CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Aged care work presents remarkable opportunities for new and rewarding career prospects. The responsibilities of an aged care worker are many, and they all must treated with the solemnity and gravity they deserve. Being a support worker of any kind requires comprehensive training to ensure all workers have the required procedural knowledge to care for the unique needs of Australia’s older population.

An aged care qualification reflects an essential first step toward working in the aged care sector. Officially known as CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support, this course includes an elective stream for aged care which demonstrates your compassion, empathy, and dedication to assisting those who require support due to ageing.

Skills Training College is a registered training organisation offering a nationally recognised qualification to suit everyone’s needs. Our dedicated and experienced trainers lead students through practical situations and theoretical study to ensure that each of them leaves fully prepared to work in aged care. Upon your successful completion of this course you’ll earn a nationally recognised Certificate III in Individual Support, and be ready to begin your career in the aged care industry.

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A Certificate III in Individual Support provides an entry-level qualification allowing anyone to jumpstart a brand new career in ageing support. This course provides students with the vital information and practical skills required to support patients who require care tailored to their needs due to age, disability, or chronic disease, among other reasons. Students can specialise in a particular field, such as aged care, based on which elective units they choose to pursue.

An aged care qualification covers multiple fields which relate to professionals who provide person-centred support. Aged care, disability support, residential care, and community services all require care plans that are customised to patients’ unique needs.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Price: $599
Delivery: Blended (Online & In Person)

What You'll Learn

While working toward a Certificate III in Individual Support, students learn everything needed to care to provide person-centred support support to those with unique needs. Students gain valuable experience in established person-centred behaviour.

Among the practices required of them are creating an individualised plan in line with their patients’ needs, recognise healthy body systems, understanding their legal and professional responsibilities, building relationships with clients, assisting them with social inclusion via community participation, providing emotional support, infection control policies, taking responsibility by reporting risk and abuse in the workplace, and more.


Compulsory Learning Modules:
Aged Care Elective Modules:

In addition to their studies, in order to receive their Certificate III in Individual Support students must also complete at least 120 hours of work placement in an aged care setting. This must be completed in their own time. Skills Training College can assist with work placement opportunities. 

Eligibility & Enrollment

There are no academic or work experience required to enrol in a Certificate III in Individual Support. However, there are minimum eligibility requirements all students must first meet. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be at least 16 years old. Students under the age of 18 must submit a signed Parental Consent Form before undertaking any course with Skills Training College.
  • Have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection to complete the at-home portion of the course
  • Possess basic proficiency in written and verbal English in order to complete study and assessment requirements
  • Possess basic physical fitness to perform manual tasks such as moving patients.
  • Students must have a USI number

Course Fees

For a limited time Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) is offered at Skills Training College Brisbane for $599! 

Using our convenient, secure online booking platform you can pay for your course today using any Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card. 

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Course Delivery Method

Skills Training College’s aged care qualification is provided through a hybrid of scheduled in-person classroom-based learning, online e-learning which students can complete at their own pace, and at least 120 hours of work placement. All three components must be completed within a span of no more than 12 months in order to earn a Certificate III in Individual Support.

During the in-person portion of their training students learn the practical skills required to provide individualised support to patients. Class time begins at 9am and runs until 5pm each weekday, running for fulltime hours across three weeks and a minimum of 15 sessions.

At home, students will require their own computer and access to a reliable internet connection in order to complete the theoretical portion of their study in their own time. The time it takes to complete this portion is dependent on a student’s own outputs, skill, and motivation, but the approximate time is between 30 and 60 hours of self-paced study.

In addition to the practical training and theoretical study, students must also complete at least 120 hours of work placement as part of the course requirements. This can occur in a residential setting or any other aged care facility. Students must find and arrange their own work experience.


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Aged Care Careers

According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook programme, the number of people working as aged care is expected to increase significantly over the next few years. Over the next five years, there are projected to be 179,000 job openings in home and community care, meaning skilled aged care workers are in high demand.

Earning a Certificate III in Individual Support through the aged care stream opens up a world of job opportunities in aged care services for successful graduates. Among the many potential future employers and aged care facilities you may one day find yourself working for, a few possible career opportunities are:

These are only the first steps that successful completion of a Certificate III in Individual Support can provide. By undertaking further study, graduates can potentially one day find themselves moving up in healthcare to positions of even greater responsibilities, such as emergency services or as a registered nurse.


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Skills Training College’s Aged Care program typically spans three weeks. The duration varies based on the student’s skill level and commitment to at-home theoretical study and work placements.

The classroom-based training involves a minimum of 15 sessions, full-time from 9 am to 5 pm daily for three weeks. The self-paced theoretical knowledge study takes approximately 30-60 hours, depending on the student’s dedication. Students must also complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work placement in their own time.

To work in Aged Care in Australia, a Certificate III in Individual Support is crucial. The course includes an Aged Care elective stream, a prerequisite for effective work in the Aged Care sector.

While providing personal care to a family member is possible without certification, it’s not recommended. Without completing the course, caregivers may lack a full understanding of the requirements, safe work practices, and legal responsibilities.

No. Although a portion of the course can be completed online, Aged Care requires skill sets achieved through practical training. Therefore, there’s no online or distance learning available for Aged Care courses.

Necessary skills include practical training in infection prevention and control policies and assisting clients with medication.

Yes. On an emotional level, Aged Care involves caring for patients with unique and challenging needs. However, for compassionate individuals, the career outcomes can be profoundly rewarding.

Aged Care workers face challenging situations, providing direct client care to people facing life’s most confronting challenges. Each specialty, including palliative care, may expose workers to death and require identifying and reporting abuse.

Finding work, placement, or volunteer opportunities in Aged Care depends on your career goals. Online searches can help locate Aged Care facilities, often in high demand for volunteers, providing a convenient entry into community services.

Your practical placement facility may offer continued volunteer opportunities or even future employment. If finding work or a suitable work placement location is challenging, your trainer can provide guidance.

For those wanting to expand their career, complementary qualifications include Disability Care, Manual Handling, First Aid (especially CPR), and a Blue Card for working with children. While not offered through Skills Training College, a Certificate IV is the logical next step for advanced healthcare studies.

Yes, a Certificate III can be tax-deductible if you work with the elderly in a position where self-education is considered upskilling or maintaining your position. Consult with an accountant or tax specialist for more information.