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 certification 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 aged care training 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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Our aged care courses provide 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

In the pursuit of a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), students acquire comprehensive skills for delivering person-centred care to individuals with distinct needs. This program provides hands-on experience in implementing established person-centred practices.

Key responsibilities include crafting individualised plans tailored to patients’ needs, identifying healthy body systems, comprehending legal and professional obligations, establishing meaningful client relationships, aiding in social inclusion through community participation, offering emotional support, implementing infection control policies, and taking accountability by promptly reporting workplace risks and abuse, 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 our Darwin aged care course. 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 Darwin 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 course 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 no more than 12 months.

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 full-time hours across three weeks and a minimum of 15 sessions.

For the online component of their studies, students will need a personal computer and a stable internet connection to engage with the theoretical aspects of the course at their own pace. The duration for completing this segment varies based on individual effort, skill level, and motivation, typically spanning between 30 to 60 hours of self-guided study.

In addition to the hands-on training and theoretical coursework, students are obligated to fulfil a minimum of 120 hours of practical work placement, a mandatory part of the course. This practical experience can take place in a residential setting or any other aged care facility. Students are responsible for identifying and coordinating their work experience opportunities.


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

As per the Australian Government’s Job Outlook program, the demand for aged care professionals is poised to see a substantial rise in the coming years. Projections indicate a staggering 179,000 job openings in home and community care over the next five years, underscoring the heightened need for skilled aged care workers.

Achieving a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) unlocks diverse employment avenues within the aged care sector. Successful graduates can explore promising career opportunities with various potential employers and aged care facilities. Some potential paths include:

These are only the first steps that successful completion of a nationally recognised certificate in aged care 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 takes at least three weeks to complete. The course duration varies based on the student’s skill level and commitment. Classroom-based training involves a minimum of 15 sessions, running full-time from 9 am to 5 pm for three weeks.

The self-paced, theoretical knowledge study takes approximately 30-60 hours, depending on the student’s outputs. Students must also complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work placement in their own time.

Yes, to work in aged care in Darwin, a Certificate III in Individual Support is essential. The course, including the aged care elective stream, is a prerequisite for effective work in the aged care sector. While providing personal care to family members is possible without certification, it’s not recommended, as caregivers may lack a full understanding of requirements, safe practices, and legal responsibilities.

No, there is no online training or distance learning available for aged care courses in Darwin. While a portion of the course is completed online, practical training is necessary for developing skills required in aged care, such as infection prevention and control policies and assisting clients with medication.

Yes, aged care work in Darwin can be emotionally challenging due to unique and confronting patient needs. However, for compassionate individuals, the career outcomes are equally rewarding. Workers, irrespective of their specialty, face challenging situations in providing direct client care, including palliative care and the identification and reporting of abuse.

Finding work, placement, or volunteer opportunities in aged care in Darwin depends on career goals. Online searches reveal opportunities in residences, hospices, retirement villages, and other facilities. Locations like these often have a high demand for volunteers, offering a first step into community services. Practical placements may lead to volunteer opportunities and potential future employment.

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 and provides an alternative community care career.
  • 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 useful skills, notably CPR.
  • 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.

Yes, an aged care course can be considered tax-deductible in Darwin if you already work with elderly people in a capacity involving upskilling or maintaining your position. Consult with an accountant or tax specialist for more information on deductibility.