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

The Certificate III in Individual Support is designed to provide training to entry level workers who want to work specifically in residential aged care facilities, community care and nursing homes. It 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.

This course will train you for entry-level aged care support positions where you will learn:

• About the human body and how to support its healthy functioning.
• How to facilitate the empowerment of older people and tailor their support.
• Supporting and monitoring a client with dementia.
• Tools to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families and co-workers.

Within the course you will learn how to provide physical, social and emotional support to the elderly, as well as how to work as part of a team with other health professionals such as nurses and healthcare workers.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to gain employment within an aged care environment. With an ageing population, there is high demand for qualified aged care workers. Many of our students are offered work on completion of their placement.

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.

Practical sessions will be conducted in our state-of-the-art allied health facility at Frankston and Berwick, with simulated hospital rehabilitation and community environments.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula)

A minimum of 120 hours work placement is required to complete this course which will be arranged by Chisholm Institute.

This course is also available as a traineeship.

Please note: 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.  

Students will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to coming onto campus or going on placement.  Visit our Coronavirus page for up-to date information

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

Course code
Delivery location
Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula, Workplace
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Not available for International students
Full Time, 6 months.
Start dates
8 February and 12 July (Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula) 2022

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.