SNA Courses and Training Programmes

Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Courses – QQI Level 5 & 6

Our nationally accredited QQI Level 5 & 6 Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Courses offers flexibility and is perfect for those wishing to work as a Special Needs Assistant.

Our faculty has been delivering SNA courses and training in this sector for twenty years. Our QQI accredited SNA courses are perfect for those who are interested in gaining knowledge or pursuing a career in Special Needs Education. The College of Progressive Education’s QQI Level 5 & 6 SNA courses are a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in hospitals, care homes, and primary and secondary schools.

Our course approximately runs for 20 weeks, with a required work experience of 30 or 60 hours to give you practical experience and enhance your overall learning. Our courses offer one-on-one tutorial support and is guaranteed to be accessible and affordable. You can opt for a classroom-based course or blended online for greater flexibility.

With the introduction of the special needs assistants in schools, the children are now able to meet their full potential. This is due to the additional support the special needs assistant can provide to students within their care. We believe that through proper education, knowledge, and understanding, you can ensure the most positive learning experiences. This can be done through developing the SNA’s confidence and independence.

Our SNA courses have developed over time to fit changing needs. We ensure our graduates have the most comprehensive skills. Our goal is to provide a positive learning experiences for any child with a specific special need. With the introduction of the SNA in schools, children can now fully meet their potential. This is thanks to the additional support the SNA provides to children within their care.

Budget 2020 has allocated around €11 billion pumped into education, allowing the creation of 1,000 new Special Needs Assistant jobs in Ireland. Read more about the news here.


What does a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Do?

Special needs assistants play an important role in assisting the teacher to support students with special educational needs who have significant care needs. They are allocated to the school and work under the direction of the principal/teachers.


Why choose our SNA course?

This QQI Level 5 & 6 SNA qualification courses provides you a chance to learn from experts in special needs education. Our tutors provide the course unparalleled insights with the depth of their experience and passion for teaching. The College of Progressive Education’s special needs course will allow students to learn how to support and understand the process by which children with learning, physical, or behavioural needs learn.


Who will you learn from?

Our faculty has been delivering training and courses in the SNA sector for over twenty years, ensuring you receive great quality and a positive learning experience. All of our tutors are qualified in their field and have a wealth of experience in the sector. They are passionate about the benefits a special needs assistant can provide on a child’s development and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you.


What are the expected learning outcomes of this course?

By the end of this SNA Course, learners should be able to do the following:

  1. Explore and understand the roles and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant
  2. Examine relevant theories, skills, and processes relevant to curriculum implementation
  3. Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability
  4. Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs
  5. Organise learning opportunities in order to promote independence and responsibility
  6. Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher
  7. Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities
  8. Assess the various educational options available in Ireland for people with special educational needs

Who will recognise this qualification?

Upon completing our courses, you will hold a QQI accredited award in Special Needs Assisting that will allow you to work as an SNA. This course is an essential introduction to the role of an SNA, including the different theories in special needs education that will prepare you for your work or further studies.