Individual Support (Home and Community Care)

If you enjoy playing an integral role in the lives of others, you may find satisfaction in a career providing home and community support.

CIT’s Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) will give you the skills and knowledge to work in home and community care. This is accomplished by studying the needs of a variety of clients, and is augmented with 120 hours of work placement. During the placements, which are organised by CIT, students will be supported by a CIT teacher.

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support places an emphasis on developing the skills and knowledge required to provide and coordinate home and community support up to a team leader or coordinator level. This program is designed for people currently employed in the community sector, or who have completed the appropriate preliminary study. There are 120 hours of work placement. During the placements, which are organised by CIT, students will be supported by a CIT teacher.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)
    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 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2018

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

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 Semester 2 - $6,850

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

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate III:
    Material fees: $375
    Textbooks: $150 approx.
    Stationary $100
    Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check: $80
    First Aid Certificate: $120-$250
    Police Check: $50
    Polo shirt: $45

    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 – 46 | PTE Academic – 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162 | An expressed interest in working with people requiring support in a home and/or community setting.

  • Course Subjects - Certificate III

    Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)
    CRICOS: 090579M | National ID: CHC33015
    Complete 13 subjects (7 Core and 6 Electives)


    Core - complete all 7

    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


    Electives - complete 6

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • HLTHPS006
      Assist clients with medication
      CIT Code: HUSE511
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication. This unit applies to community services and health workers with authority in their state or territory to assist with the administration of medication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCHCS001
      Provide home and community support services
      CIT Code: HUSE508
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a home support environment and community settings with individuals, family members, staff, visitors, suppliers and others to meet established work requirements. This unit applies to workers in a community services context. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and is carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Ageing Support
    CRICOS: 090580G | National ID: CHC43015
    Complete all 18 subjects (15 Core and 3 Electives)
    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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 IV: Community care worker, home care worker, support worker, carer, driver, respite carer.

    Certificate III: 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.