The Department of Education and Training Teacher Aides Certified Agreement 2011 requires schools to provide teacher aides with specific training for certain duties:
A suite of accredited qualifications in Education Support is available from the national Community Services Training Package CHC08. These qualifications are designed for those who wish to excel as teacher aides or to explore a range of career options.
Teacher aides have four ways to gain a qualification:
On reaching TAOO2 pay point 04, teacher aides are eligible to be funded by their school to gain a Certificate through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL requires the teacher aide and the school to supply evidence that he/she meets the competency requirements of the course.
Many teacher aides prefer to undertake coursework at an earlier stage in their career. This enables the school to benefit earlier - from their increased capability - and to spread course payments over the period of study.
If the school is unable to financially support a teacher aide prior to them reaching TAOO2 pay point 04, they can choose to enrol in a course privately. Personal payment of course fees may be claimed when submitting a tax return.
Using one of the options above, a qualification can be achieved at any time in a teacher aide's TAOO2 career.
My PLR program
Completion of mandatory induction and the Certificate of Digital Practice enables experienced teacher aides to enrol in the MyPLR program at the TAFE East Coast to gain the Certificate IV in Education Support. Recognition for professional learning enables eligible teacher aides to gain the qualification in 36 weeks or less.
Under the More support for students with disabilities (MSSWD) national partnership agreement, teacher aides supporting students with disability now have access to specialised training. Free online courses available on the Learning Place may be undertaken individually (self-paced learning) or in a group with a facilitator:
1. Teacher Aides Supporting Students with Disability - Introduction (recommended introductory course)
2. TASSWD - Intellectual disability
3. TASSWD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
4. TASSWD - Physical impairment
5. TASSWD - Hearing impairment
6. TASSWD - Speech-language impairment
7. TASSWD - Vision impairment
For access to a facilitated program, contact the MSSWD Coordinator in your regional office.
Use of assistive technologies is incorporated into the practical workshops for the Certificate of Digital Practice, adding another dimension to your learning and aligning with these online courses.
RATEP - a community-based Indigenous teacher education program - provides suitable Teacher Aide and other school employees the opportunity to study part-time for the Certificate IV and Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) through TAFE Queensland North via an exciting new government-supported distance model of learning from your own home/school anywhere in Queensland.
This page was last reviewed on 12 Mar 2015