Individual Support – Disability
This course is for people who are interested in working in the Disability sector to support people with disability in residential and / or community 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.
This is a highly practical course, including work placements in community support, supported independent living (SIL) and community access programs. Graduates will be provided with the knowledge and skills to carry out activities related to maintaining and maximising the independence and wellbeing of people with disability. Students will learn the importance of providing choice and control for people with disability as means to empower and enable independent living skills. Students will learn specialist skills to support people with complex communication needs and about best practice approaches in skill development and behavioural support.
This qualification would suit people who value supporting and working with people with disability and who have an interest in enhancing and empowering people with disability to live their best life.
Flexible employment opportunities exist in residential, respite, community, and advocacy.
Titles may include:
- Disability Support Worker
- Care Assistant
- Client Assistant
- Personal Care 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 and complete a successful work placement of 120 hours. Vocational Work placement in a supported living and/ or community organisation is a compulsory component of Certificate III in Individual Support. Students must be able to attend shifts as stipulated. (e.g. 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm).
To achieve a CHC33021 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability 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|
|CHCAGE013||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|
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 and in simulation
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.