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Certificate III in Individual Support Ageing and Disability (Traineeship)

Free TAFE Code: CHC33021

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12 months full time / 24 months part time

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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 and disability 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 and those living with a disability. People with empathy, patience, a professional attitude and a drive to improve lives are in high demand.

A traineeship through Melbourne Polytechnic is designed to provide quality training in individual support across the ageing and disability sectors 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 state-of-the-art simulation rooms to complement the workplace setting.

Graduates from Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33021 can expect strong career prospects in this consistently growing sector.

An Ageing/Disability specialisation is offered to maximise employment opportunities.

Graduate ready to change lives

Graduates of this qualification will be confident and well prepared to work effectively with older people and people with disability in a wide range of care settings. Your career options include working in home and community care, residential aged care, or disability accommodation services. 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 Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33021 (Ageing/Disability).

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing and Disability (Traineeship) CHC33021 take me?

You will be qualified to work as a:

  • Aged Care Support Worker in home and community care and residential aged care
  • Disability Support Worker in home and community care and disability accommodation services
  • NDIS Support worker

Study Pathways

Graduates of the Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33021 (Ageing/Disability) Traineeship may enrol in the Certificate IV in Disability Support CHC43121, or the Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42021.

Melbourne Polytechnic teachers feed us all of this knowledge, they’re packing lots of knowledge into us and I think I'm going to be successful, they do a great job.
Cheryl Holian
Allied Health Assistance Graduate
Portrait of Cheryl Holian

Course Details

Delivery methods

This course is taught through a combination of workplace, Zoom virtual classes, and on-campus delivery at Greensborough campus when required.

  • Workplace
  • Simulation

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. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through demonstration, questioning, and written activities. These assessment methods will consist of a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job tasks.

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
CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia Elective 80
CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care Elective 65
CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support Core 100
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support Core 120
CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing Core 80
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems Core 80
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core 30
CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach Elective 40
CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion Elective 60
CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support Elective 65
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core 40
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core 55
CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach Elective 70
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Elective 18
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control Core 35
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core 25

Individual Support courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Course in Identifying, Reporting and Preventing Abuse and/or Grooming of People With Disabilities 22530VIC
Human Services - Part Time - Online, Workplace and Industry
Human Services - Part Time - Online, Workplace and Industry
Short course targeted to those who work with people with disabilities, including people with psychosocial disability.
Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing and Disability (Non-Traineeship) CHC33021
Human Services - Part Time - Preston
Free Tafe Human Services - Part Time - Preston
The Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33021 (Ageing and Disability) is a nationally recognised qualification that will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work within the Aged Care sector, to provide a professional level of dignified and meaningful life. Note: Some practical classes may be delivered at Greensborough campus.
Certificate IV in Disability - Traineeship CHC43115
Human Services - Full Time, Part Time, Traineeship - Online, Workplace and Industry, Greensborough
Free Tafe Human Services - Full Time, Part Time, Traineeship - Online, Workplace and Industry, Greensborough
This course has been superseded and is in transition. Trainees will be provided with details of the transition to the current qualification during the traineeship.
Certificate IV in Disability Support - Non-Traineeship CHC43121
Human Services - Part Time - Preston
Free Tafe Human Services - Part Time - Preston
The Certificate IV in Disability Support CHC43121 will prepare you to train and support people with disabilities. Empower people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and community participation.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $720 $3600 $11500
Materials fee $50 $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $300 $945 $3900 $11800
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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 1st of November. 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.

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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.

Workplace Traineeships Available

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


Be able to meet the requirements of an aged care facility or home and community care provider i.e
  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*.
  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

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

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

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

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