Please note: Students of this course are regularly required to attend classes on campus. These classes can be taken at our campuses in either South Australia or Western Australia.

Course Description

Join Australia’s fastest growing workforce!

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support provides you with the skills and knowledge essential to the role of a care and support worker in the community and residential aged care sector. This course offered by Open Colleges School of Health is structured to provide you with both the ‘Ageing’ specialisation and ‘Home and Community’ specialisation in the one qualification.

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is delivered using a flexible methodology, utilising online learning as well as face to face on-campus delivery. Successful completion of this aged care training is a pathway option into the Diploma of Health at Open Colleges School of Health.

Why study this course?

  • Enjoy the convenience of blended study combining online with a supportive, face-to-face on-campus learning experience in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs in Keswick, South Australia or Perth, Western Australia.
  • Get on-the-job training in real-life community and aged care settings. We will organise the right work placement for you and support you throughout to ensure that you get the best on-the-job experience possible. 
  • Gain the skills you need to make a difference in the community care and aged care industries.

​Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here

If you would prefer to study 100% online, we have a course option for that here (please note Government rebates are not applicable for online courses).

Professional Experience Placement

As part of this course you will be required to complete compulsory Professional Experience Placement (PEP) totalling 120 hours (3 weeks) in the Aged Care or Community Care environments.

The placement will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a real-world setting, and to gain valuable on-the-job experience. Placements are arranged, fully facilitated and supported by Open Colleges School of Health.

Please note that placements are full-time, unpaid and rostered according to standard industry shifts, which may include night shifts, weekends and/or public holidays. 

Prior to placement you will need to provide evidence of meeting all of the following pre-requisites:

  • A current (no older than 12 months) clear and unencumbered National Police Check
  • A current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003)
  • A current Manual Handling Certificate
  • A current immunisation record with evidence of up to date vaccinations and/or immunity as per the Australian Government Department of Health’s recommended vaccinations for Healthcare workers


Download a copy of our Course Guide for further information about Professional Experience Placement including pre-requisites.

Join Australia’s fastest growing workforce!

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support provides you with the skills and knowledge essential to the role of a care and support worker in the community and residential aged care sector. This course offered by Open Colleges School of Health is structured to provide you with both the ‘Ageing’ specialisation and ‘Home and Community’ specialisation in the one qualification.

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is delivered using a flexible methodology, utilising online learning as well as face to face on-campus delivery. Successful completion of this aged care training is a pathway option into the Diploma of Health at Open Colleges School of Health.

Why study this course?

  • Enjoy the convenience of blended study combining online with a supportive, face-to-face on-campus learning experience in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs in Keswick, South Australia or Perth, Western Australia.
  • Get on-the-job training in real-life community and aged care settings. We will organise the right work placement for you and support you throughout to ensure that you get the best on-the-job experience possible. 
  • Gain the skills you need to make a difference in the community care and aged care industries.

​Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here

If you would prefer to study 100% online, we have a course option for that here (please note Government rebates are not applicable for online courses).

Professional Experience Placement

As part of this course you will be required to complete compulsory Professional Experience Placement (PEP) totalling 120 hours (3 weeks) in the Aged Care or Community Care environments.

The placement will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a real-world setting, and to gain valuable on-the-job experience. Placements are arranged, fully facilitated and supported by Open Colleges School of Health.

Please note that placements are full-time, unpaid and rostered according to standard industry shifts, which may include night shifts, weekends and/or public holidays. 

Prior to placement you will need to provide evidence of meeting all of the following pre-requisites:

  • A current (no older than 12 months) clear and unencumbered National Police Check
  • A current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003)
  • A current Manual Handling Certificate
  • A current immunisation record with evidence of up to date vaccinations and/or immunity as per the Australian Government Department of Health’s recommended vaccinations for Healthcare workers


Download a copy of our Course Guide for further information about Professional Experience Placement including pre-requisites.

Course number E1270
Qualification name CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
Course duration South Australia: 16 weeks of campus attendance plus 3 weeks PEP (not including study breaks). Western Australia: 11 weeks of campus attendance plus 3 weeks PEP (not including study breaks)
Delivery Method

The delivery mode of this course is blended.

South Australia Campus:  The schedule consists of 1 full day (or equivalent) of campus attendance per week for facilitated learning with your educator and practical skills sessions. You will be required to supplement face-to-face attendance through completion of online self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. This will require, on average, a commitment of up to 20 hours per week study time to be completed by you in your own time.

Western Australia Campus:  The schedule consists of 4 full days of campus attendance per week for facilitated learning with your educator and practical skills sessions. You will be required to supplement face-to-face attendance through completion of online self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. This will require, on average, a commitment of approximately 5 hours per week study time to be completed by you in your own time.

Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Oral assessments, Practical skills assessments, Role plays, Third party evidence, Written assessments
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc trading as Open Colleges School of Health ABN 39 742 730 429 (RTO 40049 | CRICOS Provider 03733E)

Join Australia’s fastest growing workforce!

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support provides you with the skills and knowledge essential to the role of a care and support worker in the community and residential aged care sector. This course offered by Open Colleges School of Health is structured to provide you with both the ‘Ageing’ specialisation and ‘Home and Community’ specialisation in the one qualification.

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is delivered using a flexible methodology, utilising online learning as well as face to face on-campus delivery. Successful completion of this aged care training is a pathway option into the Diploma of Health at Open Colleges School of Health.

Why study this course?

  • Enjoy the convenience of blended study combining online with a supportive, face-to-face on-campus learning experience in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs in Keswick, South Australia or Perth, Western Australia.
  • Get on-the-job training in real-life community and aged care settings. We will organise the right work placement for you and support you throughout to ensure that you get the best on-the-job experience possible. 
  • Gain the skills you need to make a difference in the community care and aged care industries.

​Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here

If you would prefer to study 100% online, we have a course option for that here (please note Government rebates are not applicable for online courses).

Professional Experience Placement

As part of this course you will be required to complete compulsory Professional Experience Placement (PEP) totalling 120 hours (3 weeks) in the Aged Care or Community Care environments.

The placement will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a real-world setting, and to gain valuable on-the-job experience. Placements are arranged, fully facilitated and supported by Open Colleges School of Health.

Please note that placements are full-time, unpaid and rostered according to standard industry shifts, which may include night shifts, weekends and/or public holidays. 

Prior to placement you will need to provide evidence of meeting all of the following pre-requisites:

  • A current (no older than 12 months) clear and unencumbered National Police Check
  • A current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003)
  • A current Manual Handling Certificate
  • A current immunisation record with evidence of up to date vaccinations and/or immunity as per the Australian Government Department of Health’s recommended vaccinations for Healthcare workers


Download a copy of our Course Guide for further information about Professional Experience Placement including pre-requisites.

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.

Module 1 - Orientation

Module 2 - Working Safely

  • 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 - Individualised support, communication and working legally and ethically

  • 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 4 - Working with diversity and supporting independence

  • Recognise and support individual differences
  • Promote independence
  • Support physical wellbeing
  • Support social, emotional and psychological wellbeing
  • 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 - Meeting the needs of older people

  • 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 6 - Supporting relationships and providing home and community support

  • 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

Module 7 - Infection control

  • 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

Module 8 - Supporting people living with dementia

  • 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 9 - Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

120 hours

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) course at Open Colleges School of Health are as follows:

You will need to:

  1. Be 18 years of age or over
  2. Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have a permanent humanitarian visa or certain temporary visas with study rights
  3. Reside in South Australia or Western Australia
  4. Complete an online test to assess your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills against the standard levels of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF);
  5. Meet at least one of the following academic suitability requirements:
  • Completed Year 10 in Australia, or
  • Achieve a minimum Exit Level 2 in each of Numeracy and Reading in the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) (formal test report required)

Download a copy of the Course Guide for further information about our Entry Requirements. 

This qualification is delivered and assessed by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (RTO 40049 | CRICOS Provider 03733E). 

The testamur will be issued by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health.

Indicative fees for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support course are as follows:

South Australia

  • $200 tuition fee after Government funding*
  • $100 tuition fee after Government funding* and are eligible for JobTrainer
  • Full course tuition fee $4,840

 

Western Australia

 

  

 

  • $264 tuition fee after Government funding* (Jobs and Skills WA) and hold a valid Concession card.
  • For students aged 24 years and under the annual course fee cap is $400.
  • $891 tuition fee after Government funding* (Jobs and Skills WA) if you don't satisfy the above.
  • Full course tuition fee $4,840
 

* Eligibility criteria apply. The student tuition fees above are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees. 

* Residents of South Australia may be eligible for subsidised training and JobTrainer visit https://www.skills.sa.gov.au 

* Residents of Western Australia may be eligible for Jobs & Skills WA funding.  Conditions and eligibility criteria apply, visit https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready .

Contact us on 1300 886 204 to assess your eligibility.

A payment plan can be discussed or pay your course fees in full upfront. 

South Australia

Adelaide Campus:

  • Tuesday, 4 May 2021 (Tuesday campus attendance)

  • Monday, 7 June 2021 (Monday campus attendance)

  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021 (Tuesday campus attendance)

  • Monday, 9 August 2021 (Monday campus attendance)

  • Tuesday, 5 October 2021 (Tuesday campus attendance)

ACH Group:

  • Thursday, 15 April 2021 (Thursday ACH ViTA at Daw Park and Friday campus attendance)

Only 25 places available for the above intake with Professional Experience Placement opportunities with leading aged care provider, ACH Group, at the following sites:

  • ACH ViTA – 17 Rockville Ave Daw Park

  • ACH Kapara – 80 Mosley Street Glenelg

  • ACH Perry Park – 26 River Road Port Noarlunga

  • ACH West Park – 7 Partridge Street Goolwa

  • ACH Yankalilla – 175 Main South Road Yankalilla

Western Australia

  • Please contact us to register your interest for future intake dates