Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus
21 weeks - 12 months
Starting Date:
Port of Sale: 23/03/2023
Leongatha: 10/07/2023
Morwell: 13/7/2023
Warragul: 13/7/2023
Bairnsdale: 10/7/2023
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Morwell, Port of Sale, Warragul
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Course Overview

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Graduates with skills in the personal support industry are going to be in high demand over the new few years with around 179,000 jobs expected to become available, according to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook service.

Our Certificate III in Individual Support will help get your foot in that high-demand door. Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to apply for roles in aged care facilities, home and community care environments, disabilities or hospice facilities, just to name a few!

You’ll learn to master a range of skills in factual, technical and procedural knowledge as you learn what’s required to provide person-centred support to the best of your abilities.

You might even like to take your studies further by completing a Certificate IV in Ageing Support, a Certificate IV in Allied Health, a Certificate IV Leisure and Health or a Diploma of Nursing.

Gain specialised skills and enhance your employment opportunities for the future. Come and study with us today.

This is Michelle, one of our Individual Support teachers

Hear from Lauren, past student at TAFE Gippsland

Individual support workers focus on personal support needs while following safe work practices. They have a range of theory and practical skills required to provide individualised care in a residential, community or home-based settings. They also focus on communication skills, diversity and legal and ethical issues while understanding medical terminology and workings of a healthy body.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.


Intake Times
Sale: 23/03/2023 Thursday, Friday 9:00am–3:00pm
Bairnsdale: 10/7/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am–3:00pm
Leongatha: 10/7/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am–3:00pm
Warragul: 13/7/2023 Thursday, Friday 9:00am–3:00pm
Morwell: 13/7/2023 Thursday, Friday 9:00am–3:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community).

Career Opportunities

Job roles or employment may include but is not limited to work in aged care facilities, home & community care environments and hospice facilities.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) requires students to complete physical and academic tasks, in order to be successful with the Certificate coursework and practical placement, students are required to perform and demonstrate a number of skills including personal care requirements in a safe manner to those within their care, themselves, other students and staff.

By understanding the task required within the course work and practical placement students can make an informed decision whether the program is suitable prior to enrolment.

Click here to read the Inherent Requirements for this course

Online requirement

Participants will need access to a computer and an internet connection.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



120 hours
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Participants will need access to a computer and an internet connection

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services


Assessments are undertaken in simulated situations, role plays in the workplace, in class and written assignments, online written responses and online quizzes, workplace Practical Assessments, Portfolios, Reflective activities (online)