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CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

The CHC33015-  Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is the minimum qualification for people who are working or want to work as support workers in the disability sector including; in home support, community access worker. Demand for people with this qualification is high, with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
This course would suit:

  • People who would like to work in the Disability Sector
  • People who are looking for a career change
  • People currently employed within the Disability Sector*

*For those people employed in the industry, they may be eligible to undertake this course through an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

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Career Opportunities

Due to the high demand for people with this qualification, 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:

Location, dates and times

Clarence Campus


  • Next Intake:  5 February – 26 July 2019
  • Duration: 23 Weeks – 4 days per week, Tuesday – Friday,  9am – 3pm – including 120 hours compulsory Practical Placement (school holidays not included)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest


  • Next Intake: 5 February – 5 December 2019 (if course requirements met)
  • Duration: 38 Weeks – 2 days per week, Tuesday & Thursday,  9am to 3pm – including 120 hours compulsory Practical Placement (school holidays not included)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Bridgewater Library

  • Next Intake: 5 February – 26 July 2019
  • Duration: 23 Weeks – 4 days per week, Tuesday – Friday,  9am – 3pm – including 120 hours compulsory Practical Placement (school holidays not included)
    • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Launceston Campus

  • Next Intake: September 2019
  • Venue:  Wellington Square, Cnr Wellington & Paterson Streets, Launceston
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307  to register your interest.

Burnie Campus


  • Next Intake:  25 February 2019 – 22 August 2019
  • Duration:  4 days per week – Monday to Thursday – 9.30am to 3pm  (Includes some online study days)
  • Information and Application Sessions: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 – 10am OR 6pm (for approx. 2 hours)
    • Venue: F Block, Burnie Campus, Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest.


  • Next Intake:  To be confirmed
  • Duration:  2 days per week – 9.30am to 3pm  (Includes some online study days)

On the job

  • Rolling intake – you can enrol at anytime
  • Must be working in the Disability sector, at least 15 hours per week

Bring a pen, a copy of your resume, your USI (unique student identifier https://www.usi.gov.au) and copies of any relevant documents to support your application.
Do not bring original documents.
Courses are run subject to numbers.

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

On the job are usually completed within 12 months contact us directly to enquire

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 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/

Concession fees are available for this qualification

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

National Police check – $50.00
Class material fee – $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

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 a driver’s 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.

The application will be scored and the applicants will be advised in writing of their outcome and acceptance into the course. Applicants who do not meet the required score will be offered the opportunity to access alternative learning opportunities such as vocational preparation and literacy / numeracy support or a lower level qualification.

Attend one of the nominated Information & Application sessions in your region.

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

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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