Certificate III in Disability

General Description: 

This qualification addresses work in the community and/or residential facilities under direct or regular supervision within clearly defined organisation guidelines and service plans.

These workers:

  • Carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people with a disability
  • Carry out activities related to an individualised plan
  • Report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other workers.

  • Career Opportunities: 

    Occupational titles may include:

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Field officer
  • Assistant in nursing *
  • Home care assistant
  • Care assistant
  • In-home respite care worker
  • Client assistant
  • Nursing assistant *
  • Community access coordinator
  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Personal care giver
  • Community house worker
  • Personal care worker
  • Community support worker
  • Residential aide
  • Disability service officer
  • Residential care officer
  • Disability support officer
  • Residential care support worker
  • Disability support worker
  • School support officer (working with children with disabilities)
  • Family support worker
  • Support worker
    *Not relevant in some jurisdictions

  • Course Duration: 

    Typically this training course takes upto 1 year to complete, based on your own personal circumstances as well as the mode of study you choose. ( it also depends whether you complete this course on a Part Time or Full Time Basis)

    By way of example, if you were to do this training course online and continually commit time to complete the projects and assignments each week chances are you'll complete the course well ahead of the time.

    Method of Study: 

    In-class study will provide you with a structured studying experience and continual face-to-face contact with your trainers, educators, lecturers and peers. Online, Correspondence and Distance Education courses provide you with the opportunity to study from just about any place, at any time when! This is often great if you'd like flexibility and aren't able to commit to going to traditional classroom sessions. You should be able to learn at your own individual tempo and complete the training course according to your personal schedule. Contact us today to check which study option may well suit you best.


    There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning: 

    Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies (Subjective to evidence provide, mapped and assessed against the required unit/s of competency)

    To apply for RPL, please submit documentation in portfolio form for evaluation by AusCHS assessors.


    Competency determination is made after all relevant evidence is gathered. AusCHS is receptive to evidence gathered from a variety of sources including our own assessment processes. AusCHS assessment processes include:

    • Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Transfer
    • Written/Oral Questions
    • Written reports/Portfolio Assessments
    • Scenarios
    • Role Plays
    • Projects
    • Case Studies
    • Log Book
    • Workplace Assessments


    Successful completion of Certificate III in Disability will provide students with the ability to apply to undertake CHC40312-Certificate IV in Disability with AUSCHS. Contact us for more information.


    14 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 9 core units
  • 5 elective units

    A wide range of elective units is available, including:

  • Group A WHS electives of which one unit must be selected for this qualification
  • Group B electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
  • Group C elective which is recommended for special consideration

    Other relevant electives listed below

    Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

    Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at this level or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the TGA or other public listing

    Core units

    CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector

    CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability

    CHCDIS302A Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities

    CHCDIS322A Support community participation and inclusion

    CHCDIS323A Contribute to skill development and maintenance

    CHCICS301B Provide support to meet personal care needs

    CHCICS302B Participate in the implementation of individualised plans

    CHCICS303A Support individual health and emotional well being

    CHCICS305B Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans

    Group A WHS electives - one unit must be selected for disability work

    One of the following WHS units must be selected for work in aged care.

    CHCWHS312A Follow safety procedures for direct care work

    HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

    The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

    All workers in the disability sector need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

    Group B electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

    Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

    HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

    HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

    Group C elective - for special consideration

    The following elective, whilst not required in all disability work, is highly recommended to be considered for inclusion in this qualification:

    CHCDIS411A Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

    Other relevant electives

    Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

    Client support

    CHCAC410B Collect technical data to support client health care plan (Note pre-requisite HLTAP301B)

    CHCAD401D Advocate for clients

    CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

    CHCCS310A Support inclusive practice in the workplace

    CHCCS311D Deliver and monitor services to clients

    CHCCS312A Use electronic learning materials

    CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

    CHCCS425B Support health professional

    CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief

    CHCDIS313A Support people with disabilities who are ageing

    CHCDIS409B Provide services to people with disabilities with complex needs

    CHCGROUP302D Support group activities

    CHCICS304B Work effectively with carers

    CHCICS306B Provide basic foot skin and nail care

    CHCICS401B Facilitate support for personal care needs

    CHCICS402B Facilitate individualised plans

    CHCICS406B Support client self management

    CHCICS407B Support positive lifestyle

    CHCICS408B Provide support to people with chronic disease

    CHCLD315A Recognise stages of lifespan development

    CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

    CHCNET301D Participate in networks

    CHCORG406C Supervise work

    CHCPA301B Deliver care services using a palliative approach

    HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices

    HLTFS309C Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace

    HLTFS310C Apply and monitor food safety requirements


    CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication (Note pre-requisite HLTAP301B)

    HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

    Working with older people

    CHCAC317A Support older people to maintain their independence

    CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

    CHCAC319A Provide support to people living with dementia

    Working with people with mental health issues

    CHCMH301C Work effectively in mental health

    CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

    Organisational support

    BSBWOR204A Use business technology

    CHCADMIN302D Provide administrative support

    CHCINF303B Contribute to information requirements in the community sector

    CHCORG322B Contribute to implementation of service delivery strategy

    Oral health

    CHCOHC303B Use basic oral health screening tools

    CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

    CHCOHC402A Support and encourage clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

    CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues

    CHCOHC406B Provide or assist with oral hygiene

  • Course Fees: 

    Total Fees- $3250
    Valid till 31/10/2015
    Please inquire by emailing or contacting 1300600888 for the special promotion price
    Payment Plan Available*
    *conditions apply