(CHC33021) Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

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Individual Support – Ageing

Course Overview

This course is for people who are interested in working in Aged Care, supporting people in community or residential settings.  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.  You will learn current practices relating to infection control and working safely.

This is a highly practical course, including work placements in an aged care residential facility. 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 who are ageing. You will learn specialist skills in supporting people experiencing dementia, and people at end-of-life stage.

This qualification would suit people interested in supporting and enhancing independence and the quality of life of people who are ageing.

AQF Code
Course Duration
32 weeks
Intake Dates
February, April
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
$9,125 (prices include all materials)
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
Required Prior Study

Career Opportunities

Flexible employment opportunities exist in residential, home and community services and respite.

Titles may include:

  • Individual Support Worker
  • Extended care assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Client Assistant
  • Field Officer
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Care worker

Course Structure

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 and complete a successful work placement of 120 hours. Vocational Work placement in a residential aged care facility is a compulsory component of Certificate III in Individual Support. Students must be able to attend shifts as stipulated in Residential aged care facilities (e.g. 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm).

To achieve a CHC33021 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation) 15 units must be successfully completed, 9 core units and 6 electives:

9 Core Units
CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
6 Elective Units
CHCAGE011 Provide support to  people living with dementia
CHCPAL013 Work effectively in aged care
CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. 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 & in simulation
  • Participants must successfully complete all assessment tasks to meet the requirements of the course

Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

Evidence of

  • COVID 19 Vaccinations (including boosters)
  • Current Flu Vaccination
  • Working with Vulnerable Person Registration
  • National Police Check

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:

  • Schooling
  • 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.