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Course Summary

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.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

Employment Opportunities

Potential job roles could include:

  • Assistant in nursing
  • Care service employee
  • Nursing assistant
  • Care worker/assistant
  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Personal care giver / worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Support worker
Units of Competency

The 13 units of competency that comprise the qualification include: –

  • 7 core unit plus
  • 6 elective units

For a list of units available for selection please click here  Please note units available for selection will lead to the award of the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however all successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal history check to meet workplace regulatory requirements. Students must not have previous convictions which would exclude them from working in the aged care sector as outlined in the Aged Care Act 1997 (murder, sexual assault, any other form of assault which has resulted in a sentence of imprisonment or any other conviction which would be considered, on the basis of risk and relevance, to render them unsuitable for a vocational placement in an aged care setting).

Applicants must have the functional capacity and fitness to perform the tasks and duties necessary to work in the aged care sector. Applicants who, due to fitness or functional capacity, would place themselves or others at risk of harm or injury would be unsuitable for the program.

Applicants must have adequate literacy, numeracy and communication skills / understanding of the English language to successfully complete the assessment work / perform the tasks necessary on vocational placement.

Applicants must have access to, or be prepared to, undertake work placement in an aged care setting during which time students will undertake activities that will involve providing personal care. This is a mandatory requirement for successful completion of this qualification.


All students who undertake this qualification are provided with advice on employment and training options.

Study Pathways; Students who successfully complete this qualification could progress their studies to CHC43015 – Certificate IV in Ageing Support.

Study Modes

Study modes for this qualification include: –

Classroom based learning – Allows for a Trainer-led approach where the Trainer and the student meet in a classroom for a specific duration of time in a common location. Classroom based learning allows students to participate in group activities, group learning and group discussions.

Self-paced learning Self-paced learning allows learners the flexibility to study at times that are suitable. Learners can work through learning material independently knowing that a dedicated Trainer and Assessor is available for support if required. Print based or computer based learning materials are available. This style of study suits students who have good time management skills and who don’t need structured face to face sessions.

Employment Based Traineeship  An employment based traineeship allows for delivery on the job (Central Coast and Newcastle regions only) with a Trainer and Assessor conducting workplace monitoring and assessments visits. Duration – 12 months full time (part time traineeships also available)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) RPL is suitable for those who already have the skills, knowledge and experience and who can provide current evidence of competence. RPL is available for part of, or a full qualification.