Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

NRT LogoCRICOS Course Code: 090829J

VET National Code: CHC33015

Government funded course for eligible candidates

Course Description

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course provides the required training to work in a community and/or residential workplace, offering support to people with disabilities. The growing disability sector is a valuable and fulfilling industry and offers a range of career paths.

Almost 20 percent of Australians have a disability (3.96 million people, or 1 in 5). This may be any condition that restricts a person’s mental, sensory or mobility functions. It may be caused by accident, trauma, genetics or disease. A disability may be temporary or permanent, total or partial, lifelong or acquired, visible or invisible.

People with disabilities are living a lot longer as medical support and resources are readily available in Australia. Therefore, the demand for skilled workers is greater now than ever before. This qualification delivers the skills and knowledge required for working in the community and/or residential settings providing person-centred support to people with disabilities in everyday living tasks, recreation and leisure, accommodation support, skills development, recreation and respite care.

People with disability have the same rights as others to participate in community life. It is important that services and facilities are accessible for them. As a Disability Support Worker you are assisting people to access all services that are available to everybody living in Australia and improve inclusion of people with a disability.

This Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course is delivered via face to face training in a classroom environment with simulated practical tasks carried our practical room, followed by 160 hours of workplace training arranged by Australian Professional Skills Institute.

Career Outcomes:

  • 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 student visa to study this course as their secondary course.

Domestic Australian Students:

International Students:

  • 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.
  • 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).

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. The written component will be emailed to the education agent and the listening component can be taken online at the Test-My-English web site. Please email your written English language test and the test score from this online test.

Additional Requirements:

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.

All learners are required to wear an APSI uniform while attending face to face training on campus and workplace training.

Units of Competency

This Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course consists of units of competence, including core units and elective units, as listed below:

Unit Code
Unit Name
Core Units
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
Elective Units
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
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

Students can also acquire a dual qualification – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) by taking the following extra units:

Additional Units
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
Intake Dates

Flexible Intake Dates available. Please call us on (08) 63654386


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.

Career Outcome

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
Field Officer Carer
Course Duration

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

Workplace Training / Work Experience

Workplace Training

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

Entry Requirements

Completion of Year 11 or equivalent with upper immediate level of English, Minimum Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or pass the Institute’s literacy test. No prior work experience is required in this field. International students must be over 18 years of age before they can enrol at APSI.


Each day of delivery follows the same structure. The first 2 hours involves trainer lead but student focused explanation, demonstrations, presentations, questions and answers, student practice. The second 2 hours involves the trainer and student undertaking their assessment tasks on premises (as a learning tool) utilising the specialised training facilities under the required supervision of the trainer.

Assessment Methods

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
  • Assignments
  • Practical Demonstrations
  • Group Activities
  • Projects
  • 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 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) students while they undertake workplace training. All 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

APS Institute gives students credits or recognition for skills and knowledge they already possess. An RPL application form can be obtained from APS Institute.


This Certificate III in Individual Support program is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) at Diploma level. As a registered training organisation, qualifications issued by APS Institute are nationally recognised. If all units of competency are not achieved a Statement of Attainment will be issued for the units that have been successfully completed.


Upon completion of the Certificate IV in Home and Community Care, students can continue to study Bachelor of Nursing with Australian Universities with advance standing. Details on advance standing may vary from different Universities.

Employment Skills

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

A National Police Clearance is compulsory for all students who undertake industry placement or work experience. Find out more here.


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.

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