Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) - CHC33015
This is a scholarship program
Are you wanting to work as a carer? Or perhaps you already are but wish to formalise your qualifications? Now is a great time to get trained up. There is increased demand for aged care workers through changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This course can also be a stepping stone to a career in fields such as occupational therapy or speech pathology. You'll also get a free iPad to use during your studies and a free polo shirt for placements.
Launch your career in this expanding industry that has many great opportunities for you. Gain the skills and experience you need to provide expert individual support in aged care and disability settings. When you apply for this course, you're applying for a scholarship. Register your interest today. Scholarships to this course are offered to ensure this course is free from all fees, including student service and amenity charges. The scholarship also includes first aid qualifications and a police check, which are workplace requirements.
This 2019 course is an innovative combination of face-to-face training and increased work placement hours. You'll gain experience in both leading aged care and disability services and online study, including virtual reality technology.
Job roles include:
- respite Care Worker
- aged Care Worker
- personal Care Giver
- disability Services Worker
- direct Care Worker
- home Help Worker
- personal Care Worker
- support Worker
Co-designed with aged care residents, people with disabilities, carers and industry employers with the aim of raising the quality of care in the sector, this course is designed to prepare you for a broad range of potential careers and pathways within social services. This includes aged care, family support and disability support.
Program clusters have been developed using four vocational streams that are to be delivered over 10-week terms with a two to three day a week commitment.
You'll learn about:
- ethics of care vocational stream
- enabling technologies
- human rights
- power and abuse
- working with diverse people (no micro-credentials)
You will also complete work placements at leading social service organisation’s in both aged care and disability.
Understanding the key differences between our three streams:
RMIT’s Individual Support courses consist of three different certificates. While the core units are the same in each, there are different electives you need to be aware of when deciding which stream will suit you best.
If you’re looking for a career in the aged care sector only, then enrol in RMIT’s Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) program. You’ll gain both theory and skills to promote the wellbeing of older people. It also includes a comprehensive 500-hour work placement at a residential aged care facility.
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) is an introduction to service delivery in the aged care sector, health focus, complex care, individualised support and home and community care.
*This is a free TAFE priority course. Check your eligibility.
Throughout this program you will receive personalised education and training to develop work practices for better client outcomes. Program clusters are to be delivered over 10-week terms with a two to three day a week commitment over 12 months at RMITs Melbourne CBD campus.
You will also undertake a supported placement at an accredited Aged Care facility. These sessions are with an RMIT trainer and you will practice skills in an industry context and be assessed across a range of settings.
You will also undertake independent Work Placement in an Aged Care facility and in a disability service setting. (150 hours minimum and on a regular basis in a flexible way). You will receive ongoing support while completing these placements, gaining invaluable, hands-on experience at leading social service organisations.
The emphasis for assessment will be on demonstration of skills, the application of knowledge in a workplace context and how you integrate these skills in preparation for the contingencies and demands of a busy workplace.
The disability specialisation was added to this qualification to introduce you to disability work as demands increase with the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The program also includes specialist content provided by Women with Disabilities Victoria, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and experts by experience.
This qualification requires the completion of 15 units - 7 core units and 8 elective units.
Your core study will focus on safe, ethical and inclusive work practices. You will develop an understanding of healthy body systems and learn how to support the well-being of those in your care.
The ageing specialisation introduces you to the specific needs of older people and teaches you how to provide empathetic support for those living with conditions such as dementia. The disability specialisation will help you to develop strategies to promote social inclusion and facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities.
In addition to developing skills to effectively work in roles that involve service delivery, client work and/or community education, this program aims to help you to develop broad employability skills.
Individual Support workers are empathetic, patient and detail-oriented people with strong communication skills. They follow individualised plans to meet the specific needs of those in their care, in both community-based and residential settings. You’ll study topics including how to support and empower older people and those with a disability, and safe work practices.
The Certificate III in Individual Support reflects the role of support workers in the ageing and disability sectors, who provide person-centred support to older people, as well as those with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. This program is offered by RMIT in partnership with the Victorian Council of Social Services and is supported by the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI). This is an entry level certificate that offers blended learning, including face-to-face training, work placements and online study (including virtual reality technology).
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Program code: C3402
National curriculum code: CHC33015
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) sets you up to work in roles including:
- Disability support officer
- Aged care worker
- Personal care assistant
- Home care worker
- School support officer (disability)
- Family support worker
- Accommodation support worker
- Community house worker
Previous graduates have gone onto work for companies such as:
The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.
The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:
- understand more about the program
- determine if you may need support during your studies
- make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service
The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.
The Victorian State Government has announced that from January 2019, that they will waive the tuition fee of 30 priority courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses at TAFE institutes, which includes this program.
This fee waiver will only be available for eligible students who will commence one of these qualifications in 2019.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether it may affect you.
If you have any questions you can contact our Info Corner team.
- 2019 government subsidised place: AU$2750* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$6750* per annum
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.