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CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support~

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Next intake Ongoing 2023
TraineeshipFull-time: 1 yr (Workplace) | Part-time: 2 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

Do you have a compassionate nature, good people skills and are looking to find flexible work?

Individual support now has two specialisations, disability and ageing. If you want to study both (as a dual qualification), contact us here. The duration of the course will be the same, just an additional day per week will be required.

You can choose to do either stream or both* to improve your employment opportunities.

So if you are looking for a rewarding career with great job opportunities and opportunities to go further, a healthcare career is the right choice.

This course prepares you for work with the elderly or people with disabilities in the community or residential setting.

The five-month course delivered over 3 days (4 days if you choose the dual stream) is designed in consultation with industry. It includes theory and hands-on learning with organised work placement (see below) . Classes are delivered with a combination of Online and Face to Face classroom delivery.

You will:

  • learn to communicate and work in health or community services,
  • provide individualised support
  • recognise healthy body systems
  • work with diverse people
  • support independence and wellbeing
  • follow safe work practices
  • and work legally and ethically.

* The dual stream course is offered for domestic students only

  • The traineeship is offered for ageing and disability steams. All prospective trainee needs to find a host (employer to do the traineeship with) who will then contact the apprentice and trainees team.
  • The Cert III is a pre-requisite and can be a pathway into the Cert IV in disability.

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Work placement/industry experience

120 hours of work placement is required in this course, organised by The Gordon. You will complete placement over 4 weeks, for 3-4 days per week. Hours will be either be from 7.00am - 3.00pm or 3.00pm - 9.00pm. A current police check is required. Uniform is suitable neat attire, including a shirt, black pants and flat non-slip shoes. *Please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne. As per worker vaccination requirements , all applicants for this course must be triple vaccinated (boosted) against COVID-19 prior to undertaking placement which is a requirement for completion of this course. Students are required to provide evidence of full vaccination status, including booster dose, as part of their placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities. Students that cannot provide valid evidence will not be able to complete placement and therefore unable to complete this course. For more information, please click here .

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Personal care worker
  • Aged care worker

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

Contact us

Are you ready to start an aged care traineeship or want to find out more?


2023 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 15 Dec 2023 
Traineeship:Full-time: 1 yr (Workplace) | Part-time: 2 yrs (School-Based)    
2023 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 15 Dec 2023 
Traineeship:Full-time: 1 yr (Workplace) | Part-time: 2 yrs (School-Based)    
2024 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 16 Dec 2024 
Traineeship:Full-time: 1 yr (Workplace) | Part-time: 2 yrs (School-Based)    
2024 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 16 Dec 2024 
Traineeship:Full-time: 1 yr (Workplace) | Part-time: 2 yrs (School-Based)    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

Additional attendance information

Attendance includes your work placement

Geelong City Campus: FT - 3 days per week | Monday - Wednesday | 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Geelong City Campus: PT - 1 day per week | Saturday | 9:00am - 3:30pm

Werribee Campus: FT - 3 days per week | Monday - Wednesday | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Werribee Campus: PT - 1 day per week | Friday | 9:00am - 4:00pm

Traineeship: 1 day per month | Monday | 9:00am - 3:30pm

Off Campus: Only available to Northern Futures students.

Blended attendance is a timetabled combination of remote and face to face class delivery.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Work placement requirements

  • Students are required to provide evidence of full vaccination status, including booster dose, as part of their placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities.  
  • A Police Check is required for industry work placement. Note: any disclosable offences need to be advised pre-course commencement as these items may affect your ability to undertake a work placement.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002 25
Provide individualised support CHCCCS015 30
Recognise healthy body systems HLTAAP001 70
Support independence and wellbeing CHCCCS023 80
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001 55
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTINF001 25
Contribute to leisure and health programming CHCLAH002 65
Follow established person-centred behaviour supports CHCDIS002 50
Meet personal support needs CHCCCS011 60
Participate in the planning implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs CHCLAH003 80
Support community participation and social inclusion CHCDIS003 60


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.88 per hour 848 AUD $746.00 AUD $6,435.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.39 per hour 848 AUD $3,723.00 AUD $6,435.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $11.13 per hour 848 AUD $9,438.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $299.00
Education Levy AUD $127.20


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 4/12/2023 9:50:56 AM