Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)

Course Code: CHC33015

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The CHC33015 Cert III in Individual Support (Home and Community) is the latest and most up-to-date training course for the home and community care industry.

This is the nationally accredited and recognised qualification for those who wish to start a career in home care in Australia.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) - What Will You Learn?

The Certificate III in Individual Support online course will prepare you for a rewarding career in the home care industry.

You will learn how to fulfil the critical functions of home and community support workers as carers for disabled and senior individuals. These include how to contribute as a team member in a home and community care facility, support the elderly and those with dementia, and implement individual plans.

In the home care specialisation of the CHC33015, your additional focus will be on how to meet personal support needs and relationships between carers and families, provide services in home and community settings, and empower the elderly.

This nationally recognised and accredited training course is ideal for those who wish to start or launch a career as a:

  • ✔ Community Care Worker or Assistant
  • ✔ Home Respite Care Worker
  • ✔ Individual Carer and Support Workder
  • ✔ Residential Support Worker
  • ✔ Disability Carer
  • ✔ Assistant in Nursing
  • ✔ Personal Care Giver

Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) Course Units

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) consists of 13 units – 7 core units, 3 specialisaion units, and 3 other elective units. Together, these units will allow you to specialise in 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 home care:

CHC33015 Home and Community Elective Units

CHCAGE001 – Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS011 – Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS025 – Support relationships with carers and families
CHCHCS001 – Provide home and community support services

CHC33015 Other Electives

CHCAGE005 – Provide support to people living with dementia
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 (Home and Community) 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. Students under this delivery mode are free to create their own study schedule depending on their free time.

Learning tools necessary to complete your course can all be accessed online Australia-wide, and you will receive first class support from expert trainers all throughout your study.

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 (Ageing) is assessed through a variety of written questions, projects, case studies, and a skills logbook to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in individual support and specialise in home 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:

  • ✔ Online Course Resources including Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • ✔ Access to the Online Student Portal
  • ✔ Pre-recorded Webinars
  • ✔ Full Trainer Support via Phone and the Student Message System
  • ✔ Simulations, where applicable
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents and other activities
  • ✔ Vocational Placement Support and Information Pack

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
  • ✔ Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • ✔ Where possible, access to a workplace where they can complete their assessments under a supervisor ^
  • ✔ Have a Computer with an Internet access with a reliable speed of at least 5mbps
  • ✔ Have Google Chrome (recommended browser)
  • ✔ Have latest Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application
  • ✔ Have latest MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Have one (1) passenger vehicle
  • ✔ Have at least one (1) volunteer for role play tasks

^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 home and community 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.

This course has been specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively with aged and disabled individuals, providing an opportunity for those with a passion for helping and community care to take a leading role in the care of our aged and disabled community. 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:

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.