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  • CHC33015
  • 091775K 

Certificate III in Individual Support

At a glance

At a glance

Kick start your career in the community services industry with this entry-level qualification. Gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to work in a community or residential setting providing individual support.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service provider
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Home Help Worker
  • Direct Care Worker
  • Personal Carer
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
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CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support

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Course overview

Course overview

Kick start your career in aged care, home and community care or disability with this entry-level qualification. This course will give you the skills you need to provide individual care to people in home, community or health care settings. The health, aged care and community services sector is predicted to experience strong growth over the next five years with an excess of 50,000 job openings expected. This is due to an increased demand for aged care support, support for people with a disability through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and other individualised home and community support.

You will learn how to support independence and well-being, gain a range of technical skills, and develop a range of transferable skills from communication to teamwork. Our highly-experienced teachers provide one-on-one guidance and support every step of the way, to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the field.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work in aged care, disability support, and home and community care. It will also give you the knowledge to to undertake further studies in the community services and health sectors.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 6 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCCCS015
Provide individualised support
CHCCCS023
Support independence and wellbeing
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
VPC120
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCAGE001
Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS025
Support relationships with carers and families
CHCCCS011
Meet personal support needs
CHCDIS001
Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
CHCDIS007
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCMHS001
Work with people with mental health issues
CHCHCS001
Provide home and community support services
CHCDIS003
Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS002
Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCAGE005
Provide support to people living with dementia

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirements

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection Criteria requirements apply only to Domestic students:

You need to meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Certificate II or III or completion of Year 10 (or equivalent)
  • Certificate IV or Diploma or completion of Year 12 (or equivalent)
  • Mature-aged entry with work experience in a related field

If you are  from non-English speaking backgrounds who have learnt English since arriving in Australia must have completed a Certificate III (Level 3) in Spoken & Written English (CSWE) or IELTS 5.5 or equivalent recognised and approved literacy assessment. Applicants will be required to provide a certified copy of this Certificate with their application.

Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in an aged care, residential care, disability support or home and community care setting, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement. This is important so you can start practicing your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 120 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Resources required

Face to Face classes fitting and ordering will be available at orientation. The following resources are to be purchased by the student:    Blue Card    TAFE Queensland Brisbane Individual Support (Aged Care) Polo shirt  Long navy blue or black pants   Enclosed black shoes for practical classes and vocational placement.   It is a workplace health and safety requirement to wear fully enclosed, non-slip shoes for all practical classes and whilst undertaking Vocational Placement.  *If required students can access the Campus Library computers and online facilities.

Need to know

You will need to complete a Criminal History Check (yellow card) and apply for a Blue Card (working with children check) for placement.

You may also be required to complete of a vaccination record or full immunisation. Recommended vaccinations include:

  • hepatitis A
  • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) (persons born during or since 1966 who have only received one dose of the MMR vaccine should have a second dose)
  • chickenpox (if not previously infected)
  • pertussis (whooping cough -an adult booster dose)
  • influenza (annual vaccination)

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland