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

Course Code: CHC33015
Study Area:
Aged Care, Home and Community

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Bendigo campus:

Start date: 13 July 2020

End date: End November 2020

3 days per week - Monday to Wednesday

If you have a passion for caring for people, want to work in one of the fastest growing industries in Australia, or simply want to know how to care for your parents or grandparents when they get older, our Certificate III in Individual Support course will help you achieve your goals.

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

  • Bendigo City Campus & Echuca Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • This qualification may lead to a career as a Care Assistant, Community Care Worker or a Nursing Assistant.

  • Commonwealth of Australia Statutory Declaration
  • National Police Check
  • No pre-requisites
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment

Course overview

This qualification offers training in Ageing and Home & Community and reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

To achieve this qualification, the student must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Practical placement is undertaken as part of your studies.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • You will be asked to attend an information session, possible interview and literacy & numeracy test.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Logbook/Diary
  • Role Play
  • Presentation
  • Assignment
  • Project
  • Written test
  • Practical Assessment
  • Observation

Learning options
  • Blended
  • Classroom (Delivery Method)

Key study areas
    • Diversity
    • Community participation and social inclusion
    • Legal and ethical requirements
    • Behavioural support
    • Empowering clients
    • Strengths based approach care
    • Maintain independence
    • Working safely
    • Understanding health body systems.

Further study opportunities
  • You may continue on to higher level studies in community and health offered by Bendigo TAFE such as – Diploma of Nursing


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$1,624.00
Concession - average total course fee*$324.80
Full fee - average total course fee*$6,937.00
B.   Materials average fee**$261.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$95.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,164.60
Concession - average total course fee*$432.92
Full fee - average total course fee*$6,788.35
B.   Materials average fee**$186.50
C.   Consumables average fee**$115.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 11/06/2020 2:39 PM

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