The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) equips you for a job in aged care. Combining theory and practice, this aged care course will teach you how to provide physical, social and emotional support to older people. You will also learn how to work as part of a team with other professionals such as nurses and healthcare workers.
Career opportunities, include:
- personal care assistant
- nursing assistant
- personal care worker
- community support worker
Pathways to further study:
- HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing
- HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
- CHC43415 Certificate IV Leisure & Health
- CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support
- CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
- CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
Studying the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) at Holmesglen
During the course, you will gain comprehensive knowledge and skills for providing physical, social, and emotional support to the elderly. Additionally, you will develop the ability to collaborate effectively within a team, including with other professionals like nurses and healthcare workers.
The course prioritises COVID-safe infection control training, ensuring your understanding of necessary precautions. Access to all learning and support materials will be provided through our user-friendly online learning management system. To further enhance your practical skills, you will have the opportunity to complete a four-week work placement with one of our esteemed industry partners.
With an ageing population, there is high demand for qualified aged care workers. Many of our students are offered work on completion of their placement.
Holmesglen offers effective study options (fully on-campus training with access to online learning resources). You will need to attend classes 3 days per week for 18 weeks from 9.30am – 4.00pm. You will also need to complete some online learning tasks.
Your timetable options are:
Chadstone campus (face-to-face, on-campus delivery)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday groups
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday groups
To receive this qualification you must complete 9 core units and 6 elective units. Holmesglen has chosen elective units based on industry feedback around the skills required for the job. If you have already completed other eligible units, they may be counted towards this program.
Practical placement is split into two, two-week blocks and your attendance is required from 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Holmesglen will find your placement for you and you will be supported by a Holmesglen trainer during your placement.
||Provide individualised support
||Follow safe work practices for direct client care
||Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
||Support independence and wellbeing
||Communicate and work in health or community services
||Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
||Provide support to people living with dementia
||Work effectively in aged care
||Work with diverse people
||Recognise and report risk of falls
||Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
||Deliver care services using a palliative approach
||Recognise healthy body systems
||Work legally and ethically
||Provide First Aid
| Code || Name |
|CHCCCS031||Provide individualised support|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|HLTINF006||Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control|
|CHCCCS040||Support independence and wellbeing|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCCCS038||Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support|
|CHCAGE011||Provide support to people living with dementia|
|CHCAGE013||Work effectively in aged care|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCAGE007||Recognise and report risk of falls|
|CHCCCS044||Follow established person-centred behaviour supports|
|CHCPAL003||Deliver care services using a palliative approach|
|CHCCCS041||Recognise healthy body systems|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
|HLTAID011||Provide First Aid|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
To be eligible, students must be at least 18 years of age.
Before you can start your practical placement, you will be required to:
- provide a clear National Criminal History (Police) Check
- provide a record of your immunisation history
- provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccinations
- provide evidence of your flu vaccination
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) qualification.
Connections with industry
Holmesglen has close working relationships with many high-quality aged care providers, with whom we partner for practical placements and whose representatives sit on our Aged Care Course Advisory Committee.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession
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