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

IHNA Certificate III in Individual Support Course Details

Course Code: CHC33015 Duration : 6 Months
Accreditation :IHNA Nationally Recognized Training Award Titles :
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability)
AQF Level : 3 Course Delivery : Face-to-Face and Blended Mode
RTO ID : 21985 Campuses : Victoria / WA /NSW and India

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.

Online Blended Learning Start your program at anytime from anywhere in Australia - all you need is internet access!

Interact with classmates online through high quality online collaboration platform designed by IHNA

Regular feedback and assistance from our student support team

Communicate with your Course Coordinator and teachers at any point in the course during regular consultation

Choose where you study - with Regular simulation workshops across IHNA campuses in Australia Choose to join scheduled practical placements booked by IHNA nationally

Advance your practical placement at your selected facilities by negotiation, provided prerequisite course components are complete

Choose your healthcare facility - with the flexibility of work placements across Australia Choose to join scheduled work placements booked by IHNA nationally

Advance your work placement at your selected facilities by negotiation, provided prerequisite course components are complete

Finance made easy! - Interest free payment plans Select payment plans based on your financial situation

Pay no interest, don't get in debt

No credit card surcharge/fee

No loss of income - Study while you continue working in the current job Plan your study to fit with your work commitments

Don't miss valuable career opportunities

Get a head start! - Gain credit transfer or Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for previous study and work place experience and fast-track your studies. New immigrants gets opportunity to work and pursue health career in both the areas of age care and disability.

"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 26 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.

Please click here for our Delivery and Assessment Guidelines for this course.

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.

There are no pre-requisites or any other training package entry requirements for this course.
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 16 years old and above.
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent or be of mature age. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

•  A qualification at Certificate II level or higher, OR
•  2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication, OR
•  Age 18 year or higher

Applicants are required to have successfully completed an IHNA LLN test or VET ASSESS LLN Test (with a valid score of minimum 50% for each area and issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.
Satisfactory police clearance certificate is essential for practical placement.
IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunization form before the practical placement start date.
For blended delivery courses, the student must have access to a computer with internet and basic computer skills.

Online (Blended) Delivery

Nov 21, 2016
Jan 09, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
Mar 07, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
May 01, 2017
Jun 06, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Aug 08, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
Nov 06, 2017
Dec 04, 2017

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 three campuses, Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth and Sydney:

Melbourne(Heidelberg) Campus Perth Campus Sydney Campus
Upper Heidelberg Road,
Heidelberg Heights,
Victoria 3081 Australia
Level 3
Carillon City Arcade,
680-692 Hay Street Mall,
Perth WA 6000 Australia
Level 7
33 Argyle Street,
NSW 2150 Australia

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.


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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.

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