National code: CHC33015

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

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Overview About this course

Kickstart a rewarding career as a disability support worker in a skills shortage area and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Provide individualised support to help your clients reach their full potential, engage with their community and pursue their personal goals.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Provide support to meet personal care needs

  • Provide help with domestic duties

  • Help clients navigate the NDIS landscape and gain access to other services

  • Empower clients to reach their independence and social inclusion goals

  • Use discretion and judgement in a variety of circumstances

Course Outcomes

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

  • Real-world experience in 120 hours of work placement

  • Experience in a simulated community and/or supported accommodation environment

  • Experience caring for clients with disability either in their home or in supported accommodation

  • A strong pathway to further study in disability support, community services or nursing A First Aid Certificate

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

  • Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases

  • Health care worker/student vaccination record card

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC) depending on your work placement

  • Signed code of conduct form and any other forms

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

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

  • An enjoyment of working with people

  • The ability to multi-task

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

  • Access to a computer and reliable internet. #Note: if needed, you can access computers and internet on campus

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: disability support worker, residential support worker, disability school support officer and disability service officer.

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 (Disability) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

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

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 (Disability) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 Units of competency, including 7 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.

  • Provide individualised support CHCCCS015

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002

  • Support independence and wellbeing CHCCCS023

  • Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005

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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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

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