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Certificate III in Individual Support Aged Care

Free TAFE Code: CHC33015 CRICOS: 094460E

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8 months part time

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A career with meaning

The Health sector has also been identified as sector that will continue to grow as a result of the pandemic and be crucial to Australia’s COVID19 economic recovery through to 2025.

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 CHC33015 and can expect strong career prospects in this consistently growing sector.

Learn vocational skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) CHC33015 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.

The Melbourne Polytechnic program meets the requirements for the specialisation CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).

The program includes (2) additional optional units, CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies and HLTAID011 Provide First Aid to create a robust program that fully prepares students to work in the contemporary aged care sector.

It is strongly recommended that students undertake these additional units.

Students in this cohort will be simultaneously enrolled in the optional 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to deepen their skills and knowledge of the NDIS and working with an NDIS participant. Fees for this course are listed on the website. Apply for the 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at the same time you apply for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support by clicking Apply Now

Note: The 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) dual enrolment will follow the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) timetable. Specific dates will be advised at Orientation. Dates that appear on the 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website are for the public demand course only.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Individual Support - Aged Care CHC33015 take me?

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

Study Pathways

Graduates of the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) may enrol in the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability , or the CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services (Disability).

Course Details

Delivery methods

This course is taught through blended delivery (a combination of remote and on-campus delivery) at Greensborough campus.

All students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant aged care facility.

Modes of delivery include:

  • Simulation
  • Work placements

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms.

Class Schedule

Greensborough – Evening and Saturday classes Week Commencing April 24th, 2023

Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through a combination of on-the-job (work placement) 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 Elective 50
CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies Elective 40
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia Elective 65
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs Elective 60
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Core 30
CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being Core 80
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 Elective 50
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core 55
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach Elective 60
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core 70
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Core 18
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Elective 25
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core 25

Workplace Traineeships Available

Make an enquiry about a workplace traineeship or attend an information session to gain information about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $530 $2650 $8350
Materials fee $50 $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $300 $755 $2950 $8650
Per year $
Per semester $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

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. Please call 1300 635 276 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. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent 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

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

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

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


For compulsory work placement of 120 hours, you must:
  1. Be over 18 years of age at the time of placement.
  2. Provide evidence of a current influenza vaccine. Individual aged care facilities may require additional immunisations.
  3. You must have already received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (or have an exemption) to be able to work and undertake placement in a healthcare setting. See for recommended vaccination doses.
  4. (Optional) See for other recommended immunisations for health care workers.
  5. Provide a clear Police Check*. Industry will not accept students without a clear record. This requirement is not negotiable.
  6. Some organisations may also require a Working with Children check.
  7. Documents do not have to be provided at enrolment but must be received prior to placement.
  8. Some aged care facilities are now accredited NDIS providers and may also require an NDIS Worker Screening Check.
All documents must be received prior to placement.

The unit HLTAID011 Provide First Aid requires students to perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor. Additional units require students to demonstrate and complete manual handling tasks. Students must be able to fulfill these requirements independently.

Language and Literacy

All potential learners will undertake a pre-training review and an LLN assessment A general guide to entry, learners will be best equipped to achieve the course outcome if they have :

  • A minimum level of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Working Level 3 Reading and Working Level 3 Numeracy
  • A good standard of digital literacy

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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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 Tuition Payments Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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