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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

  • National Course Code: CHC33015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC33015-03V02-20MAI-103

Location – Maitland - (Focusing on Disability)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

35.5 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 (Disability) will give you the skills for a rewarding career as a disability support worker in a skills shortage area. Learn how to provide individualised support to help your clients reach their full potential, engage with their community and pursue their personal goals.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theory and practice you will learn to:

  • Provide individualised support to meet personal care needs
  • Provide help with domestic duties
  • Help clients navigate the NDIS landscape 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
  • Work with a range of diverse clients using a strengths based approach

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the qualities to get ahead in this field:

  • Collaboration
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Great spoken and written communication

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Complete this course and gain:

  • A nationally recognised industry qualification
  • First Aid certificate

Career opportunities include:

  • Disability support worker
  • Residential support worker
  • Disability school support officer
  • Disability service officer

GROW YOUR CAREER

Continue your studies in Disability with:

  • Certificate IV Disability

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

  • Bachelor of Community Services with TAFE NSW Degrees
  • Graduate Certificate in Disability Practice
  • Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice

INDUSTRY DEMAND

The NSW Skills List identifies that there is a skills shortage for disability workers across NSW. The disability sector is a dynamic and rapidly growing industry with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being a key driver. Demand for skilled workers is expected to continue well into the future.

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can shape the career you want.

Non-traineeship

There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.

Traineeship

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the care industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

COURSE SUCCESS REQUIREMENTS

During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

You will need to meet the following success requirements to be able to undertake work placement within industry. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • Australian National Police Record Check
  • Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases
  • Health care worker/student vaccination record card
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC) depending on your work placement
  • Signed code of conduct form and any other forms
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with opportunities to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.?Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.?

During your course you will undertake a mandatory 120 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will either arrange your work placement for you or support you to find one.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

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.

TAFE NSW will make every reasonable effort to ensure that it can accomodate your language, literacy and numeracy needs. Support is based on a review of your Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills within the first 2 weeks of the commencement of study.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
To undertake 120 work placement hours. Students must therefore be either:

  • Employed in a relevant position in the relevant field of industry.
  • Undertake a work placement - teachers can determine who, how, when and where within either their own networks or support the student to gain a placement themselves at the local level.

Eligibility for work placement:
Before commencement of professional experience, students will require:

  • A completed National Police Check
  • A valid Working with Children Check for work within NSW. The WWCC can be for volunteers (if the student is undertaking an unpaid work placement or volunteer work) otherwise they will need to have a valid WWCC for those undertaking paid work. Organisations that agree to offer work placements for students must also be provided with the student's WWCC and reminded of their obligation to check the validity of the provided WWCC.

You will need to bring a USB storage device to save back up of your class work and assessments as well as have access to a computer with internet to complete any online component. Computers can be accessed by students in TAFE Libraries.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full time course. You will need to attend approximately 16.6 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 21 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 18.9 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 17.1 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation.

You are also required to attend 120 hours of work placement arranged by TAFE NSW.


IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • May have previously completed a Certificate II qualification in Community Services
  • Currently or have been engaged in voluntary roles in a community setting
  • Have lived experience as a consumer or carer in the Health and Community Services Sector
  • Are seeking to change their current career
  • Are patient
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are energetic and passionate about your community
  • Are able to work independently
  • Are professional and ethical

In addition, this course is a pathway to further training and or employment in Community Services. A day of work in Disability Services means supporting people to make positive changes in their lives. Empowering members to pursue their life goals and aspirations. If you are driven to support others, while also being passionate about your own career progression and future job prospects, TAFE NSW has a range of community service courses that will help you to reach your goals.

As an adult learner, study can sometimes be hard. It's important as you embark on your learning journey that you have a 'healthy mind and a healthy body'. Some of the subject content in this qualification may have challenging and confronting material. For example - for students with mental health lived experience some course content may trigger mental health symptoms. If you are concerned about this we can refer you to our counselling and career development services to help you make the right course choice at this time for you.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

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

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural 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)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 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?

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
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
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families

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

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Course Location

Maitland
Corner of New England Highway & Ferraby Drive, Metford
Phone 131 601

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