Certificate III in Individual Support

Certificate III in Individual Support

Course Code
Study Area(s)
Free TAFE, Aged Care and Individual Support, Individual Support
Course Length
Full-time(6 months)

Start Date(s): July 2020
End Date(s): December 2020
Days and Time: 3 days per week - 9.00am to 3.30pm Wednesday
Thursday and Friday

Course Overview

If you have a passion for caring for people, want to work in one of the fastest growing industries in Australia, or simply want to know how to care for your parents or grandparents when they get older, our Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) course will help you achieve your goals.

We understand your passion in helping others. That’s why we’ve created a course that supports and fosters your enthusiasm. 

Caring for individuals requires you to be knowledgeable within a wide range of specialised areas. In 6 months, our course will prepare you for working under supervision in an Aged Care facility.  You will be required to undertake a 4 week block work placement (which is five days per week - 120 Hours) to ensure that you can practically apply what you learn in class.

Here are just a few things you will learn:

  • Promoting independance and wellbeing
  • Maintaining clients’ personal care
  • Support people with dementia
  • Palliative care services

Upon completing our nationally accredited Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) you have the opportunity to work in a number of areas of your choice, including as a:

• Care Assistant
• Community Care Worker
• Nursing Assistant


Our course experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about our aged care courses.


You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.  To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support30
CHCCCS023Support independence and wellbeing80
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services30
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically55
CHCPAL001Deliver care services using a palliative approach60
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCAGE001Facilitate the empowerment of older people50
CHCAGE005Provide support to people living with dementia65
CHCCCS011Meet personal support needs60
CHCCCS025Support relationships with carers and families70
CHCHCS001Provide home and community support services50
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems70

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course.  Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods.  You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate.  This is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

What will I study?

Please see course module list in the Course Overview section or contact us on 13TAFE (138233) or via email enquiries@kangan.edu.au for further information.

There are 13 units in the current Certificate III in Individual Support.  All units must be successfully completed in order to obtain the qualification.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

Click here to find out more about our Online Service Standards.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
685 685 $3.16 $0.63 $9.91

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13TAFE (138233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule.  There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

  • Must be aged 18 years or older at the time of placement
  • A pre-training review interview and LLN assessment with ACSF Level 3 Literacy and Level 3 Numeracy 
  • National Police Record Check – must be dated within 12 months of practical placement
  • A valid Working with Children Check
  • Commonwealth of Australia Statutory Declaration

You must be literate in written English as documentation is a large part of this work.  You will need an understanding of multicultural, indigenous culture and history and work well with local communities in providing services.



Where and how can I study?

This course is run from the Essendon Campus.




What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment in residential aged care facilities and / or home and community care.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain the skills, knowledge and professional attributes to work in the field of aged and disability care in the community and care facilities.  You must be literate in written English and IT skills, as documentation is a large part of this course and essential for employability skills.

All units are accessible online.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015).  As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

You may continue on to higher level / similar studies in community services and health offered by Kangan Institute such as courses in:

  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • Cerificate IV in Disablity
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Diploma of Community Services

How do I apply?

To apply for this coures you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained form the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13TAFE (138233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au 

How will I be selected for this course?

Applications are now open for our next intake, commencing in April 2020.

Applications can be made via the 'Apply Here' button at the top of the screen. 

As part of the application process, you are required to attend an information session where you will be given comprehensive course information; including fees, practical placement and the units you will study. You will also be able to ask any questions that you may have. You must also sit an English and Maths assessment, on campus, before you can be considered for a place in the course.