In a nutshell
Study the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) (CHC33015) to gain entry into community services and aged care work. Offered online through Open Colleges, and in partnership with ICM Training, this course will give you a range of skills suitable for support roles in a residential or community care environment. You will learn how to provide individualised support, assist people with dementia, work ethically and legally within a health or community services environment, and follow safe work practices.
Gain practical skills
To successfully complete this course, you must undertake a work placement of at least 120 hours in a residential aged care, home care environment or community support setting.
Open Colleges has a work placement partnership with these organisation(s):
- Group Homes Australia recognises that today’s generation of older Australians want something more than traditional aged care homes. They, and their families, want accommodation that provides high levels of respect and personal care combined within a warm, friendly environment.
- Careseekers Pty Ltd aims to connect people looking for carers with carers who are qualified and ready to work. Careseekers knows that putting a carer in a client’s home is a big step, and understands that carers need to be trustworthy, of good character and experienced.
Please note – An application process applies to work placements with Open Colleges partners.
Open Colleges lets you fit studying around your lifestyle.
What you’ll need
In order to enrol in this course, you must meet the following entry requirements:
- Have successfully completed English to Year 10 level; OR
- Have successfully completed a nationally recognised qualification at certificate II level or higher; OR
- Have 2 years’ relevant industry experience in a role that requires written communication and documentation
Applicants under the age of 18 will need to have their enrolment form signed by a parent or guardian.
In this individual support course, the subjects you will study include:
- HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems
- CHCAGE001 – Facilitate the empowerment of older people
- CHCCCS011 – Meet personal support needs
- CHCCCS015 – Provide individualised support
- CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
- CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
- HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care
- CHCAGE005 – Provide support to people living with dementia
- CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
- CHCCCS023 – Support independence and wellbeing
- CHCCCS025 – Support relationships with carers and families
- CHCHCS001 – Provide home and community support services
And one of the following electives:
- HLTHPS006 – Assist clients with medication*
- CHCCCS009 – Facilitate responsible behaviour
*This unit requires you to be employed in a workplace under the supervision of a current AHPRA Registered Nurse/DIV1
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.