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Offering Info

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

  • National Course Code: CHC33015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC33015-03V03-21PMQ-174

Location – Port Macquarie (Disability)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

14 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

14.3 Hours per week

Duration

29 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

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 may need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement within industry.

Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:
Working with Children Check (WWCC)
A current clear Australian National Police Record Check
Current vaccinations including flu (influenza) and COVID-19 and other health department immunisation requirements.
A NDIS Worker Screening Check
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Students will be responsible for costs associated with obtaining these required checks and vaccinations.

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.

To successfully complete this course you will need:

  • to provide evidence of a Working with Children Check and a Police Check prior to being placed on work placement. Generally these are not provided for students under the age of 18. Please discuss any concerns about this with the section.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Thursday, 10 June 2021 10.00am to 11.00pm Port Macquarie Campus, Building F, Ground Level, Room FG.13.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full time course. You will need to attend approximately 11.6 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 29 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 2.7 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 24.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation and research.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

Students will live or reside in the local Port Macquarie area. Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is an entry level qualification to gain employment outcomes as a support worker in the disability services sector. Students will include new entrants with no prior knowledge or learning in disabilities or health. Students may have a range of relevant life and work experiences within the sector, however, no pre-existing knowledge or skills are required for entry to the course. Students may enrol as part of a plan to change their current career or gain a qualification in their current career. In addition the course is a pathway for employment to the disability services sector where job growth and employment is increasing. Students will need access to a computer and the internet (access to technology is available at the Port Macquarie Campus) to participate in assessment activities and self-paced study.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

The community services section provides a one hour tutorial support each week where teachers are able to help with content and assessment. TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students: 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. Details current information on thes support services are made available to staff and student at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated student services team at each campus location.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday from 9.00am to 3.15pm, Thursday from 9.00am to 2.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

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?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Students will be required to purchase an equipment package for HLTAID003 - Provide first aid of $25. Information on how to do this will be provided at the time of unit delivery.

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

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

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

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Course Location

Port Macquarie
70 Widderson Street, Port Macquarie
Phone 131 601

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