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Individual Support

Certificate III in

Free TAFE Code: CHC33015 Cricos: 094460E
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Greensborough

Duration

9 months full time

Duration

9 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

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. 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.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

The July 2020 course will be via Blended delivery (a combination of remote and on-campus delivery) at Greensborough campus

120 hours practical placement (4 weeks).

  • Blended

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.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $470 $2350 $7400
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $645 $2600 $7650
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

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

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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.
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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.

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