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Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

  • National Course Code: CHC33015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC33015-02V02-20WWG-012

Location – Wagga Wagga

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

Enquire Now

Study Commitment

40 Hours per week

Duration

21 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

Students should be over the age of 16, as recommended by our aged care industry partners.

Learners are required to have a basic level of literacy, English language skills (level 3) and a beginning level of employability / life skills that will enable them to safely care for elderly people in a busy environment, on course completion.

Students are expected to be able to work independently and may have some foundation knowledge and skills in the health and informal caring areas. This can include any previous or ongoing experience that will have contributed to their awareness of and development in the community services industry. This information is collected prior to enrolment in pre-selection forms from all potential applicants

You will need to complete 120 hrs of supervised workplace experience, in a residential aged care environment. Teachers will organise student work placement and match students to relevant organisations . Depending on the type of organisation the students undertake work placement, some or all of the following advice will apply:

  • Satisfactorily completed a National Criminal Record Check
  • Undertake occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases and provide health care worker/student vaccination record card if completing placement in a NSW Health run aged care facility e.g. a MPS.
  • Some facilities require students to have a Working With Children Check.

You will be responsible for travel costs to complete on the job learning activities and field trips, and for having the appropriate clothing for work placement (white polo shirt, black/navy pants and black/navy enclosed shoes with non-slip soles).

You will be required to get:

  • National Police Check (approximately $55 - current price available on Australian Federal Police website) prior to the first day of class.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full-time face-to-face course. You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 21 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 22 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 18 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including assignment preparation, homework & research.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course is designed for people who are interested in caring for older people in an aged care facility. The delivery involves face to face teaching, with assessments completed online, on placement and in the practical teaching labs, by qualified educators who will prepare you for a career in the aged care industry.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

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

  • Counsellors, LLN specialists, helpdesk and online learning support
  • Guidance from library staff & student support services.
  • Contact with teachers via email, Skype calls & allocated meeting times.
  • Work Placement Support

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

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am to 3.30pm. 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?

Further costs in addition to your student fees may be applicable for this qualification. These costs are to provide you with additional resources and/or Incidentals to support your learning. The following Incidentals are available for purchase at your local campus reception, class co-ordinator or you can source this item yourself:

  • Text book: Individual Support in Australia - $74 approx.

The following incidentals can be sourced yourself:

  • Workplace clothing - approximately $60.

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

Semester two starts July 2020. Enquire now to be notified when enrolments open.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or 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.

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place.

As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee or Apprentice please call 131 601 for full details.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
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
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication

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

Wagga Wagga
Macleay & Coleman Streets, Wagga Wagga
Phone 131 601

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