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Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing & Disability

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Course Overview

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing & Disability has been designed for those who intend to work in Aged Care services (residential and community) and disability who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred care to people who may require support due to ageing or disability.

This course will train students or formalise existing work skills to look after an older person’s care needs, support their individual health and wellbeing, follow safety procedures for direct care work and work effectively with the elderly. This course will provide the necessary foundations to embark on a care-giving career.

Course Dates

Contact Alpine Institute on 03 5751 9400 for course dates. Minimum numbers apply.

Information Sessions

Are you thinking about studying Individual Support to become a Personal Carer or Home Care Support Worker?

Join us for our online interactive information session via MS Teams with the Trainer about the course and ask any questions you may have.

Contact Alpine Institute on 03 5751 9400 for the next available session.


At the successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised CHC33021 - Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing & Disability under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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Career Opportunities

Occupational titles may include:

  • Personal Carer
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Community Carer
  • Healthcare Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Homecare Worker
  • Aged Care Worker

Course Content

There are 15 units of competency that must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification, CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing & Disability, which includes 9 core units and 6 elective units.

Core Units

CHCDIV001         Work with diverse people          

CHCLEG001        Work legally and ethically           

CHCCCS031        Provide individualised support  

CHCCCS040        Support independence and wellbeing    

CHCCOM005       Communicate and work in health or community services             

CHCCCS041        Recognise healthy body systems             

HLTWHS002        Follow safe work practices for direct client care 

CHCCCS038        Facilitate the empowerment of  people receiving support             

HLTINF006           Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control       


Elective A Units

CHCAGE011       Provide support to people living with dementia 

CHCAGE013       Work effectively in aged care    

CHCPAL003        Deliver care services using a palliative approach


Elective B Units

CHCDIS012         Support community participation and social inclusion    

CHCDIS011         Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach

CHCDIS020         Work effectively in disability support


Delivery Method

This course is delivered by a combination of online tutorials, self-study learning materials, and ongoing tutor support and mentoring. Students are required to undertake online activities and self-paced learning (approximately 16 hours per week).

*This qualification can be delivered through a traineeship model.

Course Fees

Subsidised with Concession - $461.85

Subsidised Standard - $1,709.25

Full Rate - $5,489.25

Please refer to Fee Schedule for fee type and course fee breakdowns.

  • Course fees include all materials and resources required including 1 x polo shirt.
  • There is a non-refundable amount of $150.00 required to secure enrolment, this amount counts towards your overall course cost. 
  • You may be eligible for government funding through the *Skills First Program Incentives 
  • This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.


This qualification is delivered over a nine-month period as a part-time program with weekly online tutorials and scheduled face-to-face simulation classes. 

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of workplace training and assessments, as arranged by Alpine Institute, in consultation with the student and, if applicable, the employer.

Alternate duration and delivery schedules may be available depending on individual student needs. Please discuss your individual needs at the Pre-Training Interview.

Work Placement

As a compulsory component of this course, you will be required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of work placement within Aged Care or Disability Services. Alpine Institute will organise work placement. 

Placement will commence following the successful completion of theory assessments of units.


To achieve the qualification, the student will need to:

  • Successfully complete compulsory practical training and observation in the workplace for a minimum of 200 hours.
  • Successfully complete all assessments including written assessments, case studies, simulation/observation, online quizzes and presentations.

Entry Requirements

Our course environment is fully inclusive and everyone is supported, diversity enriches our classes, adding value for all participants. We welcome and encourage students from all cultural backgrounds, all diversities and any ability, who can meet the course requirement.

Candidates seeking to undertake this course must have:

  • National Police Check – on commencement of this course all candidates are required to complete/have a current National Police Check within 6 months.
  • Immunisation Evidence - Students are required to provide current immunisation evidence prior to enrolment, i.e. influenza and COVID-19 vaccination in line with current Government Health Department guidelines
  • First Aid Certificate - students must present a current First Aid certificate prior to enrolment.
  • Course applicants must complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • A Pre-training interview with education staff is required prior to enrolment.

Course Enquiries

For further information please contact Alpine Institute, Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

03 5751 9400

[email protected]

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