Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
CRICOS Course Code: 090829J
VET National Code: CHC33015
Government funded course for eligible candidates
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) is designed to provide training to entry level workers who want to work in residential aged care facilities, community care, nursing homes, disability care, community based organisations and hospitals.
This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting (residential aged care facilities) who follow an individualised plan for provision of person-centred care to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Workers are being required to increasingly support people in their homes, support people with increasingly complex needs, to tailor care and support approaches to meet individual needs with increased ‘client’ choice.
The course combines both theory and practical training, with the bulk of the learning and assessment in the workplace where learners will be practising newly acquired knowledge through delivery of skills in areas relating to personal care, assisting people to maintain independence in their home of choice and provide welfare and support services to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
- Working with diverse people; aged, people with disabilities, different cultural sectors and others
- Personal care
- Communicating in the health sector
- Providing individualised support
- Supporting and encouraging independence
- Dementia care
- Palliative care
- Supporting relationships with carers and families
- Providing care in residential and community environments
- personal care worker
- assistant in nursing
- support worker
- respite worker
- community care worker
Course Admission Requirements
Australian Professional Skills Institute is CRICOS registered (CRICOS Provider Code 03255G). We can accept international students on a student visa to study this course as their secondary course.
Domestic Australian Students
- Completion of Year 10 or equivalent
- Study skills assessment for basic literacy and numeracy
- Find out if you are eligible for the government funded Certificate III in Individual Support fees.
- This course is approved by the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) for student payment. Domestic student who meets the requirements of an approved course of education and study may be eligible to receive student payment from the Department.
- Additional requirements below
- Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English. If student cannot provide a documented proof on their English language proficiency, they will be required to sit for a language, literacy and numeracy test (LLN) before a place can be offered.
- International students are required to have a minimum of IELTS test results of 5.5 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5. Or achieve in equivalent in other forms of testing that satisfy the Institute’s requirement. If an international student does not have any current IELTS score or any recognised English language result, they are required to take an English language test.
- For Certificate level courses, student must have completed a minimum of Year 10 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above).
All Certificate III in Individual Support students must be willing to apply, or already hold, a current National Police Clearance (not older than 3 months at time of enrolment). This is COMPULSORY for students/candidates to undertake workplace training.
- You can apply for your National Police Clearance online through Veritas Police Check.
All learners are required to wear an APSI uniform while attending face to face training on campus and workplace training.
International students are eligible to apply!
Units of Competency
This Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) course consists of 13 units of competence with 7 core units and 6 elective units as listed below:
|CHCCCS015||Provide individualised support|
|CHCCCS023||Support independence and well being|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|CHCAGE001||Facilitate the empowerment of older people|
|CHCAGE005||Provide support to people living with dementia|
|CHCCCS011||Meet personal support needs|
|CHCCCS025||Support relationships with carers and families|
|CHCHCS001||Provide home and community support services|
|CHCPAL001||Deliver care services using a palliative approach|
Students can also acquire a dual qualification – Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) by taking the following extra units:
|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|
Course fee: $698 for dual qualifications
Concession fee for eligible students: $208
Resource fee: not applicable (on loan books only)
22 May, 17 July, 9 October
Flexible Intake Dates available. Please call us on (08) 63654386
5 February, 30 April, 16 July, 8 October
Mode of Delivery
This program is delivered with total hours of 486 made up of Self-paced learning 162 hours, classroom based face to face delivery environment of 164 hours and with a minimum of 120 hours of workplace training in an appropriate aged care environment. International students are required to undertake 8 weeks or 160 hours of workplace training.
Participants will be required to purchase Aspire resources as indicated in this learning and assessment strategy for both theory components of the course.
Facilitators/trainers may provide additional learning materials where gaps exist in participants underpinning knowledge or in the training resources.
Occupational names may include:
|Assistant in Nursing||Community Support Worker|
|Accommodation Support Worker||In Home Respite Worker|
|Personal Care Assistant||Personal Care Giver|
|Personal Care Worker||Home Care Assistant|
|Nursing Assistant||Community Care Worker|
|Disability Service Officer (in some jurisdictions)||Care Assistant|
|Care Service Employee||Community House Worker|
International students : 1 semester (26 weeks) which includes 8 weeks or 160 hours of workplace training in aged care homes or community care facilities.
Domestic students: 14 weeks Face to Face training which includes 4 weeks or 160 hours of workplace training in aged care homes or community care facilities
Work based training / Work Experience
Work based training is a compulsory component of this course for all students. Students are required to work in aged care or community care facilities for 4 weeks or a total of 160 hours before graduation. There is no guarantee of employment or salary payment during work experience or work based training or work experience.
All students must produce a current National Police Clearance before they can be placed in workplace training. You can apply for police clearance through Veritas Police Check
Assessment is based on the principles of competency based training. Performance of learners is assessed on their ability to perform the task(s) to industry standards. In order to ensure the principles of validity are upheld are variety of learning styles and a range of assessment strategies are used.
Assessment for each unit of competence will be through a combination of classroom based and work placement tasks. Classroom based assessment includes but is not limited to:
- Classroom Exercises
- Practical Demonstrations
- Group Activities
- Verbal and/or written questions
Students are advised well in advance of assessment activities and a student may put forward for consideration any special needs they may have. The assessment criterion is documented in all modules, and workbooks. Dates of assessment are provided on the first day of class along with a timetable. Students may be assessed by a combination of continuous assessments and examinations. Continuous assessment may be based on competencies and marks, or a combination of both.
Australian Professional Skills Institute will provide a uniform to all Aged Care and Home and Community Care students while they undertake workplace training.
All Aged Care and Home and Community Care students are required to wear non-slip covered flat shoes while undertaking practical training in a simulated environment and in the workplace.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Breadth, depth and complexity covering planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skills and knowledge application across a broad range ot technical and/or management requirements, evaluation and coordination. Self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others.
(Source: AQF Implementation Handbook 2007)
Location of Delivery
Face to Face Classroom learning – Wellington Fair, 40 Lord Street, East Perth, WA 6004, Australia
Workplace Training – At the workplace as approved by Australian Professional Skills Institute’s workplace assessor
National Policy Clearance
The information contained on this website is current at the time of publishing. Australian Professional Skills Institute reserves the right to change the admission requirements, fees, location of delivery and units of competency whenever necessary. Please contact us for the most current information.