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Course Description

Employment in residential care services has grown by 42.7% over the last 10 years*.

With around a quarter of a million workers, this sector is still needing professional people to provide the personal, physical and emotional support required for Australia's rapidly ageing population. The government has prospected potential skills shortages in this sector.

The nationally recognised CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Specialising in Ageing, Home and Community)  is the first step in gaining the skills to operate effectively as a care worker or assistant in nursing in a residential aged care facility, or as a community care worker. You can access this course by direct entry but it would also be suitable for you if you have some experience and need to formalise your qualifications.

Offered in partnership with ICM Training, this course includes a practical work placement to give you experience in an operating aged care facility. This learning component will give you the practical, hands-on experience that you need to become fully job-ready and be able to step directly into a role. 

You will also receive a selection of learning materials, including access to a simulated aged care facility, and you can connect with other like-minded people and form lasting friendships and networks via the OpenSpace learning portal.

* Source DEEWR, Profile of the Aged Care Workforce, page 4/5

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Employment in residential care services has grown by 42.7% over the last 10 years*.

With around a quarter of a million workers, this sector is still needing professional people to provide the personal, physical and emotional support required for Australia's rapidly ageing population. The government has prospected potential skills shortages in this sector.

The nationally recognised CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Specialising in Ageing, Home and Community)  is the first step in gaining the skills to operate effectively as a care worker or assistant in nursing in a residential aged care facility, or as a community care worker. You can access this course by direct entry but it would also be suitable for you if you have some experience and need to formalise your qualifications.

Offered in partnership with ICM Training, this course includes a practical work placement to give you experience in an operating aged care facility. This learning component will give you the practical, hands-on experience that you need to become fully job-ready and be able to step directly into a role. 

You will also receive a selection of learning materials, including access to a simulated aged care facility, and you can connect with other like-minded people and form lasting friendships and networks via the OpenSpace learning portal.

* Source DEEWR, Profile of the Aged Care Workforce, page 4/5

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Care Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Residential support worker
Course number E1144
Qualification name CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Logbook, Presentations, Workplace Portfolio
Fee for service option awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Employment in residential care services has grown by 42.7% over the last 10 years*.

With around a quarter of a million workers, this sector is still needing professional people to provide the personal, physical and emotional support required for Australia's rapidly ageing population. The government has prospected potential skills shortages in this sector.

The nationally recognised CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Specialising in Ageing, Home and Community)  is the first step in gaining the skills to operate effectively as a care worker or assistant in nursing in a residential aged care facility, or as a community care worker. You can access this course by direct entry but it would also be suitable for you if you have some experience and need to formalise your qualifications.

Offered in partnership with ICM Training, this course includes a practical work placement to give you experience in an operating aged care facility. This learning component will give you the practical, hands-on experience that you need to become fully job-ready and be able to step directly into a role. 

You will also receive a selection of learning materials, including access to a simulated aged care facility, and you can connect with other like-minded people and form lasting friendships and networks via the OpenSpace learning portal.

* Source DEEWR, Profile of the Aged Care Workforce, page 4/5

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status. None

Fee For Service Schedule

Module 1

  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Develop relationships with older people
  • Provide services to older people
  • Support the rights of older people
  • Promote health and re-ablement of older people
  • Determine personal support requirements
  • Maximise participation
  • Provide personal support
  • Complete reporting and documentation

Module 2

  • Determine support needs
  • Provide support services
  • Monitor support activities
  • Complete reporting and documentation
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements

Module 3

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 4

  • Prepare to provide support to those affected by dementia
  • Use appropriate communication strategies
  • Provide activities for maintenance of dignity, skills and health
  • Implement strategies which minimise the impact of behaviours of concern
  • Complete documentation
  • Implement self care strategies

Module 5: Elective

Chose one only, either Module 5 or Module 6

  • Prepare to assist with medication
  • Prepare the client for assistance with administration of medication
  • Support clients with administration of medication
  • Handle medication contingencies
  • Complete medication distribution and documentation

*This elective unit requires you to be employed in the workplace and under the supervision of a current AHPRA Registration as a Registered Nurse / DIV1.

Module 6: Elective

Chose one only, either Module 5 or Module 6

  • Observe individuals
  • Manage conflict
  • Respond to behaviours of concern
  • Complete reporting requirements

Module 7

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Recognise and support individual differences
  • Promote independence
  • Support physical wellbeing
  • Support social, emotional and psychological wellbeing

Module 8

  • Include carers and family members as part of the support team
  • Assess and respond to changes in the care relationship
  • Monitor and promote carer rights, health and well being
  • Determine requirements of individual plan
  • Establish relationship in the home
  • Operate respectfully in the home
  • Complete reporting and documentation

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files.

Physical

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files.

Physical

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

For full list of requirements, download a FREE Course Guide

Work Placement

Open Colleges has a work placement partnership with these organisation(s):

Group Homes Australia recognises that today's generation of older Australians want something more than traditional aged care homes. They, and their families, want accommodation that provides high levels of respect and personal care combined within a warm, friendly environment.

Open Colleges students of the following courses can benefit from this work placement partnership:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

A work placement is a highly stimulating and rewarding part of the course. It will enable you to participate in a real workplace and put into practice the new skills and knowledge that you are learning in the course.

You will need to undertake your work placement in residential aged care, home care environment or community support setting.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

Emily Taracha

Emily has a Masters degree in Nursing and worked in several hospitals as a registered nurse before moving into the aged care and community sector to care for people with high care needs. After attaining a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Emily took on the role of clinical nurse educator, delivering training programs and in-service education to staff. 

Lisa Porto

Lisa has been working in the aged care sector since 1999, both in hostel and high care as a Cert lV AIN and RAO (Leisure and Health). A passionate advocate for aged care, she is also volunteer at Threads of Hope as a counsellor and customer relations officer.

Lisa started her aged care training career in 2004, and also teaches community service, disability, allied health, leisure and health, and some pathology units. In her capacity as an educator, Lisa aims to enrich the lives of vocational learners through quality training and outcomes. In 2014 she was listed for Trainer of the Year DET NSW.

Michelle Gill

Michelle has been a Registered Nurse for 21 years at several aged care facilities and has also worked in management for the past decade. Passionate about aged care and ensuring that staff enjoy a high standard of training and education, Michelle’s specialised skills include infection control, immunisation, palliative care and person-centred care.

Michelle’s qualifications include a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Health Science (Nursing), a Certificate III in Health Service Assistance, a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, a Certificate of Attainment Department of Palliative Care RN Education, a Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management) and a Diploma of Community Services.

Paolo Flores

Paolo has been a Registered Nurse since 2006. He also has experience being an Assistant in Nursing, and as a Clinical Instructor/Preceptor for nursing students.

Passionate about caring for and assisting the elderly, Paolo has worked in different aged care facilities providing high care, low care, respite care, and dementia specific care. He has also worked for an Older Adult Mental Health and Dementia Specific Transition Care Program (TCP) facility.

Paolo’s qualifications include a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Master of Arts (Nursing), a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), and Diploma of Management.

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