CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation)

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation)

Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015.
  • Provide first aid (HLTAID003)
  • Meet personal support needs (CHCCCS011)
  • Provide individualised support (CHCCCS015)
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care (HLTWHS002)
  • Work legally and ethically (CHCLEG001)
  • Communicate and work in health or community services (CHCCOM005)
  • Recognise healthy body systems (HLTAAP001)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Support independence and wellbeing (CHCCCS023)
  • Implement falls prevention strategies (CHCAGE002)
  • Deliver care services using a palliative approach (CHCPAL001)
  • Facilitate the empowerment of older people (CHCAGE001)
  • Provide support to people living with dementia (CHCAGE005)

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CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation) - Sydney Course

If you’re looking for a career where you can make a difference in a person’s life, have great personal satisfaction as well as flexible hours, then a career in Aged Care could be for you.

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation) is your first step in opening the door to a challenging and rewarding career providing services to elderly people in their own home, residential care facilities or day care/ respite settings where you will be working as a care support worker, personal carer, residential care worker, day care support carer.

To be successful in this course, you will need to be a compassionate and caring person who communicates well and has a real desire to work with the elderly in all aspects of their daily living requirements. This is also a great introduction to CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support that will help you further progress your career as a care team leader, care supervisor or care co-ordinator.

This course replaces the following courses:

  • CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care
  • CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care
  • CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more.

Course Outline

In this course, you will learn:

  • how to use different communication styles for the elderly who have a variety of needs
  • safe manual handling techniques when providing support to the elderly person
  • how to use various mobility and transfer equipment
  • infection control procedures
  • how to empower the elderly and support them to maintain their independence to ensure they have a quality life
  • how to work legally and ethically
  • how to assist with the organising, delivery and monitoring of different support services required by the elderly
  • first aid

Course Outcome

By the end of the course you will be able to confidently utilise the technical skills and knowledge gained to provide individualised support to the elderly, who require a variety of support needs, while applying:

  • a person centred approach
  • strategies that will maximise independence
  • active support that facilitates the empowerment of the elderly
  • knowledge of procedural practices within residential aged care facility or home and community setting
  • strategies to manage legal and ethical compliance in an organisational context

Upon successful completion of this course you will be eligible for a nationally accredited qualification CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation) giving you the skills to participate in further study in preparation for employment.

What to Bring

All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees.

Please bring:

  • notepad
  • pen

Prerequisite: Essential

  • Students will undertake an initial assessment of language, literacy and numeracy skills to ensure that this course is suitable for their ability levels.
  • Obtain a National Criminal Check (Police check)
  • Obtain a Working With Children Check (WWCC) if required by work placement facility
  • Provide a NSW Vaccination record (if required by work placement facility)

Fees and Government Subsidy Opportunities

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • An entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III.
  • Government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

If you’re a prospective student, please visit: where you will find everything you need to know about the Smart and Skilled program before you enrol.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria. This criteria will determine your exact fee. Students who meet additional specified criteria, may be eligible for a concession fee or a fee exemption. In claiming the concession or exemption students will be required to supply the required evidence to support the claim in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.

Students who are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or credit transfer from previous study will have their fee adjusted to reflect this. The amended fee will be confirmed by Training Services NSW and will be reflected in the adjusted Student Fee Statement.

Payment Plans are available through Macquarie Community College for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications. 10% deposit OR $40 (whichever is greater) required upon enrolment followed by Interest-free payment plan. Payment methods: EFTPOS, Direct Deposit, Direct Debit, Visa or MasterCard.

Study Load

All students will undertake face to face training, home study and 120 hours work placement. The amount of home study required is dependent on the experience of the student and is in addition to face to face training hours.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined in the AQF as follows:

  • Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

This is underpinned by the AQF definition of credit as follows:

  • Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications.
  • Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

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If you would like to apply for RPL, please contact us for an RPL kit.

Core Unit Components (7)

  • 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

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Elective Unit Components (6)

  • 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
  • CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

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How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • Assessment methods include written and oral tasks, practical tasks and observation by the assessor. You will be informed when assessments are to take place.

Work Placement

Students are required to complete 120 hours of work placement.

  • Completion of 120 hours in an aged care service facility is required where you will work as a volunteer student during work-placement.
  • Work placement will be divided between an aged care facility and a disability service to ensure all requirements of the training package are met.
  • Before commencing work placement, you will be required to have a current National Criminal check to allow you to work in an aged care service facility. Macquarie Community College will assist you with this application process.
  • Suitable work placement clothing is required. i.e., black pants, white polo shirt and leather (or leather like) fully enclosed shoes with non-slip soles.

Important Information

Macquarie Community College will seek work placement on your behalf and, where possible, an Aged Care facility of your choice.

What Can I Study Next?

Upon completion of the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation), you may go on to study other Certificate IV related courses such as CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance or even go further with your career in a Diploma of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing.

Delivery Mode

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Specialisation) is available in a classroom based environment. Experienced and engaging trainers will take you through the course material face to face with an individual assessment for each unit of competency and a variety of delivery modes to ensure individual learning styles are catered for.

Some resources used in class include:

  • text book references
  • white board notes and visuals
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • DVD’s
  • class discussions and group tasks
  • case studies and scenarios
  • practical simulation and group role play

On-the-job based training can also be delivered in your workplace.

Logistical Information

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more.
Other areas of delivery assessed on request.
Workplace based training delivered in your workplace.