with the best information and resources so you can become the most effective teacher aide that your teacher has ever seen. In fact, we teach more strategies than most teachers learn in the university courses (they actually don’t learn that many). Impress your teacher and land your dream job by studying research-based, best practice teacher aide courses with the leader in teacher aide training in Australia.


Practically speaking, this means that we base our teacher aide courses around a list of best practice strategies, skills and techniques that are used by high performing teachers, teacher aides, schools and education authorities around the world including (mainly) Australia. You will only find these strategies in FTTA’s teacher aide courses:

  • 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.

Our teacher aide courses are truly unique and there is no doubt that we do things differently at FTTA – very differently. Our courses are practical, based on the most effective and efficient techniques and strategies and aim to develop your pedagogical expertise (in other words, how to be the most effective teacher aide your school has ever seen).


So, what does research-based, best practice mean? It means you get your career off to a head start – it means your confidence, skills and performance are second to none. It means your job satisfaction is high, your students will thank you and your career is long, stable and rewarding.


FYI – we neglected to mention that the list above is only one small part of your course with FTTA. There are many other topics that we cover in your course including behaviour management and disabilities.

5 tips for selecting a teacher aide course in Victoria

  1. Many students don’t ask about support, or think they simply will not need it, but support services are the key to a stress-free experience. Here are what support services should look like:
    • Live webinars (and pre-recorded videos for download)
    • Face to face tutorials on a regular basis
    • One-on-one meetings if you need it
    • Regular contact by phone and email
    • Ability to call and speak with a trainer when you need help
    • Multiple trainers available for support
    • Trainers who were once teachers or teacher aides
    • Trainers who are employed by the provider (not contractors)
    • Resources such as learner guides developed by trainers
  2. Enrol with a provider who runs classes, even if you do not intend on going to classes now (you may change your mind later on). Classes are more challenging to run and is a good sign of the professionalism of the provider (providers that are 100% online are not known to be of high quality generally speaking).
  3. Enrol with a provider who specialises in education support – some providers spread themselves thin and offer dozens of courses. You want a provider who ONLY teaches education support, so you know they ‘live and breathe’ teacher aide courses.
  4. Never enrol in a course that is delivered unit by unit. That is like getting your car services at 17 separate mechanics. All CHC courses (aged care, childcare, etc.) including education support courses, are most effectively delivered using a clustered approach or even better an integrated or holistic approach. This saves you a huge amount of time as these course structures remove the large amount of repetition that exists from unit to unit. In fact, a holistically designed course can potentially cut the course in half, time wise.
  5. Don’t use cost as the only factor to determine which provider is best for you. Look at the different support services, resources, and materials, as well as the general feel you get from the provider. Are they experts or do they just say they are? Do they seem to know what they are doing? At the end of the day, you are paying for a service. Just as you would want to hire a good accountant or an experienced doctor, you want a high quality provider so your career gets off to a good start and so you learn the necessary skills and knowledge that schools need you to know.

So, which course is for you?


the introductory:

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

the higher-level special need’s course:

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

or the best value course with maximum employability:

Teacher Aide Combo

8 comprehensive answers to 8 frequent questions from Victoria

1. How do I become a teacher aide in Victoria? 2. Tell me about teacher aide or integration aide courses in Victoria 3. Can I study an integration aide or teacher aide course online? 4. How much do teacher aides get paid or earn in Victoria? 5. Is it easy to find an integration aide or teacher aide job in Victoria? 6. Are teacher aides also called integration aides? 7. Is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support difficult and how long does it take? 8. Should I enrol with FTTA or should I enrol with a TAFE?


A picture of students that an integration aide would support.

Teacher aides in Victoria are often called integration aides. They support students and teachers in a range of activities in mainstream classrooms and special need’s schools.

1. How do I become a teacher aide in Victoria?

To become a teacher aide or integration aide in Victoria there are a range of steps that you need to follow such as completing a course with a reputable provider, obtaining clearances and applying at a dozen or more schools. Below we have listed several key steps that we believe is the tried and tested method for becoming a teacher aide in Victoria. It’s also worth noting that not all students follow this process, but we believe it is effective and a well-trodden path.


If you know anyone already in the industry (teachers, principals, deputies, school mangers, integration aides or teacher aides), ask them who to speak with in their school about jo opportunities: if positions or contracts are coming up and if they are willing to write you a letter of recommendation. Also ask how to put your name down for relief (casual) work.


Additionally, if you drop your children off to school each day, ask the teacher if they are aware of any upcoming positions. Many people get jobs this way (using contacts and networking) – as the old saying goes, ‘it’s not about what you know, but who you know’.


Before you get to that step however, you will need to at least be enrolled in a teacher aide course that teaches you best practice skills and strategies such as behaviour management techniques. As you may be aware, here are your three options:

Below are the main steps that we recommend in order to give yourself the best chance of becoming a teacher aide in Victoria (and anywhere in Australia for that matter):


Step 1. Obtain a nationally recognised qualification through a reputable provider. This means the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC402123 Certificate IV in Education Support. Schools need to know that you have learnt everything that is required in order to keep students safe and maximise their learning potential. If you are not sure, check with a few schools for recommendations.


Ensure that you enrol with a provider who will teach you the best practice teaching and learning strategies as these skills are the key to being offered work during or after your placement.


Step 2. Prepare your resume, clearances to work with children and introduction letter. Note that we have a resume and intro letter template builder on our website which is free for everyone. It is only a basic resume and letter builder, but it will give you a good idea of what to do and a basis to begin this process. You can use this template to get started and then tailor it to your own needs and circumstances.


Hint: Think about the job-hunting process as if it were your actual job. If you are looking for work 2 days per week, spend 2 days per week looking for work and improving your skills.


Step 3. Approach a range of schools in your area and ask to be put down on their relief list. There will normally be someone at the front office such as an administration person who oversees relief work. The person who is in charge of relief work will have a list of people that they call if a staff member is sick or can’t attend for whatever reason. You want to be on that list – you want that person to know that you have enrolled in one of the best teacher aide courses in Australia.


Many schools tell us that they cannot find enough relief staff - especially special needs and high schools. Don’t forget to consider special need’s schools which are often schools within a school in many cases. They are actually their own separate school on the same premises as the mainstream school, but many people are not aware of this. You will also be paid slightly more to work in special need’s schools.


Step 4. Be persistent. Continue asking on a regular basis (within reason) and keep applying for jobs as they come up. Always dress professionally.


Sometimes people are lucky and walk straight into a dream position however that is rare. Most of the time, you will need to put in the hard yards. Once you get a shot in a school, do the best you can, ask for feedback and put all the skills and knowledge that you have learnt in your best practice teacher aide course into action. At the end of the day, ask the teacher how you went and show them that you are eager to improve – be reflective.


Once you have done a few days of relief work at a school, you will probably get called in more and more and eventually be offered a contract. Schools tend to use one or two reliable and effective teacher aides for relief especially if they know that person is well-received, good with kids, has a good relationship with their colleagues and is good at their job.


If a contract or permanent position is what you are chasing, this pathway is very effective – if you have been employed as relief throughout the year, you will often get first option at contracts as they pop up. Schools will reward your loyalty and they prefer to hire people that they know. In fact, if you are exceptionally good at your job, there is a chance a position will be created for you – one reason why enrolling with a reputable provider pays off!


Finally, let’s briefly look at your options as far as employment in Victoria. Your first choice is to consider whether you want to work in a government or a non-government school. Don’t be fooled by the reputation of schools – some of the best-behaved classes are in public schools and some of the worst in private schools!


If you are more interested in a private or non-government school, you could seek employment in a Catholic school such as John Paul College, an Anglican school such as Christ Church Grammar School, a Montessori school such as Elonera Montessori School, or any number of other religious-based or non-affiliated schools.


If you are more interested in government schools, you might consider a primary school such as Anakie Primary School or Wonthaggi North Primary School, a secondary or high school such as Beaufort Secondary College or Altona College, or a special needs school such as Bulleen Heights School.


For more detailed information and to search for schools in your local area, visit the government’s online search application here, the Department of Education and Training website or Independent Schools Victoria website here.

2. Tell me about teacher aide or integration aide courses in Victoria

Picture of a teacher aide from ftta doing her 100-hour placement in a school.

Students complete a 100-hour placement in a local school. Pictured: FTTA student on placement implementing best practice teaching strategies. Her school was so impressed that she was offered a position in the school due to her performance on placement and the strategies that she was able to successfully employ. Could this be you?


While we can only speak for our courses, while reading this bear in mind that providers have different course materials, structures and expectations. This information does not apply to the courses offered by other providers even though all providers offer the same CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


Our teacher aide courses are divided into three components. The first component is the learning. This probably takes up the most amount of time but is also the most enjoyable. The learning tasks include attending class (if class based), live webinars, watching lectures and pre-recorded webinars, reading and studying the learner guides, learner guide activities and of course the placement which is really just one big learning activity. In fact, we believe that the assessments are also an opportunity to learn and improve!


The second part of your teacher aide course is the assessments. There are no essays or intimidatingly long reports. You should be wary of any provider that asks you to write a 2000-word report (or even a 1000-word report for that matter). It is our opinion that reports and essays of this nature have no place in education support courses and are not relevant to your work as a teacher aide in Victoria. This applies to both courses including the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


Most of your assessments are short answer questions, mini projects, case studies and scenarios – many of which are done verbally with your assessor during your work placement. Both courses also have a portfolio which are similar to a scrapbook in many respects.


If you are considering enrolling in an integration aide course or a teacher aide course, we highly recommend that you enrol with a provider who is willing to provide you with samples of their learning and assessment materials. Transparency is important – so you know exactly what you are getting into and there are no hidden surprises. You can see our course samples here.


The third part of your course is your work placement. The work placement is a mandatory component and you will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours in a registered school, normally in your local area. You can even complete a work placement in a school where your child attends however generally not in the same class. The work placement is an opportunity for students to put into practice all of the things that were studied in the theory component of the course. Finally, we come out and observe our students in the workplace and provide advice to help you improve your professional practice.


You should only enrol with a provider that visits you in the workplace. This is critical because it may be the only opportunity you will ever get to have someone observe you in a school, provide feedback and even demonstrate strategies and techniques. This could save you years of learning these skills on your own ‘as-you-go’. It’s also important that the RTO visits you in the workplace if there are any issues. Even the best students have issues from time to time.

3. Can I study an integration aide or teacher aide course online?

Adult learner studying online.

Online study is the most popular study mode. It should be combined with a range of support strategies such as live webinars and tutorials.


As discussed in the previous section, all of our courses are available online. It should also be pointed out that the term ‘online’ can mean many different things. Every RTO is different in their approach, technology, resources and the amount and type of support provided. We recommend a provider that offers face to face tutorials or at least live webinars as students really enjoy these activities. We also recommend a provider who you can contact whenever you need assistance (and one based in Australia). Ensure the provider has more than one trainer so your course isn’t delayed if they fall ill or go on leave (and you need help, or something marked).


Ask your provider about the support services that they offer. Can you see them face to face? Can you talk to your trainer at any stage over the phone? Do they offer tutorials, and do they visit you in the workplace?


It is important not to short-change yourself by enrolling with the cheapest provider. As the saying goes - you get what you pay for. Investing in your own education is an incredibly wise investment and you want to ensure that you get your career off to a good start by learning from a reputable provider who will teach you best practice teaching strategies as well as behaviour management techniques.

4. How much do teacher aides get paid or earn in Victoria?

In Victoria you may see teacher aide jobs being advertised on government job boards, job sites such as SEEK and Indeed, or in newspapers under the employment section. You will often see the term integration aide, which is the formal term used to refer to teacher aides in Victoria.


The pay range for teacher aides in Victoria starts at around $23-$24 per hour at the low end and goes up to about $32 - $34 at the higher end. On average we estimate that most integration aides or teacher aides in Victoria can expect to earn approximately $30 per hour.


Some website estimate that teacher aides are actually earning less than this at around $25 - $27 per hour. However, we believe this is incorrect as it is the not the average, but the middle point between the bottom and top pay tier. In reality, the majority of teacher aides in Victoria work with special need’s students to some degree and therefore are on at least $30 per hour (or higher) in most cases.


Your take-home pay depends on a range of factors such as:

  • the number of years you have been employed,
  • if you have completed a teacher aide course,
  • whether you completed the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support,
  • where you are working (remote, specialist schools), and
  • the types of students that you are working with (mainstream, special needs).

If you are working in a special needs school, you will be paid at the top or towards the top of the pay scale. If you are working with special needs in a mainstream classroom (referred to as an inclusive classroom), you will be paid somewhere in the middle.


If you are working in mainstream but not with special needs (non-disabled or neuro-typical), the salary is slightly lower again. In these positions, staff assist the teacher with general classroom activities such as preparing resources, cleaning, supervision and general learning support.


Special need’s teacher aides are paid more due to the fact that they are tasked with supporting students who have complex needs, often requiring an individual behavioural and/or educational plan. They are usually the highest qualified as well, and typically hold the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


Generally speaking, integration aides and teacher aides earn about $1000 per week less tax in Victoria. The reason they earn about $1000 per week is because most integration aides work approximately 32 hours per week. Very few integration aides work 38 hours per week.


There are also a range of other options available to integration aides such as working in agricultural schools, libraries, or specific programs such as Aboriginal and Indigenous programs. These specialist programs often attract a higher rate of pay.

5. Is it easy to find an integration aide or teacher aide job in Victoria?

The short answer to this question is that there are thousands of schools in Victoria and thousands of positions become available every year. This is because many integration aides retire, change jobs, transfer etc. – many work part-time or casual meaning one full-time position can be filled by 2 or 3 staff.


A lot of schools have more teacher aides than teachers. In a special need’s class for example, there might be a single teacher who is accompanied by a 2-6 teacher aides supporting students one-on-one.


While some students receive funding for a teacher aide for the entire school week, others may only have part funding. This depends on the level of support required. This also effects the availability of teacher aide positions in Victorian schools (as enrolments fluctuate from year to year).


In addition to this, many integration aides work on a casual or part-time basis. If this is the type of work you are looking for, it’s generally not difficult to find provided you have a nationally recognised qualification and are not absolutely set on working in one particular school. You may need to work at other schools in your area first and wait for a position at your preferred school to become available.


Note that we obviously cannot guarantee that everyone or anyone for that matter, will get a job once they have completed a teacher aide course! This information is very broad and general in nature and may not apply to you, your situation or your area. Generally speaking, however, relief and casual work is easy to find especially if you dress appropriately, apply at a number of schools (20 to 30 for example) and hold one or two nationally recognised qualifications from a reputable provider. If you skipped straight to this section, the three courses you have to choose between are the:

It is essential that you hold a qualification from a reputable provider. If you enrol with the cheapest online course you can find, it is possible that a school may not be confident in your skills – in a competitive job market, every advantage helps and being trained by a reputable provider is one way to get a head start.


Regardless of who you enrol with, ensure that they can show you the list of best practice teaching and behaviour strategies and techniques that you will learn in your course. Without these skills, your employability drops considerably.

6. Are teacher aides also called integration aides?

Integration aides and teacher aides are in fact the same thing and the two terms can be used interchangeably. The latter is the broad term used internationally as well as by the general public. We use it (teacher aide) to prevent confusion and so the general public know what we are talking about. Very few people outside the education sector know what an integration aide is and what they do day to day.


In some respects, the term integration aide may be slightly more specific and refer to teacher aides who work with special need’s students. Special needs is a term used to describe students with a range of additional support needs such as disabilities and disorders - autism, FASD, and ADHD to name a few. However, all teacher aides work with students with special needs at some point.


As you may have inferred from the title itself – integration – refers to the goal of integrating special need’s students into the mainstream classroom.


If you are looking for a teacher aide job in Victoria, you will also need to search for ‘integration aide’ positions, but they are one and the same.

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

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Time and commitment is the hardest part for many students – the assessments are actually not that hard. Pictured: FTTA class students learn all of the essential and vital teaching strategies and skills that will make them leaders in their field.


To answer the second part of this question, both the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support takes approximately 6 months (26 weeks or 600 hours). This is based on a student who has no (zero) experience with children and has never worked or studied before. Many students will finish much sooner especially those who have their own children (as many of the concepts in the course are relatable).


For the majority of students, our education support courses are not that difficult although each student (regardless of ability and experience) will still need to dedicate a certain amount of time each week to their studies in order to be successful. However, there are no essays to write and the courses are very practical. There is little in the way of memorising facts or technical information.


That is not to say that this course does not take time; even the best students will still need to read through the materials, undertake learning activities, complete the assessments and so forth. We try to encourage students to devote at least 10-12 hours per week to their learning.

8. Should I enrol with FTTA or should I enrol with a TAFE?

We get this question now and then and we encourage people to enrol in the TAFE system from time to time. There are several good reasons why TAFE is the preferred provider for some students. For example, if you live in a regional or rural area and there is a TAFE nearby who can offer you regular classes or support – this may be an option.


The TAFE system has traditionally been known for and is geared towards young students. You can easily see this if you have ever walked or driven past a TAFE campus – you will predominantly see young students. TAFE courses are often structured similar to a high school – several days per week of attendance is expected.


If you look at some of the pictures of FTTA’s classes on the other hand, almost all of our students are mature adult learners, many of whom have children and work commitments. This is why enrolling with a private provider such as FTTA is preferred by adult learners who need flexible, supportive and structured courses delivered in an adult-friendly environment. Statistically, adult learners overwhelmingly enrol with private providers such as FTTA.

Key takeaways: teacher aide courses in Victoria

Also known as integration aides in Victoria, teacher aides work in classrooms to support learning and development. Becoming a teacher aide is no easy feat however – first you need to enrol and complete a teacher aide course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the more popular CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Now you know the basics – here is what else this article taught us about studying and working as a teacher aide or integration aide in Victoria:

  • To become a teacher aide, first complete a course with a reputable provider to ensure that you are ‘properly’ trained. This means learning a plethora of best practice skills and strategies without which you will not be very employable.
  • Best practice skills and strategies are not taught by all providers (in fact very few). These strategies include explicit teaching, one-on-one instruction, questioning and feedback skills, cooperative learning, play-based learning, metacognitive skills and many others. Ask you provider about which skills and strategies they teach.
  • Students who have completed the higher-level CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support may be given additional responsibilities and can work in specialised areas such as remedial reading programs. This can also mean a higher salary.
  • The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support will teach you everything that you need to know to be a teacher aide in Victoria. You will however not learn as much as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support in terms of disabilities and disorders (and hence the higher course is recommended).
  • After a few days of relief work, you will get called in more and more – this is how most teacher aides get their career underway and is why enrolling and learning best practice strategies is very important.
  • Enrol with a provider who visits you in the workplace as this is critical for your professional development.
  • Every RTO is different in their approach, technology, resources and support services – consider also the reputation of the provider. Ensure you can contact you allocated trainer for one-on-one meetings and phone support as and when you need it. Delays in support cost you time and means you may miss out on work, contracts and positions.
  • Expect to earn $23-$24 to $32-$34 at the higher end per hour after completing your teacher aide course in Victoria. Your salary depends on your qualifications, where you work and whether you support students with disabilities and disorders.
  • This equates to approximately $1000 per week noting that teacher aides in Victoria generally work 32.5-hour weeks.
  • Relief work is easy to find if you apply at 20 or so schools in your area and assuming you have enrolled with a provider that teaches industry best practice skills – some unfortunately do little more than hand you a textbook.
  • Integration aides are actually teacher aides – they are the same thing. The term integration aide is the formal or official term used by government and is used to refer to teacher aides who support students with disabilities. Each state has a different ‘official’ term for teacher aides such as SSO in SA.
  • Education support courses are not that difficult or technical especially for anyone who has experience with children (who will find even the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support to be relatively easy).
  • Regardless of ability, all students need to put in the time and effort.
  • Courses are based on a 600-hour plan, however, many finish sooner especially those with experience with children or who have worked in other ‘caring’ industries such as aged care.
  • The TAFE system is known for training younger students such as high school students. Statistically, adult learners overwhelmingly enrol with private providers such as FTTA.

Final thoughts

This article has discussed the key issues, questions and concerns that we receive every day in relation to teacher aide courses in Victoria. We have discussed:

  • the basics of the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support,
  • the basics of the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support,
  • modes such as online and class-based mode,
  • why you should enrol with a reputable provider,
  • the industry best practice skills you need to know,
  • how to become a teacher aide in Victoria,
  • how to find a job as a teacher aide in Victoria,
  • types of schools in Victoria,
  • roles and responsibilities of teacher aides in Victoria, and
  • what you can expect to earn as a teacher aide in Victoria.

We think we have covered most of what you need to know before enrolling in any of our teacher aide courses including the recommended CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. If, however, you have additional questions or simply need advice relevant to your individual circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact our office. If we don’t know the answer – no one will!


Happy training!


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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