Please note: Students of this course are regularly required to attend classes at our South Australia or Western Australia campus.

Course Description

With the roll out of NDIS across Australia, the demand for skilled disability support workers is increasing. Individual Support (Disability) will give you the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional client care as a Disability Support Worker within the community services environment.

Study online, on-campus, and on-the-job to develop your skills in disability care. During the course, you’ll gain the skills to provide individualised and positive behavior support, facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability, and contribute to your clients’ ongoing skills development.

Why study this course?

  • Enjoy the convenience of a blended learning model. Study online and on-campus, and get on-the-job training in the disability services industry.  
  • Support to achieve your goals. As part of your studies, we will organise a work placement for you with highly respected employers in the disability services sector. You will receive ongoing guidance and training to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a Disability Support Worker.
  • Get the career you want, without the big price tag. SA-based students can access a funded place from the South Australian Government, meaning you can study this course from as little as $100* (conditions and eligibility criteria apply).

This nationally accredited qualification will help you to become a Disability Support Worker and teach you: 

  • The skills to empower and support people with a disability
  • Legal and ethical work practices 
  • How to follow safe work practices for direct client care in disability support role
  • Understanding what is meant by working with a strength-based approach’ and putting it into practice
  • Improving community participation and social inclusion for people with a disability 
  • How to facilitate responsible behaviour 
  • Learning strategies in developing high level communication skills.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

With the roll out of NDIS across Australia, the demand for skilled disability support workers is increasing. Individual Support (Disability) will give you the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional client care as a Disability Support Worker within the community services environment.

Study online, on-campus, and on-the-job to develop your skills in disability care. During the course, you’ll gain the skills to provide individualised and positive behavior support, facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability, and contribute to your clients’ ongoing skills development.

Why study this course?

  • Enjoy the convenience of a blended learning model. Study online and on-campus, and get on-the-job training in the disability services industry.  
  • Support to achieve your goals. As part of your studies, we will organise a work placement for you with highly respected employers in the disability services sector. You will receive ongoing guidance and training to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a Disability Support Worker.
  • Get the career you want, without the big price tag. SA-based students can access a funded place from the South Australian Government, meaning you can study this course from as little as $100* (conditions and eligibility criteria apply).

This nationally accredited qualification will help you to become a Disability Support Worker and teach you: 

  • The skills to empower and support people with a disability
  • Legal and ethical work practices 
  • How to follow safe work practices for direct client care in disability support role
  • Understanding what is meant by working with a strength-based approach’ and putting it into practice
  • Improving community participation and social inclusion for people with a disability 
  • How to facilitate responsible behaviour 
  • Learning strategies in developing high level communication skills.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

Course number E1312
Qualification name CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Course duration 19 weeks inclusive of 3 weeks work placement
Delivery Method

Please note: Students of this course are regularly required to attend classes at our South Australia or Western Australia campus.

Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Logbook, Practical assessments, Presentations, Reports, Workplace portfolio
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc trading as Open Colleges School of Health ABN 39 742 730 429 (RTO 40049 | CRICOS Provider 03733E)

With the roll out of NDIS across Australia, the demand for skilled disability support workers is increasing. Individual Support (Disability) will give you the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional client care as a Disability Support Worker within the community services environment.

Study online, on-campus, and on-the-job to develop your skills in disability care. During the course, you’ll gain the skills to provide individualised and positive behavior support, facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability, and contribute to your clients’ ongoing skills development.

Why study this course?

  • Enjoy the convenience of a blended learning model. Study online and on-campus, and get on-the-job training in the disability services industry.  
  • Support to achieve your goals. As part of your studies, we will organise a work placement for you with highly respected employers in the disability services sector. You will receive ongoing guidance and training to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a Disability Support Worker.
  • Get the career you want, without the big price tag. SA-based students can access a funded place from the South Australian Government, meaning you can study this course from as little as $100* (conditions and eligibility criteria apply).

This nationally accredited qualification will help you to become a Disability Support Worker and teach you: 

  • The skills to empower and support people with a disability
  • Legal and ethical work practices 
  • How to follow safe work practices for direct client care in disability support role
  • Understanding what is meant by working with a strength-based approach’ and putting it into practice
  • Improving community participation and social inclusion for people with a disability 
  • How to facilitate responsible behaviour 
  • Learning strategies in developing high level communication skills.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

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

  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Demonstrate commitment to empowerment for people with disability
  • Foster human rights
  • Facilitate choice and self-determination
  • 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 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

  • Contribute to skills assessment
  • Assist with ongoing skills development according to individualised plan
  • Support incidental learning opportunities to enhance skills development
  • Complete documentation
  • 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 5

  • 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 6

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

Module 7

  • Identify the current communication capacity and needs of the person
  • Develop effective AAC strategies
  • Implement AAC strategy
  • Monitor, report and review communication strategies

Module 8 - Structured workplace learning

120 hours

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are as follows:

You will need to:

  1. Be 18 years of age or over
  2. Be an Australian citizen 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. 

Work Placement

As part of this course you will be required to complete compulsory work placement totalling 120 hours (3 weeks) in the Disability Services sector.

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 Work Placement including pre-requisites.

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.

South Australia

              

  • Full course tuition fee -$1,795
  • Students eligible for WorkReady SA funding - $200 (approximate)
  • Students holding a concession card and eligible for WorkReady SA funding - Approximately $100

 

Western Australia

  • Full course tuition fee -$1,795
  • Students eligible for Jobs & Skills WA funding - $891 (approximate)
  • Students holding a concession card and eligible for Jobs & Skills WA funding - Approximately $264

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 WorkReady SA funding. Residents of Western Australia may be eligible for Jobs & Skills WA funding.  Conditions and eligibility criteria apply.  Contact us on 1300 886 204 to assess your eligibility.

Alternatively, you can apply for a flexible payment plan or pay your course fees in full upfront. 

South Australia

  • 2020 intake dates to be advised

Western Australia

  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019 (Tuesday and Thursday evening attendance)