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Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Code: CHC30212

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Just imagine having a job that rewards you day in, day out… Certificate III in Aged Care training is perfect for those wishing to become a:

  • Aged Care Worker or Care Assistant
  • Community Care or Support Worker
  • Field Officer
  • Personal or Residential Care Worker
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Nursing or Home Care Assistant
  • Disability Service Officer in Support of our Aged Community

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What Will you Learn in the Certificate III in Aged Care?

This is Australia’s newest Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212), which supersedes the older Certificate III in Aged Care CHC30208 qualification.

Our Certificate III in Aged Care Courses will teach you many of the important aspects of the day to day caring for elderly individuals within your community. You will learn how to work effectively with older people and meet their particular care needs, and deliver care services that support individual health and emotional well-being.

Aged Care training will give you the tools you need to support older people to maintain their independence, identify healthy body systems, assist with medication, and provide support for people living with dementia.

Additionally, throughout our aged care courses you will learn more general skills to help you work and communicate effectively in the community sector, follow safety procedures, and comply with information requirements of the aged and community care sectors.

Certificate III in Aged Care Course Outline

Inspire Education will provide you first-class training and student support while you undertake your Nationally Recognised and Accredited Certificate III in Aged Care CHC30212.

Course Delivery:  The most effective and popular method of delivery for our aged care course is Online Learning, enabling your to work on your Certificate III in Aged Care at your own pace.

Course Duration:  You will have 12 months to complete the course from your enrolment date through online/distance learning. Inspire Education has a continual intake of students on this basis.

Nominal Hours:  There are a total of 520 nominal hours for this course (including Vocational Placement). This equals approximately 10 hours of study per week, however you may work at your own pace and complete your course faster if you’d like!

Assessment Methods:  Assessment is conducted using a combination of written questions, case studies, observation and a skills journal to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in aged care.

CHC30212 Course Units

The Cert III in Aged Care is comprised of 10 core units, and 4 electives (14 units in total). It is Australia’s nationally recognised and accredited qualification in aged care, and our elective units have been carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of care professionals looking to care for elderly people.

Core Units:

CHCAC317A – Support older people to maintain their independence
CHCAC318B – Work effectively with older people
CHCAC319A – Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCS411C – Work effectively in the community sector
CHCICS301B – Provide support to meet personal care needs
CHCICS302B – Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
CHCICS303A – Support individual health and emotional wellbeing
CHCWHS312A – Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
CHCPA301B – Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTAP301B – Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context


CHCDIS301C – Work effectively with people with disability
HLTFA311A – Apply first aid*
HLTHIR403C – Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
CHCICS304B – Work effectively with carers

This Aged Care course shares some units with other community care qualifications, such as the Certificate III in Home and Community Care or the Certificate III in Disability. Inspire offers a Combined Certificate III in Aged Care and Home and Community Care so that you can complete both qualifications at the same time!

Additional Units:
(when applying for the Combined Certificate III in Aged Care/Certificate III in Home and Community Care)

CHCHC311B – Work effectively in home and community care

* NOTE: The HLTFA311A Apply First Aid unit is NOT delivered by Inspire Education, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites required to enter the Certificate III in Aged Care.
However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills


To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources
  • Multimedia Resources and Simulated Environment
  • Vocational Placement Information and Support
  • Online Forums and Student Community
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • A Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (ADSL 2+ and Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Latest Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • Microsoft Word 97 or later
  • A Registered Aged Care Facility to complete vocational placement

Students must undergo a police check for a criminal background in order to work in this field, and may have to undertake additional manual handling training before commencing Vocational Placement.

Vocational Placement

To successfully complete this qualification you will need to initiate contact with a registered Aged Care facility to complete workplace-based experience (minimum 80 hours and maximum 240 hours). This is to give you  practical experience in working with elderly persons and has been specifically designed to assist you develop the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively with elderly individuals.

You can see what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider here >> Vocational Placement FAQs

Note: If you decide to undertake the Combined Certificate course option including TWO Certificates (Aged Care and Home & Community Care), you will be required to complete TWO work placements, one with a Home and Community Care provider AND the second in an Aged Care facility.

Qualification Pathways

The Certificate III in Aged Care is suitable for anyone looking to enter the aged care industry, and seeking to gain employment at a entry level. Once enrolled, you may also consider additional training to complement your aged care skills, with courses such as:

Upon completion, possible further training includes:

  • Certificate IV in Aged Care (CHC40108)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.


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