What does this Cert III course involve?

This course is a nationally recognised qualification that covers both the theory and the practical components required for employment in residential aged care and/ or community settings. By focusing on individualised plans, students are taught a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices involved in providing person-centred support.

To successfully achieve this qualification, students must complete at least 120 hours of work placement, or work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

Want to know more?

This course is recommended for people with a caring and patient nature, who are seeking a rewarding career in caring for the elderly.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification are:

  • Aged Care Worker
  • Support worker
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • In-Home Respite Worker

Aged Care workers can work full time, part time, or on a casual basis, making this an ideal job for all lifestyles. Further study opportunities include study for enrolled nursing, leisure and lifestyle, and home care.

Certificate III - Units of Competency

CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)

The full qualification requires the completion of 13 units of competency – a combination of compulsory core units and preselected elective units.

Core Units:

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


Elective Units:

  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
  • CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services

Certificate III - Delivery Options

This course is delivered face-to-face.  For information on face-to-face teaching, please contact us for details specific to your preferred course location.

Theory – You will receive one workbook folder at a time and then submit it once all the components are complete. Once marked, you will receive another folder to continue working on. There are two folders comprising of 13 units in total. The workbooks contain the information that you will need to answer the questions and complete your projects.

Practical – You will be required to complete at least 120 hours of unpaid work placement in a local aged care facility or community organisation. This is usually completed over a three to four-week block, and work is limited from Monday to Friday. Shift work is common in aged care (Morning or Afternoon)

Mandatory In Class days – Before going on placement, all students will need to have completed more than 80% of their course content,the Manual Handling Day/s,

and as part of the high standards Austcare is known for, First aid/CPR is expected from the facilities that we attend (although not required of the course, also positions you to be job-ready if hired).

We run First Aid and Manual Handling training in all of our course locations.

Please inform us if this is the option you would like to proceed with, and we can discuss it in further detail with you.


The duration is a combination of classroom study and work placement.

Please allow 4 months for this course (day options)

Please allow 5 months for this course (night options)

Entry Requirements

  • The ability to read, write and communicate in English proficiently (year 10 level or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
  • a Police Clearance with no criminal history in the last 10 years.
  • Physical ability to walk 8 kilometers on a daily basis.
  • Any Pre-existing Back injuries in the last five years must be disclosed.



Job Ready

Practical demonstrations given in class. Samples of products used in the industry provided in class. First Aid and CPR Training. Manual Handling Workshops.

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What our students say about us
To anyone interested in the course. You will not regret it. Austcare is a great Company .Thankyou  Keith Manby
Keith Manby
Anyone wanting to do aged care I would highly recommend this organisation and a great trainer as well.  I gained employment after studying at Austcare! Tara Tilling
Tara Tilling
Aged care through austcare was amazing, friends for life. Working in aged care, I wish I did it a long time ago. Donna in cairns is amazing. Nusbaum J Moroni
Nusbaum J Moroni
Honestly everyone I'm in the middle of doing mine now it's the best thing I have done for myself it's easy to understand the trainer is really awesome and helpful you won't regret it trust me. Kylie Sawtell
Kylie Sawtell
They are great tutors, awesome course, I did it last year and its improved to keep up with what is required to get work after course. Liane Aukaha
Liane Aukaha
Austcare are Fantastic. I am doing there night class in Bundaberg and have found it to be excellent. The Trainer is fantastic who makes the classes enjoyable.  Debra Palmer
Debra Palmer
Best decision I 've ever made was to do the aged care course through you guys and as a result ended up with a job with the place I did placement. Mini Davey
Mini Davey
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole training experience, from the prompt responses to my queries, through to the professional presentation in class and finally the comprehensive exposure to the workplace through placement. with thanks, Muriel Tait
Muriel Tait
This is An awesome course! Full on. Just finished placement. 12 out of 10.
Wewia Littleton
I've had the best training with AustCare and got a job offer few days after I completed my 120 hours work placement! Thank you AustCare !!!
Ena Jamil Tickell