Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)
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.
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).
The Certificate III in Individual Support will put you on your way to an incredibly rewarding career, giving your time to take care of those who aren’t able to care for themselves. You will gain technical and procedural knowledge, as well as theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.
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.
More information about the program can be found on FSSI’s website.
*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.
Workshops are held two days per week over 12 months at RMITs Melbourne CBD campus.
You will also undertake a supported placement (22 hours) 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.
in addition you will undertake 53 hours of independent Work Placement in an Aged Care facility which must be completed before you complete the program.
You will also undertake 75 hours of an independent Work Placement in a disability service setting.
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 students 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.
Throughout this program you'll be able to choose electives to suit your interests. All courses provide a strong foundation for progression into further study in the field of community services.
This qualification requires the completion of 14 units - 7 core units and 7 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.
Over the second half of your studies you may choose to take units in either the ageing or disability specialisation streams.
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.
Choose a program structure
|Cert III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)||City Campus||
Choose a program structure
Program code: C3402
National curriculum code: CHC33015
The disability and aged care sectors are among the country’s fastest growing industries.
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
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.