Certificate III in Individual Support is a combination of the Certificate IIIs in Aged Care, Disability and Home and Community Care. The Certificate III in Individual Support is designed for students wishing to gain a rewarding career as a personal care worker. Enrolling in the Certificate III in Individual Support will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and practical experience to work within in a residential aged care facility, disability or home and community care.
Due to Australia’s growing population, it has never been a better time to consider a career in individual support. It is anticipated that by November 2022, the number of job openings for aged cares will be greater than 50,000.
The Certificate III in Individual Support reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred care to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or another reason. Work involves using discretion in relation to individual support, as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.
Whether you are an existing worker or new entrant to the sector, the flexibility of Health Industry Training’s individual support course will allow you to study at your own pace, based on your individual experiences and learning support.
The Certificate III in Individual Support is delivered through a blended delivery method.
Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency. The assessment handbooks provide students with instructions on submitting assessments.
Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment, where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.
It is compulsory for students to undertake practical placement for the Certificate III in Individual Support.
Duration: Approximately 100 hours, based on skills to be demonstrated in the workplace.
Securing Practical Placement
As a student, it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations. Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss work placement requirements.
Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification.
As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.
- National Criminal History Clearance
- Immunisations and screening
Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:
- Short answer questions
- Projects/ Reports
- Case studies
- Workplace portfolios
- Work placement logbook
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.
If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.
To enrol in the Certificate III in Individual Support, it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.
In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum age for this course is 16 years old. If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements
Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN). Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and completing an LLN test.
Funding for Queensland Residents
Certificate 3 Guarantee: Health industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not affect eligibility.
It is a requirement under the Queensland Government funding that all students contribute to the cost of training and assessment services. The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party, including an employer, but cannot be paid by Health Industry Training. The contribution fee is different for students classed as concession and students classed as non-concession.
The contribution fee for concessional students is $260 per qualification.
For non-concessions students or payments made by a third party, the cost is $780 per qualification.
User Choice (Traineeship): The Certificate III in Individual Support is available through the Queensland User Choice program which funds Health Industry Training for the provision of service to eligible trainees. Training under the User Choice program is fully funded.
This course is also available to be delivered as a traineeship in other states. Training is available for new and existing employees. Please contact your preferred apprenticeship centre to arrange sign up of your apprenticeship.
To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to by allowing students to either:
- pay the cost of the course in full and receive a 10% discount on the full cost of the course; or
- take advantage of our affordable payment plan options to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments (see enrolment form for additional information).
Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.
One-on-one Trainer Support
You will be provided with a trainer with extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey where you can contact them via phone or email.
In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support regarding your enrolment and study plan, changes to contact details, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.
Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.
13 units are required for award of this qualification including:
- 7 core units
- 6 elective units
The course combines theoretical and practical work placement experience. The theoretical component of the course provides students with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.
The practical placement experience provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills to work in a practical setting on completion of the qualification.
To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.