Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

National Code: CHC33021
TAFE SA Code: TP01386


Learn to provide physical and emotional support to older people to enhance their independence and wellbeing. The course will introduce you to all aspects of a support worker’s role including assisting with daily activities and personal care. Develop the skills to support individuals with disability, living in the community and/or supported accommodation.

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9 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Aged or Disabilities Carer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
We recommend that those with limited knowledge in this area study the Certificate II Pathway to Health Studies.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)

  • Face to face and online classes.
  • Full time is 4 to 5 days a week.
  • Part time is 3 to 4 days a week.
  • Classes at Coober Pedy commence in Term 2.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You must be able to meet the physical demands of this course including manual handling. You should have an interest in working with people, good communication, collaboration and teamwork skills; basic computer skills and multitasking ability.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs

  • $27.40 Police Check (if organised by the placement unit)
  • $65.45 NDIS/DHS Working with Children Clearance
  • $101.00 Manual Tasks Refresher (if required)
  • $56.00 CPR Update (if required)
  • $33.00 TAFE SA Polo Shirt

Vocational Placements
You will need to complete a vocational placement in an aged care facility for a minimum of 120 hours. If you are not currently employed in a residential aged care facility, you will be placed by TAFE SA's Placement unit. To make sure that you are able to be placed, you will need to provide the required clearances, checks and certificates by the date advised.

Mandatory Requirements
You will require a current National Police check and Working with Children check, and if necessary complete a Manual Tasks and CPR refresher course before vocational placement. If you do not have these checks or certificates you may not be able to undertake vocational placement. Aged care facilities may have their own policies on vaccination requirements. You may need to show evidence of vaccination before starting your vocational placement.

Total Fees for the 9 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Personal care worker, home care assistant, care worker, in-home respite worker, personal care attendant, care assistant, personal care giver, community care worker, community house worker, residential care worker, community support worker, support worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) (CHC33021)
    This course covers independence and wellbeing, communication, working with diverse people, legal and ethical requirements, healthy body systems and safe work practices. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 core units and 6 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control 35
    Communicate and work in health or community services 30
    Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support 120
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
    Provide individualised support 100
    Recognise healthy body systems 80
    Support independence and wellbeing 80
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach 40
    Deliver care services using a palliative approach 70
    Provide support to people living with dementia 80
    Support community participation and social inclusion 60
    Work effectively in aged care 65
    Work effectively in disability support 65
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