School Based Educational Support

This course is available to School Based Trainees (SBT) only. The course would suit students who are interested in either a career in Education, or part-time work while undertaking further study such as a Bachelor of Education.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of education settings, including public and independent schools and community education settings, who provide assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

This industry requires students to:

  • undergo occupational assessment, screening and vaccination (
  • apply for a Working With Children Check (
  • undertake a National Police Check (

Students should be at least 16 years old to undertake the traineeship required for this course, as they will be in a work environment with vulnerable people and duty of care requires a substantial level of maturity. Any variation of this requirement must be with the explicit approval of the school, RTO and host employer.


CHC30221 – Certificate III in School Based Education Support
This qualification is available to SBATs only.

Course Duration/Hours

The following pattern of study is to be undertaken for Preliminary and HSC study:

  • 360 hours as 3 units x 2 years, a total of 6 units towards the HSC, over the Preliminary and HSC years.
  • There is no 120 hour course available towards the Education Support qualification
  • Additionally, it may be possible to undertake this course as a one-year Post-School Traineeship with Sydney Catholic Schools. You will need to negotiate your employment with the school Principal.
HSC Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to be employed as a trainee in a school to undertake this course, so mandatory work placement requirements are met through the on-the-job training component of the school-based traineeship*.

The assessment requirements of a number of units of competency include:

  • Skills must be demonstrated in the workplace
  • ‘perform the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 100 hours in a classroom environment catering to students between the ages of five and 18 years, within at least one school in Australia.’ (see Performance Evidence):
      • CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs
      • CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains

    COVID-19 Vaccination is required to work in the Education Industry. Students need to meet NSW Health Orders vaccination requirements to undertake work placement or an SBAT.

    The requirements for the completion of an HSC VET course are different from the requirements for AQF VET qualification completion. Sydney Catholic Schools as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) ensures the delivery of this course at Southern Cross Catholic College meets HSC course requirements and complies with Training Package rules.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice. However, there is no charge for Trainees undertaking their traineeship.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 15 Units: 10 Core, 5 Electives


  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (Listed Elective)
  • CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students (Core)
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (Listed Elective)
  • CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment (Core)
  • CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour (Core)
  • CHCEDS060 Work effectively with students and colleagues (Core)
  • CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support (Listed Elective)
  • CHCEDS057 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment (Core)
  • HSC

  • HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (Listed Elective)
  • CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs (Core)
  • CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains (Core)
  • CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills (Core)
  • CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills (Core)
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (Core)
  • CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures (Listed Elective)

Students undertaking a full-time post-school traineeships will progress throught the above units in one year.

Further Study
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (K-12)
Career Information

Job Roles

  • teaching assistants in infant, primary and secondary schools

The Education and Training sector includes:

    • The childcare system, which includes public, private, company-run and non-profit day nurseries, daycare centres and creches
    • Public and private schools, including pre-schools, infant schools, primary schools, secondary schools and post-secondary or higher education (i.e.universities)
    • Training providers of all types, including adult education centres and night schools, professional and vocational training centres and colleges, coaching centres and tutorial schools, and corporate training centres
    • Sports and recreation centres, including swimming pools, gyms and fitness centres, offering sports courses (football, rugby, basketball, tennis, swimming, athletics, etc.) and fitness, yoga, pilates, aerobics, dance classes

Duties and Tasks

      • Plan activities using a variety of materials and equipment to develop good coordination, social skills, creativity, self-expression and an interest in learning
      • Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussions
      • Help to organise and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiences
      • Encourage children to question and explore the world in which they live
      • Observe children to evaluate and record their progress and to detect signs of developmental disorders, ill health or emotional disturbance
      • Work with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needs
      • Help integrate children with special needs into mainstream classes
      • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other children
      • Promote awareness and appreciation of diversity in multicultural societies
      • Attend to sick children and those in need of first aid
      • Comfort children who are hurt or distressed
      • Assist children with their toileting and t with parents and other educators
      • Discuss the aims of the education programme with parents
      • Participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
      • Supervise and work with student teachers and trainee childcare workers.

Personal Attributes

    • The basic requirement for all education and training professionals is a high level of specific subject matter competence. But for a successful career in education, the following skills are also required:
  • Passion for people
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professional qualifications
  • Able to relate to children and their families
  • A keen desire to teach children
  • Willing to learn
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Sound literacy and numeracy skills
  • High-level planning and organisational skills
  • Enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours.

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