CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support

Mater Education’s Certificate III in Individual Support course gives you the opportunity to gain the required skills and knowledge to work within a community or residential aged care setting. By completing this individual support course, you’ll be qualified to pursue a career in healthcare in various roles, including:

  • Respite care worker
  • Support worker
  • Home help worker
  • Direct care worker
  • Personal carer
  • Personal care worker
  • Personal care assistant.

More than just an aged care qualification, our individual support course will provide you with the skills to choose from a number of rewarding career pathways. You'll study and train onsite at Mater’s cutting-edge clinical simulation facility, where industry-trained experts and educators will help you develop your skills and knowledge.

You’ll also have the chance to consolidate your newly acquired skills in a real healthcare environment by undertaking a vocational placement in either an aged care home or community care centre.

You’ll graduate with a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) upon successful completion of the course and be prepared for a fulfilling career.

Register for Mater Education's very first Virtual Open Day! Learn about the exciting healthcare courses available to you.

Our Virtual Open Day offers you an online alternative to attending our Open Day on campus. On the day, you'll be able to:
  • Explore our campus and see the facilities available to you.
  • Learn more about Mater Education's range of healthcare courses.
  • Connect with our Student Services team to answer any questions you have about studying with Mater Education.
  • Submit your application to study!
Register here so we can send you all the details on Thursday 21 May!
 

Entry requirements

Mater Education wants everyone enrolled into the program to have every opportunity to succeed at their study. Our program is dynamic, and delivered in a way that caters to all learning styles.

When applications are open, you will need to complete an online application including:

1. addressing the following three criteria:

  • What motivates you to pursue a career in healthcare at this time?
  • Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?
  • How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the individual support program?

2.  details of your work history and voluntary experience

3. details of any prior education, including copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.

Selection
Applicants that address the defined criteria as published and whose answers are clear and informative will progress to the next stage. 

Stage 1: To set you up for success, we'll ask you to undergo a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation before starting the program. The LLN evaluation will give us an insight into your reading, writing and numeracy skills, and help us plan any extra support you may need to succeed in the program.

Stage 2: Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will be invited to an interview.

To work in the healthcare sector you need to be responsible, physically fit, mentally alert and practical. You also need to be able to carry out all of the physical activities that are a part of caring for someone.

Certificates and permits
Confirmation of your enrolment as an Individual Support student is subject to the completion of a criminal history check (Fit2Work).


Immunisation
You need to be immunised, or in the process of being vaccinated, for the following communicable diseases:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Seasonal vaccinations (influenza) as required.


If you are applying for credit for your First Aid certification your CPR currency must be up to date for the duration of the program. 

Resources:

Students will require access to a reliable internet connection enabling access to Mater Education’s virtual learning environment, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.

Read more about resource requirements here.

Come and learn about funding, fees and eligibility requirements, check out our world-class clinical simulation and learning facilities, and chat to real students and educators about what it's like to study onsite in a real hospital environment.

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Cost

Full Fee-paying student—$3,000

View the schedule of fees for students in 2020.

Funding for school leavers—Free tafe funding
If you are a Queensland resident, have graduated Year 12 with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and plan to begin studies within the next calendar year, you may be eligible for the Free tafe funding for this Certificate course. For more information about eligibility go to Department of Employment, Small Business and Training information page.

Additional funding—Certificate 3 Guarantee
This qualification is approved for subsidies under the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee program. Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school Certificate III level qualification. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee funded by the Queensland Government you must meet the eligibility criteria, as outlined below. 

Non-concessional student Co-Contribution—$468
Concessional student Co-Contribution—$64

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee you must meet the following criteria:
  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a certificate III or higher level qualification (does not include qualifications completed in secondary school)
  • be 15 years or older
  • have completed or left secondary school
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Queensland, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
     
For more information about eligibility go to Certificate 3 Guarantee Student Fact Sheet or the Certificate 3 Guarantee FAQs.
 
You are eligible for the concession fee if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

Students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program once they complete the qualification.

Mater Education offers a payment plan for the Individual Support course fees. To pay your fees this way you’ll need to make three to five non-refundable payments—the first before the start of the course. There are no administration fees or interest charges, and no extra charges for credit card payments. Please contact us to find out about our payment plan.

 

Additional costs

As part of your enrolment you may need to buy:

  • Textbooks and materials 
  • Mater Education Uniform shirt (approximately $60 - $80 per shirt)
  • Closed-in black shoes
  • Black business pants or knee-length black skirt (preferably with pockets)
  • Criminal history check 'Fit2Work' ($29)
  • CPR currency ($50 - $60)
  • Any additional vaccinations you may require
 

Cancellation and refund policy.

Vocational placement

Vocational placement consolidates your knowledge within the real healthcare environment by giving you the opportunity to apply theory to practice. It happens at the end of the course and must be successfully completed to achieve an award.
 
Your placement could be in an:

  • aged care facility, or
  • community care centre.

Learning outcome

On successful completion you’ll graduate with a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support qualification that will carry the Nationally Recognised Training logo. Should you leave the course before you complete it, you’ll receive a Statement of Attainment for any units of competency you’ve successfully completed and where your course fees have been paid in full.

Course outline

This qualification comprises 13 Units of Competency.

Core units

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to organise, provide and monitor support services within the limits established by an individualised plan. The individualised plan refers to the support or service provision plan developed for the individual accessing the service and may have many different names in different organisations. This unit applies to workers who provide support under direct or indirect supervision in any community services or health context.

CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide individualised services in ways that support independence, as well as, physical and emotional wellbeing. This unit applies to workers in a range of community services contexts who provide frontline support services within the context of an established individualised plan.

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work effectively in a health setting with clients, staff, visitors, suppliers and others to meet established work requirements.

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role. This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
This unit provides the basic level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology needed to recognise healthy body systems.

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

Compulsory Elective units for ageing specialisation 

CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to respond to the goals and aspirations of older people and provide support services in a manner that focuses on improving health outcomes and quality of life, using a person-centred approach. This unit applies to support workers in residential or community contexts.

CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred care and support to people living with dementia. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan.This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context, including family homes. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond to an individual’s physical personal support needs and to support activities of daily living.

Elective units

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

HLTAID003 Provide first aid
This unit describes the skills and knowledge you need to provide a first aid response to a casualty.

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
This unit contains the knowledge and skills you need to:

  • understand and respond to instructions
  • carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment
  • use appropriate medical terminology.

Duration and dates

Duration
This course is delivered over 22 weeks. Classes are held 2.5 days per week, except for your vocational experience which will run five days per week, over three consecutive weeks. Part of the course involves self-directed study, with tutorials available to help with your learning.
 

Class timetables
View the indicative timetables for students commencing study in:

Scholarships

Mater Education is proud to offer rare scholarship opportunities for some eligible students from an Indigenous or refugee background, as well as those facing financial hardship.

Scholarships are awarded on merit, and are available to eligible students commencing in the January or July intake.

If you think you are eligible, we encourage you to apply for the course and make a clear note in your application form that you’re also applying for the scholarship (list under “other relevant information”).

The successful recipient will need to demonstrate satisfactory completion of each semester and continuous enrolment to retain the scholarship.

All scholarship applications must be received no later than four weeks prior to the course commencement date. No late applications will be accepted.

Indigenous applicants

Indigenous applicants are invited to submit an Indigenous background Scholarship application letter outlining their cultural background (with confirmed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity), goals and aspirations and a copy of achievements thus far. Two written referee reports (one professional and one personal) should also be included.

Students seeking scholarship on the basis of being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent will be considered eligible if they can provide one of the forms of evidence below: 

  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by board members of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Land Council, or 
  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by a delegate of an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation 
  • a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of their parent/s confirmation of Aboriginality via one of the two forms of evidence above 
  • a Statutory declaration witnessed by an authorised witness which included the applicants declaration that they: 
  1. 1. Are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent; and 
  2. 2. Identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; and 
  3. 3. Is accepted as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander within the community where they reside. 
*Students may be directed to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website to help them with locating the relevant information and documents


Refugee background applicants
Applicants with a refugee background are invited to submit a refugee background scholarship application letter which outlining their cultural background, goals and aspirations and a copy of achievements thus far. Two written referee reports (one professional and one personal) should also be included.

Students seeking scholarship on the basis of being of refugee status will be considered eligible if they can provide one of the forms of evidence below: 

  • an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa 
  • a Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) check 
  • refugee documentation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection/Department of Home Affairs. 
*An Immicard will not be accepted as evidence


Financial hardship applicants
Applicants who are facing financial hardship are invited to submit a scholarship application letter outlining their current financial situation, goals and aspirations and a copy of achievements thus far. Two written referee reports (one professional and one personal) should also be included.

Students seeking scholarship on the basis of financial hardship will be considered eligible if they are an Australian or New Zealand citizen and can provide evidence that fall under one of the categories below: 

  • They hold an Australian Government low-income health care card. Eligible cards include: 
    • Centrelink Health Care Card 
    • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
    • Department of Veteran Affairs Health Card.
*They must provide a copy that shows a current expiry date, full name, and address (or indicates their relationship to the person whose name and address is listed). 
 
  • If they live independently and support themselves in full, with an annual income of under $37 000, and can provide: 
    • A written explanation of why they don’t receive Centrelink benefits
    • An ATO Notice of Assessment for the last financial year AND 
    • Their last three payslips.
 
  • They receive Australian government income support from Centrelink or the Department of Veteran Affairs. Eligible payment types include: 
    • Youth Allowance (Access and Equity Scholarship Application Procedure Release date: 08 Jun 2020 Printed and local copies are uncontrolled – always refer to the Mater Document Centre 3 of 9) 
    • Newstart Allowance
    • Austudy 
    • ABSTUDY 
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Carer Payment (Excluding: Family Tax Benefit Part A or B, Childcare Benefits and/or Carer Allowance).
*Applicants must provide a recent statement (less than 3 months old) that shows date issued, full name and address (or indicates their relationship to the person whose name and address is listed). A low-income healthcare card is preferred to a Parenting Payment statement. If a Parenting Payment statement is provided, it must indicate the maximum Parenting Payment rate. Bank statements will not be accepted as evidence.

 

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