The 'Certificate III in Individual Support' has replaced 'Certificate III in Aged Care' and 'Certificate III in Disability' courses.


IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course
Course Code: CHC33015 Award Titles :CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability)
AQF Level : 3 Duration : 28 weeks
RTO ID : 21985 Course Delivery : Face-to-Face and Blended Mode
CRICOS Code: 093194D Campuses : Perth
Fees : Click here for more details College Policies, Procedures & Forms

Qualify for Both Aged Care and Disability Support

Get qualified and start a career as a personal care worker at residential or community support centres. Studying Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Aged and Disability) will qualify you to work with aged and disabled people in Australia, the need for such professionals will always be in demand to care for our aged and disabled in the society.

This course aims to create professional, caring and loving personal assistants, that are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to provide high quality care and support to aged and disabled individuals. This course will cover topics such as

Completing this course will open pathways for those who wish to continue their education, graduates will be able to study Certificate IV in Ageing Support , Diploma of Community Services, and Diploma of Nursing.

This certificate is nationally accredited by Nationally Recognised Training in Australia, a joint initiative of the Australian and State and Territory governments.

Course learning outcomes:

On completion of the course, the graduates will be able to:

• The ability to provide individual aged and disabled individuals with high quality care, and meet their personal needs.
• Ensuring the safety of staff, and customers are any community support centre.
• Understanding the legal, ethical requirements of the organisation.
• The ability to work within a diverse environment.
• Contribute to the development and the empowerment of disabled and aged individuals.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

Course Overview

26 weeks

The Certificate III in Individual Support has a total of 14 units; 7 core units, and 7 elective units (three units are from "Group A" electives for Ageing specialisation, and three from "Group B" electives from Disability specialisation).

Core Units


Provide individualised support  


Support independence and well being  


Communicate and work in health or community services   


Work with diverse people 


Work legally and ethically  


Recognise healthy body systems   


Follow safe work practices for direct client care 

Group A electives - AGEING Specialisation


Facilitate the empowerment of older people  


Provide support to people living with dementia  


Meet personal support needs   

Group B electives - DISABILITY Specialisation


Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach  


Follow established person-centred behaviour supports  


Support community participation and social inclusion   


Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability   

International students should have:

• A satisfactory English Proficiency: A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic) with no band less than 5. IHNA accepts equivalent scores in OET, TOEFL iBT and PTE.
• Satisfactorily completed a minimum of year 12 or equivalent
• Must be of a minimum age of 18+ at the time of course commencement

In addition, all the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test conducted by IHNA and demonstrate competence as working at Level 3 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement (PEP).

• A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate(AFP) / NCC will be required for placements.
• IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunisation process before the Professional Experience Placement start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without immunisation.

It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations otherwise you will not be enrolled.

Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
Mobility: Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing: Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
Vision: Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
Communication: Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfil these requirements then please declare in your course application.

Face to face Delivery

Campus : Melbourne(Heidelberg) | Perth | Sydney(Parramatta)
Feb 05, 2018
Jul 02, 2018

Interested in this course?

Then apply for the Certificate III in Individual Support with IHNA.

Before applying for the course, please check the entry requirements for this course.

If you require any assistance, please feel free to contact us on: or call us on our TOLL FREE: 1800 2252 83

The total tuition cost for the Certificate III in Individual Support is:
International Students: AUD $5,800

For more information about the tuition fees, please contact us on:

Perth Campus

Our campus in Perth City is in the heart of the business district. Transportation and services are only minutes away from our campus

For School of Community Services Student Support:

Institute of Health & Nursing Australia

Corporate Offices (Rosanna)

Tel : 03 9455 4400

Perth Campus

Tel : 08 6212 8200

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. We acknowledge your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

•  Formal learning - which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates;
•  Informal learning - occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society;
•  Non-formal learning - you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest based courses, conferences);
•  A mix of the above.

This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or partial qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course. Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

How are my skills assessed?

Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

•  Perform tasks or jobs
•  Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process)
•  Provide evidence of your work
•  A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
•  The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:

•  Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
•  Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
•  Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience.
•  Attach these documents with your application.
•  Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to
•  There is an Evaluation Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.


Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


Credit Finder – Find credit towards your course from your previous study


For more details call our RPL specialists today at 1800 22 52 83 ( Toll Free ) or scroll down to submit an enquiry.

Pathways and Careers

There are a number of pathways that students can benefit from after studying the Certificate III in Individual Support, such as:

•  Certificate IV in Ageing Support
•  Certificate IV in Disability
•  Diploma of Nursing
•  Advanced Diploma of Nursing
•  Advanced Diploma of Community Service Management

Successfully completing this course will enable you to work as a:

•  Accommodation Support Worker
•  Accommodation Support Worker (Disability)
•  Respite Care Worker
•  Personal Care Giver

87,800 persons were employed as Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be greater than 50,000.

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Practice Managers visit Job Outlook

Employment level and growth

•  Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers is expected to be greater than 50,000.
•  Employment for this occupation remained relatively steady in the past five years and rose strongly in last ten years. Looking forward, employment for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers to November 2020 is expected to grow strongly.
•  This is a very large occupation 87,800 in November 2015 suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
•  The most common level of educational attainment for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers is Certificate III/IV (41.7 per cent).
•  Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers are nearly all employed in Health Care and Social Assistance.

Information for this occupation (presented as charts and tables), includes employment level and growth.

Pathways and Careers

These data show past and projected (to 2020) employment levels (thousands). Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.

Quick Enquiry

Course Dates