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Want to become a qualified teacher (or teaching assistant)?

RATEP is a community-based teacher education program to enable Indigenous people to become fully qualified teaching assistants and/or registered teachers. This course is part of a partnership between TAFE Queensland North, Department of Education and Training State Schools and James Cook University.

The Certificate III in Education is offered in two ways:  either over one year from February - October for high achieving and very self-managed students in Year 11 or Year 12 or the usual span of two years (Years 11 and 12) from February in 2017 to October 2018.  The commitment for the two year course is the equivalent of 1 "VET" day each week plus approximately five hours of independent study and twice the workload for the one year course. On successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Provide support to students and colleagues in an educational service, in accordance with industry and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols.
  • Provide general teaching/learning assistance within primary school environments.
  • Provide tutor support for peers, students and parents.
  • Receive credit towards higher level qualifications in Education.
  • Allows a direct pathway to becoming a fully qualified teacher.

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Part time: up to 11 months / up to 2 VET allocated days

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Cairns Part time / up to 2 VET allocated days Classroom

Entry requirements

This qualification is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander High School students in Year 11 and 12 only. Prospective students must complete an application form, provide a written recommendation from their school/college and complete an English and Mathematics assessment. This is conducted at the RATEP site or supervised offsite.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Resources required

Learner guides which are supplied free of charge throughout the course.

Students must have access to a reliable Internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all RATEP sites.


This course is delivered in partnership with high schools located near RATEP centres.  Students are required to complete 605 hours of study in a two year period  during Year 11 and 12.  Attend any RATEP site for the equivalent of one VET day each school week.

Please note that enrolments for 2018 have now closed; applications for 2019 entry will open from 8 October 2018.

RATEP sites:

  • Cairns - Cairns West State School 33 Mayers St Manunda Qld 4870 Tel: 4032 3828
  • Mackay – Andergrove State School 15 Fernleigh Ave Andergrove Qld 4740 Tel: 4998 9333
  • Mareeba - Mareeba State School 37 Constance St Mareeba Qld 4880 Tel: 4092 2556
  • Maryborough – Maryborough State High School 526 Kent St Maryborough Qld 4650 Tel: 4120 9365
  • Mossman - Mossman State School 6 William St Mossman Qld 4873 Tel: 4098 3510
  • Mt Isa – Spinifex State College 6 Fifth Ave Mt Isa Qld 4825 Tel: 4749 0180
  • Ravenshoe – Ravenshoe State School  High School St Ravenshoe Qld 4888  Tel: 4097 5209
  • Rockhampton – Park Avenue State School 13 Main St Park Avenue Qld 4701  Tel: 4931 1108
  • St George – St George State School 31 Grey St  St George Qld 4487 Tel: 4620 8316
  • Thursday Island – Tagai State College Thursday Island Qld 4875  Tel: 4212 0222
  • Townsville – William Ross State High School Mervyn Crossman Drive Annandale Qld 4814 Tel: 4726 7634
  • Toowoomba – Toowoomba North State School 17 Taylor St Toowoomba Qld 4350 Tel: 4617 8325
  • Yarrabah – Yarrabah State School 14 Noble St Yarrabah Qld 4871 Tel: 4056 0666


HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes Core
AIELIT300A Develop literacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in culturally diverse workplaces Core
AIENUM301A Develop numeracy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in culturally diverse workplaces Core
CHCIC201B Communicate with children Core
CHCIC301E Interact effectively with children Core
AIEPAR303A Promote partnerships between school and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Core
AHCILM303A Work in an Indigenous community or organisation Core
AIEVAL406A Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural values in teaching practice Core
CHCFC301A Support the development of children Core
CHCPR301C Provide experiences to support children's play and learning Core
CHCORG303C Participate effectively in the work environment Core
AIEART407A Assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to express themselves through creative arts Core
BSBITU306A Design and produce business documents Elective
CUVDRA201A Develop drawing skills Elective
AIEART407A Assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to express themselves through creative arts Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

Prices are subject to change.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


10324NAT Certificate III in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)

Job Prospects:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander teaching assistant
  • Direct Pathway to becoming a fully qualified teacher.

Job prospects

  • Teacher Aide/Assistant

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.


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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 23 April 2018

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