CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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VU course code: CHC40221 | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time
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No tuition fees for eligible students

Footscray Nicholson, Industry, St Albans, Sunshine, Werribee
15 July 2024
01 July 2024
Certificate IV in Education Support


Gain the skills and confidence to provide school-based support to students with diverse needs with a Certificate IV in School Based Education Support CHC40221 at Victoria University (VU).

Become a vital supporter of students with additional needs, including those with disabilities and neurodiversity. You’ll also be able to support students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Develop the essential skills and confidence to work collaboratively with teachers in primary and secondary schools to improve outcomes for students in need. With a Certificate IV in School Based Education Support CHC40221, you’ll be ready to begin the rewarding work of:

  • developing trusting and supportive relationships with individual students and their families
  • providing students with the tools and support to help them thrive at school
  • communicating effectively about students’ progress.

You’ll practise your skills during your 120 hours of practical work placements, in addition to studying essential topics such as:

  • child development
  • supporting students’ literacy and numeracy learning
  • assisting students with disabilities or autism spectrum disorder
  • supporting students who are at risk.
NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

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.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

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




With this course, you’ll open the door to career opportunities including:

  • education support officer
  • education access worker
  • learning support officer
  • Multicultural Education Aide (MEA)
  • bicultural worker
  • tutor
  • support worker (working with children with disabilities)
  • teacher aide
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education worker
  • Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant
  • integration aid.


VU Stories

Emily Fein
A natural mentor finds her perfect fit
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116
"During the course, all our classroom learning was hands on, with direct access to teachers. The staff are extremely helpful and supportive."
Emily's story