About this course
Use your people skills for good with this Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) TAFE course, delivered by The Gordon. This on-campus certification teaches specialised care within the aged care, disability or home and community care industries.
Delivered at The Gordon’s Geelong City or Werribee campus, or through a traineeship format, this course will prepare you for work in a community or residential setting.
A broad range of electives will give you a thorough understanding of establishing and following an individualised plan for each of your clients, as well as the skills to provide client-centric support.
You will cover everything from supporting independence and wellbeing, working with diverse people and chronic disease through to assisting clients with medication, planning and evaluating meals and menus, palliative care, first aid, leisure and group activities, homelessness and mental health issues.
For those students studying on campus, you will cover both the ageing and disability streams. Students enrolled in the traineeship will cover the home and community care specialisation.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Workplace tasks
- Written assignments
- Industry placement
As part of this certificate course, you will need to complete 120 hours of work placement to ensure you graduate with practical hands-on experience. Your work placement will be arranged by The Gordon.
Those studying this course via a traineeship will need to be employed for at least 15 hours a week, and attend classes one Monday a month at the Geelong City campus. You will be required to undergo a Police Check prior to commencing your traineeship.
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To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Have language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills at Year 10 level or above
- Have basic computer skills
- Attend an interview
- Attend a compulsory information session
- Complete a literacy and numeracy assessment
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.
In this individual support course, the units of competency you may study include:
- CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
- HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care
- CHCCCSO15 – Provide individualised support
- HLTAAP001 – Recognise health body systems
- CHCCCS023 – Support independence and wellbeing
- CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
- CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
- CHCCCS001 – Address the needs of people with chronic disease
- CHCED001 – Analyse and apply information that supports employment and career development
- HLTOHC003 – Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
- HLTHPS006 – Assist clients with medication
- HLTAHA018 – Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus according to individualised plans
- HLTAHA019 – Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
- CHCDIS004 – Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
- HLTINF001 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- CHCLAH002 – Contribute to leisure and health programming
- CHCDIS001 – Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
- BSBCUS301 – Deliver and monitor a service to customers
- CHCECD002 – Deliver and monitor contracted employment services
- CHCPAL001 – Deliver care services using a palliative approach
- CHCPRP001 – Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
- CHCYTH001 – Engage respectfully with young people
- CHCCCS022 – Facilitate independent travel
- CHCCCS006 – Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
- CHCCCS009 – Facilitate responsible behaviour
- CHCAGE001 – Facilitate the empowerment of older people
- CHCDIS007 – Facilitate established person-centred behaviour supports
- CHCEDU006 – Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
- BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
- TLIH2001A – Interpret road maps and navigate pre-determined routes
- CHCINM002 – Meet community information needs
- CHCCCS011 – Meet personal support needs
- TLIC1051A – Operate commercial vehicle
- BSBWOR301 – Organise personal work priorities and development
- CHCLAH003 – Participate in the planning implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
- SITHCCC307 – Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
- BSBINM201 – Process and maintain workplace information
- SITHCCC201 – Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery
- CHCDIVV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
- CCCCS013 – Provide basic foot care
- HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
- CHCHCS001 – Provide home and community support services
- CHCCCS017 – Provide loss and grief support
- HLTOHC004 – Provide or assist with oral hygiene
- HLTOHC001 – Recognise and respond to oral health issues
- CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
- CHCLLN001 – Respond to client language literacy and numeracy needs
- CHCCCS021 – Respond to suspected abuse
- CHCDIS003 – Support community participation and social inclusion
- CHCGRP001 – Support group activities
- CHCCCS024– Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
- CHCCCS025 – Support relationships with carers and families
- CHCPRT002 – Support the rights and safety of children and young people
- CHCCCS026 – Transport individuals
- TLIC3011 – Transport passengers with disabilities
- HLTOHC005 – Use basic oral health screening tools
- BSBWOR204 – Use business technology
- CHCLAH001 – Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
- CHCAOD001 – Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
- CHCEDU005 – Work with clients to identify financial literacy education needs
- CHCSET001 – Work with forced migrants
- CHCSOH001 – Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
- CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues
Why The Gordon?
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to three purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City, East Geelong, and in Werribee – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.
The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: