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Nurture the future - become a teaching assistant

Let TAFE Queensland teach you the skills you need to help educate others.

This program is designed for individuals who want to become teacher assistants, as well as those already working in schools as teacher assistants. Students will be trained to support students in an educational setting from primary through to high school. You'll learn how to support students in developing their literacy, numeracy and language skills as well as how to work effectively as a member of an educational team.

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Cairns, Townsville (Aitkenvale)

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Part time: 9 months / 1.5 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,400
  • Subsidised $731
  • Concession $391

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns Any time Part time / 1.5 days per week Classroom
Townsville (Aitkenvale) Any time Part time / 1.5 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

Working with Children check (Blue Card): Volunteers and trainee students who work with children and young people must hold a blue card as this work falls into the category of regulated employment. Blue cards for volunteers and trainee students are valid for three years and there is no application fee, unless the trainee student is a paid employee. A volunteer or trainee student must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.  Students must have a Blue Card prior to enrolment, therefore we strongly suggest commencing enrolment discussions early with our Client Services team as there may be a 6-8 week processing time for Blue Card applications.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Aitkenvale)
266 Ross River Road
Aitkenvale QLD 4814

Resources required

Online resources and assessments are available and completed online.  Students are required to have access to computer with Internet and Microsoft Office software plus a USB stick. Classroom based students will receive paper based resources and assessment.


Please read the Student Handbook under 'Relevant Documents' section below for cluster details.

Blended (Classroom) delivery in TOWNSVILLEEnrolments are ongoing and new students can commence study at the beginning of a new cluster - see 2018 Cluster dates below.
Classroom delivery:
Group 1: Tuesday 9am - 2.30pm & Thursday 12pm - 2.30pm (Townsville); or
Group 2: Wednesday 9am - 2.30pm & Friday 9am - 11.30am (Townsville)

Townsville cluster start dates for 2018:
Group 1 - 01 May 2018, 05 June 2018, 24 July 2018, 28 August 2018, 16 October 2018 (Townsville)
Group 2  - 02 May 2018, 06 June 2018, 25 July 2018, 29 August 2018, 17 October 2018 (Townsville)

Blended (Classroom) delivery in CAIRNS:
Group 1:
 Full day Tuesday 9am - 2.30pm & Half day Wednesday 9am - 12pm (Cairns); or
Group 2: Full day Monday 9am - 2.30pm & Half day Thursday 12pm - 2.30pm (Cairns)
The half-day session is an on campus Study Session that is Voluntary. Self-directed study resources, links and assessment are provided via the Connect e-Learning Management System. Students also attend a Vocational Placement with an education provider one (1) day per week for the duration of the course.

Cairns cluster start dates for 2018:
Group 1 - 
01 May 2018, 5 June 2018, 24 July 2018, 28 August 2018, 16 October 2018 (Cairns)
Group 2 - 
30 April, 4 June, 23 July, 27 August, 15 October (Cairns)

Students should enrol in the entire qualification (unless applying for credit transfers).   Students will also need to complete 1 day per week of Vocational Placement in a school for the duration of the course if not currently employed in a school.  All units in this qualification require access to a school environment where you will gain valuable on-the-job experience. The following two (2) units have an explicit demand of a minimum of 100 mandatory hours in order for a result to be given:
CHCEDS002 Assist implementation of planned educational programs
CHCEDS003 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
Extra time will be allocated to these two (2) units for the completion of the 100 mandatory hours only. The theory component of each unit must still be completed within the specified 12 - 16 week timeframe.


Students who are not currently employed in the industry are required to undertake vocational placement for this program at a school for one day per week for the duration of the course. The Student must enrol into a Vocational Placement unit. Please be aware that you must apply for a Blue Card to attend placement.  Students must have a Blue Card prior to placement, therefore we strongly suggest commencing enrolment discussions early with our Client Services team as there may be a 6-8 week processing time for Blue Card applications.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

Students undertaking vocational placement are required to undergo a Working With Children Check and apply for a Blue Card.


To graduate you will need to successfully complete 5 Clusters (17 units; 12 core and 5 elective units).

Group 2
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCEDS018 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment Core
CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students Core
CHCEDS003 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains Core
CHCEDS002 Assist in implementation of planned educational programs Core
CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment Core
CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre Core
CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills Core
CHCEDS007 Work effectively with students and colleagues Core
CHCEDS006 Support the development of numeracy skills Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Core
VPC240 Vocational placement Core
Elective Units
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Elective
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Elective
CHCEDS013 Use an e-learning management system Elective
CHCEDS025 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities Elective
CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

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You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

Job prospects

  • Integration Aide
  • Teacher Aide/Assistant
  • Education Aides

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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 20 March 2018

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