CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Course Details


This qualification reflects the role of individuals in the community, home or residential care setting who work under supervision and delegation as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, following an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. These individuals take responsibility for their own outputs within the scope of their job role and delegation.

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. 

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


Course: 15 units,(9 core units plus 6 elective units) plus a minimum of 120 hours of Industry Placement
Timeline: Course Completion: maximum time 15 months
Course Payment: maximum time 40 weeks

Student Selection - Certificate lll in Individual Support

Persons with the language, literacy and numeracy skills to fulfil their job role.

Fees - Certificate lll in Individual Support


Certificate 3 Guarantee

(Qld State Government VET Investment Plan-Funded Programs)

$15 on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID011 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment. 

$10 for concession card holders on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID011 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment. 

Eligibility for a C3G training subsidy by the QLD State Govt. includes. 

  • be a Queensland resident. 
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no 
  • longer at school (with the exception of funded VET in Schools students) 
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency. 
  • not hold, or be enrolled in, a certificate IIl level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training)

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

Refer to the QLD Govt. VET Investment Plan Student Factsheet for more information 


Fee for service $2300.00 plus First Aid ($300.00 enrolment fee followed by 40 weekly payments of $50)
Face-to-face classes On application and group basis
VETiS (Schools) As per school Partnership Agreement


9 Compulsary Units
Provide individualised support  C
Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support  C
CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing   120 hours C
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems C
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services C
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people C
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically C
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control 
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care C
6 Electivies
CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach E
CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion 
CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support 
CHCCCS042 Prepare meals
CHCCCS033 Identify and report abuse
HLTAID011 Provide first aid E

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Resources - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability) learning resources supplied online (CTA trainers will show you how to use the online system) are included in the course cost. Additional charges will apply for printing of learning resources, if requested. Please check before enrolment.

Job Roles - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

  • Support worker

Outcome - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

On successful completion of all units within this qualification, participants may receive a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).

Course Pathway - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

Students issued with the Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability) Qualification may continue on to the:

  • Certificate IV in Disability

Student Intake - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

All year (except for end of year closure)

Industry Placement - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

Students enrolling in Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability) will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of Industry Placement.

How is Certificate lll in Individual Support Delivered & Assessed?

The course knowledge is delivered and assessed online, Concurrent to gaining knowledge you will either be working or volunteering in the disability sector to learn, and practice the practical skills imbedded into the course. Evidence relating to your practical skills is gathered by the assessor and involves a mix of observations, supervisor reports and projects, depending on the unit requirements.

Centrelink Eligibility - Certificate lll in Indvidual Support (Disability)

If you are eligible for assistance, contact Centrelink for details of study assistance for this course before enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

Have you gained knowledge and skills through your work, life experience, training or education? You may be halfway to a qualification and not realise it. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in Certificate lll in Individual Support, you may be able to have your skills formally recognised.

Recognition of your current skills and knowledge can occur through credit transferor recognition of prior learning.

What Is Involved?

As part of the recognition of prior learning process your existing skills and knowledge will be assessed against a range of industry standards in Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability) by a qualified assessor. You can demonstrate your competence in a variety of ways including performing tasks, sharing your stories about how you carry out tasks in the work place or providing work samples and providing evidence of the mandatory 120 hours industry experience.

Credit Transfer - Certificate lll in Individual Support (Disability)

If you have completed past studies in areas related to this course you may be eligible for credit transfer. You will need to provide a Statement of Attainment matching the unit of competency you are seeking credit for.

Benefits of Applying for RPL

  • Recognition may accelerate you through your qualification
  • A qualification may assist you with getting a promotion, job security, a change in career or even a pay rise
  • Recognition helps keep your studies interesting and challenging (as you are not learning things you already know)
  • Recognition will never cost you more than the training it replaces

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