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 caregivers 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)

What Will You Learn in this Course?

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 recognise healthy body systems and supporting their independence and well-being.

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 provide individualised support, 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 and give support to patients with dementia.

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

  • ✔ Accommodation Support Worker
  • ✔ Assistant in Nursing
  • ✔ Care Assistant or Service Employee/Worker
  • ✔ Community Care/House/Support Worker
  • ✔ Disability Service Officer (only in some jurisdictions)
  • ✔ Field Officer
  • ✔ Home Care Assistant
  • ✔ In-Home Respite Worker
  • ✔ Nursing Assistant
  • ✔ Personal Care Giver/Worker
  • ✔ Residential Care Worker
  • ✔ Support Worker

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 ageing:

CHC33015 Ageing Specialisation Units

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 community care industry:

CHC33015 Electives Units

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 is the course delivered?

The course is offered through Mixed Mode Delivery, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. 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 such as 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 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.

How much time should I spend on my course?

There are up to 1028 study hours for this course, depending on your industry experience and relevant knowledge. Upon enrolment, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation to determine your existing skill and knowledge level that is relevant to this qualification. Once the evaluation is completed, you will be given a training plan where you will be assigned one of the following cohorts:

  • Beginner – limited knowledge or skill and no recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1028 hours.
  • Intermediate – moderate prior knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 898 hours.
  • Advanced – extensive knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of one year or more. This includes candidates holding superseded versions, skills sets, or units from CHC08 or CHC Training Package, CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care, CHC30312 Certificate III in home and Community Care, and CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability. Study hours is up to 598 hours.
  • Expert – consists of individuals with current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. This includes candidates holding CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care, CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care, and CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability who are currently working in the child care sector. Study hours is up to 449 hours.

How will I be assessed?

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is assessed through Written Questions, Projects or Project based methods, Case Study (may include simulated scenario, portfolio, role plays, observation tasks, and reflection activities), Practicum—Skills Logbook, and Credit Transfer (for HLTAID003 Provide first aid unit only).

Entry Requirements

While there are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites to enrol in the Certificate III in Individual Support. However, 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)

Students are also required to:

  • ✔ Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • ✔ Provide a valid ID with picture and signature
  • ✔ Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • ✔ Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

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
  • ✔ Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • ✔ Simulations, where applicable
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents

During your studies, you will need to have access to:

  • ✔ Where possible, access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments under a supervisor^
  • ✔ A computer with Internet access through Google Chrome
  • ✔ MS Word, MS PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ✔ One (1) passenger vehicle
  • ✔ At least one (1) volunteer for role play tasks

^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

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) course requires completion of specified competency standards and assessment requirements in a workplace between a minimum of 120 hours and up to 240 hours of vocational placement with an approved accredited service provider.

You will need to initiate contact with an approved accredited service provider to address the Vocational Placement requirements.

Study Pathways

You can complement your CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) training with additional qualifications such as:

  • • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)
  • • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
  • • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • • BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

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