Certificate III Individual Support (Ageing & Disability)

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Certificate III Individual Support (Ageing & Disability)

With our Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability) course, you can fulfill your dreams of caring for elderly parents or grandparents, working in one of Australia's fastest-growing industries.

Job prospects

+ Care Coordinator

+ Disability Coordinator

+ Disability Support Worker

+ Behavioural Support Officer

+ Social Educator


+ Duration: 36 weeks

+ Work placement: 90 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please contact us to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD. Call us to discuss your options.

National code: CHC33021

Units: 9 core + 6 elective

Location: MCIE CBD Campus, Levels 8 & 9, 250 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Delivery modes: Blended training delivery

Work placement: 120 hours

Total duration: 36 weeks

Government funded: $150*

Government funded concession: $30*

Self-funded: $6,700

Textbooks: $100

Uniform (MCIE T-shirt): $40

*The fees listed above include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook. This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies. If you are not eligible for a government-funded place, you will be required to pay the self-funded fee.


There are no pre-requisite requirements for this qualification. You must have a National Police Check and First Aid to participate in work-placement and Working with Vulnerable People Check.


Education and skills

Cert II and Cert III: Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, have completed a year 10 level at school, and confirm that MCIE has ensured that the program is suited to their career aspirations and needs.



Domestic: It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the program commencement date.

All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.


Digital technology

Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email and the learning management system. Students should have access to the internet, data, a laptop or computer with Microsoft Teams to successfully participate in this program.


Industry requirements

Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Background Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check

  • Flu or COVID-19 vaccinations

  • First Aid Certificate

  • Other: Requirements may vary according to employer policies


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here [https://www.mcie.edu.au/rpl/] for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Blended training delivery

Delivered over 9 months online and at MCIE campuses. Work-placement at an MCIE approved venue, MCIE can organise your work-placement with one of our host employers if required.



The student assessment tool comprises multiple assessment tasks; however, not all task types are used to assess all units of competency.
o written questions and quiz
o scenarios and case studies
o practical or simulated activities

Where a student is required to be assessed in the workplace a number of evidence gathering tools may be used:
o workplace portfolio tasks
o workplace reflective journal
o workplace logbook (WPLB)
o workplace third-party report (TPR)
o workplace assessor observation


Work placement

Students must complete 120 mandatory placement hours for the work-based training component of this program. The MCIE Work Placement Coordinator will organise your placement with one of our host employers.

Core units

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care          

HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control                   

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services                                               

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically                                                                                                             

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people                                                                                                           

CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support                                                                                                   

CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support                                               

CHCCCS040 Support independence and wellbeing                                                                                     

CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems                                                                                               

Elective units

CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia                                                                 

CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care                                                                                                      

CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach                                                                 

CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach

CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion                                                      

CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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