Cert III in Individual Support

Cert III in Individual Support (CHC33015)

The Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) can be completed with a number of different specialisations – AgeingHome and Community, and Disability.  We have designed our course with a dual specialisation in Ageing and Home and Community to maximise employment opportunities for our graduates.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (formerly Certificate III in Aged Care) is the minimum qualification for people who are working or want to work as Personal Care Assistants in residential aged care facilities, hostels and nursing homes, home based care and community organisations.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) (formerly Certificate III in Home and Community Care) is the standard qualification for people wanting to work as Personal Care Assistants in the home and community care context, offering assistance to people who are aged and/or disabled, or working in community organisations.

Demand for people with these qualifications is very high, as they serve an industry that is growing rapidly as the Australian population ages and the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme allows more people with a disability to receive funded support.

Entry requirements​

There are no formally prescribed course entry requirements for this qualification.

Students will need to have:

  • As a guide, language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to year 9-10 of secondary school
  • You will need access to a computer and the internet outside of class time, and the ability to:
    • Use a search engine to search the internet
    • Navigate websites and download documents
    • Download and upload documents to our Learner Portal
    • Manage files and folders on your computer
    • Type and format documents in Microsoft Word.
  • Be 16 years or older
  • A National Police Clearance.

Students in nearly every case will not be able to commence their mandatory work placement component until they have the National Police Clearance. This means that technically if a learner believes they will not be able to obtain a satisfactory National Police Clearance, then it becomes an entry requirement as there is no use studying a program if an employer in industry will not and cannot place or employ a learner.

What will I study?​

The course contains seven (7) core and seven (7) electives in order to give the dual Certificate in Disability and Community.

Course Units

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

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Group B electives – DISABILITY specialisation (4 units)

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

Group C electives – HOME AND COMMUNITY specialisation (4 units)

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Plus all of the following units:

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over 16 weeks with classroom days Tuesday and Thursday

It is an effective combination of face to face training, practical workshops, at home study and placement.

All the theory subjects are completed in class and at home at your own pace – within a set of reasonable timeframes to complete each unit.

Your trainer will have regular weekly contact with you offering encouragement and guidance and is readily accessible during standard business hours for any questions or assistance you may require.

The practical sessions and workshops are face-to-face, these are delivered in simulated situations.

You will have the opportunity to combine the theory part of your study and assessments based on real life on-the-job situations and true to life activities during your placement.

You’ll find the hands-on workplace experience interesting and beneficial so that you can perform tasks efficiently and effectively in an actual workplace which will build your confidence and competence.

Course Outcomes

Students who obtain a competent result for a combination of 13 units, including non-specific elective units will receive CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support.

Students who obtain a competent result in 13 units and have elected to study a specialist stream can expect to obtain CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) or CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community).

Students, who obtain a competent result across two specialisations, will receive a qualification reflecting both specialisations for example, CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability).

Students who do not obtain a competent result in the 13 units will receive a Statement of Attainment toward CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support, reflecting only the units successfully completed.


Upon enrolment, you will also be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and an Employability Skills Survey.

Both of these allow us to determine your skill levels in some key areas and help us identify if there are either any areas of concern or potential barriers to learning or existing skills and knowledge that may accelerate your learning program.

Information about all associated fees Enrolment and/or RPL can be discussed by contacting us on 0437 885 219.

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