Learn to support and care for older people at home and in aged care facilities. This nationally recognised qualification is ideal if you are looking to develop your career in the highly rewarding aged and community care industry.
+ Personal Carer
+ Aged Care Worker
+ Accommodation Support Worker
+ In-Home Respite Worker
+ 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, or as a Traineeship or Work-place based. 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
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.
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
This program is delivered, simultaneously in the classroom 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.
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.
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
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.
An amazing experience
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)
Great course for aged care
Love this course and amazing trainers
The Certificate III in Individual Support was fantastic!!
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!!