Certificate III in Individual Support

General Description: 

This qualification replaces the Certificate III courses in Disability, Aged care and home and community care

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. 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.

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

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Career Opportunities: 

• Accommodation support worker
• Field officer
• Assistant in nursing
• Home care assistant
• Care assistant
• In-home respite worker
• Care service employees
• Nursing assistant
• Care worker
• Personal care assistant
• Community care worker
• Personal care giver
• Community house worker
• Personal care worker
• Community support worker
• Residential care worker
• Disability service officer (in some jurisdictions)
• Support worker
• Accommodation support worker
• Field officer
• Home care assistant
• Care assistant
• In-home respite worker
• Care service employees

Course Duration: 

Typically this training course requires between 0.5 months -1 year to complete, determined by your own special circumstances and also the mode of study which you select. For example, if you were to do this program online and routinely allocate time and energy to complete the activities and assignments every week you may finish the course well ahead of the time.

Method of Study: 

In-class study provides a structured studying experience and conventional face-to-face contact with your trainers and peers.

  • Online, Correspondence and Distance Education training courses give you the ability to study from just about anywhere, at any time when!

    This is great should you need flexibility and aren't able to commit to taking part in regular classroom sessions. You have the ability to study at your own tempo and finish your study course based on your own agenda. Contact us today to confirm which study technique may perhaps suit you best.

  • Prerequisites: 

    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 Community Services Work will provide students with the ability to apply to undertake

  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate IV Allied Health Assist
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)
  • Modules/units: 

    Total number of units = 13

    • 7 core units
    • 6 elective units, consisting of:

  • at least 4 units from the electives listed below, at least 2 units must be from those units listed under Groups A, B or C
  • up to 2 units from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome
  • Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Individual Support. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

    Packaging for each specialisation:

  • All Group A electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).
  • All Group B electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).
  • At least four units from Group C electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community).
  • Where two specialisations are completed award of the qualification would read Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community).
  • All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

    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

    Group A electives – AGEING specialisation (3 units)

    CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
    CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
    CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

    Group B electives – DISABILITY specialisation (4 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

    Group C electives – HOME AND COMMUNITY specialisation (4 units)

    CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
    CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

    Plus all of the following units:

    CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
    CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
    CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services

    Other electives

    CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
    CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
    CHCAGE006 Provide food services
    CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
    CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
    CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
    CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour
    CHCCCS013 Provide basic foot care
    CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
    CHCCCS021 Respond to suspected abuse
    CHCCCS022 Facilitate independent travel
    CHCCCS024 Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
    CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
    CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
    CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    CHCEDU005 Work with clients to identify financial literacy education needs
    CHCEDU006 Improve clients' fundamental financial literacy skills
    CHCES303C Use labour market information
    CHCES311B Work effectively in employment services
    CHCES312A Deliver contracted employment services
    CHCGROUP302D Support group activities
    HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
    CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
    CHCLAH001 Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
    CHCLAH002 Contribute to leisure and health programming
    CHCLAH003 Participate in planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
    CHCLLN001 Respond to client language, literacy and numeracy needs
    CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
    CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
    CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCPRT002 Support the rights and safety of children and young people
    CHCSET001 Work with forced migrants
    CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
    CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people
    HLTAHA018 Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
    HLTAHA019 Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
    HLTAID003 Provide first aid
    HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    HLTOHC001 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
    HLTOHC002 Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
    HLTOHC003 Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
    HLTOHC004 Provide or assist with oral hygiene
    HLTOHC005 Use basic oral health screening tools
    BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
    BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information
    BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
    BSBWOR204 Use business technology
    BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
    SITHCCC201 Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery
    SITHCCC307 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
    TLIC1051A Operate commercial vehicle
    TLIC3011A Transport passengers with disabilities
    TLIH2001A Interpret road maps and navigate pre-determined routes

    Course Fees: 

    Total Fees- $2550
    Valid till 31/10/2015
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