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Individual Support

Certificate III Of

Free TAFE Code: CHC33015 Cricos: 094460E

Overview

Campus

Greensborough

Duration

9 months full time / part time

Duration

9 months full time / part time

Next Intake

Midyear

Next Intake

February, July, February, July, Midyear

A career with meaning

Aged care workers play a significant role in Australian society, working in a field that cares for and gives dignity and meaning to the lives of older people. With an ageing population, it is projected that job opportunities in aged care in Australia will almost double over the next five years, with nearly 180,000 openings predicted. People with empathy, patience, a professional attitude and a drive to improve lives are in high demand. Graduates from Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Individual Support and can expect strong career prospects in this consistently growing sector.

Learn vocational skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Individual Support is designed to provide quality training in individual support across the ageing and aged care sector with a program delivered by highly experienced staff in hands-on settings. You will also develop the professional and personal qualities required to provide high quality care to those who need it most. Melbourne Polytechnic provides fully-equipped practical learning spaces, including a state-of-the-art simulation room. Our industry connections mean that you will also receive practical experience with a supervised industry placement, so you’re ready to enter the industry with confidence.

Graduate ready to change lives

Graduates of this qualification will be confident and well prepared to work effectively with people in a wide range of care settings. Your career options include working in residential aged care, for local government agencies or in the home and community care sector. Employment prospects for graduates are strong, and you can feel confident that you’ll be entering the industry with a widely recognised and highly regarded qualification.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

You will be qualified to work in an aged care facility or in the Home and Community Care Sector.
  • Aged Carer
  • Disability Support Worker

Pathways

Participants successfully completing this course may pathway to a course in Disability studies or Community Services.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

How you learn

120 hours practical placement (4 weeks)

Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through a combination of on-the-job (practicum) and off-the-job tasks. Off-the-job assessment is a combination of class exercises, assignments and practical demonstrations.
120 hours practical work placement.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCAGE001 FACILITATE THE EMPOWERMENT OF OLDER PEOPLE Core 50
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY Core 55
HLTWHS002 FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES FOR DIRECT CLIENT CARE Core 25
CHCCOM005 COMMUNICATE AND WORK IN HEALTH OR COMMUNITY SERVICES Core 30
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCPAL001 DELIVER CARE SERVICES USING A PALLIATIVE APPROACH Core 60
HLTAAP001 Core 70
CHCCCS023 SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE AND WELLBEING Core 80
CHCHCS001 PROVIDE HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES Core 50
CHCCCS025 SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARERS AND FAMILIES Core 70
CHCCCS011 MEET PERSONAL SUPPORT NEEDS Core 60
CHCAGE005 PROVIDE SUPPORT TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA Core 65
CHCCCS015 PROVIDE INDIVIDUALISED SUPPORT Core 30

Fees & Costs

Free TAFE

This is a Free TAFE for Priority Course. Free TAFE for priority courses cover the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

Please note that the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$2350.00 - $7400.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

  • all applicants must be 18 or over
  • please note a satisfactory Police Check is mandatory for placements
  • you will need adequate language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills appropriate for the demands of this course

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Traineeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract on DELTA and you will be allocated a DELTA number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an Apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.