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
Qualification Code : CHC33015 Qualification Name :CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability)
Duration : 28 Weeks Amount of training :755 Hours
AQF Level : 3 Course Delivery : Face-to-Face and Blended Mode
RTO ID : 21985 Campuses : Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and India
Fees : Click here for more details College Policies, Procedures & Forms

Qualify for Both Aged Care and Disability Support

Graduates of this course will be qualified to work in both disability support and aged care. Both forms of care are in high demand, with Australia's aging population and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) leading to a more concerted national approach to disability support. Having completed this course, students can continue to study further units and complete a Certificate IV or Diploma in either disability support or aged care while already working in either area.

The 'Certificate III in Individual Support' course is designed for workers in the community and/or residential setting who provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. They follow a personalised care plan, and use their discretion and judgement in delivering appropriate care as required.

Workers can work primarily in residential facilities and disability support centres under direct or regular supervision within clearly defined organisation guidelines and service plans. They carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people in an aged care or disability support setting. They are expected to report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other workers.

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

Course Overview

The classroom/face to face mode of the course will be delivered over a maximum of 28 weeks. There will be a minimum 20 hours of classroom based student contact hours per week. The students will be undertaking practical placement for minimum of 32 hours per week, during the placement weeks. This includes a practical placement of 120 hours.

Blended mode completion times will vary, but will also include a practical placement of 120 hours.

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   

The course will be offered using two modes of delivery - a classroom or a blended learning approach, both of which include a Practical Placement (PP). The blended learning course is offered as a combination of e-learning, practising various care skills in the simulated environment and Practical Placement (PP). Based on the cohort needs, classroom sessions may be arranged to provide additional support to students undertaking study with blended mode.

Notice: Please note that students who are studying in our Melbourne Campus will have to attend mandatory weekly one day class on every Saturday starting from 8th July 2017. Class timing will be 9 am to 5 pm.

Notice: Please note that students who are studying in our Sydney Campus will have to attend mandatory weekly one day class starting from 12th August 2017. Class timing will be 9 am to 5 pm.

IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its ‘Application and Enrolment Procedure for VET Courses’ to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

•   Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above and need to be Secondary School year 10 pass,
•   Be of mature age which can be demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years and has at least 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

In addition, all the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 3 for all indicators to enroll 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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

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.

The total tuition cost for the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) is:
Domestic students:

• Western Australia: AUD $2,800
• Victoria & New South Wales: AUD $1,800

State Government Funding is Available for Eligible Students.

Other funding options are available, for more information please contact us on:

Enrolling in this qualification and availing the relevant state funding, may affect student's future training options and the eligibility for further government subsidised training.

Students eligible and opting for government funding must attend 20 hours of classroom sessions per week. Students failing to attend the classroom sessions will not be able to avail the funding and will be required to pay the full course fees.

Face to face Delivery

Melbourne CBD

Sep 04, 2017
Nov 06, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018
Feb 04, 2019
Apr 08, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Feb 03, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Jul 06, 2020
Oct 05, 2020

Online (Blended) Delivery


Oct 03, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018


Oct 03, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018


Sep 09, 2017
Oct 07, 2017
Nov 04, 2017

Melbourne CBD

Sep 04, 2017
Nov 06, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018
Feb 04, 2019
Apr 08, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Feb 03, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Jul 06, 2020
Oct 05, 2020

Note :-
*This course is currently in progress in Face-to-Face Mode on Fridays and Weekends at the IHNA Perth Campus, as per the time schedule mentioned below:

Fridays8:30 AM to 5 PM
Saturdays8:30 AM to 5 PM
Sundays8:30 AM to 5 PM

The application process involves: application, interview (including a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test), payment and confirmation of enrolment. Applicants must successfully complete each stage in order to enrol.

Applicants can submit their initial application by:


Applications can be completed online by clicking 'Apply Online' button.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us 1800 22 52 83

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We have four campuses, Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth, Sydney and Melbourne CBD:

Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus

597-599, Upper Heidelberg Road,
Heidelberg Heights, Victoria 3081 Australia

Perth Campus

Level 4, Carillon City Arcade,
680-692 Hay Street Mall, Perth WA 6000 Australia

Sydney Campus

Level 7, 33 Argyle Street,Parramatta,
NSW 2150 Australia

Melbourne CBD Campus

Level 5, 131 Queen Street, Melbourne,
Victoria - 3000, Australia

Study Pathway Opportunities

This dual qualification is the ideal way to kick start your career in healthcare and is the starting point for pathways into further study and career advancement. After this short course you can start working in aged care or disability support right away, then continue to study while you work, gaining higher qualifications, better pay and potential career advancement.

Study Pathway Opportunities

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