Help students go from surviving to thriving by providing personalised support in the classroom. Learning Support Officers (also known as a Teacher’s Aides) assist students with additional needs to effectively participate in learning and get the most out of their schooling.
This nationally recognised qualification provides a great pathway into a career in education. With expert trainers and 100+ hours of in-school work placement, this course is designed to ensure graduates are skilled, confident and job-ready.
Topics include working collaboratively with teachers and students, contributing to planning and implementation of education programs, supporting the development of language, literacy and numeracy and assisting students with additional needs.
You can also complete this qualification as a traineeship.
A blend of classroom-based learning and industry work placement. Students attend classes two days per week for 38 weeks and must complete work placement within 11 months of course commencement. Work placement days vary depending on the individual circumstances and workplaces. Some parts of classroom-based learning may be available to learn online.
Classroom-based training at the Warragul campus. We expect two hours per week of study outside the scheduled training time. You can join an optional study day with a trainer, weekly at the Warragul Campus, 9am – 1pm by appointment.
The full qualification is 15 units of competence with 10 core units and five elective units.
- CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
- CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment 35
- CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs 70
- CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains 60
- CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills 55
- CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills 60
- CHCEDS057 Support students with additional needs in the classroom 85
- CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students 30
- CHCEDS060 Work effectively with students and colleagues 50
- CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour 45
- CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 50
- CHCEDS041 Set up and sustain learning areas 45
- CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support 70
- CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
- HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20
- a signed contract with an Apprenticeship Network Provider with CCG named as the Registered Training Organisation
- 17 years or older
- hold a minimum of year 10 or equivalent
- good computer application skills
- attend a pre-enrolment interview. At the interview (1 hour approx.) you will:
- Discuss course requirements and your suitability
- Discuss your general work, learning experiences and, your career and employment pathways
- Complete an online skills review so we can understand your literacy and numeracy levels and discuss the level of study that would be best for you
- Check your eligibility for a Skills First Government-funded place
- Be given a quote for course fees
Qualification entry requirements: Nil
Licensing requirements: Nil
The total course fees listed below are approximate and based on:
- the total unit of competency hours at enrolment for the calendar year (January to December), plus materials and amenity fees
- completion of the full course within 12 months
Fees for unit enrolments started in 2023 are subject to change.
Skills first full fee
- Tuition fee (teaching and training) $4.75 per student contact hour
- Course tuition fee $3586.25
- Material fee (resources) $97.95
- Total course fee $3684.20
Skills first concession fee
- Concession tuition fee (teaching and training) 95c per contact hour
- Course tuition fee $717.25
- Materials fee (resources) $97.95
- Total course fee $815.20
Fee for service
- Tuition fee (teaching and training) $7.80 per student contact hour
- Course tuition fee $5889
- Materials fee (resources) $97.95
- Total course fee $5986.95
The tuition fees as published are subject to change given the individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. At the pre-enrolment interview we will give you a Statement of Fees Course Quote for the proposed course of study.
This qualification provides Nationally Recognised Training and is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. People with a disability are encouraged to apply.
The Skills First Government contribution to this course is approx. $7.25 per student contact hour.
You may be eligible to receive Government funding to support the course fees. If you have a concession card and are eligible for a funded place, we will charge a smaller fee. CCG can provide students with a payment plan to help pay fees. Refer to the Skills First Eligibility Checklist below to check your eligibility for a government-funded place. Eligibility will be checked at the pre-enrolment interview. If you think you might be eligible; bring supporting documents to the interview.
We will guide you through the process to check your eligibility at the pre-enrolment interview.
Skills First funded place eligibility criteria
You must live permanently in Victoria and be:
- an Australian citizen; or
- a holder of a permanent resident visa; or
- a New Zealand citizen
You must present one of the following proof of Australian Citizenship/Residency:
- Australian or New Zealand birth certificate (not extract)
- Australian or New Zealand citizenship certificate
- Current Australian or New Zealand passport
- Current green Medicare Card
- Proxy declaration for individuals in exceptional circumstances (clarification during interview)
- Australian Certificate of Registration by Descent
- Formal confirmation of permanent residence granted by the Department of Home Affairs (or its successor) AND the student’s foreign passport or ImmiCard
- Visa entitlement verification online system (VEVO) confirmation that the student holds a valid Bridging Visa Class E, Safe Haven Enterprise Visa, Temporary Protection visa, Bridging Visa class F, Humanitarian Stay (temporary) (subclass 449) Visa or Temporary (humanitarian concern)(subclass 786) Visa
- a Referral to Government Subsidised Training – Asylum Seekers’ form from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre or the Australian Red Cross
The ‘upskilling requirement’
A Skills First student must:
- be under 20 years of age (at 1 January in the year of starting training). Please present driver’s license/learners permit, key pass identity card, proof of age card or foreign passport at pre-enrolment interview.
- be 20 years of age or older (as at 1 January in the year of starting training) and enrolling in:
- a program that is at a higher AQF level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled start of training (‘upskilling’);
- a program on the Foundation Skills List (unless the individual already holds a qualification issued by an Australian VET or higher education provider that is at AQF level 5 (Diploma)
- training as an Apprentice (not Trainee) under an Approved Training Scheme
Limits on the amount of training that can be subsidised
A Skills First Student can only:
- begin a maximum of two Skills First subsidised skill sets or AQF qualifications in a calendar year. If a student is enrolled in a program(s) that is scheduled to start later in that calendar year, this program(s) must be counted for the purpose of this limit;
- study a maximum of two Skills First subsidised programs at any one time (the ‘2 at a time’ limit);
- start a maximum of two government-subsidised programs in their lifetime that are at the same AQF level (the ‘2 at level in a lifetime’ limit).
Eligibility exemptions may apply, and can be discussed at the pre-enrolment interview.
- Supporting Education the Teaching Assistants Handbook by Karen Kearns
- pen and paper
- access to a computer and the internet
At the time of enrolment and before the course or training starts one of the following payment options must be made. Payment confirms the student’s place in the course.
- Pay all course fees at enrolment
- Commit to a payment plan via direct debit arrangement with EZIPAY
- Material fees cannot be included in the direct debit and must be paid for in full at enrolment.
- A minimum deposit of 10% of the course tuition fees for the units selected for the calendar year.
Request a payment plan if you require support to pay your course fees.
If the traineeship/apprenticeship is cancelled, the payer will be refunded for the units the student has not commenced for the calendar year minus a $100.00 administration fee. A refund for materials purchased will be dependent on the condition of unused materials and is determined by the Director of Education & Training. If a course is cancelled by CCG at any time during the period of a person’s enrolment, CCG will refund the pro-rata portion of the tuition fees and fees for materials that have not been used prior to the date of cancellation.
CCG can supply individual language, literacy and numeracy support if needed. Ask about available options at the pre-enrolment interview.
Skills recognition is a generic term used to cover the ways an individual’s skills, experience, knowledge, and qualifications can be formally acknowledged. These may include either Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT).
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Apply to have your skills and knowledge assessed, with the aim of getting a formal qualification. Request to apply for RPL during the interview process and before enrolment
- Credit Transfer (CT) and National Recognition (NR): Apply for units of a completed accredited course identified as equivalent to the units in the course you are interested. CCG recognises Australian Quality Framework qualifications and statements of attainment issued to students by other Registered Training Organisation’s (RTO’s) within Australia. Request to apply for a Credit Transfer during the interview process and before enrolment
Throughout your study you will complete assessments for each unit of competence against the training you have received. You will receive a Student Assessment Guide that outlines the tasks for each unit of competence that you will be assessed against. You are expected to attempt each assessment task outlined in the Student Assessment Guide. CCG will retain your original work submitted. Once the tasks have been attempted you will receive feedback from your Trainer and Assessor on the outcomes achieved.
Accredited courses and qualifications are continually updated and improved to meet current industry standards. Students enrolled in a course or qualification that is superseded during the time enrolled may need to transition into the new qualification. If required, CCG will discuss this transition with affected students on an individual basis.
If you are studying a Nationally Recognised course in Australia, you need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links all your training records and results that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. You need your USI to enrol. Visit www.usi.gov.au for instructions or CCG can provide you with a guide if needed.
To request your student details, submit the 602-1A Student access to records form to your Teacher/Trainer or the Director of Education and Training.
All students receive a Statement of Results, Statement of Attainment or Certificate after completing their study. If required, students can buy:
- a replacement Certificate or Statement of Attainment for a fee of $30; or
- request a copy of the original for a fee of $20
CCG is required to collect and submit data under the National and Victorian data use policy.
For more information on how CCG collects and uses your information refer to :
During your course you will be asked to complete an online student survey. It takes about 10 minutes and gives you the opportunity to tell CCG about your learning experience. As a student of Community College Gippsland, you may also:
- Receive a survey from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
- Receive an invitation to participate in a project endorsed by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (the Department)
- Receive an invitation to participate in the Department’s annual student outcome survey, and/or
- Be contacted by the Department for audit, review or investigation purposes.