Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Course Code: CHC33015

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

This course includes training that will prepare you to perform disability care work, including complying with the safety procedures required for direct care work. It supersedes the CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability.

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

The Certificate III in Individual Support online course will prepare you for a rewarding career in the disability, community, or residential care industry.  As part of this disability care course you will develop tools to help you become a great disability carer, such as how to support people living with a disability through community participation and creating an empowering environment.

You will learn how to fulfil the critical functions of disability support workers as care givers for disabled individuals and the elderly in your community or in registered home care facilities. These include how to recognise the signs of a healthy body, provide appropriate care and support to the disabled, and communicate and function in the health and community services industry.

In the Disability specialisation of the CHC33015, your additional focus will be on how to help in developing the skills of your clients, encourage community participation and inclusion, and empower those with disabilities.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course is the latest nationally accredited and recognised for those who wish to empower people living with disabilities. It is the designed to prepare you for a career in disability care through the following job roles:

  • ✔ Care Service Employee/Worker
  • ✔ Community Care Worker
  • ✔ Community Support Worker
  • ✔ In-Home Respite Worker
  • ✔ Nursing or Home Care Assistant
  • ✔ Personal Care Giver/Worker
  • ✔ Residential Care Worker

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) Course Units

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) consists of 13 units – 7 core units, 4 disability specialisation units, and 2 other elective units

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

CHC33015 Disability Care Electives

CHCDIS001 – Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 – Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 – Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

CHC33015 Other Electives

CHCCCS025 – Support relationships with carers and families
CHCHCS001 – Provide home and community support services

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?

This training course is delivered via Self-Paced Online Learning. As a student of this online individual support course, you can start your study any time in the year and study during your own free time to complete your qualification at your own pace.

The online disability care course come with full trainer support to ensure that you will have the necessary assistance to finish your study. We accept online enrolments Australia wide, so you can study with us whether you live in a remote area or a major city like Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth.

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. Online course students can work with their own schedule and complete their training faster.

How will I be assessed?

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is assessed through aa variety of written questions, projects, case studies, observation and a skills journal to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in individual support and specialise in disability 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 persons with disability.

To gain your qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered and approved aged care, home and community, disability or community service 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 CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability. 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.