Certificate III in Individual Support
Make a real difference to the lives of people in need and their families. Prepare for a career in aged care, disability, and home and community care.
Build the right skills to support people with special care needs to live full lives and maintain connections with their communities.
Focusing on person-centred care approaches you will learn skills, techniques and procedures to meet the needs of individuals. Your learning will be guided by staff who have substantial professional experience in the care industry.
As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning through an extended work placement with an industry provider. This is a great opportunity to practise your skills under professional supervision and meet with a potential future employer.
- 100% free tuition for the Certificate III at a world-class, industry recognised university
- Workshops held 2 days a week (Monday and Tuesday) for 12 months at RMIT University’s Melbourne CBD campus
- Full support to undertake 150 hours of work placement, gaining hands-on experience at reputable social service organisations
- Additional specialist content provided by Women with Disabilities Victoria and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, as well as Experts by Experience.
Who can apply?
Scholarships are aimed at the following groups:
- Young people (under 30)
- People from a culturally or linguistically diverse background
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People with disability
- People changing careers
Apply by: 24 June 2018
Information Session: 02 July 2018
Program duration: July 2018 – June 2019
Study will include a combination of face-to-face classroom-based activities and a simulated assessment environment.
RMIT’s specialised training room will enrich your learning experience and help prepare you for the workforce.
You will draw on knowledge learned in your work placement to complete practical assessment tasks.
You will learn through:
- analysis of case studies and scenarios
- group discussion and group work
- individual assignments.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program has been developed in consultation with industry partners to ensure graduates are able to meet the needs and service priorities of the workforce.
The following industry organisations were consulted:
- BlueCross Aged Care
- Victoria by the Park
- Mccarthur Aged Care
- Sapphire Aged Care
- Relevant local council Aged and Disability Services
Work Integrated Learning
You'll participate in a 120-hour work placement with an industry provider of home and community care, residential aged care and community programs.
Work placement gives you the opportunity to apply the critical knowledge and skills gained during the program to a work setting. You will be assessed by an RMIT placement coordinator during your placement.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program is designed to offer you the flexibility to fit study around work and other commitments. Classes are delivered two days per week for 17 weeks, plus additional time for the industry placement.
Classes are delivered face-to-face, primarily at the Melbourne City campus.
Plans are variations offered for a program such as specialisations, modes of delivery or location. Browse a plan to see the courses our students are currently studying.
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Program code: C3319
National curriculum code: CHC33015
As a graduate you’ll provide support to people in need in residential aged care settings, through community recreation, leisure and respite programs and within clients’ homes and other community settings.
Employment outcomes for this program include:
- personal care assistant
- community care worker
- personal care assistant
- in-home respite support worker
- planned activity assistant
- home and community care worker.
Growing demand for skilled carers
The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the rise in Australia’s ageing population has created a demand for more skilled carers in the workforce.
Police check: Students must present evidence of a successful National Police Records Check prior to undertaking the placement component of this program.
Immunisation policy: All students undertaking fieldwork placement within are required to comply with the immunisation guidelines. These guidelines are in accordance with The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition, produced by the Department of Health. In order to comply with our guidelines students must submit proof of their vaccination history and/or serological evidence of their immunity to the following infectious diseases and blood-borne viruses:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (dTpa)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Tuberculosis status
- Annual Influenza
Statutory declaration: Students must complete a statutory declaration form (PDF) prior to commencing placement.
Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program
Some inherent requirements for this program include:
- reading and writing skills for understanding and contributing to client case notes and client care plans
- vision and touch to accurately gain information and support clients
- physical skills to perform client care
- managing your behaviour and emotions to provide safe and competent support care
- time-based problem-solving when working with clients
View the full list of Certificate III in Individual Support inherent requirements:
Who are they for?
Inherent requirements apply to every applicant and may be worth considering if you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition.
Why do you need to know?
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, and the non-academic abilities you may need in this program, 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.
What support is available?
If there are any activities that may be difficult for you to undertake, please discuss this with RMIT program staff or Equitable Learning Services (ELS).
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we may be able to 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 ELS.
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.
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 2018 is $298.
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.