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

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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 Mode
RTO ID : 21985 Campuses : Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth and Sydney
CRICOS Code: 093194D Fees : Click here for more details
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Organisation delivering the program : Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
Organisation issuing certification : Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
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The CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) is designed for workers in the community or residential setting who provide individualised support to the aged or people with disabilities. They must use discretion and judgement, and take responsibility for their own outputs. They are taught factual, technical and procedural knowledge of the concepts and practices required.

Students may undertake this course as an entry pathway into the aged care or disability care industry. Our course is directed towards developing multi-skilled workers for the broad range of services supporting aged people and the disabled in residential and community settings.

Course Overview


The course is provided through teacher led classroom mode delivery. It will be delivered over 755 hours over two semester including theory (20 contact hours per week at an IHNA campus), self-paced structured e-learning, simulation training (120 hours) and at least 120 hours of work based training/ professional experience placement (PEP) in two blocks of 2 weeks each, after each semester.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured learning.

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

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   


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 'International Students Admission Policy and Procedure' to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

Offshore International students who wish to apply for this course must meet the following requirements.

  • Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (Academic) with a minimum total band score of 5.0 and minimum score of 5.0 in each of the four components of listening, reading, writing and speaking or meets equivalent English language proficiency requirements;

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).

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


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.

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement.

  • 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.


While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable adjustments" 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 adjustments. Our courses cater to a range of candidates. The candidates are required to be physically fit to manage tasks.

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 or disorder or on any longer medications that will require reasonable adjustments to fulfil these requirements, then please declare in your course application.

Assessment strategies are implemented for collecting evidence and making judgements about whether competency has been achieved by the learner.

The assessments confirm whether an individual can perform to the standards expected in the workplace, as expressed in the relevant endorsed unit of competency.

Assessment tools used include :

  • Knowledge Based Assessments (KBA)
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Book

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

For more information Click here or contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au or call 1800 22 52 83

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Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus

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

Perth Campus

Level 4, 12 St Georges Terrace, 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 (Ageing, Disability) 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 (Ageing, Disability), such as:

  • CHC43015 - Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC43115 - Certificate IV in Disability
  • HLT54115 -Diploma of Nursing
  • HLT47315 - Certificate IV in Health Administration
  • HLT57715 - Diploma of Practice management
  • Advanced Diploma of Nursing
  • Advanced Diploma of Community Service Management

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

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Personal care worker
  • Support Worker
  • Disability Worker

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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