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Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

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National ID: CHC33015 | State ID: AA66


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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.

There are two different industry placement options available to those studying this Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), you have the option of either:

Brightwater partnership program
  • Attending classes for 3 days per week for 15 weeks followed by a 4 week industry placement, or
  • At our Mt Lawley campus we also offer a partnership program with Brightwater where you attend classes for 4 days per week over the first 5 weeks followed by 2 days a week industry placement plus 1 day attending classes.
Dual qualification in partnership with Hall and Prior Health and Aged Care Group

North Metropolitan TAFE will also be offering a dual qualification in partnership with Hall and Prior Health and Aged Care Group, combining this certificate with HLT33115 AA72 Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (Acute Care).

This dual qualification program will run over 7 months with attendance as follows:

  • For the first 4 weeks you will need to attend classes at Mt Lawley campus over 4 days per week
  • Each week from week 4 through to week 27 you will complete 2 days per week of work placement at a Hall and Prior facility plus 1 day per week of classes at Mt Lawley campus
  • Online learning of 1 day per week including online assessment will also be required.

For more information view our flyer.


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.


Gain these skills
  • 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


Is this course right for me?
  • 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
What others have to say

Brightwater.pngPartnering with North Metropolitan TAFE using  a new clinical model in the Certificate lll Individual Support -- Ageing qualification has allowed us to increase the amount of placements we offer.  Brightwater"s dedicated team of support staff work closely with North Metropolitan TAFE students throughout their training to develop their job ready skills.  By the completion of their studies some students form an integral part of the team and have been offered employment which has benefited both parties.
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Your Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) prepares you for roles such as: Personal care worker, community worker, aged care worker

Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to become an aged care/support worker.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see


Further study opportunities:

As an aged care/support worker you will have the opportunity to work with aged clients, people with disabilities and mental health issues. You may wish to continue further studies in each of these specialist areas.

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Course Overview

WhereJoondalup (McLarty Avenue)
Mount Lawley

Six months (1 semester) full-time options:

  • Full-time - 3 days per week on campus for 15 weeks followed by 4 week full-time industry placement.
  • Partnership program with industry - 5 weeks intensive on campus program followed by 2 days per week industry placement plus 1 day per week on campus for the remainder of the semester.

NMT is also offering a seven month dual qualification in partnership with Hall and Prior.

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Available Semester 2, 2018
Fees and charges

View our Indicative Fees list 

Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.



Core Units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Communicate and work in health or community servicesCHCCOM005AVC29
Follow safe work practices for direct client careHLTWHS002WG739
Provide individualised supportCHCCCS015AVC63
Recognise healthy body systemsHLTAAP001AVB19
Support independence and wellbeingCHCCCS023AVC53
Work legally and ethicallyCHCLEG001AVB82
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09

Group A Elective Units -- Ageing Specialisation

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Facilitate the empowerment of older peopleCHCAGE001AVC91
Meet personal support needsCHCCCS011AVC66
Provide support to people living with dementiaCHCAGE005AVC87

Other Electives

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Deliver care services using a palliative approachCHCPAL001AVB56
Provide first aidHLTAID003WG732
Provide or assist with oral hygieneHLTOHC004AVA11
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Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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