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CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability)

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 : 40 Weeks Volume of Learning : 1 year                       Amount of Training : 755 hours
AQF Level : 3 Course Delivery : Face-to-Face and Blended Mode
RTO ID : 21985 Campuses : Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth and Sydney
CRICOS Code: 093194D Fees : Click here for more details
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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 CHC33015 - 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 CHC43015 - 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.

Course Overview

Face-to-face mode:

The course is provided through teacher led classroom mode delivery, simulated training and practical placement of at least 120 hours with a variety of assessments. This course will be delivered over 755 hours, including 20 hours per week of Theory at an IHNA campus, simulation training and at least 120 hours of work based training / professional experience placement (PEP) .

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication and management skills and undertaking other assessments e.g.: group presentation/individual presentation.

The completion time frames will however vary between students based on their individual skills, experiences and previous studies. IHNA considered nominal hour guidelines (Victorian Purchasing Guide and Western Australian Nominal Hours Guide) when confirming the course duration. This duration was chosen to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes for both the qualification type and discipline.

Professional Experience Placements (PEP)

Professional Experience Placements (PEP) is a compulsory component of this course and 100% attendance is mandatory. Students must complete all theory and simulation components satisfactorily prior to attending placements.

The Professional Experience Placements will be 5 days a week. Students may be allocated a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) shifts. Morning shifts usually start at 7 am and evening shifts can finish at 10.30pm. Each shift is 8.5 hours long (including 30 mins meal break).

PEPs are undertaken in partnership with a wide range of placement providers. These providers are located throughout metropolitan, regional and rural areas, and in some cases interstate. Students must consider that they may be required to travel or relocate for the duration of the placement to the facility location. Students must attend as per schedule; no special arrangements or changes will be made on the allocated placements. PEPs may be cancelled without prior notice by the facility.

14 units are required for the award of this two-specialisation qualification including
•   7 core units
•   7 elective units

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   

IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its 'International Students Admission Policy and Procedure' to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

• Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above.
• Satisfactorily completed a minimum of year 12 or equivalent
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (Academic) with a minimum total band score of 5.5 and minimum score of 5.0 in each of the four components of listening, reading, writing and speaking; IHNA accepts equivalent scores in OET, TOEFL iBT and PTE.

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)
• IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunization 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.

The total tuition cost for the CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability)is AUD $5,800 for international students.

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Face to face Delivery

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

We have three campuses, Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth and Sydney

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

Interested in this course?

Then apply for the CHC33015 - 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: enquiry@ihna.edu.au or call us on our TOLL FREE: 1800 2252 83

Pathways and Careers

There are a number of pathways that students can benefit from after studying the CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support, such as:

•  CHC43015 - Certificate IV in Ageing Support
•  CHC43115 - Certificate IV in Disability
•  HLT54115 -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.


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