Certificate III in Individual Support

Free TAFE
Free TAFE Pathways Program
Course Code CHC33021
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus, Workplace
Length Nine months excluding placement hours - Colac, Portland, Hamilton and Warrnambool campus.
Eight months includes 40 hours of placement in the course delivery - Warrnambool campus and Lyndoch Living
Commencement July (Colac), August (Warrnambool), October (Portland, Hamilton, and Colac).
Timetable Nine-month course: two days a week at the Colac, Portland, Hamilton or Warrnambool campus with an additional day of self-directed learning and assessment tasks. 120 hours of placement is undertaken outside of class hours.

Eight-month course: two days a week at Lyndoch Living and one day a week at the Warrnambool campus. This course includes 7am – 9am starts depending on the day's activities. Approximately 40 hours of placement are included in the course delivery with the remaining 80 hours undertaken outside of class hours.
Course Overview
Introduction

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 ageing, disability or some other reason. 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.

What will I Learn?

The learner will gain a wonderful hands-on learning experience covering all of the necessary aspects of being a successful worker in the Aged Care, Home and Community Care and disability sectors. You will enjoy a 120 work placement that is completely supported and set up by SWTAFE.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

This course will enable you to work as an individual support worker in an aged care, home and community care and disability setting.

  • over the past 10 years jobs in Healthcare and Social Assistance have grown by 26% with Residential Care the biggest driver of growth, growing by 10%
  • In 2012 – 350,000 workers in aged care sector, by 2050 there will need to be 1.3m workers in the aged care sector
  • 2013 - 2018 – 1 in 4 new jobs created will be in our industry or an additional 229,400 new workers

Locally we are seeing unprecedented growth in the industry with over 90% of our students gained employment or going onto further study within a month of completing the course.

Pathways

This course is a pathway to a number of other qualifications. Courses you may choose to continue study include:

Placement

Students will be required to complete 120 hours of placement which will consist of high and low care areas, rehabilitation, respite and community.

You must be 18 years of age to complete the placement component of this course. If you are under the age of 18, you can study the course work but won’t be able to complete the qualification until you turn 18 years of age and can successfully complete the work placement requirements.

Pre-Placement requirements

  • Evidence of your COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination status
  • A current police check is required prior to all students starting placement
  • It is recommended that students have HLTAID003 Provide First Aid before the commencement of the placement
  • Students may be required to obtain a Working with Children Check, depending on their placement organisation

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

On campus delivery - You must be 17 years of age at the commencement of the course and have turned 18 years of age at the time work placement is scheduled. If you are under the age of 18, you can study the course work but won’t be able to complete the qualification until you turn 18 years of age and can successfully complete the work placement requirements. You must undertake an interview and  be able to produce a current police check and working with children check prior to placement.

Lyndoch Living delivery - You must be 18 years of age at the time of enrolment. You must show evidence that you have applied for an NDIS worker screening check. Lyndoch Living acknowledges that NDIS worker screening checks can take time and will accept proof that students have applied and a statuary declaration that students do not have any issues of concern on their check.

In accordance with Department of Health directives, all residential aged care workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  This includes volunteers and students on placement.  Therefore as part of the enrolment process for this course you must provide evidence of your COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination status.  South West TAFE will be required to retain a copy of this evidence on your student file.

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Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 13 units: 7 core and 6 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $0.00
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30 $0.00
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25 $0.00
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control 35 $0.00
CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support 100 $0.00
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support 120 $0.00
CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing 80 $0.00
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems 80 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia 80 $0.00
CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care 65 $0.00
CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach 40 $0.00
CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion 60 $0.00
CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support 65 $0.00
CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach 70 $0.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Fees
Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE
    Find out more about Free TAFE Pathways Programs

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEES AND ELIGIBILITY

The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,620.00
Concession rate $725.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $12,540.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Free TAFE place will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.

Find out more about Free TAFE courses and eligibility or contact our Customer Service team.

This course is part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program

A Free TAFE Pathways Program is a group of courses that complement each other to help you continue to train for the career and industry you may wish to work in. For eligible students, these courses are tuition fee free. Depending on the course, you may still be required to pay material fees. The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.

Find out more about the Free TAFE Pathways Program and eligibility or contact us.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $57.50
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank-you email.
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment - we will assess whether you need to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and email it to you if required.
    If you are not required to undertake this assessment, you will skip to step 3.
  3. Chat to our team - your teacher or course specialist will contact you to discuss the course in more detail and ensure the right units of study are selected for you.
  4. Enrol – you will be sent an email to accept your offer for the course. By accepting, you will be directed to verify your details and submit your enrolment for processing.
  5. Pay - once we’ve completed your enrolment, we will send you an invoice to arrange payment of your course fees.

If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.