CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support

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Get started in a career in aged care with the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support. This entry level qualification is for anyone who wants to work in the aged care industry.

Qualified carers who work across jobs in health, aged care and disability care are in high demand, with the industry set to lead Queensland’s employment growth into 2018. Around 50,000 new Queensland jobs are forecast to be generated in the healthcare and social assistance industry over the next 12 – 24 months.

This course is suited to those who want a career change, are re-entering the workforce or want to kick off a meaningful and rewarding career with excellent employment prospects.



CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support 

Delivery Mode

Course Duration
12 months distance

Nationally Recognised 

Practical Placement
Min. 120hrs that we can organise for you.

Government Funding & Fees 
Certificate 3 Guarantee
User Choice funding

Payment Methods
Payment Plans, Direct Debt, Debt/Credit Card, Cash, Catalyst Plus Interest Free Student Loans


Course Units

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health and community services
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using palliative care
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients


CHCCCS001 Assess the needs of people with chronic disease

HLTAID003 Provide first aid (Metropolitan regions only)


Entry Requirements

There are no academic entry requirements for this course. Successful applicants will need to:

  • Achieve a level of language, literacy and numeracy appropriate for a Certificate III course
  • Be able to handle physical aspects of the role
  • Be emotionally equipped to handle the role
  • Have a passion for caring for the elderly

How is this course delivered and assessed?

  • For classroom delivery, this course is delivered 2 days a week for a 16 week period, with 13 weeks in class and 3 weeks/120 hours practical placement. A full simulation week is held mid-course to develop and refine your new skills before heading into placement
  • If you choose the blended learning option you will be given access to one of our trainers guaranteed for tutorials once a month, with email and phone support in between. Blended learning students will still be required to attend a simulation week.
  • If you need more assistance our trainers are available for further tutorials on appointment. Students will also have access to one of our Student Success Coaches for one-on-one and group tutoring.


Benefits and Inclusions

  • Access to qualified and industry current trainers and assessors
  • Practical placement at one of our dedicated industry partners
  • Full simulation practice sessions to prepare you for placement
  • Royal College polo-shirt
  • Work delivery for existing workers within the industry
  • All course materials, tuition, practical placement and support services are included in the total course cost
  • Courses in Brisbane and Gold Coast include HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
  • Courses in regional areas – HLTAID003 Provide First Aid is optional (additional cost of $130)

Practical Placement

Royal College of Healthcare works closely with a number of industry employers to secure each student their 120 hours of practical placement.  Students will be required to travel at their own cost to their arranged placement and must be able to undertake shift work (typically 6am to 2pm or 2pm to 10pm).

Placement Requirements

  • National Police check (students will need to apply online and pay $42)

Practical Placement is mandatory and students will be supporting older people in their care with showering, toileting, dressing, grooming and feeding.

Students are required to wear the following uniform while on practical placement:

  • Royal College of Healthcare polo shirt (supplied)
  • Black or navy pants or knee length shorts
  • Enclosed black leather shoes


Related Courses

Course Commencement Dates

Royal College of Healthcare delivers quality aged care training in a range of delivery modes and locations including metropolitan, regional and remote Queensland. Check out our upcoming course commencement dates and find a course that’s right for you!

Upcoming Course Dates



Full Fee Student co-contribution fee (Non-Concession)* Student co-contribution fee (Concession)*
$2,995 $59 $20


Full Fee Student co-contribution fee (Non-Concession)* Student co-contribution fee (Non-Concession)*
$2,995 $1,184* $474*

* This training is delivered with Queensland government Funding.

Payment Plan

  • A payment plan allows you to pay a regular weekly amount prior to completion of your course


Students will be entitled to pay the concession cost if:

  • Students hold a Health or Pension Card
  • Students are the partner or dependant of the person who holds the Health or Pension concession card
  • Students are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Students with a disability


Subsidised training

Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding

The Queensland government will pay an amount towards the cost of this course for eligible students and the student will pay a subsidised cost – the cost above.

To be eligible for a subsidised training place students must meet the following criteria:

  • An Australian citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Temporary resident with necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
    • New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland
  • Over 15 years of age
  • Have left school
  • Must not hold a qualification at certificate III level or higher in any discipline

Students who have completed year 12 and are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare can access this course fee free up to twelve months after completing year 12.


Students will receive certification for the nationally accredited course CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support

Career Outcomes

The course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work as one of the following:

  • Personal Care Worker (PCW) in aged care
  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN) in a hospital
  • Disability Support Worker in a disability house or with a disability client
  • Community Care Worker in Community Centres
  • Home Care Assistant in the homes of elderly people

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