Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability and Home & Community Care)

About this course

The Certificate III in Individual Support now offers one course but with three individual specialty areas: Aged Care, Disability and Home & Community Care. This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.


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This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.


This course of study has been completely revised to meet the needs of ageing, disability, home care and community care.



Students successfully completing all the listed competencies will achieve Certificate III in Individual Support. Students who successfully achieve some of the listed competencies will receive a Statement of Attainment for those units that they have demonstrated competency.

Students are required to complete 7 core units plus 6 elective units. A combination of elective units may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion  participants will be qualified to seek employment in a range of environments including but not limited to:

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Assistant in nursing
  • Care assistant/worker
  • Care services employee
  • Community care worker
  • Community house worker
  • Community support worker
  • In home respite worker
  • Personal care assistant

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-requisites for entry to this qualification, however Far North Training & Consultancy has the following selection criteria for this course.  The participant will be required before enrolling to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy assessment to determine what level of support the participant may need to assist them through their study program. The participant must have current police check at time of enrolment.


Program Duration

Workshops are conducted 2 – 3 days per week by face to face delivery mode. Course duration 6 – 12 months. Vocational Placement is an essential component of the program with an expected 120 hours work placement. Students will need to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week of independent research.

Start Dates

July 2016

How to Apply

Students must complete an enrolment form and return to Far North Training & Consultancy with appropriate documentation. For further information refer to Student Handbook.


Full Fee Paying: Qualification cost $2250 plus $395 administration fee of which is non-refundable.

Eligible students may take advantage of the Certificate 3 Guarantee, a new Queensland Government initiative. To see if you’re eligible, click HERE.

Refund Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing, seven days prior to withdrawal. For further details refer to the Student Handbook.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you are currently working in an Aged Care facility then you may be entitled to Recognition of Prior Learning. RPL is a nationally recognised process which helps you gain credit towards a certificate based on the skills and experience you have gained from:

  • Previous learning
  • Work or industry experience (paid or unpaid)
  • Volunteering
  • Partially completed studies

Your experience is matched to current industry qualifications so you may gain credit towards or even recognition for a full qualification.

Core Units Compulsory (7)

  • CHCCCS015
    Provide individualized support
  • CHCCCS023
    Support independence and well being
  • CHCCOM005
    Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAAP001
    Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units: Ageing

  • CHCAGE001
    Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005
    Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS011
    Meet personal support needs

Elective Units: Home & Community Care

  • CHCAGE001
    Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCCCS011
    Meet personal support needs
  • CHCCCS025
    Support relationships with carers and families
  • CHCHCS001
    Provide home and community support services

Elective Units: Disability Specialty

  • CHCDIS001
    Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS002
    Follow established person-centred learning behaviour supports
  • CHCDIS003
    Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS007
    Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability