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Offering Info

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

  • National Course Code: CHC33015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC33015-02V02-20PMQ-016

Location – Port Macquarie (focused on Ageing)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

47.8 Hours per week

Duration

18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) will give you the skills to work as an aged care worker in the expanding aged care industry. Experience a deep sense of job satisfaction as you support elderly people to maintain independence and achieve their personal goals in a residential setting.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

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

  • Provide individualised support to clients with diverse needs, including people with dementia
  • Empower clients to reach their independence goals
  • Provide information and advice to clients on their oral health
  • Incorporate the concepts and practices of person-centred support

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the qualities needed to get ahead in this field:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Strong problem solving abilities
  • Great spoken and written communication skills

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Complete this course and gain:

  • A nationally recognised industry qualification
  • A First Aid certificate
  • Experience providing care in residential aged care settings

Career opportunities:

  • Aged care worker
  • Aged care support worker
  • Care assistant

GROW YOUR CAREER

This course offers a study pathway to gain employment in more senior roles:

  • Certificate IV Ageing Support
  • Diploma of Community Services

Boost your education with a degree after completing your Certificate IV:

  • Bachelor of Community Services with TAFE NSW Degrees
  • Bachelor of Nursing

INDUSTRY DEMAND

The NSW Skills List identifies that there is a skills shortage for aged care workers across NSW. With an ageing population, roles for aged and disabled carers are projected to increase by over 69,000 between now and 2023.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

TRAINING PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.

TAFE NSW REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for this course, you:

  • Must complete a National Police Check
  • May need a Working with Children Check depending on your work placement requirements
  • Must be able to complete 120 hours of work placement

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with the opportunity to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a classroom.

To achieve this qualification, you will be required to undertake 120 hours of work placement.

If you choose to study on campus or through blended delivery, TAFE NSW will organise supervised work placement in a residential aged care environment.

Important information

Different types of checks are required for different organisations. Once your work placement organisation is identified you will be informed of the requirements, which may include:

  • Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.

BE PREPARED

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

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have the ability 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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.

  1. NSW HEALTH

Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
Meet NSW Healths - Criminal Record Check requirements;
Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Healths requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/student_clearance/pages/default.aspx

  1. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:
    http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx

  2. COMMUNITY AND CHILDRENS SERVICES

Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Childrens Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:
http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check

  1. STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT

Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be enrolled in this course, you need:

  • to complete a Student Information Form at the Information Sessions, or submitted to the teaching section via Student Central, Contact Centre or in person, for the purposes of screening and suitability for the course, and to determine what individual needs a learner may require.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to be able to read and write in English adequately to complete assessments and complete workplace documentation. There is a minimum of 120 mandatory work placement hours required to complete the qualification. The work placement will be arranged by TAFE NSW team members.
  • to complete 120 hours of mandatory work placement in a Residential Aged Care Facility. Evidence of current immunisation status, a valid Working with Children Check and a National Police Check are required for verification by the TAFE NSW Workplace Coordinator by week 4 of the course in preparation of work placement. If you are not able to provide evidence of these requirements you may not be eligible to undertake work placement at the scheduled time. Please note you may be at risk of not being able to undertake work placement if certain disclosures are evident on your National Police Check. Should this situation apply to you please contact the Head Teacher to discuss further.

INFORMATION SESSIONS
There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 22.1 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for I8 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 25.7 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 20.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including pivate study, assignment preparation, work experience and research.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Want to obtain an entry level qualification to gain or retain work in the aged care industry
  • Job seekers
  • New entrants
  • Existing workers / volunteers
  • Career changers

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Student Counsellor
  • Section funded Drop-in Centre
  • Whole of campus Learner Support provided by CPALES
  • Library, Access & Equity/Disability Consultant.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • All students are required to attend class on campus, undertake self-directed learning at home, and complete three weeks (120 hours) of FULL TIME UNPAID work placement. All students must provide a current National Police Check within the first four weeks of the course. You are required to purchase a TAFE NSW Uniform Shirt (approximately $30) and a First Aid Text Book costing $25 (depending if the HLTAID003 unit is required).

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Port Macquarie
70 Widderson Street, Port Macquarie
Phone 131 601

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