CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Course CodeCHC33015
CRICOS CodeNot currently available for this course
Course durationUp to 12 months
Study modeOnline - self paced / virtual
LocationStudy from home
Fees and Financial AssistanceThis is a full fee-paying qualification - Fees
There are a number of financial assistance options available; for more information click here

RTO 91191

For more information contact:
[email protected]
Tel: +61 2 4980 2159


If you are looking for an amazing job, where every day you make a difference – this course is perfect to help you turn your goals into a reality.

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is for those wanting to get a job, or start a career in aged care or in-home care. The Certificate III Individual Support is required by most aged care facilities and in-home community care providers and is nationally recognised. This course can be completed in as little as 6 months or up to 12 months.

Through this course you will develop skills in:
  • Problem solving
  • Communication - written and spoken
  • Working as part of team

Industry Demand

The NSW Skills List identifies that there is a skills shortage for aged care workers across NSW. With an ageing population, roles for aged and disability careers are projected to increase.

Career Opportunities

Individual Support graduates leave with skills that support a range of careers including:
  • Aged care worker
  • Care assistant
  • Assistant in nursing
  • Personal care worker
  • Seniors care
  • Residential care worker
  • Home care worker
  • Elderly aid
  • Community care worker
  • Respite worker

This qualification allows those wanting to study nursing to have meaningful and flexible employment while studying.

As a nationally recognised qualification you may wish to use this qualification as a steppingstone into other areas of study.

Step 1 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Available at Avondale University)
Step 2 – Certificate IV in Ageing Support
Step 3 – Bachelor of Nursing (Available at Avondale University)

Entry Requirements

Avondale wants to ensure that you succeed in this qualification. Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Be over the age of 18 years or
  • Minimum education level of a Higher School Certificate or hold an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) at a level 2 or above; or
  • Have suitable language, literacy and numeracy skills* to perform workplace tasks such as measuring, weighing and comprehending written work instructions, and all the following:
  • Access and able to use a computer and internet
  • Able to commit to work placement requirements
  • Able to obtain a Working With Children Check
  • Able to adhere to public health orders
  • Be able to meet the physical requirements

These entry requirements will be confirmed through information collected on the enrolment form and during the enrolment interview.

*Avondale will assess competence in literacy, language and numeracy using the Basic Key Skill Builder (BKSB) test. An exit level of 2 or 3 will be needed for entry into a Certificate III qualification.

Physical Requirements

An individual support worker often performs physical tasks as part of their job role. Learners will need a reasonable level of fitness to assist clients with mobility issues, to stand and walk for long periods, frequent bending over, provision of CPR, use of latex gloves and other PPE as required.

All students are required to:

  • Provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with a picture and signature
  • Undertake a language, literacy and numeracy evaluation
  • Obtain a positive national criminal history check (required for work placement)
  • Obtain a working with children check (may be required for work placement)
  • Be up to date with required immunisations (required for work placement)

VET in Schools

For those studying the course as part of their Stage 6 subjects, please refer here

Credit Transfer, and Recognised Prior Learning

Credit Transfer (CT):

If you have previously completed any of the units as listed in the course structure below at Avondale or with any other registered training organisation, you may request Credit Transfer for unit(s).

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Depending on your experience and previous work in Aged Care, you may request RPL. To support your RPL request you will be asked to demonstrate and provide evidence of learning related to the unit or units you are seeking RPL for.

For more information regarding CT or RPL, call +61 2 4980 2159, or email [email protected]

Course Structure

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is composed of a combination of 13 units of competency. To satisfy the course requirements and to qualify for a Certificate III award, you must successfully demonstrate competency in the following units:

Core Units
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
CHCCCS023Support independence and well being
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
Elective Units
CHCAGE001Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS011Meet personal support needs
CHCAGE005Provide support to people living with dementia
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
CHCPAL001Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTAID011*Provide first aid

*This unit needs to be completed before work placement

To complete this qualification within 12 months students will typically need to spend 3 days (21 hours) a week working through their study. Your trainer will provide you with a training plan to assist you to meet your study goal.
Assessments will include:
  • Completion of the short answer questions in assessment workbooks
  • Uploading of self-recorded videos
  • Work placement
  • Third party reports

Work placement

This course includes a minimum of 120 hours of work placement in a suitable workplace to complete practical tasks and demonstrate competency. The work placement allows students to demonstrate competency which contributes to the assessment.

What is work placement?

When you enroll in a course that has practical requirements you need to show that you can perform these skills. This applies for any student studying nationally recognised qualification or an under/post graduate degree. Evidence is collected from the host workplace where you have spent your time practicing skills that show you can fulfill the assessment requirements.

Who needs to do the placement?

Anyone who is not currently working in the job role designed for the qualification being undertaken. This includes people who might be working in the industry but are not working in the job role.

How does placement work?

You will be need to source your host employer as part of the work placement program. To do this you will receive communication and tools to help you start this process. Avondale is able to assist in providing a placement but only at select locations. Placements can be completed with more than one host employer and can be done through-out your studies, in one block, or in multiple blocks providing you with flexibility as you study

Work placement requirements

Your work placement provider may have requirements that you need to meet. These may include:
  • Evidence of current immunisations
  • A National Police Clearance
  • A Working With Children Check
  • Suitable work clothes and shoes for work placement

Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the work placement requirements and any associated costs.

Need placement support?

Your trainer can assist you to identify work placement providers in selected locations.

Additional Information

Avondale Policies

Avondale is committed to an environment of learning that supports the fullest possible human development. To support this Avondale provides an environment that is alcohol-free, tobacco-free and drug free on all campuses.

Avondale has a number of policies to support a positive learning experience and environment for all students studying at Avondale.

For further information see policies

Reissuance of Certification
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