Full list of SNA Courses 



For SNA – Special Needs Assistant Training


Why should I complete my Special Needs Assistant Training with Progressive College?

The College has been delivering training since the 1990’s in the area of special needs and has developed an extremely good reputation as having highly trained SNA’s. This reputation has developed over the years having worked with Froebel College of Education and FETAC/QQI.

Our tutors are highly qualified teachers, who work with children with specific needs and special needs assistants. It is with this breadth of knowledge and experience they can guide you successfully through this programme.

Our tutors provide a supportive environment, being happy to guide you as you journey through the challenges this course may bring.

Extensive and comprehensive materials are provided to you at no extra cost.



What is the current requirement in order to become an SNA?

The Department of Education and Skills current requirement is that an SNA when being employed within the school must have a minimum of 3 passes in their junior certificate or equivalent.

The Schools are looking for SNA’s to have a knowledge of different special needs and have some experience in working with children with differing needs.


How can I complete the SNA course?

You can complete the course through two methods- Part Time and Distance Learning.


What does Part Time programme mean?

On our part time course you will attend the class once a week from 7-9.30pm.

You will attend class for 18 weeks and 3 Saturday Seminars if doing the Level 5 Component Certificates.

You will attend class for 22 weeks and 5 Saturday Seminars if doing the combined Level 5 and 6 course.



What does Distance Learning programme mean?

The level 5 programme runs over 5 months.

The combined level 5 and 6 programmes run over 10 months.

When studying through Distance Learning all the materials, assignment guidelines and detailed course notes are sent directly to you. You will have a tutor appointed to you to guide you through the course. The tutor will be available by phone during specific time and also via email. You will have academic support in our head office. You will also attend for a number of Saturday Seminars over the duration of the course.



What qualifications will I achieve?

QQI Level 5 Component Certificate in Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)

QQI Level 5 Component Certificate in Children with Additional Needs (5N2396)

QQI Level 6 Component Certificate in Special Needs Assisting (6N1957)



Do I receive the same certification if I do the course through Part Time or Distance Learning?

Yes. All learners are working towards the same certification with the same assessment processes to go through.



How will I be assessed during the course?

There are no written exams required for these specific modules. Assessments are completed on a continuous method with work based projects, assignments, learner records and skills demonstrations.



How many hours work placement do I need to complete?

While you are doing the QQI Level 5 component certificates you will need to complete 30 hours work placement.

While you are doing the QQI Level 6 component certificates you will need to complete 30 hours work placement.

For those completing the combined level 5 and 6 parts of the course you will need to complete a total of 60 hours work placement.



Am I insured while on work placement?

Yes you are covered under the College’s insurance while completing your specified hours of work placement.



Can I pay for this course by instalments?

Yes. You will pay a deposit prior to the course starting and then you can pay through instalments the length of the instalments is dependent on the length of the course you are participating in. Please Note there is no additional fee for availing of the College’s instalment plan.



What will I learn while completing each of these modules?


Module name: Children with Additional Needs (5N2396)

This module’s focus is to give you the skills, knowledge and competence to work effectively under direction with young children with additional needs.

Learning Outcomes

* Explore the history of special needs in Ireland

* Examine the Legislation and Policy development relating to children with additional needs

* Outline a range of special needs conditions and impairments relating to children

* Discuss a range of roles, responsibilities and support services available to children with additional needs

* Use a range of approaches in interactions with children with special needs

* Apply good practice with children with additional needs

* Plan developmentally appropriate activities mindful of the safety welfare and well-being of all children

* Learn to take responsibility for own learning within a multidisciplinary team evaluating processes which lead to co-operation and effective communication within the team

* Evaluate own practice to inform understanding relating to children with special needs, leading to an awareness of social, ethical and legal issues in relation to education and care.

Assessment Method

Projects 100%



Module Name: Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and competence to enable to learner to be a proficient SNA working under the direction of the teacher.

Learning Outcomes

* Explore the role and responsibilities of the SNA

* Examine the qualities and skills required to be an effective SNA

* Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability

* Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making

* Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs

* Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene

* Maintain appropriate relationships with children, parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team

* Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher

* Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities enduring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner

* Reflect on personal practice working with children, their parents/guardians and colleagues ensuring that children’s individuality is promotes and that their needs are met.

Assessment Method

Learner Record 40%

Skills Demonstrations 60%

Special Needs Assisting (6N1957)

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and competence in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with special educational needs to enable the learner to assist in the provision of this education and care.

Learning Outcomes

* Evaluate the provision of education for people with special educational needs with reference to current legislation.

* Assess the various educational options available in Ireland for people with special educational needs.

* Examine relevant theories, skills and processes relevant to curriculum implementation.

* Explore the difference between integration and inclusion.

* Organise learning opportunities in order to promote independence and reasonability.

* Evaluate the importance of the multi-disciplinary team in devising an IEP.

* Analyse skills that can be used to aid the teacher in the administration of the national curriculum.

* Assess interventions and behaviour management techniques that may be used in the learning environment.

* Manage meaningful activities that are suited to peoples’ needs and connect with their experiences and interests in the learning environment.

* Identify strategies for dealing with stressors within the workplace.

* Provide assistance in the provision of education and care of individuals that present with special educational needs.

* Reflect on own attitudes, values, beliefs and assumptions in relation to working with and on behalf of people who present with disabilities.

Assessment Method

Project 50%

Skills Demonstrations 50%