Hickey Safety Services are delighted to have partnered with LEADING childcare training provider ASPIRE TRAINING in delivering level 5 and 6 combined Special Needs Assistant programme

Summary of online SNA course:

This course offers  learners the opportunity to complete both the QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting (QQI Code: 5N1786) and the Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting (QQI Code: 6N1957) together and online via distance learning. Completing this online SNA course can enhance employment opportunities in a variety of places such as mainstream schools, special schools, and areas within general community care or advocacy.

Duration :

This programme is currently run online and is very similar to physical classes, where a group of learners will attend a tutor-led online class once a week. Classes are live, and not recorded, therefore you will not have access to classes outside of the designated class time. There are 6 classes per module, via one weekly 3-hour zoom session for 6 consecutive weeks accumulating to 18 hours in total. As this is a QQI accredited course, learners must attend 80% of these hours in order to receive their QQI certificate.

Who Should Complete This Course:

Those who wish to pursue a career as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) in a childcare setting, primary school or secondary school.

Teachers, childcare workers, childcare supervisors and others who work with children with special needs.

People who wish to gain an accredited qualification and do not have the time to attend location-based classes.

Entry Requirements:

Learners must be aged 16 and above.

Fluent English is required and it is recommended that participants will have some relevant work or life experience in working with children with special needs.

Work Experience:

There are 20 hours of work experience required per module, so 40 hours in total for the combined Level 5 & 6 SNA Programme. Learners are responsible for securing their own work experience. If any learner is having difficulty securing somewhere to complete their work experience, please let us know and we will try to assist. You will be given more information on work experience by your tutor. Please do not start work experience before you start the course.


Learners completing both Level 5 and 6 Special Needs Assisting can avail of a discounted price of €695.00.

Payment is made as follows online:

Payment 1: €347.50, a 50% Booking deposit, which is payable when booking to secure your place.

Payment 2: €347.50, the remaining balance is due 3 weeks after your start date.

For learners who wish to complete individual modules, for example just Level 5 or just Level 6 (having previously completed their Level 5) the cost will be €375.00 per module.

In this case, payment 1 will be €187.50, and payment 2 will be €187.50.

Please note that deposits/fees paid are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by training provider.


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