I gained my HLTA status last year and I can say it was not a walk in the park!!!! The 3 main tasks that you have to complete required a good knowledge of both NLS and NNS and the objectives together with an understanding of School, local goverment and national education policies. These tasks needed to cover all of the standards required all 33 of them and if they did not then there were 5 other tasks to complete so every area was covered. In my area if you are a TA working in Foundation Stage, Nursery, Child Minder or Lunchtime controller you will need to have NVQ level 3 by 2012. HLTA status in my school means that I can cover any class where a teacher is ill or on a course, and plan for these days if need be. Also since gainning my HLTA I now specialise in SEN teachingand this is extremely rewarding.