Disability Services

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

CHC33015  Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to, disability, ageing or some other reason. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

These workers:

  • carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people in a disability setting, in their own homes or in other community settings
  • carry out activities related to an individualised plan
  • report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other workers
  • require a National police check conducted by Tasmania Police
  • require a current drivers license and a comprehensively insured vehicle
  • require a First Aid Certificate This qualification would suit

This qualification would suit:

  • People who would like to work in Disability & Community Industry
  • People who are looking for a career change
  • People employed within the Disability & Aged Care industry may be eligible to undertake this qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship.  For more information go to our Apprenticeship and Traineeship page.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course you may wish to gain further relevant qualifications.

These include:

  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Nursing

This certificate prepares students for work as a Disability Support Worker in both residential settings and in the community. Employers regularly seek out students who have completed this certificate.

Dates and Times

Clarence Campus, Warrane

  • Next Intake:  3 July 2018
  • Information Session:  Thursday, 14 June 2018 – 9.45am for a 10am start
    • Venue:  D Block, Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Duration:  Full-time, 4 days per week, Tuesday to Friday – 9am to 3pm
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

There will be a short written suitability assessment, please bring a pen, copy of your resume and copies of any relevant documents to support your application.
Please DO NOT bring original documents.

Launceston Campus

  • Next Intake:  16 October 2018
  • Duration:  3 days per week, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9.30am to 3pm
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307  to register your interest.
  • The team will contact you with further information.

Devonport & Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

The Northwest Team are offering a Disability Specialisation for students who have already completed the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home & Community) and would like to increase their knowledge in the Disability Sector.

Entry Requirements

TasTAFE is committed to supporting applicants into the study program that will best suit their goals, needs and abilities. For the best opportunity for success applicants will be required to demonstrate adequate literacy and numeracy skills  through a formal written suitability assessment process.

Selection activities are based on:

  • evidence of interest in, preparation for working in the aged , disability or community field (work history, work experience, life experiences)
  • literacy (ability to read and comprehend, summarise and express concepts)
  • numeracy (ability to carry out basic calculations involving addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentage and decimal points)

Information Technology Requirements

Students in the Certificate III in Individual Support require basic information technology skills on entry to the program.  It is recommended that students have reliable and ongoing access to a personal computer and internet.  In addition the following industry requirements must be met by students before participating in work placement.

  • Have a current National Police Check
  • Working with Vulnerable Peoples Check
  • Be physically fit to meet industry requirements

*please note some criminal convictions may preclude you from undertaking placement. If you are concerned please talk to a TasTAFE representative at the information session.

Resources and Equipment

(not required in the Northwest)

Students will be required to purchase the following to be worn at all practical sessions:

  • a shirt (uniform)
  • a pair of black trousers
  • black closed in shoes

Trainers will provide more information on uniform requirements during class orientation.

Learning Options

Learning options will include:

  • Work-based learning and project work either in your current role or through clinical placement
  • Text’s, DVD’s, videos, the internet, electronic learning resources using the computer, will be utilised to supplement your learning during this course
  • Attendance at classes on campus where you will participate in workshops and simulations
  • Attend vocational placement in a disability setting and with a community organization.

All students must undertake work-based learning in a Disability Services setting. Vocational Work placement in a Disability setting is a compulsory component of Certificate III in Individual Support.   Students must be able to attend shifts as stipulated in Disability settings (e.g. 7am to 3pm, 3pm to 11pm). There will be no night or weekend shifts.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment will include:

  • Projects – group or individual, these may be practical or researched based
  • Assignments – research topics and provide a written response
  • Written assessments – where you will be asked to research topics and provide a written response
  • Practical – you will be asked to complete the tasks on-the-job
  • Participants must successfully complete all assessment tasks to meet the requirements of the course


For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/


The Community Services Training Package units that you will be studying will be made clear to you before you start the course.
We will discuss these at our Information Session and you will also find information at: www.training.gov.au

Individual Support students need to be able to:

  • record information about resident/s or client/s care that is accurate and legible
  • read and interpret workplace documents such as those relating to workplace health and safety and workplace policies and procedures
  • communicate well with other people and their families and work as part of a team

Support is available to help students who may have difficulty meeting the above requirements.   Some of these skills may be improved through the learning process.

Qualification Requirements

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

A full list of electives is available from the Team.


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