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 aged care 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 Melbourne 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 one of our aged care courses, you’ll receive a nationally recognised qualification 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. Aged care training 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 based on which elective units they choose to pursue.

This 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 which 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 your qualification in Individual Support, students learn everything needed 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 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 Melbourne 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

The Certificate III program at Skills Training College is designed as a blend of structured, in-person classroom sessions, flexible online e-learning for self-paced study, and a mandatory 120 hours of work placement. All three components must be successfully completed within a timeframe of no more than 12 months.

Throughout the in-person training sessions, students acquire practical skills essential for providing personalized support to patients. Classes run from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays, spanning three weeks with a minimum of 15 sessions, providing full-time engagement.

For the theoretical aspect of the course, students will need a personal computer and a reliable internet connection for self-paced study at home. The duration of this segment varies based on the student’s efforts, skills, and motivation, typically falling between 30 and 60 hours.

Alongside practical and theoretical training, students are required to fulfill at least 120 hours of work placement as an integral part of the course. This placement can be in a residential setting or any other aged care facility, and students are responsible for arranging 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 aging population, it’s no wonder that the aged care sector is experiencing significant growth. The Australian government anticipates 179,000 job openings in the next five years. With abundant career prospects and a high demand for qualified aged care workers, there has never been a more opportune moment to secure a position in health or community services.

Attaining a Certificate III in Individual Support unlocks a myriad of job opportunities for successful graduates. Some potential future employers you might work for include:

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 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, theoretical knowledge study takes approximately 30-60 hours, depending on the student’s own outputs. Students must also complete 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 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 for aged care courses.

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

Yes. On an emotional level aged care work involves caring for patients with unique, challenging, or confronting needs. 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.

How easy it is to find work, work placement, or volunteer opportunities in ageing support depends on where you want to go in your 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 community services.

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, 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.

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

A Certificate III can be 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.

This certification can also be paid for through government subsidised training.