CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Aged care roles offer exceptional opportunities for those seeking new and fulfilling career paths. The duties of an aged care worker are diverse and demand the respect and seriousness they rightfully deserve. Any support worker, regardless of their role, requires thorough training to equip them with the essential knowledge needed to cater to the distinct needs of Australia’s older population.

Acquiring an aged care qualification marks a crucial initial step towards entering the aged care sector. Formally recognised as the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support, this program includes a specialized stream for aged care, showcasing your compassion, empathy, and the vital skills required for success in Australia’s aged care industry.

Skills Training College, a registered training organisation, provides the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) tailored to meet diverse needs. Our committed and seasoned trainers guide students through practical scenarios and theoretical studies, ensuring each graduate emerges fully equipped to thrive in aged care. Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn a nationally recognised Certificate III in Individual Support.

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The Certificate III in Individual Support serves as an introductory qualification, offering individuals the opportunity to embark on a fresh career in community services as support workers. 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.

An individual support qualification in ageing encompasses a broad spectrum of fields relevant to professionals delivering person-centred support. Aged care, disability support, residential care, and community services all necessitate customised care plans that address the unique needs of patients.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

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

What You'll Learn

In our individual support 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. 


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 is 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 Canberra 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 courses are 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 of each other.

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 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. Students must find and arrange their own work experience.


There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to provide support to someone in need. Become someone’s hero today. To express your interest in one of these courses, or for any further information, please get in contact with us.

Aged Care Careers

Given Australia’s aging demographic, it’s no wonder that the aged care industry is experiencing significant growth. According to the Australian government, the aged care job market is projected to witness 179,000 openings in the next five years. This surge in demand makes it an opportune time to consider a career as an aged care worker.

Achieving a Certificate III in Individual Support with a focus on aged care unlocks a diverse array of job prospects in the health and community services sectors for graduates. As an aged care worker, potential future employers may include, but are not limited to:

These first steps represent just the beginning for those who successfully complete the nationally recognised Certificate III in Individual Support. Through additional studies, graduates may eventually progress to more advanced roles in healthcare, taking on greater responsibilities such as emergency services or even becoming a registered nurse.


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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.