Individual Support (Disability)


Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
CRICOS: 090579M | National ID: CHC33015

Certificate IV in Ageing Support
CRICOS: 090580G | National ID: CHC43015

Disability Work

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Certificate III: 6 months | Certificate IV: 6 months


Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2018

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2019


CIT Bruce

Tuition Fees

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.


Providing expert care and support to people with disability and/ or ageing individuals is a growing and important role in the community. These programs give graduates the opportunity to enter the community sector as a disability support worker, day activity and recreational support worker, client services officer and individual care worker.

The Certificate III will build your skills and knowledge to perform all the functions of a disability support worker, and will provide you with 120 hours of work placement. Students will be supported by a CIT teacher during the placements, which are organised by CIT.

If you choose to progress to Certificate IV level, you will gain the ability to provide, coordinate and supervise home and community support programs. This program is designed for people who have completed Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community or Disability) who are currently employed in the community sector, as it builds on the skills taught in those programs.

There are 120 hours of work placement in each program. This is organised by CIT and is delivered as three separate weeks within the semester. A CIT teacher supports students during work placements..

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT – 60 | PTE Academic – 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT – 550 | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

Extra Fees

Certificate III:
Material Fees: $300
Textbooks: $150
Stationary $100
First Aid Certificate: $120-$250
Police Check: $50
Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check: $80

Certificate IV:
Material fees: $300

Course Subjects

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
CRICOS: 090579M | National ID: CHC33015

National ID Subject Name
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
CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Certificate IV in Ageing Support
CRICOS: 090580G | National ID: CHC43015
Study only 8 subjects following Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing or Disability)

National ID Subject Name
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCAGE003 Coordinate services for older people
CHCAGE004 Implement interventions with older people at risk
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCHCS002 Coordinate and monitor home based support
CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace

Job Opportunities

Certificate III: support worker, key worker, disability support worker, recreational support worker, learning support assistant, community access worker, advocate, employment consultant.

Certificate IV: coordinator, team leader, support worker, service coordinator, day activity officer.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Modes of study include:

  • Simulated Work Environment (SLE) where students will practice skills and perform assessments prior to industry placements, for example, personal care, manual handling.
  • Industry placements (work experience)
  • Self-directed learning
  • On-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn
  • Classroom delivery

Students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout a course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks. Assessment outcomes may be based on demonstrating competence in various practical skills, successfully completing theory based quizzes and assignments and projects, or a combination of all four assessment methods.

Pathways to Further Study

CIT has strong industry links with a wide range of community services organisations in the ACT and offers opportunities for work placement, allowing students to gain comprehensive industry experience and knowledge of the profession.

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