CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Aged care work presents remarkable opportunities for new and rewarding career prospects. The responsibilities associated with aged care services are many, and they all must treated with the solemnity and gravity they deserve. Becoming a support worker requires comprehensive training to ensure all workers have the required knowledge to care for the unique needs of Australia’s older population.

This aged care qualification reflects an essential first step toward working in the aged care industry. 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 ageing.

Skills Training College is a registered training organisation offering a nationally recognised qualification through the best aged care courses the Morphett Vale 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 in the aged care industry. Upon your successful completion of an Individual Support course, you’ll receive a nationally recognised qualification and be ready to begin your career.

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An Individual Support courses provide entry-level qualifications which allow anyone to jumpstart a brand new career in ageing support. Our 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.

A Certificate III in Individual Support covers multiple areas relating 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

Participants in our Aged Care Course at Morphett Vale acquire practical expertise in delivering patient care through the application of person-centered approaches. The course curriculum delves into various topics, including but not limited to: formulating personalised plans aligned with patients’ needs, identifying healthy body systems, comprehending legal and professional obligations, fostering meaningful client relationships, facilitating social inclusion through community engagement, offering both physical and emotional support, adhering to infection control policies, and demonstrating accountability by reporting workplace risks and abuse. These are just a few of the essential aspects covered in the course.


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 Morphett Vale 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 program combines a hybrid approach, encompassing scheduled, in-person classroom-based learning, online e-learning for flexible 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.

During the in-person segment of the training, students acquire hands-on skills essential for delivering personalized support to individuals. Classes run from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays, spanning three weeks with a minimum of 15 sessions, providing a comprehensive full-time training experience.

For the theoretical aspect of the program, students need access to their own computer and a reliable internet connection to complete self-paced study at home. The duration of this portion varies based on individual output, skills, and motivation, typically requiring approximately 30 to 60 hours of study.

In addition to practical and theoretical components, students are obligated to fulfill a minimum of 120 hours of work placement, which can take place in a residential setting or any other care facility. Students are responsible for sourcing and 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 the aging demographic in Australia, the thriving state of the aged care sector comes as no surprise. The Australian government foresees 179,000 job openings within the next five years. With a plethora of career prospects and a robust demand for skilled professionals, there has never been a more opportune time to explore employment in health or community services.

Attaining a Certificate III in Individual Support unlocks a realm of job opportunities for graduates who meet the course requirements. As you envision your professional future, consider a range of potential employers, each offering distinct career paths. A glimpse into a few possible opportunities includes:

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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The Certificate III in Individual Support program at Skills Training College typically spans a minimum of three weeks. The exact duration varies based on the individual student’s skill level and commitment to completing the at-home theoretical study and work placements. The classroom-based training consists of a full-time schedule, commencing at 9 am and concluding at 5 pm each day, spanning three weeks with a minimum of 15 sessions. The self-paced theoretical study takes approximately 30-60 hours, contingent on the student’s efforts. Furthermore, students must dedicate a minimum of 120 hours to supervised work placement at their own pace.

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, the Aged Care Course at Skills Training College includes a mandatory in-person component that cannot be completed online. While certain portions of the course can be done in the student’s own time, practical skills, particularly those related to providing individualized support and implementing infection prevention procedures, require hands-on training. Online training and distance learning options are not available, and classes are scheduled at specific times, exclusively during daytime hours starting at 9 am.

Yes, being an aged care worker involves emotional challenges, as it requires caring for individuals with unique and sometimes confronting needs. However, for individuals with compassion and motivation, the intrinsic rewards of the career can be equally fulfilling. Aged care workers, regardless of their specialization, face difficult situations while providing direct client care. For instance, palliative care workers may be exposed to death regularly, supporting patients and their loved ones through grief and loss.

Finding work, work placements, or volunteer opportunities in aged care depends on your career goals. Online searches can lead to care residences, hospices, retirement villages, and other facilities offering opportunities. Local community services organizations are also valuable resources, often in need of volunteers, providing an accessible entry point into community services. Facilities where you complete practical placement might welcome you as a volunteer or even become potential future employers. If you encounter challenges, your trainer can offer guidance and 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.

For those wishing to expand their expertise beyond ageing support, additional qualifications can enhance their career prospects. Considerations include disability courses for an alternative elective stream in community care, manual handling courses to learn safe patient movement, first aid for essential skills like CPR, and obtaining a blue card for those aspiring to work with children. While a Certificate IV is the next level after Certificate III, Skills Training College currently does not offer Certificate IV courses in healthcare.

Yes, a Certificate III in Individual Support can be tax-deductible if you work with elderly individuals and consider the course as upskilling or maintaining your position. In such cases, course expenses may qualify for tax deductions. For detailed information, consult with an accountant or tax specialist.