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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
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.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
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.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) does not have any related courses.
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.
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.
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.
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
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