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

Successfully completing an aged care course 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 care for people who require support to be 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 our aged care courses, students learn everything needed to provide person-centred support to those with unique needs. Students gain valuable experience in creating a tailored care plan in line with their patient’s needs, recognise healthy body systems, understand their legal and professional responsibilities, build relationships with clients, provide emotional support, infection control policies, the need to report 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 Sydney 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 individual support course in Sydney integrates scheduled, in-person classroom-based learning, online e-learning for self-paced study, and a minimum of 120 hours of work placement. All three components must be completed within 12 months.

In the in-person training, students acquire practical skills necessary for individualized patient support. Class time runs from 9 am to 5 pm each weekday, full-time, spanning three weeks and at least 15 sessions.

For the theoretical portion, students need a computer and reliable internet access for approximately 30 to 60 hours of self-paced study at home.

Beyond training, students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement as part of the course requirements. Arranging this work experience is the responsibility of the students.


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

Given Australia’s aging population, it’s no surprise that the aged care industry is experiencing significant growth. The Australian government anticipates 179,000 job openings in aged care over the next five years. With a substantial demand for skilled aged care workers, there’s never been a more opportune moment to enter this thriving sector.

Attaining a Certificate III in Individual Support with a focus on aged care provides graduates with diverse job opportunities in health or community services. As a successful graduate, you may find yourself working with various potential employers and aged care facilities. Some potential career paths include:

These first steps represent just the beginning for those who successfully complete the nationally recognised Certificate III in Individual Support. Through additional studies, graduates may eventually progress to more advanced roles in healthcare, taking on greater responsibilities such as emergency services or even becoming a registered nurse.


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Skills Training College’s aged care program typically spans three weeks, with the exact duration influenced by a student’s skills and commitment to at-home theoretical study and work placements. The full-time classroom-based training runs for three weeks, from 9 am to 5 pm each day, consisting of a minimum of 15 sessions. The self-paced theoretical study takes approximately 30-60 hours, and students must complete at least 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 the course is completed online, but the practical skills needed for aged care can only be acquired through hands-on training. There’s no online or distance learning available for aged care courses. Practical skills, such as infection prevention and control policies and assisting clients with medication, require hands-on training.

Emotionally, aged care work can be challenging. However, for those with compassion and motivation, the rewarding career outcomes compensate for the difficulties. Aged care workers, regardless of specialty, face direct client care in challenging situations. Specializations like palliative care or dementia care present unique challenges.

Finding work or volunteer opportunities depends on career goals. Online searches for aged care facilities, residences, or retirement villages offer avenues into community services. Practical placement locations may become future employers, and if struggling, trainers can provide guidance.

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 wanting to expand beyond basic support, additional studies in disability care, manual handling, first aid, and obtaining a blue card for working with children are beneficial. While these complement a Certificate III, currently, Skills Training College does not offer Certificate IV courses in healthcare.

Yes. If already working with elderly individuals, course expenses can be tax-deductible for upskilling or maintaining positions. It’s advisable to consult with an accountant or tax specialist for accurate information.