10 months full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
12 February 2024
15 April 2024
15 July 2024

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Study off-campus:
Available for Traineeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Discover a meaningful career working in aged care or disability support by studying the Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33021 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

With a focus on practical skills and essential knowledge, this course equips you to work as a support or care worker in a variety of settings.

You can choose to specialise in ageing and/or disability.

Through classroom-based learning, e-learning and a practical work placement with support from our experienced, qualified trainers, you'll learn to:

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

Whether you're starting out in the healthcare industry or looking to upskill, the Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33021 will provide you with the tools and experience you need to thrive in this fulfilling and in-demand profession. This course is also offered through Traineeship.

Victoria University Polytechnic has academic support programs and tailored resources designed to help you succeed in your studies.

Through workshops, mentoring, and study groups, we can help you with:

  • assignments and assessment tasks
  • maths skills
  • writing skills
  • English language
  • time management
  • study strategies.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

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 around each of our campuses, and our students too.

By contributing to local projects, we can ensure your skills are well matched to opportunities in the region, and create networks for our students’ future employment.

All students must have any COVID-19 vaccine before beginning placement.

You must:

  • provide evidence of having had the COVID-19 vaccine to undertake a placement and progress within the course
  • be willing to undergo any additional checks and immunisations as directed by the University.

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Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria University Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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As part of a multi-disciplinary team, care and support workers follow individualised plans to provide support to people who require assistance due to age, disability or other reasons.

Following the Certificate III in Individual Support, you could look apply for a role as:

  • care assistant
  • care worker
  • personal care assistant
  • residential care worker
  • support worker
  • disability support worker.

Course structure

The Polytechnic currently offers the following specialisation(s):

  • Ageing;
  • Disability; and
  • Ageing and Disability.

Specialisation - Ageing
To be awarded the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), a student must successfully complete fifteen (15) units, comprising of:

  • nine (9) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, of which:
  • all Group A electives must be selected; and 
  • remaining electives can be selected from Groups A, B or C.

Specialisation - Disability
To be awarded the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), a student must successfully complete fifteen (15) units, comprising of:

  • nine (9) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, of which:
  • all Group B electives must be selected; and
  • remaining electives can be selected from Groups A, B or C.

Specialisation - Ageing and Disability
To be awarded the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability), a student must successfully completeFifteen (15) units, comprising of:

  • nine (9) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, of which:
  • all Group A and Group B electives must be selected. 

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

CORE UNITS - all students


Specialisation: Ageing Support

Group A - Ageing Specialisation

Group C - Other Electives

Specialisation: Disability Support

Group B - Disability Specialisation

Group C - Other Electives

Specialisation: Ageing and Disability Support

Group A - Ageing Specialisation

Group B - Disability Specialisation

TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY - Specialisation: Ageing



Group A - Ageing Specialisation

Group C - Other Electives

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers:

Previous completion of units at the VU 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 individuals' outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge and theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

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 subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • 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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We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability.
Practical Placement:
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires:
a current and satisfactory Police Record Check
- a current and valid NDIS Worker Screening Check
- evidence of influenza vaccination
- evidence of COVID-19 vaccination (unless an exception applies):
- fully vaccinated if under 18 years old
- fully vaccinated (booster) if 18 years and over.see here for further information: https://www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/vaccination-for-healthcare-workers
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
- NDIS Worker Screening Check - https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/national-disability-insurance-scheme

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

Available start dates:

  • 12 February 2024
  • 15 April 2024
  • 15 July 2024
  • 7 October 2024

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

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

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