Disability (Individual Support)

Providing expert care and support to people with disability is a growing and important role in Australia, and there is demand for workers in a variety of roles within residential facilities, private homes and within the community.

Develop the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience to perform all the functions of a disability support worker or progress to the Certificate IV and gain the ability to provide, coordinate and supervise home and community support programs.

Industry Placement

You will receive a minimum of 120 unpaid hours of industry experience fully coordinated by CIT. This industry placement will give you the hands-on skills to be ready for employment.

  • Course Details

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

    Certificate IV in Ageing Support | CHC43015
    CRICOS: 090580G

  • Course Duration

    Certificate III: 6 months Certificate IV: 6 months

  • Course Intake

    2021 Semester 2 (July)

    2022 Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

  • Course Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2021-2022: $7,250 per semester

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate III:
    Material Fees: $375
    First Aid Certificate: $120-$250
    Police Check: $50
    Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check: $135 approx
    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 may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2021 and 2022 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent)

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry with relevant practical work or other professional experience. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements:

  • Course Subjects - Certificate III

    Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) | CHC33015 - 13 subjects

    Core: complete all 7 subjects

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

    Electives: complete all 5 subjects

    • CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
    • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
    • CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
    • CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
    • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

    Electives: complete 1 subject

    • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
    • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
    • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Ageing Support | CHC43015 - 18 subjects

    (Subjects completed in the Certificate III will not need to be completed again)

    Core: complete all 15 subjects

    • 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
    • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
    • CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
    • CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
    • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
    • CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
    • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
    • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

    Electives: Complete all 3 subjects

    • CHCHCS002 Coordinate and monitor home based support
    • CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
    • BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace
  • Likely Job Outcome

    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

    While industry placement is not a course requirement, CIT’s connections to industry may provide opportunities for students to undertake unpaid work placements.

    Because CIT offers nationally recognised qualifications accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to most universities within Australia and receive credit towards a degree, even where formal credit transfer arrangements are not in place; however, this is not a guarantee.

    We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.