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CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support [Ageing and Disability]

National ID
CHC33021
WA Course Code
AE06
CRICOS code
114751B
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Why choose this course?

Start your career in the community services industry with this qualification. Learn the skills to care for people who may be living in community or residential care facilities and require assistance due to ageing, disability or other reasons.

Gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the aged care industry. Learn how to care for the elderly and enable them to maintain independence, and understand and support people with dementia. Develop an understanding of safety procedures, ethical behaviour, infection control, working with cultural diversity, and workplace health and safety.

This qualification combines both theory and practical training and has a compulsory, supervised work placement where you can use all the skills and knowledge gained throughout your studies.

Career opportunities

  • Care Assistant
  • Community Care Worker
  • Disabilities Services Officer

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 6.0 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 10.

  • Students must be 18 years of age prior to commencing this course, in order to participate in the work placement.

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,530
  • Resources fee: $550
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant community services agency or facility. This work placement helps to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies in a real workplace environment. You will be supervised during your work placement by staff at the facility and your supervision and support requirements will be fully documented. This course requires immunisations and/ or proof of vaccination status before attending mandatory work placement. Costs and vaccine requirements may vary depending on your placement centre and/or dctor's fee schedule. Please follow instructions provided to you during enrolment/orientation. You will not be able to complete your course if these requirements are not met

Year 10/11/12
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support [Ageing and Disability] - AE06
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 15 units. These 15 units are comprised of 9 core units and 6 elective units as listed below. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
  • CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care
  • CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support
  • CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include knowledge questions, case studies, portfolios, projects, simulated observations and workplace observations.  

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to online learning platform, aged care community and residential facility for work placement, off campus excursions, textbooks, legislation and policies. 

Facilities and equipment may include access to classrooms, off campus health facilities, simulated work environment, computers/ laptops/ iPads, online resources, intranet access and internet access, wound dressing models and simulated wounds, Smartboard, stationery, photocopier, human anatomy posters and relevant diseases, client health information documentation from local health industries and textbooks, beds, chairs, personal care products (dental, feeding equipment, dressings and other skin care products), cleaning supplies and leisure activities and equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,530
  • Resources fee: $165
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant community services agency or facility. This work placement helps to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies in a real workplace environment. You will be supervised during your work placement by staff at the facility and your supervision and support requirements will be fully documented. This course requires immunisations and/ or proof of vaccination status before attending mandatory work placement. Costs and vaccine requirements may vary depending on your placement centre and/or dctor's fee schedule. Please follow instructions provided to you during enrolment/orientation. You will not be able to complete your course if these requirements are not met

Year 10/11/12
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support [Ageing and Disability] - AE06
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 15 units. These 15 units are comprised of 9 core units and 6 elective units as listed below. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
  • CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care
  • CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support
  • CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include knowledge questions, case studies, portfolios, projects, simulated observations and workplace observations.  

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to online learning platform, aged care community and residential facility for work placement, off campus excursions, textbooks, legislation and policies. 

Facilities and equipment may include access to classrooms, off campus health facilities, simulated work environment, computers/ laptops/ iPads, online resources, intranet access and internet access, wound dressing models and simulated wounds, Smartboard, stationery, photocopier, human anatomy posters and relevant diseases, client health information documentation from local health industries and textbooks, beds, chairs etc), personal care products (dental, feeding equipment, dressings and other skin care products), cleaning supplies and leisure activities and equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2026

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2026
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,530
  • Resources fee: $550
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant community services agency or facility. This work placement helps to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies in a real workplace environment. You will be supervised during your work placement by staff at the facility and your supervision and support requirements will be fully documented. This course requires immunisations and/ or proof of vaccination status before attending mandatory work placement. Costs and vaccine requirements may vary depending on your placement centre and/or dctor's fee schedule. Please follow instructions provided to you during enrolment/orientation. You will not be able to complete your course if these requirements are not met

Year 10/11/12
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support [Ageing and Disability] - AE06
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 15 units. These 15 units are comprised of 9 core units and 6 elective units as listed below. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
  • CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care
  • CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support
  • CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include knowledge questions, case studies, portfolios, projects, simulated observations and workplace observations.  

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to online learning platform, aged care community and residential facility for work placement, off campus excursions, textbooks, legislation and policies. 

Facilities and equipment may include access to classrooms, off campus health facilities, simulated work environment, computers/ laptops/ iPads, online resources, intranet access and internet access, wound dressing models and simulated wounds, Smartboard, stationery, photocopier, human anatomy posters and relevant diseases, client health information documentation from local health industries and textbooks, beds, chairs, personal care products (dental, feeding equipment, dressings and other skin care products), cleaning supplies and leisure activities and equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2026

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2026
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,530
  • Resources fee: $165
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant community services agency or facility. This work placement helps to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies in a real workplace environment. You will be supervised during your work placement by staff at the facility and your supervision and support requirements will be fully documented. This course requires immunisations and/ or proof of vaccination status before attending mandatory work placement. Costs and vaccine requirements may vary depending on your placement centre and/or dctor's fee schedule. Please follow instructions provided to you during enrolment/orientation. You will not be able to complete your course if these requirements are not met

Year 10/11/12
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support [Ageing and Disability] - AE06
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 15 units. These 15 units are comprised of 9 core units and 6 elective units as listed below. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
  • CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care
  • CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support
  • CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include knowledge questions, case studies, portfolios, projects, simulated observations and workplace observations.  

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to online learning platform, aged care community and residential facility for work placement, off campus excursions, textbooks, legislation and policies. 

Facilities and equipment may include access to classrooms, off campus health facilities, simulated work environment, computers/ laptops/ iPads, online resources, intranet access and internet access, wound dressing models and simulated wounds, Smartboard, stationery, photocopier, human anatomy posters and relevant diseases, client health information documentation from local health industries and textbooks, beds, chairs etc), personal care products (dental, feeding equipment, dressings and other skin care products), cleaning supplies and leisure activities and equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

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Last updated on June 17, 2024