Aged-Care and Community Services industry has seen phenomenal growth in recent years and employment in this sector has grown by 43% over last 10 years and is projected to expand at even faster rate. CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is the first formal step in gaining the skills to be a successful care worker in a residential aged care facility, or as a community care worker. This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.
A candidate must complete a total of 13 units, 7 core units and 6 elective units. To
achieve this qualification, students must have completed at least 120 hours of work as
detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Please visit the
link to obtain latest information on this qualification:
Total number of units = 13
7 core units plus
6 elective units, of which:
All electives must be chosen for ageing specific qualification. If not listed below, 1 unit may be from any currently endorsed Training Package at Certificate III level or above OR any accredited course at Certificate III level. Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
- 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
- CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
- CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
- CHCCCS011Meet personal support needs
- HLTAID003Provide First Aid
- CHCAGE002Implement falls prevention strategies
- CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
Note: these electives are recommended by the authority however, if you believe
these are not suitable or not sufficient, then we can provide alternative electives to
you.Please find a complete list of available electives here:
The qualification requires a candidate to complete a vocational placement with an approved aged-care provider. A professional work placement is a real-time, stimulating and valuable experience that enables the candidate to develop necessary skills and acumen to understand the industry, nature of the job and gain hands-on experience that can be most valuable when applying for a job. We require a candidate to gain at least 120 hours of work placement. At your work placement, you'll get practical, hands on experience under the guidance of your supervisor. Your supervisor will be someone with involvement in industry, who can mentor you during your placement. By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice. You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate. Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however participants are required to have or obtain sufficient Language, Literacy, Numeracy skills the physical capacity to work as an Aged Care Worker, have a positive and caring attitude in working with older people, be willing to undertake a National Police Clearance in order participate in un-paid work placement activities for a minimum of 120 hours. This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level. To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:
- Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
- Accessing and searching the internet
- Downloading and saving documents from websites
- Uploading documents through websites
- Participating in online discussions
- Good understanding of English
- School certificate or equivalent (Grade 10)
- 18 years of age
- Must have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
- Reading and Writing Skills (L) – ACSF level 2 / 3
- Oral Communication skills (L) – ACSF level 3
- Numeracy and Mathematics skills (N) – ACSF level 3/4
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, all students will be required to obtain a national police check before commencing work placement.
If you have already been working in the aged-care facility for more than twelve months and are able to provide supporting evidence of your job roles, responsibilities and competencies, we will be able to recognise your prior learning on-the-job and, if all requirements are met, we can also provide you certification through RPL.
If you have done a any unit of competency from another registered provider, we can provide you credit transfer for each such unit in your qualification. The duration and fee may vary accordingly. Apt has an obligation to recognise Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other registered training organisations.
DIRECT ENTRY PATHWAYS
Successful completion of the Certificate III in Individual Support qualifies graduates to work as Personal Care Workers in the Community Services and Residential Aged Care Sector. This qualification offers a direct entry pathway into the Diploma of Nursing and Diploma of Community Services programs.
- Ageing and Disability Services Coordinator
- Allied Health Assistant
- Aged Care Worker
- Aged Care Support Assistant
- Assistant Activity Group Coordinator
- Assistant in Nursing
- Care Worker
- Community Care Worker
- Home Care Assistant
- Residential Care Worker
- Residential Support Worker
As an Aged Care Worker, you’ll be responsible for providing assistance to clients either in their homes or in aged care facilities. Your daily tasks may include:
- Assisting clients with personal care activities.
- Providing companionship and support during daily activities.
- Performing household tasks such as preparing meals, laundry, shopping and cleaning.
- Implementing strategies for managing dementia and other health issues.
- Delivering activities that promote emotional and intellectual stimulation.
- Transporting clients to appointments, outings and social engagements.
- Using equipment to assist clients with limited mobility.
- Implementing care programs for clients in residential care facilities.
- Liaising with other health care professionals, family members and carers.
Usually, a candidate is required to complete a total of about 1,200 hours of studies (individual and classroom), assessments and regulated work placement. The number of hours may be affected by individual circumstances, flexible delivery and other factors. It may take up to one full year to complete all the requirements of this qualification.
- Distance education (Australia wide)
- Blended – Combination of classroom delivery and online delivery (Adelaide)
Program Fee for CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
- $890 if paid up front
- $950 if paid in instalments
- Excellent resources and assessments
- Well appointed and full-facility class rooms
- Simulated sessions for hands-on practice and observations
- Qualified trainers with experience and knowledge to guide you at each step
Successful completion of this program will allow participant to articulate into a number of qualifications including:
- CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
- CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
- CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
- Other Certificate IV level programs from CHC Training Package
- Diploma level programs from the CHC Training Package
Assessments determine whether you are capable of applying the knowledge you have gained and whether you are competent in the skill. Our assessments are clear and rigorous. We provide assessments based on the national competencybased model and assess each candidate in line with the unit’s performance criteria. Assessments range from simple classroom interactive quizzes to projects, group work and demonstration.
Visit the following link to view the training package for this qualification where you
can find the conditions that must be met for assessment, the evidence that we
have to collect as a proof of your competence and other relevant qualification