Get the skills, knowledge and practical experience you need to start a career in the disability services sector, with Open Colleges’ CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).

Why study this course?

  • This course will take you from beginner to professional Support Worker in a maximum of 12-months. You will get a solid education in the fundamentals of disability care, and will graduate job-ready.

  • A structured work placement during your studies gives you practical experience in a real-world workplace where you can put your learning into practice and gain industry exposure. 

  • You will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that you can use to gain work in a number of roles including: Accommodation Support Worker, Care Assistant, Community Care Worker, Disability Support Worker, or Residential Care Officer.

  • Studying with Open Colleges is fully flexible. You don’t have to give up your job or sacrifice your lifestyle to study. You simply login to the online campus to access all your learning materials, whenever and wherever you like, and make your way through the course at a pace that suits you.

  • You will be supported through your studies by a team of experienced Trainers and Assessors, who are on hand to answer any questions you have and provide feedback on your progress.

 

Course number E1380
Qualification name CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Recommended hours per week 24.0
Qualification level Certificate III
Delivery method Online with Work Placement (via OpenSpaceX)
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Multiple choice questions, Role plays, Workplace assessments, Written assessments
Awarded by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

About the course

The industry

The past five years has seen strong growth in the aged and disability sector, with 221,400 workers currently employed.

Over the next five years, this number is expected to grow to 276,100 by 2025.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook

Who this course is for

This course is perfect for people with no experience in care work, but want to kick-start a career in disability support services.

You will build your knowledge from the ground up, equipping you with a solid set of entry level skills that you can use to launch your career when you graduate.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in a related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker to complete your studies faster.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Care Assistant
  • Community Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker

What you'll learn

During the course, you will learn how to:

  • Recognise healthy body systems

  • Comply with infection control

  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability

  • Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

  • Provide individualised support

  • Communicate and work in health or community services

  • Work legally and ethically

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care

  • Support community participation and social inclusion

  • Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach

  • Work with diverse people

  • Support independence and wellbeing

  • Support clients

Learning materials

Your learning materials are accessed through OpenSpaceX. These  learning materials include:

  • Learning content
  • Learning activities
  • Media
  • Additional resources
  • Self-checks

RTO partnership information

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care & Management Training (provider Number 90197)

Academic information

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.

Module 1

  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement

Module 2

  • 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 3

  • Recognise and support individual differences
  • Promote independence
  • Support physical wellbeing
  • Support social, emotional and psychological wellbeing

Module 4

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

Module 5

  • Determine personal support requirements
  • Maximise participation
  • Provide personal support
  • Complete reporting and documentation

Module 6

  • Determine support needs
  • Provide support services
  • Monitor support activities
  • Complete reporting and documentation

Module 7

  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements

Module 8

  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body

Module 9

  • Demonstrate commitment to empowerment for people with disability
  • Foster human rights
  • Facilitate choice and self-determination

Module 10

  • Apply a person-centred approach to minimise behaviours of concern
  • Review context of behaviours of concern
  • Provide positive behaviour support according to individualised behaviour support plan
  • Complete documentation

Module 11

  • Identify opportunities for community participation and social inclusion
  • Implement strategies for community participation and inclusion according to the individualised plan
  • Identify, address and monitor barriers to community participation and social inclusion

Module 12

  • Contribute to skills assessment
  • Assist with ongoing skills development according to individualised plan
  • Support incidental learning opportunities to enhance skills development
  • Complete documentation

Module 13

  • Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control
  • Identify infection hazards and assess risks
  • Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards

Assessment details

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Role plays
  • Workplace assessments
  • Written assessments

Recognition of Prior Learning

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Open Colleges has developed an RPL application kit for this course.

The Student Handbook, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options. 

Course duration

The duration for the course is maximum 12 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.

Qualification awarded

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) from Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number:90197)

Requirements

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading learning content 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 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 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.

Physical requirements

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.

Payment options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 15% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly or keep to a steady pace, and with no deadlines or schedules to stick to, fitting your learning around your everyday commitments is easy.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our purpose-built online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors, upload your assessments and find all the support and motivation you need to keep going from the OC community.

OpenSpace

Your online community

What is OpenSpace?

Open Colleges offers you a custom-designed online-learning platform called OpenSpace.

Your learning platform is the heart of your study experience. This is where you'll navigate through your course materials, contact your trainers and assessors, and connect with other online students.

 

 

What can you do in OpenSpace?

OpenSpace provides you with a secure, interactive learning environment that allows you to access a wealth of learning resources. In OpenSpace you can:

  • Access all your course materials, including videos and other digital resources
  • Complete the learning activities related to your course
  • Get the latest news about Open Colleges and your course
  • Get to know your fellow students by posting in the course forums, and find a 'Study Buddy'
  • Connect with your Trainers and Assessors
  • Access extensive online libraries for research
  • Upload your assessments, view feedback, and access your grades 

It’s just like a real campus – but it’s available anywhere and anytime.

How to get support

Academic support

Your experienced trainers are available in OpenSpace to answer any questions you may have regarding the learning materials or assessments.

Your training operations manager can also provide you with advice and support regarding the overall course. 

Student support

The student support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the student support team in OpenSpace or by email or phone

Peer support

As a student of Open Colleges you will join a community of over 65,000 people who are also studying online. Through OpenSpace you can connect and collaborate with others to share study tips and advice. 

Our students find this is a great way to keep motivated and build lasting friendships and networks. 

Work Placement Support

If your course contains work placement, the work placement support team can provide you with support, advice and resources if you encounter difficulties in securing a workplace for your work placement.

You can access the work placement support team via your trainer and assessor or the student support team.

About Open Colleges

Our history and heritage

Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 125 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become one of Australia’s leaders in online learning.

We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.

We have helped over 450,000 people in the last decade alone gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

All of us at Open Colleges put the student at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s helping you find the right course, designing a new course, making improvements to our online campus or giving the support you need to reach your goals.

Commitment to quality

With Open Colleges you can:

  • Study nationally recognised qualifications
  • Choose from a wide variety online courses
  • Fit study around your family or work commitments
  • Enrol 365 days of the year
  • Find a payment option that works for you
  • Get academic and student support – online or over the phone
  • Join a community of thousands of like-minded students

Get in touch

Still got a question?

Call an Education Advisor on 1300 161 345 for more details about this course and the enrolment process.

It’s our priority to ensure you enrol in the perfect course so an Education Advisor will be in touch shortly to discuss your specific goals and what you want to achieve through studying online. They’ll clearly explain the course options that would suit you best and why they would work for you and talk you through how online learning with Open Colleges works.