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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 a person with a disability or older person’s care needs, support their individual health and wellbeing, follow safety procedures for direct care work and work effectively with the elderly or those with a disability. This course will provide the necessary foundations to embark on a care-giving career.

Course Start Dates

Contact Alpine Institute on 03 5751 9400 for more information.


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 Care Assistant
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Community Carer
  • Healthcare Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Home Care Support Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker

Course Content

There are 15 units of competency that must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification, CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing & Disability, which includes 9 core units and 6 elective units.

Core Units         
Code Unit
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   
Code Unit
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
Code Unit
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.


The qualification will be delivered over a nine month period as a part time program with weekly online tutorial sessions and scheduled face-to-face simulation classes.

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of in work place training and assessment, 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

 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 Fees

Subsidised with Concession - $225.60

Subsidised Standard - $528.00

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.

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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Alpine Institute

30 O'Donnell Avenue

Myrtleford VIC 3737

t 03 5751 9400

E [email protected]

Alpine Health acknowledges the many Traditional Owners of the Alpine region and their connection to the mountains, rivers and valleys. We pay our respect to these groups, their history and culture, and their Elders past and present.

We strive to create a health service and a community that is respectful and inclusive for people of all backgrounds, cultures, genders and abilities.