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