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CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support

Course Overview 

CRICOS Course Code: 097994F

Individual support workers provide person-centred support to patients who are in nursing homes, hospitals or clinics due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Workers will be expected to perform a range of tasks which may include: following care plans to provide care to clients, assisting with personal care (showering, bathing, shaving, toileting, oral hygiene, dressing), assisting with meals and feeding, assisting clients to move around, assisting with lifting and turning clients who are immobile or confined to bed and communicating with families. The job role requires a person who is patient, has good communication skills, uses discretion and judgement, has a commitment to the rights of elderly and disabled people to live dignified lives and who takes responsibility for their 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.

Relevant Job Roles 
  • In-Home Respite Worker
  • Nurse’s Aide
  • Community Care Worker
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Care Assistant
  • Care Worker
  • Community House Worker
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Field Officer (Community Services)
  • Family Support Worker
Entry Requirements 

Students must be aged 18 years and above.

Evidence of acceptable English language test course as below (or equivalent):

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet based test 46
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162
Pearson test of English Academic 42

In addition, students are asked to identify if they would like to participate in an LLN assessment as part of the enrolment process in the areas of reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy. This ensures the course is at an appropriate level for students and educational support is provided. 

All students must be willing to participate in mandatory work placement of a minimum of 120 hours and this will require a working with children clearance.

Units of Study 

Core Units

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units - Ageing specialisation

  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • CHCPAL001 Delivery care services using a palliative approach
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Elective Units - Disability specialisation

  • 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
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

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Face-to-Face Schedule 
This course is scheduled as: 52 weeks | 20 hours per week | 4 terms | 10 weeks per term
Four intakes per year: January, April, July, October
Students are required to participate in a minimum of 120 hours of mandatory work placement in at least one aged care, home and community, disability or community service organisation within 50 kms of Darwin
We recommend that learners set aside between 5-7 hours per week for homework, reading and assessment tasks
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

RPL recognises skills, knowledge and experience gained through work, formal study, volunteering, informal or formal training, social activities or general life experiences. If you can demonstrate that you have already learnt the knowledge, and have the relevant skills, recognition of prior learning may be granted. Please contact our office for information about the RPL process.

Application Fee (non-refundable) A$300.00
Resource Fee A$200.00
Tuition Fee A$6,000.00
Total A$6,500.00
Tuition Fee Per Term A$1,500.00
Recognition of Prior Learning Per Unit of Competency A$500.00

Students are required to pay for their own working with children clearance. The fee of A$7.00 is paid direct to SAFE NT


Course learning and assessment material
Qualified industry expert trainer
Student support
Coffee and tea
Certification upon successful completion



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