Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Course Code: CHC33015

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The Cert III in Individual Support (Ageing) is Australia’s latest aged care training course, and supersedes the earlier Certificate III in Aged Care CHC30212. It is ideal for those who want to develop their career in the aged and community care sector by gaining the latest nationally accredited qualification for care givers and support workers.

The Individual Support course in Ageing will certify that you have the essential skills and knowledge required to provide support to seniors and the elderly. It supersedes the CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care.

Turn your passion for caring into a full career with one of the most sought after qualifications in the growing health services industry!

This course page is for the Aged Care specialisation of the CHC33015 course. Click on the links below to view the:
1. Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
2. Certificate III in Individual Support (Home Care)


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Where Can the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) Take Your Career?

As the most current nationally recognised and accredited aged care training course, this individual support qualification with a specialisation in Ageing is ideal for anyone who wants a rewarding career in aged care, disability, or home and community care.

You can pursue a wide variety of roles after completing the Cert III in Individual Support course in aged care, including

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Assistant in nursing
  • Care assistant
  • Care service employees
  • Care worker
  • Community care worker
  • Community house worker
  • Community support worker
  • Disability service officer (in some jurisdictions)
  • Field officer
  • Home care assistant
  • In-home respite worker
  • Nursing assistant
  • Personal care giver/worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Support worker

CHC33015 Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the Cert III Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015) through Mixed Mode Delivery, which means it will be self-paced and completed via distance education using Inspire’s online student portal. Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

This is ideal if you want to study according to your own schedule and gain your qualification as fast as you can. Your course materials are accessed online and you are free to work on the course requirements on your own time from anywhere in Australia. This aged care online course is available Australia-wide including remote areas and major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth.

COVID-19 Safe Online Workshop delivery is also available for this course. Stay safe at home during the pandemic by attending workshops set in virtual classrooms. You may choose between the options below:

  • 1-Week Workshop – Set yourself up for success by attending a 5-day online workshop with an expert trainer! During the workshop, you will commence several of the core projects and requirements of this course, including analysing case studies and answering written questions
  • 2-Week Workshop – Breakthrough a huge portion of your course by attending two (2) 5-day online workshops. You will undertake more of the critical assessment tasks and projects, including a self-reflection project, plus everything in the 1-week workshop
  • 3-Week Workshop – Maximise your time and study in the most efficient way possible by attending three (3) 5-day online workshops. You will commence more case studies and written questions in the more advanced workbooks, plus everything in the Week 1 and Week 2 workshops
  • 4-Week Workshop – Fast-track your training and gain your qualification by attending four (4), 5-day online workshops. Go through the subjects with expert trainer guidance as you continue working on case studies in more advanced workbooks

The schedules are as follows:



All online workshop delivery options come with up to 12 months self-paced online learning.

The CHC33015 course runs all throughout the year. This allows you to enrol and start your course straight away or on your preferred commencement date.

You will consolidate your skills and knowledge through undertaking a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement in a regulated Aged Care facility.

Course Duration: You will have up to 12 months starting from your commencement date to complete the course. Students can enrol anytime in the year under this delivery method.

Please read our policies and procedures in the Inspire student handbook before enrolling by clicking here.

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What Will You Learn in the Individual Support for Aged Care Course?

The Certificate III in Individual Support online course will prepare you for a rewarding career in the aged, community, or residential care sector.

You will learn how to fulfil the critical functions of aged care as caregivers for seniors and elderly individuals in your community or in registered home care facilities. These include learning how to work effectively with them and participating in creating an empowering environment.

Other critical skills and knowledge you will learn are the Australian legal and ethical frameworks you need to follow as a support carer, how to recognise healthy body systems, and what workplace health and safety practices you are required to comply with as a member of the aged care industry.

In the aged care specialisation of the CHC33015, your additional focus will be on how to empower older people, give support to dementia patients, and also meet personal support needs.

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.

Course Outline & Structure for Ageing

Inspire Education has clustered the CHC33015 to create a more effective and easy to follow learning experience. By grouping together similar course units, we have minimised the amount of repetitive course work you have to do to gain your qualification.

This means that you only need to complete 8 workbooks to complete your course instead of studying and submitting requirements for each unit individually.

You will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation as part of your enrolment. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills. The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 4 Cohorts:

  • Beginner (Full Study Model) – Limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification. No recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1,028 hours
  • Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – Moderate relevant knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 898 hours
  • Advanced (Partial Recognition Pathway) – Extensive relevant knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of 1 year or more. Study hours is up to 598 hours
  • Expert (Assessment only) – Current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive relevant knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. Study hours is up to 449 hours

Expected Study Hours: There are up to 1,028 study hours for this course (including Vocational Placement), depending on your industry experience and relevant knowledge. You may work at your own pace as an online training student and complete your course faster if you’d like!

Assessment Methods: Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written/oral questions, interviews, self-evaluation, and questionnaires), Product-based Methods (e.g. reports, displays, work samples, role plays, presentations, and outputs), Portfolio (e.g. written documents, photographs, videos, and logbooks), Direct Observation (e.g. assessments in real-time in the workplace or in a simulated off-the-job situation that reflects the workplace), Third-Party Evidence (e.g. observation, skills workbook, workplace assessment workbook, logbook, and third-party reports), and Credit Transfer

CHC33015 Course Units

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is made up of 13 total units. This covers 7 core units and 6 elective units, including the required electives to specialise in elderly or senior care.

The core units below are similar across all specialisations of this course, including Aged Care, Disability, and Home Care.

Core Units (7):

CHCCCS023 – Support independence and well being
– Recognise healthy body systems
– Communicate and work in health or community services
– Work with diverse people
– Work legally and ethically
– Follow safe work practices for direct client care
– Provide individualised support

The following electives are required to gain a specialisation in aged care.

Aged Care Electives (3):

CHCCCS011 – Meet personal support needs
– Facilitate the empowerment of older people
– Provide support to people living with dementia

Additional electives have been chosen to complete your course and ensure you have a holistic and flexible set of skills for the support services industry.

Other Electives (3):

CHCPAL001 – Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid*

*NOTE: The HLTAID003 Provide 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 entry requirements or prerequisites for this course. 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

Students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation; and
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • Obtain a positive National Criminal History check

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.



To support you in your online individual support course Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS) for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

To complete your online aged care course you will need to have access to:

  • Where possible, access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments under a supervisor (Note: Inspire Education will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments – for units applicable under simulated pathway only)
  • Computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Printer and scanner for use of template documents
  • Webcam and headset (for online workshop)
  • One (1) passenger vehicle
  • At least three (3) volunteers for role-play tasks
  • Photo, audio, and video recording equipment (e.g. phone, camera, etc.)

Vocational Placement

All students are required to complete Vocational Placement as part of this course to help you develop your skills and knowledge in caring for elderly individuals.

To gain your qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered and approved aged care facility and undertake a minimum of 120 hours and a maximum of 240 placement hours. This allows you to gain practical industry and workplace experience where you will be taught how to apply the lessons you learned during your training.

The Vocational Placement Provider must provide access to the following:

  • Induction, including fire evacuation drill, use of a fire extinguisher, emergency procedures, manual handling, infection control, and the organisation’s policies and procedures
  • Equipment and resources normally used in the workplace including patient hoists, standing lifter, wheelchair, slide sheets, and other client assistive devices and mobility aids, and PPE
  • Job descriptions and care plans
  • WHS industry guides and other relevant organisation policy, protocols, and procedures
  • Information about accreditation standards
  • Access to health management plans, personal healthcare checklists, and personal healthcare diaries
  • Access to documents specific to the work context, such as:
    • Instructions for the use of equipment
    • Specific instructions for staff
    • Emergency response procedures
    • Fire safety policies and procedures
    • Security procedures
    • Relevant accreditation standards
  • Waste management policies and procedures
  • Access to the following people:
    • One (1) colleague
    • Three (3) older persons in the workplace with individualised care plans
    • One (1) older person in a simulated environment
    • Two (2) different people living with dementia
    • One (1) person with disability
    • Two (2) people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds
    • Three (3) people in palliative care

The Vocational Placement will be conducted in accordance with these documents:

  • Vocational Placement Provider/Supervisor Information Pack
  • Vocational Placement Student Information Pack
  • Vocational Placement Coordinator Information Pack
  • Vocational Placement Agreement

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

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Qualification Pathways

The Cert III in Individual Support enables you to pursue job roles in aged, community, and residential facilities. Once enrolled, you may also consider additional training to complement your aged care skills, with courses such as:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The RPL pathway 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.

Inspire works with a range of reputable parties to market and recruit for national qualification and courses. Students of Inspire Education may be recruited by other parties under specific arrangements.

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