Certificate III in
Individual Support

Ageing | Disability | Home & Community

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:

Certificate 3 in Aged Care Melbourne


Certificate 3 in Disability Melbourne


Certificate 3 in Home and Community

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.


Certificate III in Individual Support Course Overview

If you are passionate about providing care to the elderly or disable people, then you must enrol for Certificate III in Individual Support (Previously known as Certificate III Aged care). We provide Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care, Disability) course in Melbourne and Sydney to help you understand all basic to advanced care giving techniques. Combining theory and practical, Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Aged Care and Disability) course provides a professional accreditation to support individuals with ageing and disability care.

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 Certificate III in Individual Support 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 worker
  • Community house worker
  • In-home respite worker
  • Personal care worker
  • Home care assistant
  • Care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Community support worker
  • Personal care assistant
  • Support worker
  • Disability service worker
Course Units
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
HLTAID011 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


Course Duration

Duration of this course is purely depending upon the delivery mode of the course and the experience & skills of the student. At Star Community College, Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care, Disability) course will be delivered in 30-weeks (3 day per week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). Students can finish this course upto one year time frame 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.


Course Delivery

Delivery is a combination of methods to cover the theory and practice requirements:

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.


Recognition of RPL and Credit Transfer

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.