National code: CHC33021

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

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Overview About this course

Experience a deep sense of satisfaction as you support elderly people to maintain dignity and independence in an aged care setting. Gain the necessary skills to build a rewarding career working as an aged care worker in a skills shortage industry.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Help clients with personal care needs including bathing, toileting and dressing

  • Identify healthy body systems

  • Work in palliative care and dementia care

  • Help clients with their social and emotional health

  • Assist clients to move safely from one spot to another

  • Build relationships with carers and families

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level

  • 120 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer

  • The opportunity to establish a professional network with employers, colleagues and other students

  • Experience in providing care in a residential aged care setting

  • A strong pathway to further study in aged care, nursing or community services

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A National Police Check (NPC)

  • An NDIS Worker Check (NDISWC)

  • Vaccinations which can include COVID, hepatitis A and B and influenza

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in working with people

  • Good communication skills

  • The ability to multitask

  • Collaboration and teamwork skills

  • A reasonable level of fitness to carry out manual handling and first aid

  • Basic computer skills

Important information

  • This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing to people who have experienced traumatic events. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: individual support worker, assistant in nursing (AIN), aged care worker, aged care support worker, home and community care worker and care assistant.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 3 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 units of competency, including 9 core and 6 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002

  • Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005

  • Recognise healthy body systems CHCCCS041

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Info sessions Want to know more?

There are a total of 23 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

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