This course is for people who are interested in working in the community or residential settings, supporting people who are elderly or people with disabilities. As an Individual Support Worker, you will be able to make a real difference in people’s everyday lives, supporting them to maintain their independence and standard of living.
This is a highly practical course, including work placements in day centres and/or residential facilities. Graduates will be provided with the knowledge, skills and values to carry out activities related to maintaining and maximising the independence and wellbeing of people with disabilities and elderly. Students will interact with people with a disability to facilitate learning and also learn skills in an active simulated environment.
This qualification would suit people interested in supporting and assisting people and who have an interest in contributing to enhancing their independence and quality of life.
Flexible employment opportunities exist in residential, respite, community, advocacy and day option services.
Titles may include:
- Disability Support Worker
- Care Assistant
- Client Assistant
- Field Officer
- Residential Care Worker
- Personal Care Assistant
- Nursing Assistant
- Home Care Assistant
- Care worker
Experienced teachers who are experts in their field will provide you with a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as expand on the theories behind the concepts and practices of person-centred support.
To qualify, all students must undertake work-placement of 120 hours. Vocational Work placement in a residential facility and with a community organisation is a compulsory component of Certificate III in Individual Support. Students must be able to attend shifts as stipulated in Nursing Homes (e.g. 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm).
Learning options include:
- Work-based learning and project work through clinical placement
- Attendance in classes on campus where you will participate in workshops and simulations
- Text’s, DVD’s, videos, the internet, electronic learning resources using the computer, will be utilised to supplement your learning during this course
To achieve a Certificate III in Individual Support, 13 units must be successfully completed:
7 Core Units
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
6 Elective Units
Electives may vary from region to region, contact GETI Tasmania for a full list of electives.
Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment will include:
- Projects – group or individual, these may be practical or researched based
- Assignments – research topics and provide a written response
- Written assessments – where you will be asked to research topics and provide a written response
- Practical – you will be asked to complete the tasks on-the-job
- Participants must successfully complete all assessment tasks to meet the requirements of the course
IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
Recognition of Prior Learning
At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.
Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience. When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:
- Formal/informal learning
- Life experience
- Employment/work experience.
You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation.
It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.
Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.
You may be required to purchase additional materials, a uniform for work placements or stationery for your course.