Course Description

The nationally recognised CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (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

The nationally recognised CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (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

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 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
Course duration Max 12 months
Qualification Level Certificate III
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)

The nationally recognised CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (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

Fee For Service Schedule

Study Period 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

Study Period 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

Study Period 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

Study Period 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

Study Period 5: Elective

Chose one only, either Study Period 5 or Study Period 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.

Study Period 6: Elective

Chose one only, either Study Period 5 or Study Period 6

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

Study Period 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

Study Period 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

Hardware and software requirements:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • 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)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.

You will need access to software to view online videos and images, such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, which are available as a download from the internet.

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.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). 

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. 

Josephine Fernandez

Josephine has worked in aged care for 15 years in various roles including registered nurse, nurse educator and management. She has a passion for nursing and education, in particular, caring for the elderly. Josephine believes in team spirit and person centred care along with student centred learning. Her qualifications include a Master of Nursing (Education) and a Bachelor of Nursing. Josephine believes that any individual can attain academic success if they have a willing heart and the opportunity to work within a nurturing environment.

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 Assessing, 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.

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