Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
Starting from October 2017, APSI will be offering weekly intakes for international and domestic students, including as a secondary course.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)

CRICOS Course Code: 090829J

VET National Code: CHC33015

Government funded course for eligible candidates and available to onshore international higher education students as a secondary course

Course Description

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.

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). All students must be over 18 years of age before they can commence this course at APSI.

Domestic Australian Students

  • For Certificate level courses, students must have completed a minimum of Year 10 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above).
  • Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English. If students cannot provide documented proof of their English language proficiency, they will be required to sit for a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN) before a place can be offered.
  • 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 students 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.

International Students

  • This course is available to international students on a higher education student visa as their secondary course.
  • Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English. If students cannot provide documented proof of 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 an 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, students must have completed a minimum of Year 10 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above).

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 (Ageing, Home and Community) course consists of 13 units of competence with 7 core units and 6 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
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:

Additional 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

Additional payment:
Course fee: $698 for dual qualifications
Concession fee for eligible students: $208
Resource fee: not applicable (on loan books only)


Certificate III in Individual Support

Course Details

Intake Dates


9 October

Weekly intake dates available.


5 February, 30 April, 16 July, 8 October + Weekly intakes available


Course Fees
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

Work based 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 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
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. Students can apply for the clearance directly with any Australia Post Office. The cost is $55.00.


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.