Individual Support (Disability)

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.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

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


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

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 1 year
    Certificate III: 6 months Certificate IV: 6 months

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 2 (July) 2018

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

    Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2018*: Semester 2 - $6,850

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate III:
    Material Fees: $300
    First Aid Certificate: $120-$250
    Police Check: $50
    Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check: $90 approx

    Certificate IV:
    Material fees: $300

  • *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.

  • 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) | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

  • Course Subjects - Certificate III

    Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
    CRICOS: 090579M | National ID: CHC33015
    Complete all 13 subjects

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CHCCCS015
      Provide individualised support
      CIT Code: HUSE496
      Description: 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.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCCCS023
      Support independence and wellbeing
      CIT Code: HUSE497
      Description: 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.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCCOM005
      Communicate and work in health or community services
      CIT Code: COMM500
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers. This unit applies to a range of health and community service contexts where workers may communicate face-to-face, in writing or using digital media and work with limited responsibility under direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCDIV001
      Work with diverse people
      CIT Code: CLTS145
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit applies to all workers.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCLEG001
      Work legally and ethically
      CIT Code: LEGL219
      Description: 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.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTAAP001
      Recognise healthy body systems
      CIT Code: HESC501
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body. This unit applies to any worker who needs to use and interpret information that includes references to client anatomy and physiology.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTWHS002
      Follow safe work practices for direct client care
      CIT Code: WPHS114
      Description: 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. This unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, in both centre-based and home-based service provision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCDIS001
      Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
      CIT Code: HUSE506
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with supporting the ongoing skill development of a person with disability. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan and using a positive, strengths-based approach. This unit applies to individuals who work with people with disability in a range of community services and health contexts. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCDIS002
      Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
      CIT Code: HUSE483
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement behaviour support strategies outlined in an individualised behaviour support plan for a person with disability. This unit applies to workers in varied disability services contexts. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCDIS003
      Support community participation and social inclusion
      CIT Code: HUSE507
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with supporting people with disability in community participation and social inclusion using a person-centred approach. This involves enabling people to make choices to maximise their participation in various community settings, functions and activities to enhance psychosocial well-being and lifestyle in accordance with the person's needs and preferences. This unit applies to workers in varied disability services contexts. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCDIS007
      Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
      CIT Code: HUSE499
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the empowerment of people with disability to deliver rights based services using a person-centred approach. It should be carried out in conjunction with individualised plans. This unit applies to workers in varied disability contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCCCS011
      Meet personal support needs
      CIT Code: HUSE478
      Description: 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. This unit applies to workers who provide support to people according to an established individualised plan in any community services context. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCMHS001
      Work with people with mental health issues
      CIT Code: HUSE500
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish relationships, clarify needs, and then work collaboratively with people who are living with mental health issues. This unit applies to support workers in contexts outside the mental health sector, but who come into contact with people with mental health issues. The services and support provided are not mental health specific.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Ageing Support
    CRICOS: 090580G | National ID: CHC43015
    Complete all subjects
    Subjects listed below from earlier courses automatically count towards this course

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CHCADV001
      Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
      CIT Code: HUSE491
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to identify their rights, voice their needs and concerns and realise their interests, rights and needs. This unit applies to workers of all levels in a range of health or community services settings who provide services using a human rights based approach and have direct interaction with clients.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCAGE001
      Facilitate the empowerment of older people
      CIT Code: HUSE475
      Description: 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.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCAGE003
      Coordinate services for older people
      CIT Code: HUSE476
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge to provide services to an older person. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan. This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context, or those in personal care or support services that work with older people. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and is carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCAGE004
      Implement interventions with older people at risk
      CIT Code: HUSE477
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with older people and their carers to implement interventions in the context of an individualised plan to reduce risk. This unit applies to support workers in a residential or community context. Work performed requires a range of well developed skills where some discretion and judgement is required. Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs under direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCAGE005
      Provide support to people living with dementia
      CIT Code: HUSE492
      Description: 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.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCCCS006
      Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
      CIT Code: HUSE494
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the development, implementation and review of individualised support. This unit applies to workers in a range of community services and service delivery contexts. Work will involve collaborating with the person requiring support and other people involved in the support network. Service needs may be complex or multiple.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCCCS025
      Support relationships with carers and families
      CIT Code: HUSE498
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work positively with the carers and families of people using the service based on an understanding of their support needs. This unit applies to workers across a range of community services contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCLEG003
      Manage legal and ethical compliance
      CIT Code: LEGL220
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities. This unit applies to people working in roles with managerial responsibility for legal and ethical compliance in small to medium sized organisations. There may or may not be a team of workers involved.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCPAL001
      Deliver care services using a palliative approach
      CIT Code: WELF468
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to care for people with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and/or normal ageing process within a palliative approach. This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and is carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCPRP001
      Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
      CIT Code: COMM499
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify networking and collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice. This unit applies to work in all industry sectors, and to individuals who take pro-active responsibility for improving collaboration between workers and organisations.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCHCS002
      Coordinate and monitor home based support
      CIT Code: HUSE510
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to coordinate and monitor the delivery of home based support services. This unit applies to workers in a community services context. Work performed requires a range of well developed, person-centred skills where some discretion and judgement is required and workers will take responsibility for their own outputs.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCAGE002
      Implement falls prevention strategies
      CIT Code: HUSE509
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with older people and their carer/s to implement strategies to minimise the risk of falls. This unit applies to support workers in a residential or community context. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBMGT401
      Show leadership in the workplace
      CIT Code: MGNT628
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams and individuals by modelling high standards of conduct to reflect the organisation's standards and values. It applies to individuals who are making the transition from being a team member to taking responsibility for the work and performance of others and providing the first level of leadership within the organisation. These managers have a strong influence on the work culture, values and ethics of the teams they supervise.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • 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.

    Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (6 months)
    PLUS
    Certificate IV in Ageing Support (6 months)
    = 1 years of study