Disability Services

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support – Disability Specialisation

Have you completed a full qualification in CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing OR Home & Community)?
If so, you may be interested in completing a specialisation to increase your skills and knowledge in the disability sector.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Support worker
  • Community access worker
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Employment support worker

Study Pathways

Further study the following pathways exist:

HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

Location, Dates and Times

Clarence Campus

  • Intake 1:  29 April 2019 to 5 August 2019
  • Intake 2:  September 2019
  • Duration: 12 weeks, 1 day per week, Mondays – 9am to 3pm.  Plus workplace based component.
  • Venue: Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane.

Launceston Campus

  • Next Intake: 2019
  • Duration: 10 weeks, 1 day per week – 9.30am to 3.30pm.   Plus workplace based component.
  • Venue: Wellington Square, Cnr Wellington & Paterson Streets, Launceston

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake: 2019
  • Duration: 10 weeks, 1 day per week – 9.30am to 3.30pm.  Plus workplace based component.

The courses will run depending on sufficient numbers.

Attendance Options

  • Part-time

This is a short course delivered on campus one day per week for 10 weeks, plus some work placement.

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)
  • Up to 50 hours of Work Placement – or as much as is needed to meet the required competencies.

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.
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 www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

For fee and payment information relating to TasTAFE qualifications, please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

What will I need to bring?

USB, writing material (pens and notebooks)

Are there ‘other’ costs?

In addition to course fees, students will be required to pay the following prior to work placement:
National Police check $50.00. Working with Vulnerable People check (volunteer status) – $19.00

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

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 a driver’s license


To enrol in this course you will need to have successfully completed the following units from the CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support. You will need to provide evidence of this prior to enrolling.
Employed in the disability sector and enrol in the full CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) – attend the workshops and complete the rest of the qualification on the job.

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 here https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/current/student-support/


CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Qualification Requirements

This skill set includes the 4 units listed below.
Elective units – Disability specialisation:

  • 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 – Facilitated the empowerment of people with disability

For a full 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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