This qualification focuses on the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who use an individualised plan support to people who may require person centered support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. The Certificate III in Individual Support contains three specialist streams:

  • Ageing
  • Disability
  • Home and Community

This gives you the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Ageing, then by doing a further four electives in disability, and then a further four electives in Home and Community, you will graduate with three qualifications. This model will increase employment opportunities and deepen their knowledge of the various sectors they you may be working with in the future. In addition, on completion of the Certificate III, you can receive credits for units that make up the Certificate IV qualifications of Ageing Support, Disability, Mental Health and Leisure and Health.

Individual Support Course

Nationality Recohnized Training

Entry requirements

There are no academic prerequisites for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support. But you need to have reasonable English language, literacy and numeracy to successfully complete the course (LLN). In addition a Police Clearance Certificate and working with Children’s check is mandatory prior to your work placement. Therefore you must undertake a Federal Police Check (AFP) or NSW Police check (it must be no less than 3 years old).

Who should do this course?

People pursuing a career in a residential facility such as a Nursing Home, Hostel, Residential Care Facility, Disability Care Facility, Rehabilitation Centre, a Retirement Village and Community Health Care Centre or in some hospitals.

Graduates may seek employment in the following jobs:

  • Assistant in nursing
  • Care assistant
  • Care worker
  • Community care worker
  • Community house worker
  • Community support worker
  • In-home respite worker
  • Personal care assistant
  • Personal care worker
  • Support worker
  • Home care assistant
  • Disability service worker

Units that are covered in this qualification:

Core Units:

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS023 Support independence and well-being
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units:

CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and family
CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Duration of this course is purely depending upon the delivery mode of the course and the experience & skills of the student. Students can finish this course upto one year time frame with a volume of learning of around 1200 hours comprising of face to face learning, self study assessments and 120 hrs work placement.
As this is a nationally recognised qualification, you will be required to successfully complete all units to a standard to ensure that you are job ready. Each unit contains assessments which include: Note: You must be deemed competent with each unit in order to receive your qualification.
  • Practical demonstrations where you will be observed by one of our assessors in a simulated environment and in your work Placement.
  • Knowledge based tests which contain written short answer questions.
  • Small projects which contain written tasks for you to investigate and complete in your own time.
Delivery is a combination of methods to cover the theory and practice requirements:
  • Workshops for developing your theory (maximum of 20 students)
  • Demonstrations, instructions in a simulated environment to give you that valuable practice (maximum of 10 students) Self-paced study and support to embed your learning
  • Work placements to apply your skills
You will be trained in the use of Manual handling equipment and other equipment such as: 120 hours Work Placement at a Community Service facility/Aged Care/ Disability Centre is arranged with you and you will receive the support of one of our mentors to ensure this opportunity is a rewarding experience. For work placement, students have to wear Black/blue trousers, White Shirt/Polo T-Shirt and black closed shoes.
  • Lifting hoist, Stand up Lifter, Pelican Belt, Slide Sheet, Electric bed, & Wheelchair.
  • Blood sugar testing equipment, Blood Pressure, Pulse Oximeter etc.
You may have developed a number of skills in community care, through previous employment opportunities, life experience or formal studies. If this is the case then you should ask about recognition of prior learning. This may shorten your course. For example, if you hold a current First Aid Certificate from a recognised RTO you will be given credit for the first aid unit. Remember, if you complete the Cert III in Individual Support(Ageing), then you only complete the specialist electives in the other two qualifications to achieve graduation in all three.