This qualification is recognised entry-level for employment in the Health industry. The course would suit students who are interested in a career in the Health Industry, working in hospitals and aged care facilities such as nursing homes. Students may also wish to complete this course for general interest and to assist in part-time work while undertaking further study.

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CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Students undertaking 240 hour course will be eligible to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).

Course Duration/Hours

The following patterns of study are possible (availability will be confirmed by the school):

  • 240 hour course over 2 years
  • 240 hour course over 1 year
  • 360 hour course over 2 years
  • an additional 120 hour Specialisation Study for students in the 240 hour course

There is no 120 hour course available in the NESA Human Services Industry Curriculum Framework.


This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency detailed in the NESA Syllabus are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


To be eligible for CHC33015 you must demonstrate competency in 13 units: 7 core, 6 electives . Students who successfully complete all units offered in the 240 hour course will achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).


  • HLTWHS002
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • HLTAAP001
    Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
  • CHCCOM005
    Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCCCS015
    Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS023
    Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • HLTINF001
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTAID003
    Provide first aid
  • CHCAGE001
    Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCCCS011
    Meet personal support needs
  • CHCPAL001
    Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCAGE005
    Provide support to people living with dementia
  • HLTHPS006
    Assist clients with medication

Career Information

Job Roles

  • Carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people in an aged care setting
  • Carry out activities related to an individualised plan
  • Report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other workers

Duties and Tasks

Aged care workers may perform the following tasks:

  • Assist with initial and ongoing health assessments and the maintenance of patients’ health
  • Observe, measure and record patients’ conditions (their temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, for example)
  • Report changes in patients’ conditions
  • Attend to patients’ hygiene and comfort by assisting with bathing, showering, dressing and bed-making
  • Assist patients with meals when required
  • Assist patients with rehabilitation exercises and programmes
  • Assist in the care of wounds
  • Assist in emergency situations
  • Assist in providing education on health and lifestyle issues
  • Maintain a safe environment for patients and assist with the prevention of injuries

Personal Attributes

  • Good communication skills
  • Tolerant, patient and tactful when dealing with people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures
  • Able to follow instructions precisely
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions


  • Certificate IV in Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Aged Care
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • Bachelor of Nursing

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