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Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and  Disability)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

  • AQF Level

  • Course Duration:

    26 weeks (6 months)
  • CRICOS Course Code

  • Course Fee

    1,250 AUD
  • Mode of Delivery


You can complete this course on intensive mode in three to six months

IHNA Online Policies, Procedures & Forms Check this course currency on the National Register of VET

* Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders’ students are encouraged to apply.

Why IHNA Online ?

  • Competency based training underpinned by adult learning principles
  • Scholarships are available
  • Access to 24*7 Online Library
  • Experienced educators with industry
  • Easy Payment Options
  • Finalist and Winner of national and international training award
  • Networking Opportunities with peak bodies and industries
  • IHNA Online Alumnus Status
  • Dedicated Student Support Team
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) – learn as you practice

Course Overview

CHC33021-Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability): – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) online, This course reflects the role of individuals in the community, home or residential care setting who work under supervision and delegation as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, following an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.These individuals take responsibility for their own outputs within the scope of their job role and delegation. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.The skills in this course must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.To achieve this course, the student must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

  • Amount of Training is 775 Hours
  • Blended delivery
  • Available to domestic students

Employment Rate:

Over the last 20 years, the employment rate in the Healthcare and Social assistance industry has increased drastically. According to outlook’s survey, the number of workers has increased by:

  • 105,600 (or 5.5%) over the last quarter
  • 204,400 (or 11.3%) over the last year.

IHNA (Institute of Health and Nursing Australia) is trusted by more than 𝟏𝟒𝟎𝟎𝟎+ students and has been committed to providing excellence in education and training to meet the needs of the community since 2007.

Amount of Training

The course is provided through Blended mode of delivery. It will be delivered over 775 hours including theory, self-paced structured e-learning, simulation training and 120 hours of work-based training/ professional experience placement (PEP). 20 contact hours per week will be delivered through synchronised online learning which includes on-campus simulation based training / assessment. Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 15 hours per week of unstructured self-learning.

Intensive Mode: Students are encouraged to complete the course in an intense mode by learning for 40 hours per week or more, with ‘recognition of prior learning’ if available, allowing them to complete the course in as little as 3 months.

Career Opportunity

With Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) qualification in hand, graduates of the course will be able to work as a/an:

  • Home Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Disability Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Community Access Coordinator
  • Community care worker
  • Community House Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • In Home Respite Worker
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Care Worker
  • School Support Officer (Disability)
  • Family Support Worker
  • Care Service Employee
  • Planned activity assistant
  • Residential aide
  • Field Officer (Community Services)
  • Nurse’s Aide
  • Transport Support Worker

What will I study?

  • CHCDIV001

    Work with diverse people

  • HLTWHS002

    Follow safe work practices for direct client care

  • CHCCOM005

    Communicate and work in health or community services

  • CHCLEG001

    Work legally and ethically

  • CHCCCS041

    Recognise healthy body systems

  • CHCCCS031

    Provide individualised support

  • CHCCCS040

    Support independence and wellbeing

  • CHCCCS038

    Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support

  • HLTINF006

    Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

  • CHCAGE011

    Provide support to people living with dementia

  • CHCAGE013

    Work effectively in aged care

  • CHCPAL003

    Deliver care services using a palliative approach

  • CHCDIS011

    Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach

  • CHCDIS012

    Support community participation and social inclusion

  • CHCDIS020

    Work effectively in disability support

Course Module

Total number of units for this course = 15

9 Core units

6 Elective units

A convenient way to build your employability skills and advance your career

IHNA Online Admission Requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for this certification, applicants must demonstrate their competence to accomplish assignments as specified by the university.

Must be at least 18+ years old at the commencement of the course.

Successful completion of course work comparable to an Australian Year 10 course in the applicant’s native country is necessary for admission to this course.

At Orientation, students will participate in a language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine their language, literacy, and numeracy competencies (prior to commencing the courses).

Students over of age of 22 will be considered as well, even if they do not fulfil the minimum academic criteria. Each case will be examined individually to determine the student’s ability to complete the course requirements.

Digital literacy

Must be able to perform fundamental computer operations such as maintaining computer files, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, preparing presentations, and being conscious of the social and ethical consequences of Internet usage.

Laptop specifications

Students must have their own laptop computers to help with training and assessment. Core i3 Processor, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 or later version, Screen; 10″ or higher, Microsoft Office or Open Office Course, Adobe Reader, and Antivirus Course.

IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunisation process before the PEP start date as some facilities will not provide placement to students without Immunisation.

*In the event that a student fails to meet the mentioned requirements, it may lead to exclusion from their practical placements, which could potentially result in an unsuccessful completion of the course.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements
  • A National Police Clearance or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  • Immunization is required before beginning a ‘Professional Experience Placement’ (PEP) in a healthcare facility.
  • Please state in your application if you have a disability, disorder, or are taking medication that will necessitate reasonable accommodations to comply with the regulations.
  • Working with Children Check: Students can sometimes be assigned to patients under the age of 18. Although, whenever a student is permitted to have contact with these minors, the student must collect a Working with Children (WWC) Check.
  • The following physical requirements are required to fulfil the course objectives:
    • Strength: To assist with lifting and transferring a client.
    • Mobility: To bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined spaces
    • Hearing: To hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals, and various overhead pages
    • Vision: To make physical assessments of client and equipment
    • Communication: To communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors

IHNA Online Pathways

Pathways from this Qualification

Students may progress to higher level courses within and/or across the community/health sector such as:

  • CHC43015 – Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC43121 – Certificate IV in Disability
  • HLT47321 – Certificate IV in Health Administration
  • HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing
  • HLT57715 – Diploma of Practice Management
  • CHC52021 – Diploma of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Social Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Nursing

Study mode

  • Full-time and flexible learning options with classes available during the weekends, evenings, and weekends.
  • Students can also advance their learning process by scheduling their classes in their free time and completing the course in just 1 or 2 months
  • Simulation-based practices in the institute’s labs and at workplaces.
  • Professional experience placements (PEP)– 120 hours in the placement setting, which can be:
    • Residential aged care facilities
    • Disability care center’s
  • The course covers both fundamental topics that all health care workers must be aware of and course-specific topics that allow students to apply their skills as frontline aged care workers.

How to Apply

IHNA Online has defined entry requirements for courses under its mandate, as outlined by its ‘Application and Enrolment Procedure for Courses,’ to ensure that students meet industry standards.

Step 1
Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enrol Now” and pay your tuition fees.
Step 2
Access: Explore the learning resources and start learning on your learning platform. Credentials, user guide and a conditional offer letter will be sent to your email
Step 3
LLN:You are required to complete an LLN test, within the first 3 days of enrolling
Step 4
Confirmation:Upon completion of your LLN and any other prerequisites, you will be issued a Confirmation of Admission
Step 5
Cooling off period:Once enrolled students have a 5 working days cooling off period (from course commencement date) to withdraw from the course and avail a full refund of the fees paid

* Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders’ students are encouraged to apply.

RPL and Credit Transfer


With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course

Credit Transfer

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.


Any other questions in your mind – let us give you some more clarity with the following FAQs:

Ageing Support highlights the job of qualified professionals who carry out specific duties and responsibilities in aged services. They are expected to be accountable for their own work within established organizational boundaries and work in domestic, hospital, or community settings.

Both the specializations cater to a particular section of our community and deliver their services in a very meticulous framework. Disability services are typically not well-equipped to oversee the provisions and ailments of aging. Aged care services are unable to accommodate the stringent support needs of individuals suffering from disabilities. But disability and aged care services can frequently provide a comparable range of facilities to service users.

The salary packages for disability support workers may vary with the facilities and the organizations that they choose to work with. According to au.indeed.com, disability assistance workers in Australia make an hourly wage of $33.45 on average. As per the data collected by au.talent.com: In Australia, the average support worker earns $63,448 a year or $32.54 per hour.

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