CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

About the course

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is a nationally recognised training qualification. This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to gain employment as a personal support worker in a residential aged care facility.

During the course, students will develop the skills and knowledge to work one-on-one with clients to maximise and maintain independence and build well-being. Training and assessment will ensure learners are able to work legally and ethically with a diverse range of people, within the scope of practice for a support worker. Applying a holistic care approach and working healthily and safely in a direct care environment are key focuses throughout training and assessment of the qualification.

Entry requirements:

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however students are expected to have or be able to achieve written and spoken English skills to the certificate level of the course, or the ability to develop these skills whilst in training to meet the requirements of the qualification.

To allow our trainers to support your learning, students will need to complete a student profile, including language, literacy and numeracy indicators before their enrolment application is accepted.

Students will need to be able to achieve a clear police check and meet relevant state-based requirements for working with children or vulnerable people.

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Delivery Method and Course Duration

Self-Paced Online: Full time 12 months, Part time 24 months. Students can study according to their own schedule and pace by studying online. A minimum of 120 hours Work Placement is required.

Blended Delivery: 2 days per fortnight over 12 weeks. Face-to-face training and online learning. Also includes: a minimum of 120 hours of work placement.

Traineeships (including school-based): Between 12 and 24 months.

Course Structure 

7 core units and 6 elective units. 13 units required in total.

Seven (7) Core Units:

  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS023** Support independence and well-being
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practice for direct client care

Six (6) Elective Units::

  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach

**CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing requires a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Note: Students undertaking a workplace traineeship may complete different electives which meet the needs of the workplace. This is decided on a case by case basis with agreement from the employer, the student and MAX Solutions.


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AQF Certification Outcome 

Students who successfully complete all requirements of CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) will be issued with an AQF Certificate III qualification. Students who successfully complete one or more units, will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for these unit(s).

Additional Pathways

The Health Care sector is Australia’s largest employing industry and is projected to grow by approximately 15% over the next five years.

Job prospects for this qualification may include:

  • Aged Care Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • In-home Respite Care Worker
  • Personal Care Giver and Support Worker

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfers (CT)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process that assesses a students competency - acquired through formal and informal learning - to determine if students meet the requirements for a unit of study. Students with previous skills, knowledge or experience are entitled to apply for RPL for a full qualification or individual units of competency. Students will be required to produce evidence and undertake assessment as part of the RPL process.

If students have previously completed a unit/s of competency and can provide valid evidence of AQF certification (issued by an RTO), they are eligible to apply for a credit transfer and would not be required to undertake further study for the unit.

Unique Student Identifier

It is mandatory for all students undertaking Nationally Recognised Training in Australia to have a USI, Unique Student Identifier.

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