Certificate III in Education Support


  • Course Information
  • Units
  • Cost
  • Delivery
  • Benefits
  • Pathways
  • Unfortuneately, we are no longer taking new enrolments in this course.


    Our Education Support course is designed for people who are distance education tutors, working, or want to work, in schools as teacher assistants. Completing the course will give you the skills and knowledge to more effectively support learners.


    RPL is a process which recognises the experience and skills you have gained through previous work experiences, or prior study. This means you may gain recognition without additional training.


    This course has a practical work requirement of 100 hours.  You will be required to submit a verified log of at least 100 practical work hours before you can be awarded the Certificate III in Education Support.  Experience as a distance education tutor/governess which is verified by the distance education teacher for your students is suitable.


    Maureen Devine

    Maureen is a well known, innovative educator with more than 30 years experience in teaching and administration. She has worked in a range of schools in the Northern Territory, and has a wealth of practical knowledge of strategies to support students and teachers for good educational outcomes. Central to this is the value of effective education support workers who work with teachers in a classroom situation or remotely in home tutoring. Her understanding of the education assistant role has been gained both as a classroom teacher, and as a principal of schools where students had very significant support needs. Maureen has a Bachelor of Education and a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.


    Our course has been developed in consultation with the NSW Isolated Children and Parents' Association (ICPA) to include elective units relevant to Distance Education Tutors.  However, the course is practical and relevant to all education support workers.

    You can read more information about each unit by clicking on the links below.


    CORE UNITS (12)

    CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills

    CHCEDS006 Support the development of numeracy skills

    CHCEDS003 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains

    CHCEDS002 Assist implementation of planned educational programs

    CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people

    CHCEDS018 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment

    CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment

    CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre

    CHCEDS007 Work effectively with students and colleagues

    CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students

    CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people

    CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


    CHCEDS011 Search and assess online information

    CHCEDS012 Set up and sustain individual and small group learning area

    CHCEDS013 Ues an e-learning management system

    HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety


    If you already have the unit  HLTAID003 Provide first aid, you will be able to apply for a credit transfer in place of one of the elective units listed.



  • COST

    Your fee for this course will depend on the the availability of a subsidy from your State and your eligibility.  To view a summary of all current course fees and subsidies please click here or contact our office for more information.

    Payment options

    Payment plan

    Want to make smaller, regular payments throughout your course?  

    The payment plan option consists of establishing a direct debit facility for payments deducted weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly from your nominated bank account or credit card, across the duration of your enrolment (up to 2 years). There is a $10 establishment fee and a 4% administration charge on all payment plans.   The establishment fee is paid in your first instalment and the administration fee becomes part of your scheduled deduction. 

    Payment plans are administered by DebitSuccess (www.debitsuccess.com.au)

    Up front payment

    You can make an upfront payment (of no more than $1,500)  for your student fee while enrolling with any residual processed through the payment plan.


    We use a variety of ways to deliver your training such as:

    Self-paced online learning:

    Use resources and information in our online learning site (RuralBiz Online) to work at your own rate, at times that suit you. You will find resources to help you learn including videos, quizzes, print materials and links to other useful websites. This site also has a forum where you can post comments and questions for other participants and your trainer. It will also be the spot to upload your assessments, receive trainer feedback and track your progress.

    Interactive online sessions:

    These are run in our Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom where you work with a trainer and other participants. You will be able to see a presentation on your computer screen, hear the trainer and other group members, and ask questions or make comments. One of our previous participants described it as being like "two way radio with pictures" but it also has a whiteboard, chat function and many other tools useful for training. Some sessions are also recorded for listening back at a later date. These sessions are usually run on demand when there is a group of at least 10 participants to attend.

    Printed Manuals:

    Many of our units use a printed manual, giving you time to explore the online learning environments while having familiar materials at hand.


    Key Benefits

    • Everyone with an internet connection has equal access to training
    • Training is delivered to you – wherever you have internet access
    • No travel time or travel costs
    • Access to materials 24/7 – whenever you want
    • Access to the best trainers, not just trainers who can visit your district
    • Working in groups from a wide geographic area means you hear about other districts
    • Assessment are submitted online – much faster turnaround times
    • Training can continue even if you are travelling or cut off by floods or other natural disasters
    • Student Card - purchase some items at discounted prices


    Pathways from the Certificate III in Education Support include:

    • Certificate IV in Education Support

    Contact us for more details of these courses:  Email

Certificate III in Education Support