CRICOS COURSE CODE: 097495C Campus locations: Sydney and Adelaide
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 equivalent test result, or General English / EAP at the Upper Intermediate level from an approved ELICOS provider
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.
Entry into the course will depend on the Australian Immigration office’s Assessment Level for an international student’s country. At present, countries are classed from Level 1 through to Level 3. See Immigration’s website: www.immi.gov.au for details.
Participants must beable to undertake thephysical tasks required in this role including manual handling using equipment in an aged 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 immunisation 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 or Community Health Care Centre.
Graduates may seek employment in the following jobs:
- Residential care worker
- Care worker
- Community house worker
- Personal care assistant
- Personal care worker
After achieving the Certificate III in Individual Support you have a number of pathway options with Mercury Colleges.
- CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
- CHC52015 Diploma Community Services
|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 one specialisation option– Ageing
It contains 13 Units; 6 Core units and 7 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)
|HLTAID011 Provide first aid
|HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
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
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 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.
Please note that any additional work placement arrangements will incur a $500 fee (if the first offered option is rejected).
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.
Computers – Students must have their own laptop computer. You will use a computer to complete the course in class and in your own time. You may also access College computers when available.
Online learning – Students are required to pay a one-off compulsory resource fee to receive the Mercury Colleges online learning resource called ELearn.
|COURSE CREDIT AND/OR RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
Students may be entitled to gain course credit and/or recognition before or after commencing the course that will exempt them from completing one or more units of competency. See the Student Handbook for more details and talk to a course advisor.
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) by Mercury College. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).