Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) - CHC33015

VOCATIONAL

Provide person-centred support in aged care and community contexts with this highly practical certificate.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 6 months
Fees:

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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Not applicable
Fees:

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Next intake:
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Overview

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) has been designed to reflect the role of a worker who provides person-centred support to people who require extra assistance.

Through your study in this certificate, you will gain the skills and experience required to provide support through individualised plans tailored to facilitate independence, encourage healthy body systems, and support relationships between carers and community and family members. You will build foundational healthcare skills, including infection prevention and control. You will also enhance and refine communication skills relevant to different clients, and learn to empower older people and those living with dementia, helping to support their individual needs.

To gain practical skills and confidence in a real-world setting, you will undertake 120 hours of professional work placement in an accredited residential aged care facility or home and community organisation.

Upon successful completion of this certificate, you'll be able to pursue a fulfilling career in caring, working in community and in-home contexts to provide person-centred support to those who need it.

Details

Learning and teaching

You will undertake blended learning in this certificate, requiring both on-campus and online study. You will learn through a mix of face-to-face tutorials, role plays, progress writing, and online modules in addition to independent study and research. To solidify your experience before completion of this certificate, you will also undertake 120 hours of practical work placement in an accredited residential aged care facility or community organisation.

Assessment methods

Assessment in this certificate will take various forms, including practical and theoretical practice tests both in-class and in the workplace.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

In this highly practical certificate, you will complete 120 hours of industry placement in an accredited residential aged care facility or home and community organisation.

This placement will allow you to develop and practice your skills in a real industry context, and gives you access to industry experts who will ensure that you are taught contemporary industry practices.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this certificate and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

As a student in this certificate, you can expect to be on campus at least two days per week, plus one day of online workshops and study.

Toward the end of your study, you will also undertake 120 hours (or approximately three weeks full time) for an industry placement.

To obtain this certificate, you must successfully complete 13 core subjects and 120 hours of industry placement.

Your studies in this certificate span safe work practices including health care and infection control, communication and individualised support skills for diverse clients and colleagues, and support work for people with a range of needs. In addition, you will also learn about legal and ethical frameworks in caring industries and how to facilitate independence and personal empowerment.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
Program code: C3414
National curriculum code: CHC33015

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
City Campus
0.5 years full-time
C3414
Location
City Campus
Duration
0.5 years full-time
Plan code
C3414
CRICOS

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

Upon completion of this certificate, you will have the skills and knowledge to pursue an incredibly fulfilling career in caring.

Possible roles in aged care, home and community, public sector and hospital contexts include:

  • In-home respite worker
  • Community access coordinator 
  • Community care worker
  • Disability service officer
  • Care worker
  • Home care assistant
  • Residential care or support worker
  • Field officer for community or disability services
  • Residential aide.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

There are no minimum academic requirements. You must be at least 18 years of age by the commencement date of the program.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

Additional information

If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program, you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.

Working with Children Check*

You will be required to hold a Victorian Working with Children Check valid for 5 years, prior to undertaking clinical components as part of this program.

Note: For clinical components undertaken interstate a valid Working With Children Check for that state is required.

National police record check*

You will be required to present evidence of a successful National police record check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program (this is an annual requirement for the duration of your program). Checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using your name and your RMIT issued student email address once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.

NDIS Worker Screening Check*

Applicants will be required to apply for, and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement as part of this program.

COVID19 Vaccination*:

You will be required to undertake COVID19 Vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.

Influenza Vaccination*:

You will be required to undertake annual influenza vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.

For more information or if you have any questions about these requirements please contact RMIT Connect – Work and Study Opportunities where your enquiry will be dealt with accordingly.

*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student. 

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

You must meet the entry requirements to gain access to this course. Please contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Graduates of this course will be guaranteed entry into the courses below.

For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.

Fees

Free TAFE for priority courses

The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.

Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.

If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.

The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE fee waiver.

2023 fees

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.

  • 2023 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$500* per annum
  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$2,500* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$8,000* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

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.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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 2023 is $326. 

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.

You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession or exemption if you are in a Victorian Government subsidised place and you meet the eligibility criteria.

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).

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.