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

Accreditation : IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course
Course Code: CHC33015 Duration : 26 Weeks
AQF Level : 3 Award Titles :CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability)
RTO ID : 21985 Course Delivery : Face-to-Face and Blended Mode
CRICOS Code: 093194D Campuses : VIC / WA /NSW and India
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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.
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 BKSB (Basic Key Skills Builder) Exit Level 2

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.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are clinical practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the hospital and community health settings. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Additional skills and abilities are needed to perform patient/ resident care in the clinical settings to pass the course objectives and requirements.

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a patient, 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 patients 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 fulfill these requirements then please declare in your course application, special needs section.

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


Jun 05, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Aug 07, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
Nov 06, 2017

Online (Blended) Delivery

Campus : Melbourne(Heidelberg) | Perth
Jun 05, 2017
Aug 07, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
Dec 04, 2017

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 course is now available at IHNA Sydney Campus in Face-to-Face mode from 15th May 2017 as per below time schedule.

Mondays9:00 AM to 4:00 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 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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