CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Start studying a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) at HERC!

HERC is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with our South Australian equivalent, The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC), to deliver CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).

This qualification is the entry level qualification for workers in the ageing, community and disability sectors.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC) and the Health Education and Research Centre (HERC) have partnered with leading providers in the aged care and disability industries to deliver a contemporary Certificate III in Individual Support that embeds the philosophy of empowering older and disabled people. The training uses evidence-based practice to support the principles of a person-centred approach and engages learners to deliver care that places the client at the centre of service with inclusive decision- making and informed client choices about activities of daily living.

This qualification can be a pathway into the Diploma of Nursing with HERC to study and become an Enrolled Nurse.

The below information outlines all you need to know about the course. It covers study dates, fees, course outlines, information on how to apply and any necessary entry requirements you may need.

Our next course will be commencing in 2023. Expressions of interest will open in the new year.

Our next course will be starting in 2023. Expressions of Interest will re-open in 2023.

As part of this course you will learn:

  • The roles and responsibilities of a Care worker
  • To provide personal care and support to people
  • To support people to maintain their independence
  • To carry out activities related to an individualised plan
  • To support people living with dementia
  • To support family members who become the carer
  • The principles of identifying and maintaining a healthy body system
  • The key elements of safety in the workplace
  • Communication, working with diverse people and work legally and ethically in a residential and community based setting
  • Palliative care

This course is delivered over 16 weeks intensive study (not including any applicable holiday periods) in our training rooms at 182 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000.

This includes:

  • 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) between 9:00am and 3:00pm, including 1 day a week in our SIM lab
  • At least one day a week self-directed learning
  • 4 weeks of full time supervised clinical placement (160 hours)

This is subject to change

  • Be of working age
  • Successful completion of Year 10 or equivalent level of study
  • A current Police Check (not older than 12 months)
  • A valid registration to work with vulnerable people (Working with vulnerable people card)
  • Received your first, second and booster dose (or have evidence of booking to receive booster) of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination prior to course commencement
  • Physical ability to demonstrate the manual handling skills that are a compulsory component of the course and employment

Please note:

As HERC is not CRICOS approved, we are unable to take international students on student visa's.

Students are required to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to acceptance into this course.

The LLN test endeavours to identify the skill level of the applicants by assessing:

  • general reading skills
  • the ability for the applicant to follow simple instructions
  • the ability for the applicant to perform mathematical tasks that require addition, subtraction, division and multiplication
  • assessing reading, writing, spelling and comprehension

HERC is a leading registered training organisation in the health profession, we offer:

  • Fully qualified nurse educators that have experience in acute, mental health and aged care settings
  • Professional service supported by our Student Support Team
  • A supportive learning environment that includes a variety of teaching methods
  • Fully equipped training rooms, student facilities and practical simulation lab
  • Access to our library, computers and WIFI, during business hours
  • Fill in an Expression of Interest
  • Complete the compulsory Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment
  • Attend a group interview

The current cost of the course is $4,836 in total, including a $400 non-refundable enrolment fee.

The Certificate III in Individual Support is a funded course under the Department of State Growth and Rapid Response Funding may be available for eligible applicants. Please see the 'Rapid Response – Careers in Aged Care and Disability Support Program' tab for more details.

All students accepted into the course will be required to set up a payment plan at the beginning of the course, which will direct debit the associated fees each week/fortnight/month.

The Certificate III in Individual Support is a funded course under the Department of State Growth and is available at the subsidised rate of $0 for eligible students. There are limited funded places available.

The Rapid Response – Careers in Aged Care and Disability Support Program (the Program) is a targeted grant developed in response to the growth of the Aged Care and Disability sectors and need for a larger workforce.  It targets individuals who are unemployed, have been made redundant, are underemployed or are employed in other industries but are wanting to change career and transition into careers as aged care or disability support workers.

All learners accessing the Program must be a Tasmanian resident aged 15 years or over and be:

  • unemployed or;
  • have been made redundant or;
  • are underemployed or are employed in other industries wishing to transition in the aged care or disability sector at the time of enrolment into the program if successful.

The definition for underemployed is employed people who would prefer, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have. They comprise:

  • part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours and were available to start work with more hours, either in the reference week or in the four weeks subsequent to the survey; and
  • full-time workers who worked part-time hours in the reference week for economic reasons (such as being stood down or insufficient work being available). It is assumed that these people would prefer to work full-time in the reference week and would have been available to do so.

For the purposes of sub-clause 4.1, 'Tasmanian resident' includes:

  1. an Australian citizen; or
  2. a permanent resident of Australia living in Tasmania for a minimum period of six (6) months; or
  3. the holder of a permanent Australian visa; or
  4. the holder of a New Zealand passport who has been resident in Australia for at least six (6) months prior to commencing the program; or
  5. the holder of a visa under Australia’s Special Humanitarian program including:
  • Refugee Visa (subclass 200)
  • Global Special Humanitarian Visa (subclass 202)
  • Women at Risk Visa (subclass 204)
  • Protection Visa (class XA) (subclass 866)

To achieve this qualification, a total of 14 units must be successfully completed, which includes 8 core units and 6 electives.

If you have previous work experience and underpinning knowledge in this industry, you may wish to apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

On successful completion of the qualification, students will be awarded the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core Unit
CHCAGE001 Facilitate empowerment of older people Elective Unit: Specialised (Ageing)
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core Unit
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core Unit
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs Elective Unit: Specialised
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Core Unit
CHCCCS023 Support independence and well-being Core Unit
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach Elective Unit: General
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core Unit
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective Unit: Specialised (Mental Health)
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia Elective Unit: Specialised
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core Unit
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective Unit: General
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core Unit

Please note

HERC are obligated under the training and RTO Standards to ensure students undertaking courses are fully informed of the course requirements and fees, and have the potential to be successful at completing the qualification and gaining employment. HERC therefore require applicants to complete a questionnaire and a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to commencing the course. You will be guided through this process as part of your enrolment requirements.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander &; culturally and linguistically diverse background applicants are encouraged to apply.

Next Steps - Submit your expression of interest

Expressions of Interest for our 2023 intake will open early next year. If you would like to be placed on to our enquiries register, please email us at