In a nutshell
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community), offered by Open Colleges, prepares students in SA to pursue careers as care and support workers in the community and residential aged care sector.
Combining the the ‘Ageing’ specialisation and ‘Home and Community’ specialisation in the one qualification, this course covers the fundamentals of providing care and support in a variety of settings. You’ll learn to provide support to people living with dementia, and facilitate the empowerment of older people; promote independence and wellbeing while meeting support and care needs; and provide home and community support services to a diverse range of people.
In addition to essential theory and underpinning knowledge, the course also provides valuable on-the-job experience through 120 hours of practical work placement.
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or certain temporary visas with study rights; AND
- Reside in South Australia; AND
- Complete the Core Skills Test; AND
- You will also need to:
- Have successfully completed Year 10 or its equivalent in Australia, OR
- Apply based on your work and/or life experience.
In this aged care course, the subjects you may study include:
- CHCAGE001 - Facilitate the empowerment of older people
- CHCAGE005 - Provide support to people living with dementia
- CHCCCS009 - Facilitate responsible behaviour
- CHCCCS011 - Meet personal support needs
- CHCCCS015 - Provide individualised support
- CHCCCS023 - Support independence and wellbeing
- CHCCCS025 - Support relationships with carers and families
- CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
- CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
- CHCHCS001 - Provide home and community support services
- CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
- HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
- HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.
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: