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 knowledge to care for the unique needs of Australia’s older population.

This qualification reflects an essential first step toward working in the aged care sector. Officially known as CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support, completing one of our courses demonstrates your compassion, empathy, and dedication to assisting those who require support due to aging.

Skills Training College is a registered training organisation offering a nationally recognised qualification through the best-aged care courses the Gold Coast has to offer. Our dedicated and experienced trainers provide a supportive learning environment to lead students through practical situations and theoretical study to ensure each of them leaves fully prepared to work in aged care. Upon your successful completion of an Individual Support course, you’ll receive a nationally recognised qualification and be ready to begin your career in the aged care industry.

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As you pursue your Certificate III in Individual Support, you’ll acquire comprehensive skills to deliver person-centred assistance tailored to individuals with diverse needs.

Students develop practical expertise in implementing established person-centred practices. Key responsibilities include formulating personalized plans aligned with patients’ requirements, identifying healthy body systems, grasping legal and professional obligations, establishing client relationships, facilitating social inclusion through community engagement, offering emotional support, adhering to infection control policies, taking initiative by reporting workplace risks and abuse, and more.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

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

What You'll Learn

In the Certificate III in Individual Support course, you’ll learn how to provide person-centred assistance to people with diverse needs. You’ll develop skills such as creating personalised plans, understanding legal obligations and infection control policies, building client relationships, 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 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 Gold Coast 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 Certificate III 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.

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. Vocational placement can occur in a residential setting or any other aged care facility. 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

Due to Australia’s growing elderly population, the aged care industry is experiencing significant growth. The Australian government anticipates 179,000 job openings in the next five years. With abundant career prospects and a strong demand for skilled aged care professionals, there’s no better time to embark on a career in health or community services.

Attaining a Certificate III in Individual Support unveils diverse job opportunities for graduates. Among the numerous potential employers you might work for in the future, a few potential career paths include:

These represent just the initial strides that accomplishing a Certificate III in Individual Support can offer. Through pursuing additional studies, graduates may eventually ascend in the healthcare sector, taking on roles with more significant responsibilities, such as emergency services or even becoming a registered nurses.


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Skills Training College’s Certificate III in Individual Support program typically spans three weeks. The course duration depends on a student’s proficiency and dedication to completing both at-home theoretical study and work placements.

The classroom-based training comprises a minimum of 15 sessions. Full-time sessions run from 9 am to 5 pm every day for three weeks. The self-paced theoretical study takes approximately 30-60 hours, contingent on the student’s progress. Additionally, students must fulfill a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work placement in their own time.

Certainly. To work in aged care in Australia, a Certificate III in Individual Support, especially through the aged care elective stream, is essential. This ensures that students are well-equipped to work effectively in the aged care industry.

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 requirements, safe work practices, and legal responsibilities.

No. While part of this course is completed online in students’ own time, practical training is essential for the skills required in aged care. Therefore, there is no online or distance learning available for aged care courses in Gold Coast.

Essential skills include practical training in infection prevention and control policies, as well as the ability to assist clients with taking their medication.

Yes. Emotionally, aged care work involves catering to patients with unique, challenging, or confronting needs. Nevertheless, for a compassionate and motivated person, the career outcomes can be equally rewarding.

Aged care workers confront challenging situations, providing direct client care to people facing life’s most confronting challenges. Palliative care workers, in particular, are constantly exposed to death as they provide comfort to individuals at the end of their lives, offering grief and loss support to both patients and their loved ones.

Finding work, work placement, or volunteer opportunities in aged care depends on your career goals. Online searches can connect you with aged care residences, hospices, retirement villages, and other facilities in Gold Coast. These locations often seek volunteers, providing an initial step into community services.

The facility where you complete your practical placement may allow you to continue as a volunteer or even become a potential future employer. If you face challenges in finding aged care work or a suitable location for work placement hours, your trainer can guide you.

Yes, work placement is integral to a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). A simulated workplace environment can’t substitute real workplaces in ensuring you’ve embodied the care outcomes of an aged care course.

For those aspiring to do more than providing aging support, further studies can expand your career. Healthcare demands diverse skill sets, and additional studies could include:

  • Disability courses (an alternative elective stream to aged care)

  • Manual handling (essential for moving patients safely)

  • First aid (offering a range of useful skills, notably CPR)

  • A blue card (a working with children check for expanding your healthcare career to work with children, though not offered through Skills Training College)

A Certificate IV is the logical next step after a Certificate III, with numerous opportunities offering diverse health skills. As of now, Skills Training College doesn’t provide any Certificate IV courses in healthcare.

Yes, a Certificate III can be tax-deductible if you already work with elderly people, considered either upskilling or maintaining your position. Consult with an accountant or tax specialist for more information.