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CHC33021 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

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CHC33021 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)


This course reflects the role of individuals in the community, home or residential care setting who work under supervision and delegation as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, following an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.

These individuals take responsibility for their own outputs within the scope of their job role and delegation. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

The skills in this course must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

To achieve this course, the student must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

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skills-badgeCHC33021 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

You could be eligible for
RPL or CT RPL : Recognition of Prior Learning
CT : Credit Transfer

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Amount of Training:  775 Hours
Course Duration: 26 weeks (6 months)
AQF Level : 3
Course Delivery :  Blended
Campuses :  Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Cochin (India)
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  • Amount of Training is 775 Hours
  • Blended delivery
  • Available to domestic students
1. Blended Delivery:

The course is blended, offering a combination of online and in-person learning experiences. This format provides students with the flexibility to study at their own pace and convenience, while also incorporating face-to-face interactions and collaborative activities.

2. 24/7 Unlimited Access with pre-recorded lectures:

Students have access to pre-recorded lectures that are available 24/7, providing them with the freedom to study when it suits them best.

3. Low fees with flexible payment plan options:

IHNA’s Certificate III in Individual Support is comparatively affordable, and the institution offers flexible payment plans to make it accessible to a wider range of students. The course fee includes clinical placement and job guarantee, which is unique in Australia.

4. Duration of the Course:

The duration of the course is typically 6 months, but students have the flexibility to complete it as part time mode within a maximum period of 12 months. This allows students to balance their study with other commitments, and complete the course in a timeframe that suits their individual needs.

5. Exclusive Study Groups:

IHNA provides exclusive study groups for their students, allowing them to collaborate with their peers, share knowledge and support each other throughout the course.

6. Unlimited support from academic team:

IHNA’s academic team provides unlimited support to students throughout the course, including assistance with assignments, clarification of concepts, and advice on how to progress in their studies.

7. Credit Transfer

Students who have completed a Certificate III in Individual Support course may be eligible for Credit Transfer for some units in the Certificate IV in Disability course. This can help reduce the overall cost and duration of the course for these students. Credit Transfer recognizes the equivalence of previously completed units and allows students to progress more efficiently through their studies by exempting them from repeating similar content.

15 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 9 core units
  • 6 elective units


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control


CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care
CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support

Pathways from this course: Students may progress to higher level courses within and/or across the community/health sector such as:

  • CHC43015 – Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC43121 – Certificate IV in Disability Support
  • HLT47321 – Certificate IV in Health Administration
  • HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing
  • HLT57715 – Diploma of Practice Management
  • CHC52021 – Diploma of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Social Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Nursing

With Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) qualification in hand, graduates of the course will be able to work as a/an:

  • Home Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Disability Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Community Access Coordinator
  • Community care worker
  • Community House Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • In Home Respite Worker
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Care Worker
  • School Support Officer (Disability)
  • Family Support Worker
  • Care Service Employee
  • Planned activity assistant
  • Residential aide
  • Field Officer (Community Services)
  • Nurse’s Aide
  • Transport Support Worker

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the CHC33021 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) is:

Full Fee: $1250

State Funding
Victoria If the student is eligible, for Government funding, student pays: $0 *#
Western Australia No State Funding Available
New South Wales Please contact us for the current fee options. #

*State and federal government funding is available for eligible candidates.

#Tuition Fees do not include any additional resources such as books, uniforms, equipment, printing, duplicate student id card etc.

“The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees”

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here.

Melbourne (CBD) Campus
Level 5 & 6, 131 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC – 3000, Australia
Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus
597-599, Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg Heights, VIC – 3081, Australia
Perth Campus
Level 2, 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA – 6000, Australia
Sydney Campus
Level 7, 33 Argyle Street, Parramatta, NSW – 2150, Australia
Cochin Campus
37/1989 A, Bhattathiripad Road, Kaloor, Kochi – 682 017, India



(Blended: online real time theory tutorials with on campus skills training in a simulation environment)

The course is provided through Blended mode of delivery. It will be delivered over 775 hours including theory, self-paced structured e-learning, simulation training and 120 hours of work-based training/ professional experience placement (PEP).

20 contact hours per week will be delivered through synchronised online learning which includes on-campus simulation based training / assessment.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 15 hours per week of unstructured self-learning.

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication, work-based skills, management skills and to undertake other assessments e.g. group presentation/individual presentation.

IHNA Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course*#
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 10 course or equivalent

*Mature age students (22+) may also be considered without the minimum education requirements. Each case will be reviewed individually to ascertain the capacity of the applicant to meet course requirements.

# Students below 18 years of age should have consent from their parents prior to getting enrolment in any courses.

Additional Requirement

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) requirement preferred by IHNA

  • Digital literacy
    1. Basic computer skills includes word processing, using spreadsheets creating presentations; finding information and communicating using computers; and being aware of social and ethical implications of Internet use.
    2. Having own computer (desktop or laptop) to facilitate the training and assessment.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) requirements

  • National Police Clearance (NCC) or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  • Required immunization
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • A valid NDIS Worker Screening Check
    1. Strength: To assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
    2. Mobility: To bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined spaces
    3. Hearing: To hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages
    4. Vision: To make physical assessments of client and equipment
    5. Communication: To communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors
  • Students must declare a disability or disorder (if any), or if they are on any medication which may require reasonable adjustments

IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunisation process before the PEP start date as some facilities will not provide placement to students without Immunisation.

In the event that a student fails to meet the mentioned requirements, it may lead to exclusion from their practical placements, which could potentially result in an unsuccessful completion of the course.

Our approach is to collect evidence on whether the student can perform to the standards of the workplace. This is based on the relevant unit of competency, and you’ll find these tools being used:

  • Knowledge Based Assessments (KBA)
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course.

Credit Transfer(CT)

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.

  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

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