Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Course Code: CHC33015

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The Cert III in Individual Support (Ageing) is Australia’s latest aged care training course. It is ideal for those who want to develop their career in the aged and community care industry by gaining the latest nationally accredited qualification for care givers and support workers.

The Individual Support course in Ageing will certify that you have the essential skills and knowledge required to provide support to seniors and the elderly. It supersedes the CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care.

Turn your passion for caring into a full career with one of the most sought after qualifications in the growing health services industry!

This course page is for the Aged Care specialisation of the CHC33015 course. Click on the links below to view the:
1. Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
2. Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) - What Will You Learn?

The Certificate III in Individual Support online course will prepare you for a rewarding career in the aged, community, or residential care industry.

You will learn how to fulfil the critical functions of aged care as caregivers for seniors and elderly individuals in your community or in registered home care facilities. These include learning how to work effectively with them and participating in creating an empowering environment.

Other critical skills and knowledge you will learn are the Australian legal and ethical frameworks you need to follow as a support carer, how to recognise healthy body systems, and what workplace health and safety practices you are required to comply with as a member of the aged care industry.

In the aged care specialisation of the CHC33015, your additional focus will be on how to empower older people, give support to dementia patients, and also meet personal support needs.

Additionally, throughout our aged care courses you will learn more general skills to help you work and communicate effectively in the community sector, follow safety procedures, and comply with information requirements of the aged and community care sectors.

You can pursue a wide variety of roles after completing the Cert III in Individual Support course in aged care, including:

  • ✔ Aged Care Worker
  • ✔ Assistant in Nursing
  • ✔ Community Care Worker
  • ✔ Personal Care Giver and Support Worker
  • ✔ Residential Support Worker
  • ✔ Respite Care Worker

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) Course Units

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) consists of 13 units – 7 core units and 6 electives, including the required electives to specialise in elderly or senior care.

The core units below are similar across all specialisations of this course, including Aged Care, Disability, and Home Care:

CHC33015 Core Units

CHCCCS023 – Support independence and well being
– Recognise healthy body systems
– Communicate and work in health or community services
– Work with diverse people
– Work legally and ethically
– Follow safe work practices for direct client care
– Provide individualised support

The following electives are required to gain a specialisation in aged care:

CHC33015 Aged Care Electives

CHCCCS011 – Meet personal support needs
– Facilitate the empowerment of older people
– Provide support to people living with dementia

Additional electives have been chosen to complete your course and ensure you have a holistic and flexible set of skills for the support services industry:

CHC33015 Other Electives

CHCPAL001 – Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid*

* NOTE: The HLTAID003 Provide First Aid unit is NOT delivered by Reach Community College, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

Course Delivery

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have up to 12 months from your start date to complete your Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) qualification. This course also has a flexible start date which means you can start training at any time throughout the year. You can also study at your own pace, so you can choose to complete your training in less than 12 months!

How is the course delivered?

The course is offered through Self-Paced Online Learning, enabling students to complete their CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) at their own pace with full trainer support to help you all throughout your study. Your course materials are accessed online and you are free to work on the course requirements on your own time from anywhere in Australia. This aged care online course is available Australia-wide including remote areas and major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth.

The online learning of CHC33015 course runs all throughout the year. This allows you to enrol and start your course straight away or on your preferred commencement date.

How much time should I spend on my course?

There are up to 1440 study hours for this course (including Vocational Placement), depending on your industry experience and relevant knowledge. You may work at your own pace as an online training student and complete your course faster if you’d like!

How will I be assessed?

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is assessed through a combination of written questions, projects, case studies, observation and a skills journal. These will give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in individual support and specialise in ageing or aged care.

Entry Requirements

While there are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites to enrol in the Certificate III in Individual Support, it is preferred that students:

  • ✔ Are 18 years or older
  • ✔ Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • ✔ Have basic computer skills
  • ✔ Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Support & Resources

As part of your course, you’ll enjoy access to a range of excellent resources and support services, including:

  • ✔ Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • ✔ Tutorial Documents for Navigating the LMS
  • ✔ Training Plan
  • ✔ Face to Face Webinar Schedule and Registration
  • ✔ Pre-recorded Webinars
  • ✔ Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • ✔ Simulations, where applicable
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents

Reach Community College is responsible for issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

During your studies, you will also need access to:

  • ✔ Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • ✔ Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation; and
  • ✔ Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • ✔ Have a computer with an Internet access with a reliable speed of at least 5mbps
  • ✔ Have a Google Chrome (recommended browser)
  • ✔ Have MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Have Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent applications
  • ✔ One (1) passenger vehicle
  • ✔ At least one (1) volunteer for role play tasks
  • ✔ Where possible, access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments under a supervisor^

^Note: Reach Community College will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments – for units applicable under simulated pathway only.

Vocational Placement

All students are required to complete Vocational Placement as part of this course to help you develop your skills and knowledge in caring for elderly individuals.

To gain your qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered and approved aged care facility and undertake a minimum of 120 hours and a maximum of 240 placement hours. This allows you to gain practical industry and workplace experience where you will be taught how to apply the lessons you learned during your training. For more information about ageing support vocational placements, please visit the FAQ page.

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check, Blue Card or Working With Children Check, and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Study Pathways

The Cert III in Individual Support enables you to pursue job roles in aged, community, and residential facilities. Once enrolled, you may also consider additional training to complement your aged care skills, with courses such as:

Graduates of this course are also eligible to enrol in the CHC43015 – Certificate IV in Ageing Support. This course allows you to advance your career and pursue roles including Assistant Hostel Supervisor, Care Supervisor, Care Team Leader, Day Activity Worker, Hostel Supervisor and Program Coordinator – Social Programs.

Recognition of Prior Learning/Current Competence (RPL/RCC)

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification.


Student Handbook

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.