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Develop the skills to care for those within the aged care sector

This Certificate III in Individual Support is specific to the Aged Care sector it is an additional course to Certificate III qualifications in Home and Community Care (HACC) or Disability.

The Certificate III in Aged Care is designed to provide training to entry level workers who want to work in residential aged care facilities, community care and nursing homes. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to gain employment within the Aged Care environment.

Throughout your training, the focus will be on empowering you with the knowledge and competencies required by Aged Care workers to deliver individualised person-centred support to people who may require assistance due to ageing in community or residential based settings.

You will be taught how to use discretion and judgement in relation to providing this support and to take ownership of tasks and outcomes.

You will be required to complete a total of 120 hours of industry (work) placement over the course of your studies as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency. Prior to placement you will receive simulated training in our “State of the Art” Health facilities.

This course will train you for entry-level care work positions. You will learn:
• About the human body and how to support its healthy functioning.
• How to facilitate the empowerment of older people.
• The skills to meet personal client support needs.
• How to tailor support to meet the needs of individual clients.
• How dementia can affect a person, as well as strategies for communicating with, supporting and monitoring a client with dementia.
• How to support client independence and wellbeing.
• The tools to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, their families and co-workers.

The Certificate is perfect for people who are wanting to start a career as a care worker, as well as for those who are already working in the area but who need to formalise their qualifications in order to take the next step in their career.

Students are required to produce a valid Working with Children Check and a satisfactory police check prior to commencement of placement.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Three days a week

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements. Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

If you have any queries on the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

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Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula, Workplace
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Full Time, 6 months.
Start dates
Frankston: 13 Jul (FULL). Berwick: 13 Jul. Mornington Peninsula: 7 Sep. Bass Coast: 7 Sep