National code: CHC33021

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.

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 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.

  • 120 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer

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

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

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

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 may include COVID-19, hepatitis A and B, and influenza vaccines

  • 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:

Disabilities Services Officer

Disabilities Services Officers work in a range of service units which provide education and community access to people with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    67%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    2,200 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    43 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,240

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    High

  • Gender share

    75% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: disability support worker, residential support worker disability school support officer, accommodation support worker, personal care assistant, community care worker and respite worker.

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 15 units of competency, including 9 core and 6 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

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 CHCCCS031

  • Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support CHCCCS038

  • Support independence and wellbeing CHCCCS040

  • 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

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