(CHC33021) Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

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Individual Support – Disability

Course Overview

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.

AQF Code
Course Duration
32 weeks
Hobart, Launceston
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, respite, community, and advocacy.

Titles may include:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Care Assistant
  • Client Assistant
  • Personal Care 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 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

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 and 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.

You may be required to purchase additional materials, a uniform for work placements or stationery for your course.