0.5 years full time equivalent or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning, Workplace
Start date:
1 February 2021
Study off-campus:
Available for Traineeship.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Turn your compassionate nature and people skills into a career with a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course provides you with foundational skills and knowledge to work in the aged, disability, home and community care industry. You’ll learn to work with individuals to support their independence and wellbeing, in their homes or in community settings.

You can choose to specialise in the following areas:

  • ageing
  • home and community
  • disability.

Through classroom learning, e-learning and a practical work placement, you’ll learn to:

  • provide individualised support, both physical and social
  • maintain personal care and other activities
  • recognise healthy body systems
  • work with diverse people.

You will also learn valuable skills in following safe work practices and working legally and ethically.

Free TAFE 2020 - apply now

Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2020.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

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This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award winning Blended Learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice in a 20-day work placement that we arrange for you. You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

Placement hours

Full time: 150 hours over eight weeks (20 days), 7am – 3pm.

Victoria University Polytechnic believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We have a strong history of community engagement, working with organisations in the region to develop programs that meet local needs.

These partnerships benefit the communities near each of our campuses, and benefit our students too. By contributing to local projects, we can ensure our students’ skills are well matched to opportunities in the region, and create networks for future employment.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Full time: three days a week (one day workshop, two days blended learning), 9am – 3.30pm

Please note that timetables are subject to change.

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Develop foundational skills and knowledge to work in the community care industry with the Certificate III in Individual Support.

Careers in individual care

Working in individual care and community services can be incredibly rewarding. Job opportunities are also high, and with this qualification from Victoria University Polytechnic, you will be sought after. Employment for aged and disability carers is expected to grow strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook).

You will have the skills to provide individualised care to those who require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Our graduates find employment working in a range of residential and community settings such as:

  • aged care facilities
  • residential group homes
  • day respite centres
  • clients’ homes.

Example job titles include:

  • care worker
  • home care assistant
  • care assistant
  • disability support worker
  • NDIS disability support worker
  • residential care worker
  • personal care assistant
  • community care worker
  • support worker.

Discover jobs and careers in the care sector.

Course structure

To be awarded CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, consisting of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, consisting of:
  • at least four (4) units from the electives listed within the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support qualification, of which, at least two (2) units must be from those units listed under Groups A, B or C;
  • up to two (2) units from the electives listed within the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support qualification, any endorsed training package or accredited course.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

The Polytechnic currently offer the following specialisation(s):

- Ageing;
- Ageing, Home and Community, and;

- Disability.

Specialisation: Ageing

To be awarded this specialisation, the following training package rules must be adhered to:

- all Group A units must be selected.



Group A: Ageing


Specialisation: Ageing, Home and Community

To be awarded this dual specialisation, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to:

- all Group A units must be selected, and;

- at least four (4) units from Group C electives must be selected.

Core units

Elective units

Group A: Ageing

Group C: Home and Community

Please note: CHCAGE001 and CHCCCS011 from the Group A Elective list are also approved electives in the Group C Elective list and will count towards the four (4) units required in this group.


Specialisation: Disability

To be awarded this specialisation, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to:

- all Group B units must be selected.

Core units


Group A: Ageing

Group B: Disability

Group C: Home and Community

Group D: Aged Care


Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for individual outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

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Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the time frame specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following is a suggested site you could visit to obtain this check:
- Police Record Check - http://www.crimcheck.org.au/check/vuhealthdisabilityagedcare

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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