CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)


Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) provides an entry-level qualification allowing anyone to jumpstart a brand new career in ageing support.

This course equips students with the essential knowledge and practical skills necessary for providing tailored assistance to individuals in need, whether due to age, disability, chronic disease, or other factors. Through the selection of specific elective units, students can specialise in areas such as aged care.

Our comprehensive curriculum covers everything from tailored care plans to understanding legal responsibilities, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your career in aged care in Canberra. You’ll also receive the nationally recognised HLTHPS006 Assist Clients with Medication as part of your certification as well as HLTWHS005 – Conduct Manual Tasks Safely certification (valued at $145) at no extra cost!

Don’t let this opportunity pass by. Enrol online now to kickstart your career in aged care services at our Canberra training venue!



CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)


$599.00 (pay just $100 deposit upfront)


Crowne Plaza Canberra, 1 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT, 2601


9 Core & 6 Specialised Elective Units
Self-Paced Online Learning
Min. 5 x In-Person Workshops
120 Hours Work Placement


3 - 12 Months


Begin training as soon as you enrol


There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to provide support to someone in need. Become someone’s hero today.

To express your interest our Canberra Aged Care Course, or to request more further information, please get in contact with us.


In our Canberra aged care course, students learn everything needed to care for people requiring individualised support in the aged care sector.

Students gain valuable experience in how to create tailored care plans, recognise healthy body systems, understand legal and professional responsibilities, build relationships with clients, infection control policies, report risks and abuse in the workplace, and much more.

Core Units
CHCCCS031 – Provide individualised supportCHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
CHCCCS038 – Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving supportCHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
CHCCCS040 – Support independence and wellbeingHLTINF006 – Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
CHCCCS041 – Recognise healthy body systemsHLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
Elective UnitsSpecialised Aged Care Units
CHCCCS017 – Provide Loss & Grief SupportCHCAGE011 – Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS033 – Identify & Report AbuseCHCPAL003 – Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTHPS006 – Assist Clients with MedicationCHCAGE013 – Work effectively in aged care
FREE – HLTWHS005 – Conduct Manual Tasks Safely (Statement of Attainment)


Getting started in our Canberra Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is easy! 

There’s no previous academic or work experience requirements to enrol. However there are some minimum eligibility requirements all students have to meet including:


Students must be at least 16 years old. Students under the age of 18 must submit a signed Parental Consent Form before starting their course.


Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet connection in order to complete any online components of your course.


Students must possess basic proficiency in written and verbal English.


Students must possess basic physical fitness to perform manual tasks such as moving patients.


In addition to your regular classes, you’ll be required to attend at least five in-person, practical sessions including your HLTWHS005 – Conduct Manual Tasks Safely course.

These sessions are designed to give you crucial hands-on experience that builds your practical knowledge and skills to effectively work in the aged care industry.

We’re all about giving you the flexibility to tailor your learning to your lifestyle. After enrolment, you’ll be able to select your practical sessions to fit around your schedule.


To complete your Aged Care course you must complete 120 hours of vocational placement in a relevant industry workplace.

Before commencing work placement you must meet all the following requirements.

All costs associated with these requirements are the student’s responsibility.

Please note: requirements for work placement can vary in certain jurisdictions. Consult with our education team for more details prior to commencing your placement.



Domestic Students can enrol in Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) for $599.

Students are required to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit on enrolment with the balance of the course due at a later date.

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

Want to learn more?

Get in touch with our specialist enrollment team to learn more about Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) in Canberra.


Skills Training College’s aged care program takes at least three weeks to complete. The exact time to complete the course depends on a student’s own skill level and commitment to completing their at home theoretical study and work placements.

The classroom based training consists of a minimum of 15 sessions. Training is full time, starting at 9am and running until 5pm each day, for three weeks. The self-paced theory learning takes approximately 30-60 hours. Students must also complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement in their own time.

To work in aged care in Australia, a Certificate III in Individual Support is absolutely necessary. Students must complete the course through the aged care elective stream before they can work effectively in the aged care industry.

While one can provide personal care to a family member or loved one in need without an aged care certification, it is not recommended. Without completing a course, care givers will not be able to fully understand what is required of a them, what the safe work practices for aged care are, nor their legal responsibilities as a care giver.

No. While a portion of this course must be completed online in students’ own time, working in aged care requires skills sets which can only be achieved through practical training. As such there is no online training or distance learning available.

Necessary skills include practical training in how to recognise healthy body systems, infection prevention and control policies, and the ability to assist clients with taking their medication, among others.

Emotionally, aged care work can be challenging. However, for a compassionate and motivated person whose heart is in the right place, the career outcomes can be just as rewarding.

Aged care workers face difficult situations no matter their specialty as they provide direct client care to people facing some of life’s most confronting challenges. Palliative care workers are constantly exposed to death as they make people comfortable at the end of their lives, and provide grief and loss support to both patients and their loved ones. Dementia care services are challenging as require workers to support people with reduced mental capabilities. Any aged care worker may also have to identify and report abuse where they see aged care services not properly enacted.

How easy it is to find work, work placement, or volunteer opportunities depends on where you want to go in your aged care career. Searching online is an easy way to find aged care residences, hospices, retirement villages, and other aged care facilities. Locations such as these often have volunteers in high demand, providing an easy first step into aged care work.

The facility in which you perform your practical placement may allow you to stay on as a volunteer. They may even be one of your potential future employers. If you’re struggling to find aged care work, or a location to perform your work placement’s hours, your trainer may be able to point you in the right direction.

Yes. Workplace training is an essential part of a Certificate III in Individual Support. A simulated workplace environment is not a substitute for the real workplaces when it comes to ensuring you’ve embodied the care outcomes of an aged care course.

If you’d like to do more than just provide ageing support to people in need, you can expand your specialty by undertaking further study to advance your career. Healthcare requires a diverse range of skill sets, and the best opportunities for further studies include some of the following:

  • Disability care. Disability support is an alternative elective stream to aged care for a Certificate III in Individual Support.

  • Manual handling. Healthcare offered requires moving patients safely, a skills taught in a manual handling course.

  • First aid. First aid provides a wide range of skills, such as CPR, all of which are essential to working in health or community services.

  • A blue card. A working with children check is essential to expanding your healthcare career to work with children. Please note this course is not offered through Skills Training College.

  • A Certificate IV. The logical next step after a Certificate III level, there are many Certificate IV opportunities each instructing students with different health skills. Currently, Skills Training College does not offer any Certificate IV courses in healthcare.

An aged care course can be considered tax deductible if you already work with elderly people in a position where self-education can be considered either upskilling or maintaining your position. In these instances, your course expenses are tax deductible. Check with an accountant or tax specialist for more information.