What is the certificate 4 school based education support.


Gain the skills and confidence to provide support in classrooms with a Certificate IV in School Based Education Support CHC40221 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with essential skills and confidence to work collaboratively with teachers and students in a wide variety of school settings. You will learn about:

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child development
supporting students’ literacy and numeracy learning
assisting students with disabilities
autism spectrum disorder
supporting students who are at risk.
Through both classroom learning and practical work placements, you’ll lay the groundwork for a rewarding career in education. Upon graduation, you will have the confidence, practical skills and knowledge to support teachers in schools as defined by State/Territory legislation.

Eligible students currently won’t pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

Find out more about Free TAFE(external link).


This industry-focused certificate will prepare you for a rewarding career in education support. You’ll be prepared for a range of roles providing assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

Potential job titles include:

education assistant
support worker (working with children with disabilities)
teacher assistant
teacher aide
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education worker
Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant
integration aid
multicultural aid
integration coordinator
Employment for education and integration aides(external link) is expected to grow strongly over the next five years (Labour Market Insights).


The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:

Thirteen (13) core units, and;
Four (4) elective units, of which:
at least Two (2) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support qualification, and;
up to Two (2) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.


The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enroll in a:

government subsidised place(external link) pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
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the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
ways to pay your fees
important fee dates
how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses(external link), and our commitment to admissions transparency.

As part of the application process, applicants must:
complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment to determine suitability for admission
be aged 18 years of age or over at the time of enrolment.
Practical Placement:
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires:
a current and satisfactory Police Record Check;
Working with Children Check, and;
Covid-19 vaccination.
Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
Police Record Check – http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
Working with Children Check – http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
It is an industry expectation that those engaging are vaccinated for COVID-19. Any students electing not to disclose their vaccination status, conscientiously object to vaccinations or have a contraindication, must contact the placement coordinator to discuss the impact this may have on their capacity to undertake placement. Incomplete vaccination impact your course progression due to a lack of appropriate placement opportunities.


Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

30 January 2023


Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process(external link) to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.


Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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