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CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

National ID: CHC40221 State ID: BGY4
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Support our young people to achieve a bright future.

The Certificate IV in School Based Education Support provides participants with the skills to become a teacher's aide or education assistant in a kindergarten, pre-primary, primary or secondary school — including for students with special needs.

You will learn how to support qualified teachers in the classroom, providing supervision and one-to-one student support in English, reading and maths.

At this level, workers may be involved in facilitation of learning for a range of instructional groupings, including for those students in need of additional support. In these roles, the education support worker sources and analyses information from diverse sources, may work with limited direct supervision and could provide guidance to other workers.

Education assistants and Special needs education assistants work in all schools throughout the Kimberley and Pilbara.

As part of this qualification, participants are required to undertake a supervised work placement in order to apply the skills and knowledge learned.

Students will gain skills to support school students in facilitating and implementing: 

  • Literacy and numeracy support 
  • Individual and group support 
  • Behaviour management strategies 
  • Additional needs 
  • Working with others 
  • You are looking to become an Education assistant / Education support worker
  • You are already employed as an Education assistant / Education support worker
  • You hold a Certificate III in School Based Education Support and want to progress your skills

This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

Not all units and study modes are offered at all campuses. Please check with your local campus.

  • You must complete an Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment provided by the lecturer before enrolment
  • You will require a Western Australian Working With Children Check (WWCC) and a National Police Clearance check to commence your work placement
  • You will be required to purchase a Learner Guide

This course has a compulsory 100 hour minimum placement in a school.

Work requires use of discretion and judgement within the boundaries of established policies and procedures.


National ID Unit title
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures
CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
CHCEDS045 Support student mathematics learning
CHCEDS046 Support student literacy learning
CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support
CHCEDS051 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans
CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


National ID Unit title
CHCEDS049 Supervise students outside the classroom
CHCEDS052 Deliver elements of teaching and learning programs
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

This qualification prepares you for roles such as:

  • Education Assistant (EA) 
  • Special Needs Education Assistant (SNEA) 

Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook (opens in a new tab) or Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) .



Tuition fee*

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Tuition FREE




Tuition FREE



Our estimated fees are based on:

  • Full time study in 2023
  • A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
  • For more information regarding eligibility and fees, please visit DTWD website 

These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.

Delivery locations and study options

Duration 18 months
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus
Derby Campus
Fitzroy Crossing Campus
Halls Creek Campus
Karratha Campus
Kununurra Campus
Minurmarghali Mia Campus
Newman Campus
Pundulmurra Campus
Tom Price Campus
Wyndham Campus
Course fee $269.40

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