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Course Overview

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is designed to provide training to entry-level workers who want to work in Disability care facilities, and hospitals. This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centered support to people who may require assistance due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical, and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

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Our delivery locations

The course is designed to mix face-to-face (classroom-based) and online delivery. While you are learning online, you are also required to come at one of these listed locations to complete your face-to-face training sessions.

  • Melbourne: Suite 50, 45 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
  • Sydney: Suite G, 111 Main Street, Blacktown, NSW 2148
  • Adelaide: Level 3, 135 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

What can you do after completion of this course?

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Disability service officer
  • Care assistant
  • Care service employees
  • Care worker
  • Personal care assistant
  • Support worker
  • Personal care giver
  • Personal care worker

Further study options (Qualification pathways)

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to

  • CHC43115 - Certificate IV in Disability

How will we deliver this course?

Amount of training
The student will spend minimum:
250 Hours online
330 Hours Self-Study
152 Self – Practice in the classroom with the presence of Trainer/Assessor
304 Face to Face Classroom-based study
120 Vocational Student Work placement/s in the live environment


Course will deliver

  • 22 weeks included 120 hours of Student work placement.
  • 3 days of on campus face-to-face study per week then 5 days per week on student work placement are require.

Please note the duration can be longer if a student breaks continuity of training sessions.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on the principles of competency-based training. Performance of learners is assessed on their ability to perform the task(s) to industry standards. In order to ensure the principles of validity are upheld are variety of learning styles and a range of assessment strategies are used.
Assessment for each unit of competence will be through a combination of classroom based and work placement tasks. Classroom based assessment includes but is not limited to:

  • Classroom Exercises
  • Assignments
  • Practical Demonstrations
  • Group Activities
  • Projects
  • Verbal and/or written questions

Students are advised well in advance of assessment activities and a student may put forward for consideration any special needs they may have.


Simulation is the delivery mode to prepare our learners for the real environment (Work placement). HTCA uses range of assessment tools to demonstrate / assess our learners. Trainers at HTCA portray the role of a real client and place the workplace demands while working on projects. These role-plays are designed to cover a range of diverse situations and demands of the clients.

Vocational Work Placement

Work based training is a compulsory component of this course for all students. Students are required to work in aged care for 120 hours before graduation. There is no guarantee of employment or salary payment during work experience or work based training or work experience.

All students must produce a current National Police Clearance before they can be placed in workplace training. HTCA staff can assist you to apply for the national police check. Student studying from South Australia are required to obtain DCSI screening(for more details visit )


HTCA will provide a uniform to all Aged Care students while they undertake Vocational workplace training.

All Aged Care students are required to wear non-slip covered flat shoes while undertaking practical training in a simulated environment and in the vocational workplace. HTCA will provide polo shirt to all enrolled students studying for this course.

It is the student's responsibility to buy black stretchable work trousers and black waterproof non-slippery shoes. It is in addition to the total fees and the cost of the shoes and the trousers has to be borne by the student/learner. Please talk to our staff for more details.

What will you learn if enrolled?

Units of Competency

This Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course consists of 13 units of competence with 7 core units and 6 elective units as listed below:

Unit CodeUnit Name

CHCCCS015 Provide Individualized Support

CHCCCS023 Support Independence and Well Being

CHCCOM005 Communicate and Work in Health or Community Services

CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People

CHCLEG001Work Legally and Ethically

HLTAAP001 Recognize Healthy Body Systems

HLTWHS002 Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care

Elective Units

CHCDIS001 Contribute to Ongoing Skills Development Using a strengths-based Approach

CHCDIS002 Follow established Person-centered Behaviour Supports

CHCDIS003 Support Community Participation and Social Inclusion

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the Empowerment of People with Disability

CHCCCS011 Meet Personal Support Needs

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

Do you have experience in the same sector?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process where a person with work experience or previous informal learning, can apply to have their skills and knowledge assessed, with the aim of getting a formal qualification. It is achieved through the assessment of evidence you provide against a set of criteria in a qualification.

Credit Transfer (CT):

If you have previously completed an accredited course with units that are identified as equivalent to the units in the course you are interested in you may be able to apply for Credit Transfer

HTCA has a simple but methodical RPL/CT process, which is outlined in detail on the Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Prospective students will be made aware of the RPL/CT policy and process prior to enrolment in the program, via discussions and the Student Handbook and website of Hope training College of Australia's, and are encouraged to apply if they believe that they may be eligible.

Please refer to RPL/CT Policy for details on RPL/CT process & other terms.

Fee Structure

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How can you join for this training?

Entry Requirements

  • Students must be over 18 years of age.
  • Students should own or have ready access to a computer and a willingness to learn.
  • Reading and Writing - a learner will be able to read, comprehend and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.
  • Oral communication - a learner will be able to use and respond to spoken language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts.
  • Numeracy and Mathematics- a learner will be able to recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbolism of formal mathematics or
  • Student holding equal or higher Australian Qualification or A preliminary Language, Literacy and Numeracy test will be conducted at Hope Training College of Australia to assess the skill level of applicant at the time of admission. Students who fulfil the minimum standards are given admission at Hope Training College of Australia , others will be given chance to improve and re appear again for the Language, Literacy and Numeracy test.
  • Due to the physical requirements of this course, the student must be physically fit. Student must be physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for least 2 minutes on a CPR manikin placed on the floor and you must be physically capable of using both hands and wrists as part of the CPR assessment requirements.
  • Commitment to completing the mandatory 120 hours practical placement (unpaid)
  • Ability to obtain a Clear National Police Check at the students cost.

There are three scenarios' a student needs to be aware of in regards to the police check:

  • Police Check showing a serious conviction of murder, sexual assault or a conviction and a sentence to imprisonment for any other form of assault will not allow entry in our Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • A Police Check showing something other than above will mean the student will have to find your own placement as our facilities will only accept students with a clear police check.
  • A clear police check will ensure we find you placement at one of our facilities

General questions our students ask.

Q: When is the next intake will start?

  • We are enrolling under rollover enrolment process, which means you can enroll anytime. HTCA staff will assign you will our e-learning portal, so you can start your online learning journey. HTCA staff will generate Training plan for your face-to-face training sessions and will invite you to attend the sessions.

Q: Can we pay course fee in Installments?

  • Yes, you can pay course fee in the installments; there will be additional charges if you set up auto direct debit or manual installment payment options. Please contact our friendly staff for more details.

Q: How much one needs to pay in enroll in the course?

  • Our enrolment fee is $250 and the pending fee can be paid within a week from the date you will enroll with no additional charges or you can set up payment plan with additional charges.

Q: Do you provide assistance for finding vocational work placement?

  • Yes, HTCA staff will find your vocational work placement. If you are finding your own vocational work placement, we will provide all pre-work placement documentation to the facility.

Q: Do you provide job guarantee once I complete my training from HTCA?

  • No, but HTCA staff will provide support to build your resume and prepare you for your interview.

Q: After completion of qualification, can I work anywhere in Australia?

  • Yes, we will deliver you Nationally Recognized Training which will accept everywhere in Australia.

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