Certificate III in Individual Support

Free TAFE course
Course Code CHC33015
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus, Workplace
Length 9 months
Commencement October 2019, February 2020, April 2020 (Warrnambool only)
Timetable 2 days a week
Course Overview
Introduction

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

What will I Learn?

The learner will gain a wonderful hands-on learning experience covering all of the necessary aspects of being a successful worker in the Aged Care, Home and Community Care and disability sectors. You will enjoy a 120 work placement that is completely supported and set up by SWTAFE.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

This course will enable you to work as an individual support worker in an aged care, Home and Community Care and Disability setting.

  • In 2012 – 350,000 workers in aged care sector, by 2050 there will need to be 1.3m workers in the aged care sector
  • 2013 - 2018 – 1 in 4 new jobs created will be in our industry or an additional 229,400 new workers

Locally we are seeing unprecedented growth in the Industry with over 90% of our students gained employment or going onto further study within a month of completing the course.

Pathways

This course is a pathway to a number of other qualifications. Courses you may choose to continue study include:

  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Diploma of Nursing

Placement

Students will be required to complete 120 hours of placement which will consist of high and low care areas, rehabilitation and allied health areas, respite and community.

You must be 18 years of age to complete the placement component of this course. If you are under the age of 18, you can study the course work but won’t be able to complete the qualification until you turn 18 years of age and can successfully complete the work placement requirements.

Pre-Placement requirements
A current police check is required prior to all students starting placement. Students are required to have HLTAID003 Apply First Aid before the commencement of the placement. This unit is incorporated into the course as an elective.

Students may be required to obtain a Working with Children Check, depending on their placement organisation.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

Find the next info session near you

Info & enrolment sessions in Stawell

1 & 8 August 2018 - anytime between 12pm & 6pm
Eventide Homes
111 Patrick Street, Stawell VIC 3380

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be 17 years of age at the commencement of the course and have turned 18 years of age at the time work placement is scheduled. If you are under the age of 18, you can study the course work but won’t be able to complete the qualification until you turn 18 years of age and can successfully complete the work placement requirements.

Students must be able to produce a current police check prior to placement.

Students must attend a mandatory information session. 

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 13 units: 7 core and 6 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support 30 $0.00
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing 80 $0.00
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30 $0.00
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $0.00
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems 70 $0.00
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people 50 $0.00
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia 65 $0.00
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs 60 $0.00
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports 50 $0.00
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability 100 $0.00
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication 80 $0.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Fees
Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $2,435.00
Concession rate $490.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $8,380.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $136.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligble for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 

Find out more about fees and eligibility

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.