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

Course Code: CHC33015
Study Area:
Aged Care and Individual Support

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.


Start date: 6 October 2021

End date: June 2022

Attendance: 3 days per week Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday 9 am -3.30 pm


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End date: TBA

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Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

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. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. 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. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don’t meet the upskilling requirement.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

This qualification may lead to a career working as a:

  • personal care worker in Residential Aged Care
  • personal care worker in Home and Community Care
  • personal care worker or disability support worker in disability services


You must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Must be aged 18 years or older
  • Attend an Information Session
  • A pre-training review interview and LLN assessment with ACSF Level 3 Literacy and Level 3 Numeracy 
  • National Police Record Check – must be dated within 12 months of practical placement
  • Up to date immunisation including Flu Vaccination (Mandatory for Placement)
  • A valid Working with Children Check
  • Commonwealth of Australia Statutory Declaration
  • Laptop/Computer and Internet Connection
  • COVID Vaccination – Mandatory in Aged Care from 17th September 2021

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.

Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirements:

    A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)
    A satisfactory National Police Check - National Police checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using the students name and the Bendigo TAFE issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
    An up to date immunisation/vaccination record as per course requirements

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 as a pathway into the 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.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
To check your eligibility click here.
Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
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*$2,418.72
Concession - average total course fee*$483.74
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,212.00
B.   Materials average fee**$165.54
C.   Consumables average fee**$108.55
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$0.00
Concession - average total course fee*$0.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$0.00
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
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 7/09/2021 12:22 PM

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