Certificate III in Individual Support

Your caring nature and love of working with people will give you the opportunity to start a career where you can make a real difference in your community. 
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Wimmera - Ararat
Wimmera - Horsham
Workplace - Ballarat
Location
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Wimmera - Ararat
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Wimmera - Horsham
Semester 1
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Workplace - Ballarat
Semester 1
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Length
8 months on-campus delivery or 1 year traineeship
Qualification Code
CHC33015

Free TAFE

This course is in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. Find out about the initiative and your eligibility

 

Become an aged care/support worker, and learn the skills to provide aged, disability and other support to people in the community and/or residential settings. You will start your career ahead of other graduates, with the 'Assist with medications' and depending on your stream, safe food handling skills, required by most employers in the health sector. Our teachers are experienced registered nurses, who all have current industry experience and will train you to be work ready as a health support worker, or to take the next step into a nursing qualification.

If your goal is to continue your studies, this program will give you a pathway with credit into our Diploma of Nursing. You will gain the academic background and support to succeed in studies to become an Enrolled Nurse, which in turn, will open the opportunity to continue study in the Bachelor of Nursing. Whichever pathway you choose, our strong relationships with public and private health care providers across Western Victoria will set you up to start a career which can take you as far as you want to go.

You can study this program as a traineeship or as an on-campus program. Note that traineeship eligibility requires that you are employed as a trainee within the Health sector, and that you and your employer are able to enter into a training agreement.

 

 

 

  • Community support worker
  • Aged care worker
  • Disability care worker
  • Community care worker
  • Youth worker
  • Community worker

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES FOR DIRECT CLIENT CARE
HLTWHS002
RECOGNISE HEALTHY BODY SYSTEMS
HLTAAP001
WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY
CHCLEG001
WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE
CHCDIV001
COMMUNICATE AND WORK IN HEALTH OR COMMUNITY SERVICES
CHCCOM005
SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE AND WELLBEING
CHCCCS023
PROVIDE INDIVIDUALISED SUPPORT
CHCCCS015
COMPLY WITH INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
HLTINF001
ASSIST CLIENTS WITH MEDICATION
HLTHPS006
FOLLOW BASIC FOOD SAFETY PRACTICES
HLTFSE001
PROVIDE FIRST AID
HLTAID011
PROVIDE HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
CHCHCS001
FACILITATE THE EMPOWERMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
CHCDIS007
SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARERS AND FAMILIES
CHCCCS025
MEET PERSONAL SUPPORT NEEDS
CHCCCS011
PROVIDE FOOD SERVICES
CHCAGE006
PROVIDE SUPPORT TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
CHCAGE005
FACILITATE THE EMPOWERMENT OF OLDER PEOPLE
CHCAGE001
Contact hours: 2 days/week, 6 hours/day: 9:30am-4:30pm Time commitment outside of class: 5-7 hours per week

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Whilst this qualification requires a minimum of 120 hours of supervised practice, in order to ensure students are adequately prepared to work in an aged care/community environment, we require student undertake 160 hours of practice over 2x 2 week blocks. These placement are organised by the University and the student has the responsibility to attend their allocated placement.

Entry requirements (year 12)

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Extra Requirements

All applicants are required to undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment test

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check
  • Police check
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • Immunisations according to health industry requirements for the health care workforce

Please note the police check and Working With Children Check (WWCC) will be at your own expense (it is advised that prospective students start the processing of these early)

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700310694 (Wimmera - Admin Campus), 3700510694 (Ballarat - Admin Campus)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: LLD

National course code: CHC33015

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees you will pay depends on your eligibility for a Victorian Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program.

Find out more about eligibility here.

2023 total estimated tuition fees for Certificate III in Individual Support
Concession
Government Subsidised Place
Standard
Government Subsidised Place
Full Fee Place
(Not eligible for government subsidy)
$627$3,137$9,482

*Fees displayed are estimates for the total program and may change depending on individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are subject to change annually.

Visit our TAFE enrolment fees page for more information.

Material Fees

Material fees cover the cost of items which are purchased by the university and provided to the student, such as tools, materials, uniforms, textbooks, excursions and other incidentals associated with the program.

The estimated material fees for this program are $80

Eligibility Exemptions

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University through the Skills First eligibility exemptions initiative.

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government-subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level, you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised place with an eligibility exemption.

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2023.

Important Information

Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for eligible students to help manage the payment of tuition and material fees throughout the enrolment year (excluding Diploma/Advanced Diploma tuition fees).

Students accessing government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program need to be aware that enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE: Under the Victorian Government Free TAFE initiative, some programs have free tuition for eligible students, however material fees (if applicable) will be payable by the student.  Free TAFE is subject to availability and eligibility requirements.

Visit the TAFE fees website. for further information on fees, payments and refunds.

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

Further study options

Upon successful completion of this qualification you may receive some credit towards the Diploma of Nursing.

Who organises our placement?
Federation University Australia arrange placements.

Is placement offered part time?
No, all placements are full-time including AM and PM rotating shifts.

Do successful applicants get a choice in the location of placement?
No, placements are pre-set.

Are text books necessary?
Yes, they are vital tools for your study. You will be provided with a set booklist on enrolment.

Please note that this course is currently in a transition period (superseded due to Government-mandated updates), with updates due for release in the coming years. Rest assured, completion of this course version before 22nd November 2023 will still provide you with a valid and quality outcome. If you have any questions, please submit an enquiry.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Centre for Health and Communit