CRICOS COURSE CODE: 097495C
This qualification reflects the role of support workers who provide person -centred care to people in aged care or disability care in a community and/or residential setting.
This course is designed for international students. You must be over eighteen years old.
Academic and English language requirements
You must provide evidence to demonstrate both academic and English language entry requirements as follows:
English Language Requirements as follows:
- IELTS 5.5 overall, no less than 5.0 in each band, or upper intermediate, or EAP from approved ELICOS/ESL centre
Any AQF qualification at the Certificate III level or above in any discipline area delivered and assessed in English only will be deemed as meeting both the academic and English language entry requirements
Participants must beable to undertake thephysical tasks required in this role including manual handling using equipment in an aged care or disability care setting.
Requirements for the work placement
A Police Clearance Certificate is mandatory prior to your work placement; you must undertake a Federal Police Check (AFP) or NSW Police check (it must be no less than 3 years old). This can be done through a website.
There is also a Working with Children check and relevant immunization check.
These checks will be completed at the start of the course and prior to industry work placement. Our staff give advice and assist you to complete these checks.
The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support duration is 52 weeks. The structure is based on 20 hours per week as follows:
You attend College two days a week for classroom learning, practice and assessment (7.5 hours each day).
You also study a structured study program unit by unit in the online learning platform for 5 hours per week.
To get the most out of your course you need to do some self- study in your own time. When you are ready there is a work placement of 120 hours timetabled into the program.
Course start dates are every term.
See the website for our intake dates or ring the office for details.
People pursuing a career in a facility such as a Nursing Home, Hostel, Residential Care Facility, Aged Care Facility, Retirement Village, and Community Health Care Centre.
Graduates may seek employment in the following jobs:
- Residential care worker
- Care worker
- Community house worker
- Disability service worker
- Personal care assistant
- Personal care worker
After achieving the Certificate III in Individual Support you have a number of pathway options. You can complete further study and gain the Certificate IV in Ageing Support or go on to the Diploma Community Services with Mercury Colleges.
|QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE AND COURSE CONTENT|
Study 13 units to gain your qualification
Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the CHC33015 Certificate III In Individual Support with two specialisation options – Ageing or Disability.
It contains 13 Units; 15 Core units and 3 Elective units:
CORE UNITS (7 units)
|CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support|
|CHCCCS023 Support independence and well-being|
|CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people|
|CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically|
|HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems|
|HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
COMMON ELECTIVES (2 units)
|HLTAID003 Provide first aid|
|HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
Elective units – Choose either Group A OR Group B
Group A electives – AGEING specialisation
|CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people|
|CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs|
|CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia|
|CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach|
Group B electives – DISABILITY specialisation
|CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability|
|CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports|
|CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion|
|CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach|
Delivery is a combination of methods to cover the theory and practice requirements:
- Workshops for developing your theory knowledge such as anatomy and medications and care plans.
- Supplementary learning online for each unit in theory and skills and case studies.
- Demonstrations then practice in simulation areas and using manual handling equipment to give you that valuable practice time before you go to the work place.
- Self-paced study and support to embed your learning and practical skills.
- Work placements of 120 hours to apply your skills.
You will be trained in the use of manual handling equipment and other equipment such as:
- Lifting hoist, Stand up Lifter, Pelican Belt, Slide Sheet, Electric bed, & Wheelchair.
- Blood sugar testing equipment, Blood Pressure, Pulse Oximeter etc.
- Medication Trolley, Medications (Dummy), & Dressing Trolley.
Work Placement at an Aged Care or Disability facility is arranged with you to make this a rewarding experience. Our work placement coordinator will assist you. We have arrangements in place with different facilities. There is plenty of time to set up a work placement that will suit each student as you do not go out to placement till the last stage of the course We coordinate the 15 days (that is the required 120 hours of placement) ideally for a 3-week block of work experience in the final term.
When you are on placement, Mercury College staff and Assessor visit you and the supervisor. For work placement, students have to wear your own black trousers and black closed shoes, we will provide you with a T-shirt.
As this is a nationally recognised qualification, you will be required to successfully complete all units to a standard so that you are job ready. Each unit contains assessments which include:
- Practical demonstrations where you will be observed by one of our assessors in a simulated environment and at your work placement.
- Knowledge based tests which contain written short answer questions.
- Small projects which contain written tasks for you to investigate and complete in your own.
Note: You must be deemed competent with each unit in order to receive your qualification.
Students are required to pay a compulsory resource fee to receive the following:
- Learner Guides
- e-Learning Resources
|COURSE CREDIT AND/OR RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
You may have developed a number of skills in aged care, through previous employment opportunities, life experience or formal studies. If this is the case, then you should ask about recognition of prior learning. This may shorten your course. If you hold a current First Aid Certificate from a recognised RTO you will be given credit for the first aid unit.
|CONDITIONS FOR DEFERMENT|
Deferral of commencement must be requested in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement date of the course (unless exceptional or compassionate grounds apply). Deferral of studies can only be granted for the following:
- Illness and/or misadventure
- Important family matters
- Delays in providing documentation
- Delays in receiving student visa
|UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER|
Students are required to obtain their Unique Student Identifier. (USI) from the Commonwealth department. Mercury College will explains this at orientation.
Students that successfully complete all units of competency as stated in the Qualification and Structure will be issued with CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) or CHC33015 Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability) by Mercury College. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).