International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$8,170 - A$8,980


0.5 Year


The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) will give you the skills to work as an aged care worker in the expanding aged care industry. You will learn how to care for clients, create relationships, network with the community and practice professionalism. You will complete work placement and experience career satisfaction as you support elderly people to maintain independence and achieve their personal goals in a residential setting.

TAFE NSW has worked with industry partners to create this Aged Care qualification, and our strong relationship with communities and relevant medical bodies means you will graduate with confidence.

**This qualification is superseded.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**


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Empower clients to reach their goals
  • Provide information and advice to clients
  • Provide tailored support to clients with diverse needs
  • Create safe and supportive practices
  • Work with clients with impairments


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your practical skills in providing safe and beneficial care and sharpen your specialisation in aiding aged people, including learning to:

  • Provide First Aid responses including CPR in an emergency
  • Support relationships with carers and family
  • Meet personal care needs
  • Work safely with manual handling skills
  • Uphold legal and ethical standards in a residential aged care setting


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to care for clients with differing needs and requirements, including:

  • A passion for empowering aged clients
  • Support and empathy
  • Collaborative team skills
  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to problem-solve
  • A keen interest in health care


The aged care industry is changing to provide seniors with better ways of living, while being supported by multi-skilled caregivers to improve quality of life. Globally, the demand for health care workers is predicated to grow to 80 million by 2030. The health care industry will struggle to keep up with this demand, which will make you a highly sought after graduate with strong career opportunities.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

TAFE NSW will secure a work placement for you and assist with coordinating the workplace learning and other workplace activities you will undertake. This is in line with TAFE NSW policy. Work placement is a learning opportunity, which means that you cannot be paid for your time there. Work placements generally only begin after you have had a reasonable amount of contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties.

Before you start work placement you should be aware that you may be required to obtain:

  • National Police Check
  • Vaccinations against infectious diseases (like the flu)

This is standard procedure for a work placement in a public or medical or aged care facility. Your teachers will provide further advice.

Work Placement Hours:

  • This course includes 120 hours of mandatory work placement which meets the minimum hours mandated for this qualification.

To be prepared for this course, it is highly recommended that you:

  • Have a passion for helping people
  • Have great communication skills
  • Are able to multi-task
  • Are a collaborative team player

You must also have a reasonable level of fitness and flexibility to carry out:

  • Manual handling tasks
  • First aid responses including performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Castle Hill Feb A$8,170
Kingswood Feb , Jul A$8,170
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$8,170
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb , Jul A$8,170
Port Macquarie Feb A$8,170
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$8,170
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,170
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Castle Hill Feb A$8,980
Kingswood Feb , Jul A$8,980
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$8,980
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb , Jul A$8,980
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$8,980
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,980


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and student experience.

Be supported during your time with TAFE NSW:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules:
  • This course requires a total of 13 units, made up of 7 core units and 6 elective units.
  • All GroupA electives must be selected for award of the CHC33015 Certificate III inIndividual Support (Ageing), along with an additional 3 units from the electives listed, anyendorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevantto the work outcome.
  • Core Units:
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS002 Follow established person centered behavior supports
  • CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
  • CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
  • CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
  • CHCAGE006 Provide food services
  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
  • CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behavior
  • CHCCCS013 Provide basic foot care
  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCCCS021 Respond to suspected abuse
  • CHCCCS022 Facilitate independent travel
  • CHCCCS024 Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
  • CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCECD001 Analyse and apply information that supports employment and career development
  • CHCECD002 Deliver and monitor contracted employment services
  • CHCEDU005 Work with clients to identify financial literacy education needs
  • CHCEDU006 Improve clients fundamental financial literacy skills
  • CHCGRP001 Support group activities
  • CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
  • CHCLAH001 Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
  • CHCLAH002 Contribute to leisure and health programming
  • CHCLAH003 Participate in planning implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
  • CHCLLN001 Respond to client language literacy and numeracy needs
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCPRT002 Support the rights and safety of children and young people
  • CHCSET001 Work with forced migrants
  • CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people
  • HLTAHA018 Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
  • HLTAHA019 Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualized plans
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTOHC001 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
  • HLT0HC004 Provide or assist with oral hygiene
  • HLTOHC005 Use basic oral health screening tools
  • BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information
  • BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • BSBWOR204 Use business technology
  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
  • SITHCCC201 Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • SITHCCC307 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • TLIC1051A Operate commercial vehicle
  • TLIC3011 Transport passengers with disabilities
  • TLIH2001A Interpret road maps and navigate pre-determined routes


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Aged Care Support study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.