The Certificate III in Individual Support is a nationally recognised qualification that will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work with older people and enable them to live dignified and meaningful lives. With Australia's ageing population, aged care is a growth industry in which our high quality, comprehensive programs will set you apart
Benefit from quality teaching
We will provide you with quality training in Individual Support and Aged Care, with programs delivered by excellent staff with many years’ experience in the Health and Aged Care sectors.
Benefit from a fully equipped practical room at our Preston campus, as well as a supervised industry placement.
Maximise job opportunities
Australia’s ageing population makes aged care a growth industry in which our high quality, comprehensive programs will set you apart.
Individual Support students typically gain employment offers during their practical placements and are sought after by industry employers.
With this Individual Support qualification, you will be confident and well prepared to work effectively with people, particularly older people, in a wide range of settings.
Your career options include working:
- in aged care facilities
- for local government agencies or in the community
- as an aged care worker
- as a Home and Community Care worker
Many of our students move on to further studies in community services areas at Melbourne Polytechnic or in Nursing.
Working with industry leaders
We work with industry leaders in Individual Support and Aged Care service provision to secure high quality practical placements. Our practical placement program has been supported by a range of organisations.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Individual Support qualification
Apart from increasing your employment options, this industry-respected course qualifies you to work in a wide range of settings with older people and those with disabilities.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
DepartmentHealth and Community
Traineeships available for employer/industry groups
Class Schedule: *
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsA positive attitude towards older people, an ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and an interest in the aged care sector are necessary for entrance into this course. Attendance at an interview is also required (to book online, use the Apply Now page, then Make A Booking button or contact the Health and Community Department directly). All applicants must be 18 years plus. Please note a satisfactory Police Check is mandatory for placement.
Assessment MethodsYou will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Assessments include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in-class activities, written work, and work-based projects.
MaterialsYou need to supply your own stationery
Pathways to further studyParticipants successfully completing this course may apply for entry into the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
Career PathwaysThis course provides training for individual support and aged care workers in hostels, nursing homes, group homes and supported accommodation services. This qualification will enable you to gain employment in home and community funded agencies who have frail and younger people with disabilities in their client group, and also in residential aged care settings.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|CHCAGE001||Facilitate the empowerment of older people||50|
|CHCAGE005||Provide support to people living with dementia||65|
|CHCCCS011||Meet personal support needs||60|
|CHCCCS015||Provide individualised support||30|
|CHCCCS023||Support independence and wellbeing||80|
|CHCCCS025||Support relationships with carers and families||70|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services||30|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||40|
|CHCHCS001||Provide home and community support services||50|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically||55|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems||70|
|HLTHPS006||Assist clients with medication||80|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care||25|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.