Creating Skills for life

CHC33021 - Certificate III in Individual Support
(Ageing, Home And Community)

Course Overview


The CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) course prepares graduates for working in the Aged Care industry.  This involves work caring for older people in residential aged care services or in home care situations.  This may include living or personal care services according to individualised plans.  An aged care worker works directly with clients but always under supervision.

Those interested in working in Aged Care should note that this is a rewarding yet physically demanding career.  Aged care makes a difference to people's lives and has many different career pathways as you grow professionally.  Yet it is also worth remembering that aged care workers need to do a lot of kneeling, pushing, pulling and standing for long periods in their day to day work which requires physical strength, fitness and stamina.  Many employers will require candidates to undertake a medical prior to being offered a position, so it is recommended that students build and maintain their physical health and fitness.

Possible career opportunities for graduates include: nursing or home care assistant, personal care worker or assistant, residential care worker, care assistant, in-home respite worker, community care worker, accommodation or community support worker and support worker.

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Course Delivery

Location: Fiji

Duration: Course duration is 22 weeks full time including one-week mid semester break. Students will attend classes for a minimum of 5 days per week. Additional out-of-hours study time will be required.

Delivery Mode: Face to face and work placement. Training will be delivered in English and incorporates language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) support. 

Vocational Placement:

As part of this qualification you are required to complete 120 hours of vocational placement. This will be organised by APTC and these hours are to be completed within the aged care industry. This is an opportunity for students to practise the skills and knowledge learnt in a supported environment.

You may be required to work a combination of day and afternoon shifts to complete these vocational placement hours. Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts.

Note: It is a requirement for this qualification to complete a criminal history check.

Course Fees: The course fee is FJD2,100. The fee includes learning resources, stationery and uniform. The Australian Government subsidises the cost of the course including materials and consumables. Course fees are subject to change without prior notification. View current fees


Entry Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older (note that the PALM Scheme requires candidates to be over 21 years of age for employment purposes in Australia)
  • Citizen of a Pacific Island Forum country
  • Have significant prior industry experience (more than one year) in the area in which they wish to train or have a local qualification and limited relevant industry experience (up to one year) in the area in which they wish to train
  • Complete the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and Vocational Knowledge Assessment

Applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning

* Courses offered, course dates and fees may vary depending  upon student and industry demand.


Course Contents

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support will cover the following units of competency:


Unit CodeUnit Title
Core Units
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCAGE013Work effectively in aged care
CHCAGE007Recognise and report risk of falls
CHCCCS038Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
HLTINF006Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCCS031                    Provide individualised support
CHCCCS040Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCCS001Address the needs of people with chronic disease
CHCPAL003Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCAGE011Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS033Identify and report abuse
CHCCCS041Recognise healthy body systems




Bold Font indicates core units; Standard font indicates electives (7 core plus 6 electives units)

* Please note; elective units of competency may vary from campus to campus depending on local industry needs.

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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