CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

National ID: CHC33015 State ID: AA66
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This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees.

Learn how to empower and support the independence of our elders needing care and join one of Australia's fastest growing industries

When you complete the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) you will be ready to start a rewarding career providing direct care to clients in residential, home and community settings.

Aged Care Workers provide personal, physical and emotional support to older people who require assistance with daily living. When you provide support to older people you are able to make a tremendous difference to their quality of life and achieve real personal satisfaction through your work. Aged care work is rewarding in itself and provides the opportunity to meet a wide variety of older people.

This course includes 120 hours of supervised work placement, where you'll be able to apply your training in a meaningful and relevant way, and gain real industry experience.


This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from January 1 2021 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

  • Empower or re-enable older people
  • Work with people from different cultures
  • Work and build relationships within a small team
  • Implement effective communication strategies
  • Learn the effects of dementia and the management of any related changes
  • Enjoy providing quality support for people who are frail aged or living with disabilities
  • Empathetic with a strong sense of compassion and respect for individuals
  • Patient, discrete and committed to the rights of elderly people
  • Calm disposition and loving attitude
  • Reliable, motivated and flexible
  • Good time management skills

Follow the link to find further information to help you make an informed choice about the suitability of this course.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

Prior to enrolment into this qualification, please consider:
•    If you are under 18 years of age
•    Any criminal conviction as it will appear on your National Police Certificate (compulsory to obtain)
•    Any difficulty in communicating with either workers or clients. (I.e. difficulty with written or spoken English)
•    Manual tasks are involved in personal care work, including lifting
•    Ability to set aside between four and five days/week for attendance at classes, work placement and study
•    Likelihood of finding it difficult or distressing to provide personal care such as toileting and bathing for clients of any gender and varying ages
•    Ability to attend your work placement regularly and reliably

Work placement for all programs is 120 hours.

At Mt Lawley campus, in partnership with industry you will learn through class work, simulation and early immersion into the work place. You'll begin with eight weeks full-time on campus and then students will move to two days per week industry placement plus one day per week on campus for the remainder of the semester.

At Midland and McLarty campuses full-time students will attend classes on campus for approximately 14 weeks and then complete 3 weeks of work placement.

In order to start your work placement you will need the following:

  • Immunisations and to provide evidence of vaccinations (cost will vary depending on your doctor and what vaccinations are needed)
  • Police clearance (approx. $72)
  • Polo shirt (approx. $29)

At Midland and McLarty campuses full-time students will need to attend class three days per week, for approximately 14 weeks followed by three weeks of work placement.

At Mt Lawley campus we offer a partnership program with industry. You'll begin with eight weeks full-time on campus and then move to two days per week industry placement plus one day per week on campus for the remainder of the semester.

In addition to the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately five hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

Work placement for all programs is 120 hours.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

On your first day you should bring your North Metropolitan TAFE confirmation of enrolment, your student ID and stationery (pen and exercise book).
As a student you will also have additional costs associated with your study, for example, you will need to obtain a National Police Clearance, and you will need to pay for stationery, printing and other materials required for your assignments.

Other job titles may include:

  • In Home Respite Worker
  • Care Service Employee | Care Assistant | Care Worker
  • Residential Care Worker | Residential Support Worker
  • Residential Aide | Home Care Assistant

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees until 31 December 2021. The “annual fees cap” means that full-fee paying students will only pay a maximum of $1,200 (plus resource fee) and concession-fee paying students or those aged 15-24 years will only pay up to $400 (plus resource fee). Please see below an approximate estimate of what you will pay on enrolment.

Annual Full fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
866.70 140.00 1006.70


Annual Concession fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
256.80 140.00 396.80

These fees are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis.

  • Fees might differ between courses delivered at different campuses due to the elective units included in the course study plan or adapting courses to meet local industry needs.
  • Fees may also differ for each individual student depending on the units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
  • Fees are payable at enrolment each semester for the units enrolled for that period. Some year-long courses might have a bigger fee load in the first semester.
  • Proof of concession must be presented to access concession rates if eligible. 
  • For secondary school aged persons (in 2021, students born on or after 1 July 2003 who are at least 15 years old) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2021 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees.
  • Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses (such as short courses), or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.).
  • Prices quoted include resource fees, but do not include material fees such as the cost of books, uniforms and students personal equipment.
  • The course fee cap applicable to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas only applies during the current calendar year, so fees might differ for students enrolling in semester 2.
  • VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.
  • Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

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Semester 2, 2021

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Where Joondalup (McLarty Avenue)
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Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2021
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Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Mount Lawley
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