Get to Know about Cert 3 in Individualized Support and Course Details

In his poem “Seven Ages”, Shakespeare has described the sixth stage as ‘turning again toward childish treble’ and the last scene as ‘sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste and sans everything’. Therefore, the aged people above the age of 65 years need the individualized support  to live a more productive and satisfactory life. Their offspring or close relatives may not be in a position to provide their individualized needs.

Keeping this welfare aspect of senior citizens, the Australian government has devised certain framework to train people to render professional age care services, through certain courses. Certificate 3 is one of the two; the other being Certificate 4, that are funded by government. Due to the increasing trend of senior citizens, there are wide career opportunities in the aged care industry. Here are the facts to know about the Course details of Certificate III individual support.

Course Overview

The aged and home care sector is galloping too fast in the job market of Australia. A Statistics reveals that in the year 2015, the number of Nursing Support and Personal Care workers was 130,200. It is estimated that by 2020, 250,200 more will be required.

Another demographic statistics reveals that by 2031, the Australia’s population aged above 65 will constitute 18.85% of its total population. More focus will be on individualized and person-centered services. The course will equip the trainees in i) providing tailored support, ii) Safe Work Practices, iii) communicating with and empowering the clients, iv) Supporting the healthy functioning of the human body. It suits both entrants and in-job candidates.

Mode of Study & Other Particulars

Mode is based on Face-to-face Class room or workshop along with additional studies such as online lectures and other tasks that are taken up on non-class days. New group starts every month. The course is nationally recognized and is government-funded. Work placement is provided within 3 to 4 weeks.

Entry Requirement

  • A criminal Record Check and suitability check of the employer. Applicant can get National Police Clearance, online through Veritas Police Check.
  • A Numeracy and Language Literacy skills assessment
  • Those in jobs have to submit their competency in the qualification or Units. Third party report may also be required.

Course Features

  • Access to online learning platform
  • Access to Student Support Services for receiving support and assistance
  • A text book and learning materials will be provided
  • Regular contact with the instructor through e-mail, webinar or telephones

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL of Recognition Current Competency (RCC) can be provided on the request of the students who will be interviewed and will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence in support of their current skills and knowledge.

Career Options

After successful completion of certificate III individual support, one can get jobs as Assistant in Nursing, Personal Worker, Support Worker, Community Care Worker or Respite Worker.

Learning Platform

  • Learning under the direct guidance of experienced clinical specialists and nurses
  • Learning the latest and evidence-based materials
  • Learning to get on-the-job experience by working in work place during training

Course Structure

The course includes total of 13 Units, out of which 7 are Core Units. Students have to select at least 4 units out of the Electives listed below. Moreover, they have to select at least 2 units from Groups A, B and C as listed below and Units from the elective units listed below or an endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Package for Specialization

For getting Certificate III individual Support, all electives of Group A and Group B must be elected. Moreover, at least 4 units from Group C electives must be elected. In case of completing two specializations, the qualification will be titled as Certificate III in Individual support (Home & Community).


  1. Providing individualized support
  2. Supporting wellbeing and independence
  • Communicating and working in Heath or Community Services
  1. Working with people of diverse cultures
  2. Working ethically and legally
  3. Recognizing healthy body System
  • Following safe work practices for direct care of clients.


Group A; Ageing Specialization (3 Units)

  1. Facilitating the empowerment of elderly persons
  2. Providing support to persons having dementia
  • Meeting personal support needs

Group B Electives: Specialization in Disability (4 Unit)

  1. Contributing to the development of ongoing skills by using a strength-based approach
  2. Following the established person-centered behavior support
  • Supporting the participation of social and community inclusion
  1. Facilitating the empowerment of persons with disability

Group C Electives: Home and Community Specialization (4 Units)

  1. Facilitating the empowerment of older persons or facilitating the empowerment of persons with disability
  2. Meeting personal support need
  • Providing home and community support services
  1. Supporting relationships with careers and families.

In addition to the above, there are 53 more electives to choose from, according the choice of the trainees.

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