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Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. 

Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Health
Skill Area
  • - Health
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course however, there are mandatory clinical placement requirements which need to be met. 

Mandatory Clinical Placement Requirements

As per the CQU Immunisation Policy and for patient and student safety, the previously recommended checks are now mandatory for any placement commencing 1 January 2018 and onwards. Refer to the Clinical Placement Guidelines and Mandatory Checks Requirements for Clinical Placement for more details.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Occupational outcome: Assistant In Nursing, Personal Care Attendant, Community Care Worker, Support Worker.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Training Package Rules
Total number of units = 13
7 core units
6 elective units, consisting of:
  • at least 4 units from the electives listed below, at least 2 units must be from those units listed under Ageing Specialisation, Disability Specialisation or Home and Community Specialisation.
  • up to 2 units from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.
Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Individual Support.

Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation. Packaging for each specialisation:
  • All Ageing Specialisation electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).
  • All Disability Specialisation electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).
  • At least four units from Home and Community Specialisation electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community).
Where a Specialisation does not list 6 units, remaining units can be chosen from the Additional Electives.

Where two specialisations are completed award of the qualification would read Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community).
Core Units
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Ageing Specialisation
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
Disability Specialisation
CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Home and Community Specialisation
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
Additional Electives
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Study Sequence - Ageing Specialisation
Enrol into one group of units at a time, as per the following order:
  1. HLTWHS002, HLTINF001 and CHCCCS011
  2. CHCPAL001 and CHCAGE005
  3. CHCCOM005 and CHCCCS015
  4. CHCDIV001 and CHCLEG001
  5. CHCCCS023 and HLTAAP001
  6. CHCAGE001 and BSBMED301
Study Sequence - Home and Community Specialisation
Enrol into one group of units at a time, as per the following order:
  1. HLTWHS002, HLTINF001 and CHCCCS011
  2. CHCCCS025 and CHCHCS001
  3. CHCCOM005 and CHCCCS015
  4. CHCDIV001 and CHCLEG001
  5. CHCCCS023 and HLTAAP001
  6. CHCAGE001 and BSBMED301
Study Sequence - Disability Specialisation

Enrol into one group of units at a time, as per the following order:

  1. HLTWHS002, HLTINF001 and CHCCCS011
  2. CHCDIS001 and CHCDIS002
  3. CHCCOM005 and CHCCCS015
  4. CHCDIV001 and CHCLEG001
  5. CHCCCS023 and HLTAAP001
  6. CHCDIS003 and CHCDIS007

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
RPL

Course Intakes

Mixed Mode

Timing
Various course intakes are available which are specific to each CQUniversity campus.

Duration and dates
9 - 12 months full-time


Summary

This course is delivered by Mixed Mode where students study online and will also be required to attend a compulsory, on-campus residential school during their study to learn the practical elements which are compulsory prior to attending work placement.  Residential schools are offered across several CQUniversity campuses.  Residential school details will be provided by your teacher.  Students must confirm residential school dates and attendance prior to booking travel and accommodation.  

Students must have approximately 27 hours per week available for study. Students will be supported through the VET Moodle platform, Zoom sessions, phone and email. 

Students studying via Mixed Mode and attending residentials at the following locations, can begin their course at the following course intakes:

CQUniversity Gladstone City
February, April, July and September. 

CQUniversity Mackay City
February, April, July and September. 

CQUniversity Noosa
February, April, July and September. 

CQUniversity Rockhampton North
April, July and September.  

CQUniversity Cairns
July, September.  

CQUniversity Townsville
July, September.  

CQUniversity Bundaberg
July, September.  


On-campus

Timing
Various course intakes are available in 2018 which are specific to each CQUniversity campus.

Duration and dates
9 - 12 months full-time


Summary

This course is available to study on on-campus at the following locations:
Please note, only the Ageing Specialisation can be studied on-campus. 

CQUniversity Gladstone City 
Course intakes are available to commence in February and July.
Classes are held for two full days each week on Mondays and Tuesdays.

CQUniversity Mackay City 
Course intakes are available to commence in February and July.
Classes are held for two full days each week on Mondays and Tuesdays.

CQUniversity Noosa
Course intakes are available to commence in July only. 
Classes are held for two full days each week on Mondays and Tuesdays.

CQUniversity Rockhampton North 
Course intakes are available to commence at July only.
Classes are held for two full days each week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

For the February intake, on-campus classes will commence the week of 29 January 2018. For the July intake, on-campus classes will commence form 16 July 2018.

Students are expected to attend on-campus classes for 14 hours a week. Additional tutorials are also offered weekly for 3 hours. Students must have approximately an additional 10 hours per week available for study in addition to attending classes and tutorials. Students will be supported through the VET Moodle platform, phone and email.


For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

No related course found.

2018 Residential School information

Students studying this course will need to attend one, compulsory four (4) day practical skills residential school.  Students will be required to have completed this residential school prior to attending a practical work placement.

Residential schools are offered across several CQUniversity campuses including:
- Cairns;
- Townsville;
- Mackay;
- Rockhampton;
- Gladstone;
- Bundaberg; and
- Noosa. 

Residential school details will be provided by your teacher and students must confirm workshop dates and attendance prior to booking travel and accommodation.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative

Community organisations successful in their application with the Queensland Government have access to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. This funding can assist students, who meet the eligibility criteria, apply for a place in their community organisation’s project. Further information about the initiative can be found at https://training.qld.gov.au/home/sqw

The following community organisations have a partnership agreement in place with CQUni, as the preferred Registered Training Organisation. This partnership gives these organisations the ability to recruit students within their community who meet the eligibility criteria set by the Department of Education and Training, and send through documentation to enable CQUni to process the pre-enrolments. 

They are:
Students currently studying or wanting to enquire about eligibility with the funding or for this course can contact the community organisation.

Online timetable

Please refer to the online Timetable for the most up to date details for on-campus classes and mixed mode residentials. Please note that dates and locations are subject to change. 

Resource and Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that you have access to the CQUniversity website. You will be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the internet. 

It is strongly recommended that you have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online resources that would include but are not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission. 

All submissions of assessment must be uploaded electronically to the VET Moodle platform. 

2018 Clinical Placement Requirements

Students are required to complete:
  • a mandatory work placement of at least 120 hours of direct support work in at least one aged care, home and community, disability or community service organisation, and
  • the assessment conditions per unit of competency, which includes work placement and/or simulated assessment
IMPORTANT: Changes to Mandatory Check Requirements 
  • In compliance with CQU Immunisation Policy and for patient and student safety, there has been a number of changes for your mandatory check requirements. These changes take effect and are now mandatory for any placement commencing 1 January 2018 and onwards.   
  • Please click here for full details of your requirements or access these requirements via the Moodle Site.   
  • Please see Mandatory Cut-Off dates for submission dates of your mandatory checks. You will not be eligible to proceed to placement if you fail to meet the deadline; there are no extensions or exceptions.
Depending upon the capacity of the health care providers/facilities in the student’s geographical area, students will be expected to travel to an alternative location in order to complete their prescribed clinical placement. Students will only be offered one placement per student, per course, per term.

Any enquiries should be directed to the WIL (Work Integrated Learning) Team via email to nursingclinical@cqu.edu.au or call (07) 4930 9124.