Health and Aged Care

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) is the minimum qualification for people who are working or want to work as Personal Care Assistants in residential aged care facilities, home based support and community (HAC). Demand for people with this qualification is high, as the industry grows to service Australia’s rapidly ageing population.

This course would suit:

  • People who would like to work in Aged Care Services Industry
  • People who are looking for a career change
  • People currently employed within the Health, Aged Care and Disability industry*

*Those who are employed in the industry may be eligible to undertake this course through an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

Career Opportunities

Due to the high demand for people with this qualification, this course may lead to the following range of career opportunities:

  • Extended care assistant (ECA)
  • Community care worker
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Support worker
  • Home care assistant
  • Personal care assistant
  • Residential support worker

Study Pathways

On successful completion of CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Home and Community) you can enrol in the additional four units required to complete the CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) – Disability Specialisation

Further study the following pathways exist:

Location, dates and times

Clarence Campus

  • Next Intake:  5 February 2020 –  Full-time and Part-time


  • Next Intake:   3 March to September 2020
  • Duration:  Full-time – 3 days per week – 9.15am to 2.45pm and Thursday – 8 hour shift e.g. 7am-3pm (flexible)
  • Venue:  Snug Village, Christian Homes Tasmania, 10a Torpy Avenue, Snug

Information & Application Sessions for Clarence Campus:

Clarence Monday, 20 January 2020, 10am
Room D1.04, D Block, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
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Clarence Monday, 20 January 2020, 2pm
Room D1.04, D Block, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
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Clarence Monday, 20 January 2020, 6pm
Room D1.04, D Block, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
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Launceston Campus

  • Next Intake:  July – December 2020, Full-time (Ageing)
  • Duration:  4 days per week – 9.30am to 3pm
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Devonport Campus

  • Next Intake:   10 February 2020 – 28 August 2020
  • Duration:   3 days per week, 2 days in class and 1 day online
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  3 February 2020 – 30 June 2020
  • Duration:  4 days per week, 3 days in class and 1 day online
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Attendance Options

On campus courses are usually completed within 12 months – with breaks over the school holidays

Delivery varies in regions and check information provided in each region regarding class start times, duration, course commencement dates and availability of work placement opportunities.

General duration is:

  • 4 day/week program = 23 weeks
  • 3 day/week program = 28 weeks
  • 2 day/week program = 36 weeks

Learning Options

For students studying on campus learning will be undertaken using a combination of the listed delivery modes

  • Classroom – Including undertaking project work, group work and presentations
  • Applied learning and assessment activities. In the simulated learning environment (Prac Room)
  • Online learning and assessment activities (Using TasTAFE online learning system called CANVAS)
  • 120 hours of full time Work Placement*

Work placement is a compulsory component of this course and students must be able to attend shifts as stipulated by industry (e.g. 7am to 3pm, 3pm to 11pm).

You will be allocated a work placement by your teacher. You will be responsible for:

  • Managing your time and other commitments to attend placement
  • Own transportation
  • Have completed Police check and Working with vulnerable people check

All shifts will be scheduled on weekdays, there will be no overnight or weekend shifts scheduled.

For students studying on-the-job e.g. Trainee

  • On the job (Training and Assessment undertaken on the job under supervision)
  • Online learning and assessment activities (Using TasTAFE online learning system called CANVAS)
  • Completion of evidence portfolio

If you are working in the sector contact the team to further discuss your learning options

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written assignments
  • Questions
  • Case studies
  • Research projects
  • Observations on the job and in a simulated assessment environment
  • Work placement
  • Portfolio of evidence

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Concession fees are available for this qualification

What will I need to bring?

  • USB
  • Writing material (pens and notebooks)
  • For work placement: polo shirt, black pants

Are there ‘other’ costs?

In addition to course fees, students will be required to pay the following

  • National Police check –  $50.00
  • Class material fee  –  $50.00

There may be a requirement to provide a working with vulnerable people check (volunteer status) – $19.00 – this will depend on the work placement provider requirements.

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course

However you will be required to ensure that you are physically able to undertake the tasks required and complete the work placement requirements of the qualification.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

Students will be required to successfully complete at least 120 hours of practical work placement

A current National Police check is a requirement of workplaces in this industry and will be required before your practical placement can be undertaken.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • literacy and numeracy skills to the level required by industry
  • good communication and time management skills
  • ability to use word processing software
  • be physically fit
  • have drivers license


TasTAFE is committed to supporting applicants into the study program that will best suit their goals, needs and abilities. Applicants will be required to apply for entry into this course by undertaking a written assessment process during which:

Applicants undertake a written application to identify their capacity to undertake training at this AQF level. This process also allows for identification of candidates ASCF skills and learning support requirements

To meet the requirements you must demonstrate the following literacy and numeracy skills:

  • Reading and Writing Skills – ACSF level 2 / 3
  • Oral Communication skills – ACSF level 3
  • Numeracy and Mathematics skills – ACSF level 2 / 3

Students will also be reviewed against basic information technology skills as some training and assessment is undertaken online.

Your written application, any documents you provided, will be reviewed by a teacher.

Your application will be assessed on merit and a score will be given.

You will be formally contacted by TasTAFE by email notifying you of the outcome of your application

If your application is unsuccessful, you will be provided advice on alternative study pathways and details of our Support Services. You will be able to apply again at a future time.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support, 13 units must be completed, 7 core and 6 electives.

Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.


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