Teacher Aides who reach TAOO2 level 04 without a Certificate III or higher qualification are entitled to undertake a Certificate III qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at no cost to the individual.
State Schools have an ongoing obligation to fund RPL for such teacher aides, if requested. (Department of Education and Training Teacher Aides' Certified Agreement 2011, Part 10, 67.0).
All Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), also called providers, offer RPL for any course they deliver, including:
Schools negotiate costs directly with RTOs. For more information about the courses see the Education Support qualifications page.
There is no need for teacher aides to wait until they become eligible for RPL before undertaking a course. School funding may be available at an earlier stage and the school might welcome the opportunity to stagger payment over several months rather than make a one-off payment for the whole course.
There may also be a subsidy available for teacher aides to undertake the Certificate III course under the Queensland Government's Great skills, Real opportunities action plan Certificate 3 Guarantee .
Experienced, eligible teacher aides who do not hold a qualification may choose to enrol in the Certificate IV or Diploma of Education Support. The suitability of these qualifications should be discussed in Developing Performance conversations. You may also be eligible for a government subsidy to undertake a Certificate IV in Education Support under the Higher Level Skills arrangements in the Great skills, Real opportunities action plan.
This page was last reviewed on 22 Jul 2014