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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)


This course is a great entry-level qualification to provide you with the professional skills and tools to enter the disability-support industry. This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to disability. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support. This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team. The disability-care industry is growing at a rapid pace and according to the Government data, will require 50,000 new workers by 2022 which provides you an opportunity to develop a career in the industry and reach new heights and this course is the first definitive step towards that future.


To be successful in achieving competence in this certificate course, a candidate must complete a total of 13 units, 7 core units and 6 elective units. To achieve this qualification, students must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Please visit the link to obtain latest information on this qualification:

  • Total number of units = 15
  • 7 core units plus
  • 8 elective units, of which:

All electives must be chosen for disability specific qualification. If not listed below, 1 unit may be from any currently endorsed Training Package at Certificate III level or above OR any accredited course at Certificate III level. Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

  • 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
  • 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
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
  • HLTINF001 Comply with Infection Control

Note: these electives are recommended by the authority however, if you believe these are not suitable or not sufficient, then we can provide alternative electives to you.Please find a complete list of available electives here: Details/CHC33015


You are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of paid employment or volunteer work in a workplace to complete the practical aspects of this course. You will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as some tasks and activities may involve manual lifting, if your circumstances are such that this is a concern please contact the course coordinator to discuss reasonable adjustment. Suitable workplaces include: Day Programs, Living Skills Programs, Community Participation Programs, Supported Accommodation settings or Group Homes, Supported Employment settings, Transition to Work Programs, Centre-based or Community-based Respite Services. Note that Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks will be required in this industry and, in most cases, before work placement is commenced. At your work placement, you'll get practical, hands on experience under the guidance of your supervisor. Your supervisor will be someone with involvement in industry, who can mentor you during your placement. By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice. You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate. Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.


There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however participants are required to have or obtain sufficient Language, Literacy, Numeracy skills the physical capacity to work as an Aged Care Worker, have a positive and caring attitude in working with older people, be willing to undertake a National Police Clearance in order participate in un-paid work placement activities for a minimum of 120 hours. This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level. To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Good understanding of English
  • School certificate or equivalent (Grade 10)
  • 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Reading and Writing Skills (L) – ACSF level 2/3
  • Oral Communication skills (L) – ACSF level 3/4
  • Numeracy and Mathematics skills (N) – ACSF level 3

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, all students will be required to obtain a work with children check and also a national police check before commencing work placement.


If you have already been working in the aged-care facility for more than twelve months and are able to provide supporting evidence of your job roles, responsibilities and competencies, we will be able to recognise your prior learning on-the-job and, if all requirements are met, we can also provide you certification through RPL.


If you have done a any unit of competency from another registered provider, we can provide you credit transfer for each such unit in your qualification. The duration and fee may vary accordingly. Apt has an obligation to recognise Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other registered training organisations.


Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) gives a career pathway of direct entry into Certificate IV in Individual Support, the Diploma in Nursing (enrolled Nursing) or entry to a Bachelor of Nursing provided they meet the registration criteria. Occupational titles may include: Accommodation Support Worker, Field Officer, Assistant in Nursing, Home Care Assistant, Care Assistant, In-home Respite Worker, Care Service Employees, Nursing Assistant, Care Worker, Personal Care Assistant, Community Care Worker, Personal Care Giver, Community House Worker, Personal Care Worker, Community Support Worker, Residential Care Worker, Disability Service Officer (in some jurisdictions), Support Worker.


  • In Home Respite Worker
  • Nurse’s Aide
  • Community Access Coordinator
  • Planned activity assistant
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Care Service Employee
  • Community care worker
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Care assistant
  • Client Assistant
  • Care Worker
  • Community House Worker
  • Home care assistant
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant


Disability Support Workers (DSW) provide care either in their client's own home, or in a residential care setting. They are often expected to carry out their work in rostered shifts and may be expected to work weekends and at night. Sometimes, disability workers may be required to live-in with their client. They carry out their duties under direct or regular supervision, and within clearly defined care plans or organisational guidelines. A disability worker usually works with clients who require assistance with daily tasks and activities. A disability worker may also need to be familiar with vehicle modifications such as wheelchair hoists, modified driving controls and specially modified wheelchair accessible vehicles. A career as a DSW means you will be employed in a professional environment providing care and support to people with an intellectual and/or physical disability living in our community-based group homes. The work is not always easy, but the rewards are attractive and it will bring out the best in you. The needs of the people we care for vary, so you will need to remain flexible, adaptable and positive in everything you do. Role may include duties such as:


Usually, a candidate is required to complete a total of about 1,200 hours of studies (individual and classroom), assessments and regulated work placement. The number of hours may be affected by individual circumstances, flexible delivery and other factors. It may take up to one full year to complete all the requirements of this qualification.

  • Distance education (Australia wide)
  • Blended – Combination of classroom delivery and online delivery (Adelaide)
  • Program Fee for CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
  • $1,450 if paid up front
  • $1,550 if paid in instalments
  • Excellent resources and assessments
  • Well appointed and full-facility class rooms
  • Simulated sessions for hands-on practice and observations
  • Qualified trainers with experience and knowledge to guide you at each step

Successful completion of this program will allow participant to articulate into a number of qualifications including:

  • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC43115 Certificate IV in
  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • Other Certificate IV level programs from CHC Training Package
  • Diploma level programs from the CHC Training Package

Assessments determine whether you are capable of applying the knowledge you have gained and whether you are competent in the skill. Our assessments are clear and rigorous. We provide assessments based on the national competencybased model and assess each candidate in line with the unit’s performance criteria. Assessments range from simple classroom interactive quizzes to projects, group work and demonstration.

Visit the following link to view the training package for this qualification where you can find the conditions that must be met for assessment, the evidence that we have to collect as a proof of your competence and other relevant qualification details:

  • Work actively with people with an intellectual disability, who may also have a physical disability who are living in a group home.
  • Develop and implement programs to support clients to develop skills and abilities so they are more able to make decisions affecting their lives, live as independently as possible and to help them participate in the community
  • Encourage clients to develop personal, community and social relationships
  • Help them develop and maintain independence and safety in personal care, health care and hygiene (such as eating, dressing and bathing)
  • Assisting clients with personal care activities
  • Transporting clients to appointments, outings and social engagements
  • Using equipment to assist clients with limited mobility
  • Implementing care programs for clients in residential care facilities
  • Liaising with other health care professionals, family members and carers