Make a real difference in someone's life by becoming an individual support worker. The Certificate III in Individual Support gives students the tools and knowledge to support and care for older people and those in vulnerable situations.
They will learn how to provide one-on-one support through individualised plans for the elderly or people living with a disability. Students will also learn strategies and techniques for supporting people with dementia, and how to deliver care in a palliative setting. This course has been structured to meet the needs of the Aged Care Industry and to have students who complete this course job-ready.
Students undertaking the blended delivery mode are individuals returning to study, wanting to complete an entry qualification to support them to gain employment in the aged care industry. They will have the opportunity to practice their skills during placements, so they will graduate ready to make a difference.
Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.
Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions
During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.
This course prepares students for a role in community support industries, such as aged care, accommodation support, respite care, and home care assistance, in roles such as:
- Personal Care Attendant
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Home Care Assistant
- In-Home Respite Worker
- Support Worker
Working in this industry, students will provide both emotional and physical support to their clients. Students will have the skills to work across a number of settings, including disability support, aged care, and palliative care.
Personal care workers will undertake personal care requirements of their clients including assisting with bathing, grooming, toileting etc.
After graduating, participants might like to undertake further study in the:
- CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
- HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
Course Dates & Times
Seymour - Wallis Street
Blended - Starts on 9th March - Wed Classroom Thurs Virtual - 9am to 3pm / 2022
Shepparton - Fryers Street
Traineeship - Open from 17th January / 2022
Blended - Starts on 09th March - Wed Classroom Thurs Virtual - 9am to 3pm / 2022
Detailed Fee Information
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:
- are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
- will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.
Course Fees consist of 3 different components:
- Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.
Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.
GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options
Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.
GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:
- Undertake a pre-training review by interview to ensure the course suits students needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
- Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
- Trainees/School-based apprentices: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with their employer to organise an apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Applicants will also need:
- A current National Police Check with no disclosable outcomes
- A current Working With Children’s Check
- Up-to-date immunisations prior to practical placement
- A uniform for placement (GOTAFE will provide you with a uniform list)
- Access to transport to be able to get to work placement is also required
- NDIS worker screen check at least 6 weeks before placement commences
- The following textbook is recommended to students to purchase - Individual Support in Australia: Ageing, Disability, Home and Community Care - TAFE NSW published 2016
- Students will be required to assist older people or people with special needs
- Ability to assist with personal care - bathing, grooming, toileting etc
- Students will be required to be fit for work as the will be a degree of manual lifting
- Good communication skills are essential
- Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
- Access to digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
- Webcam and headset for online meetings
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Case studies
- Knowledge tests/quizzes
- Research and reports
- Roleplay/simulated assessments
- Workplace observation/demonstration
There are no tests or exams in this course and the trainer will detail the assessments and due dates are clearly given.
Attendance & Commitment
It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.
Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in any extra activities, including webinars, excursion major events off and on campus, which may include nights and weekends.
Due to its demanding nature, the course requires a high level of commitment. Applicants who are considering undertaking the course should make sure that they are free of other commitments while they study. Students will be expected to commit additional time on top of classroom hours to complete self-directed learning, reading, research and assessment requirements including preparation for practical placement.
Students are required to undertake a Practical Placement that gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to put theoretical knowledge into practice. GOTAFE organises placement and aims to place students as close to home as possible; some travel may be involved.
- Time allocated to task: Placement 1 = 40 Hours of Placement & Placement 2 = 80 Hours of Placement;
- Placement 1 = 120 Hours of Placement (2 week Aged Care Facility and 1 week HAC)
Specific to Blended delivery mode:
- Duration of 10 months full time
- 2 days per week; one day on campus, one day in a virtual classroom
- There is an optional day of on-campus study support (students can attend campus to gain support in the classroom with minimum teacher supervision). The day it occurs is negotiated between the trainer and students.
- The course is classified as full time as there are 3 contact days and then it is expected the other 2 days are required for the large amount of research required for the course.
Specific to Traineeship delivery mode:
- Duration of 12 months full time
- On-the-job learning as well as online course material study time
Educational Support Services
As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.
Support for personal issues
We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.
Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:
- Aspirations/career goals
- Educational attainment and capability
- Literacy and numeracy skills
- Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.
You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:
- Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
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