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The Special Needs Assistant Certificate is a 1 week intensive course suited to anyone who has an interest in Special Needs Education, whether to pursue it as a career or use the knowledge for personal or family reasons.

The field of Special Needs Education is one of enormous variety and ever changing needs. Portobello Institute wish to respond to the true needs within the sector by offering a course that will equip our students not only with knowledge but with empathy and understanding crucial to their future role as support to persons needing assistance in their learning. Our research in the field has found that Special Needs Assistants require practical skills and knowledge in a wide range of behaviours and abilities. Thus, we try to encapsulate the lifelong experience of persons with Special Needs within our courses, in Level 5 and in greater detail at Level 6.

Qualifications Gained

• Portobello Institute Certificate in Special Needs Assistant Training
• QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assistant (5N1786)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.



Course Structure

This is a intensive blended learning course (mixture of online learning and classroom contact) delivered over 1 week.

Course Content Modules

1.The Role of the Special Needs Assistant
2.Equal Opportunities Child Development(Overveiw)
3.Theories of Learning and Behaviour
4.Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
5.Communications and Language Disabilities
6.Work Experience*

* 20 Hours Work experience is required, students must complete the work experience programme before commencing their assignments

Access, Transfer and Progression

Learners can progress to the Special Needs Level 6 part time course from successful completion of the above Level 5 course


Name: Special Needs Assistant Part time- QQI Level 5 Component Certificate

Cost: 750 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Navan, Co Meath
  • 16/10/18 – 22/01/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
  • 16/10/18 - 22/01/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • QQI Exam Fee: included