The disability sector is a fulfilling and interesting place for individuals who care about the rights and independence of others, and who are looking for a potentially flexible and stable career.
The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, and upon completion you could gain employment in many different types of positions to suit your needs and personal goals. Throughout this course you'll learn how to provide support to meet personal care needs, implement individualised plans and empower those with disabilities.
Gaining the qualifications and skills to work with people with disability could see you move into a valuable and rewarding career in disability services. This is a great entry level Certificate that will equip you with specialist knowledge, and the opportunity to put your training into practice during Structured Workplace Learning for real workplace experience.
This course is flexible and is delivered through a combination of online learning and practical work placement. Structure your study around your other commitments, learn in your own time and receive comprehensive support through your expert trainer and assessor and our learning and student support teams.
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics: Disability, Australia, 2009
Potential career outcomes
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Care Assistant
- Community Care Worker
- Disability Support Worker
- Residential Care Officer
|Qualification name||CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)|
|Course duration||Maximum 12 months|
|Delivery Method||Online with Work Placement|
|Assessments||Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Logbook, Presentations, Workplace observation, Workplace portfolio|
There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.
If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
- 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
- Broadband internet connection
- 2GB of RAM
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
- Access to printer and associated software
- Access to scanner and associated software
- Digital imaging software
- File compression software.
- Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
- 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
Mac OS users:
- Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
- 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
You will need access to:
- A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
- Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
- Work with information about the human body
- Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
|CHCDIS007||Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability|
- Demonstrate commitment to empowerment for people with disability
- Foster human rights
- Facilitate choice and self-determination
|CHCDIS002||Follow established person-centred behaviour supports|
- Apply a person-centred approach to minimise behaviours of concern
- Review context of behaviours of concern
- Provide positive behaviour support according to individualised behaviour support plan
- Complete documentation
|CHCCCS015||Provide individualised support|
- Determine support needs
- Provide support services
- Monitor support activities
- Complete reporting and documentation
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
- Communicate effectively with people
- Collaborate with colleagues
- Address constraints to communication
- Report problems to supervisor
- Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
- Contribute to continuous improvement
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
- Identify and respond to legal requirements
- Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
- Contribute to workplace improvements
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
- Follow safe work practices for direct client care
- Follow safe work practices for manual handling
- Follow safe work practices for infection control
- Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
- Reflect on own safe work practices
|CHCDIS003||Support community participation and social inclusion|
|CHCDIS001||Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
- Reflect on own perspectives
- Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
- Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
- Promote understanding across diverse groups
|CHCCCS023||Support independence and wellbeing|
- Recognise and support individual differences
- Promote independence
- Support physical wellbeing
- Support social, emotional and psychological wellbeing
|CHCCCS009||Facilitate responsible behaviour|
- Observe individuals
- Manage conflict
- Respond to behaviours of concern
- Complete reporting requirements
|CHCDIS004||Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies|
- Identify the current communication capacity and needs of the person
- Develop effective AAC strategies
- Implement AAC strategy
- Monitor, report and review communication strategies
Alison started her working life as a teacher, and then completed post graduate studies in physical education and recreation for people with disabilities. Alison’s qualifications also include an Advanced Diploma in Disability and a Certificate IV Training and Assessment. Following her studies, Alison spent a decade working with people who had suffered traumatic injuries at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre, and then moved into the community based sector with her business Leisure Balance (registered with NDIS), which is aimed at assisting people as they return to their home and community. Alison describes the focus of her work as “supporting people with disabilities to participate in the community and have a good quality of life”. In addition to her work, Alison also spent 10 years as a dedicated volunteer with Disabled Water Skiing, helping the organisation at both a local and international level.
Jeramy is a Behaviour Support Practitioner and Coordinator for a N.S.W and A.C.T based disability service. Jeramy specialises in supporting people with autism, intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries by coordinating a team of practitioners, developing behaviour support plans and responding to incidents. Jeramy also runs internal training for all direct-support staff as well as workshops for families, carers and other professionals across N.S.W and A.C.T in ‘Person-Centred Behaviour Support’.
Jeramy chairs a restricted practices panel in Sydney, and sits as an ‘independent member’ on three other restricted practices panels including Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC). He also has experience in out-of-home-care, child protection, homeless youth and community development programs where he has supported complex trauma and significant behaviours of concern.
Lisa has been working in the aged care sector since 1999, both in hostel and high care as a Cert lV AIN and RAO (Leisure and Health). A passionate advocate for aged care, she is also volunteer at Threads of Hope as a counsellor and customer relations officer.
Lisa started her aged care training career in 2004, and also teaches community service, disability, allied health, leisure and health, and some pathology units. In her capacity as an educator, Lisa aims to enrich the lives of vocational learners through quality training and outcomes. In 2014 she was listed for Trainer of the Year DET NSW.
Rob has worked in the disability sector for more than 30 years. He has worked in both face-to-face roles supporting clients with high support needs in residential and community-based settings and in a variety of management roles for government and non-government organisations.
Rob originally trained as a Registered Mental Retardation Nurse at in Sydney and attained his Certificate IV in Training and Assessing. He recently completed his Diploma of Disability and Certificate IV in Frontline Management.
Rob is passionate about assisting others to learn and develop their skills and supporting people with a disability to achieve their goals and to lead a more inclusive life.
Sanet Van Niekerk
Sanet started her career when she studied abroad for a Bachelor and Honors degrees in Social Work. She has extensive experience and skills in working with people in different fields. Her passion is working with people with disabilities. She has trained and supervised students from different cultures in their work placement here and abroad for the last 25 years.
Sanet is registered as a member with Australian Association of Social Workers, National Disability Services and Work cover. Sanet has received an Australian award for best customer/client services. Her aim is to continuously develop professionally and personally.
Sue is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years’ experience in the health industry. She started as a Personal Care Assistant and quickly attained her Division 2 Nursing Certificate, later graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Nursing. Sue has gained extensive experience in sub-acute nursing in aged care, dementia-specific and palliative care, as well as spinal cord and acquired brain injury.
Seeing vulnerable people in our society, the ageing and those with a disability who require specialised care, Sue saw a need for highly trained experienced carers. She joined the VET sector in 2012 as a Trainer and Assessor to make this happen.
The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement
You will need to undertake your work placement in an organisation involved in professional disability services, such as a group home or respite centre. The workplace will need to be able to provide you with access to specialist equipment and resources. The specific requirements of the workplace are outlined in the Workplace Assessment Guide. Your workplace assessor will ascertain whether the workplace is appropriate.
Approximately half way through your placement your Open Colleges Workplace Assessor will visit you in the workplace and observe and assess you performing your daily tasks.
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