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Certificate III in Individual Support

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Certificate III in Individual Support

Want to support people with disabilities in your community? This in-demand qualification is an excellent pathway to a rewarding career in aged, residential or community care.

Job prospects

+ Aged Care Support Worker

+ Disability Support Worker

+ Nursing Assistant

+ Personal Care Worker

+ Personal Care Assistant


+ Duration: 36 weeks

+ Work placement: 120 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, Werribee or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

National code: CHC33015

Units: 7 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



MCIE offers two specialisations for this course so students can choose one of two pathways:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home & Community)

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Government funded: $130*

Government funded concession: $26*

Self-funded: $6,700

Textbooks: $100

Uniform (MCIE T-shirt): $40

*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.

Enrolment fees 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.


There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.



You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.

All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at, 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, the student portal and the learning management system.


Industry requirements

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

  • National Police Check

  • NDIS Worker Screening

  • First Aid Certificate

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations


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 for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Blended training delivery

This program is delivered as blended training, both in-person and remotely in real-time via Microsoft Teams, for approximately 7.5 hours per week, with up to 5 hours trainer-directed learning each week.



Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement journals, logbooks, and projects.


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

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support

CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or Community Services

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

Elective units (Ageing, Home & Community specialisation)

HLTINF001 Comply with infection control policies and procedures

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services

CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families

Elective units (Disability specialisation)

HLTINF001 Comply with infection control policies and procedures

CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths based approach

CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families

Nationally Recognised Training

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

The reviews

An amazing experience

Rated 5 out of 5
December 17, 2021

I, Maryann James (HoD, Community Care) sharing a beautiful email from one of my student, Cindy Gao. Cindy had undertaken and completed Cert 3 in Individual Support in 2019 and Cert 4 in Disability in 2020. Her email is an acknowledgement of the efforts, hardwork and commitment from the staff of MCIE to make her learning journey a positive experience for her. I sincerely thank Cindy for acknowledging our efforts. Dear Maryann I have completed and been send the feedback on MCIE Excellent service in MCIE Facebook review. It is the best time to say, “Great job MCIE”. I wanted to congratulate each and every one of you for a job well done working with your colleagues and your students in the midst of the pandemic. Your dedication and support for students highly appreciated. I started last year doing my Certificate Iv In Disability Course. I would like to especially Thank You for my trainer Sonia. She was pleasant. firm and professional while teaching in the class. I have learned important skills from trainer that will help me in Disability Support with my clients and personally. Also students feel the freedom to imagine and trust she give. Trainer’s encouragement and constant motivation push me to heigh I never thought possible. Thank you for inspiring me to be excellent in great job I do. I ‘d like to especially Thank you Maryann James (Head of Department ,Community Care) for being so creative and passionate about keeping communicate and support students. I felt supported every step of the way. She was very kind and so supportive for everyone. I enjoyed study time with MCIE and I successfully to recommended five friends (please see attached in other email ) to joined MCIE for their choose courses as well. Much appreciated for Maryann and Sonia! Kind regards Yunping Gao (Cindy)

Cindy Gao

Great course for aged care

Rated 5 out of 5
June 24, 2021

Love this course and amazing trainers


The Certificate III in Individual Support was fantastic!!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 20, 2021

I have learnt a lot as a student with MCIE and their supportive staff and teachers have helped me to get qualified. Thank you to MCIE!!

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