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. 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 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 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 Salisbury 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 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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Individual Support courses provide entry-level qualifications that 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

Students gain valuable experience in how to care for patients using established person-centred behaviour. Among the topics covered by the course materials are: creating an individualised plan in line with their patient’s needs, recognise healthy body systems, understand their legal and professional responsibilities, build relationships with clients, assist them with social inclusion via community participation, provide both physical and 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 Salisbury 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 Australia’s increasing elderly population, it comes as no surprise that the aged care sector is experiencing significant growth. The Australian government anticipates a substantial 179,000 job openings within the next five years. Given the abundant career prospects and a strong demand for skilled professionals, there has never been a more opportune moment to explore employment in the health or community services sector.

Attaining a Certificate III in Individual Support unlocks a multitude of career paths for graduates. As you embark on your professional journey, envision potential employers that may await you in the future. Some prospective career opportunities 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 Certificate III in Individual Support 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. A portion of this course must be completed online in students’ own time. However, the course materials for providing individualised support requires skills sets which can only be achieved through practical training, such as applying infection prevention procedures.

As such there is no online training or distance learning available. Classes are also only available at set times, meaning there is also no choice between day or evening classes; the in-person training portion can only be attending during the day starting at 9am.

Yes. On an emotional level this 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.

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 care residences, hospices, retirement villages, and other care facilities that can offer you work. Your local community services organisation can also be of assistance. 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 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 and ongoing skills development include some of the following:

  • Disability courses. Disability support is an alternative elective stream 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.