Home and Community (Individual Support)

If you enjoy playing an important role in the lives of others, a career in home and community support could be for you.

This rewarding course will give you the skills and knowledge to work in home and community care. The Certificate IV further develops these skills, placing an emphasis on the knowledge and experience needed to provide and coordinate home and community support at a team leader or coordinator level.

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
    Course/s

    Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) | CHC33015
    CRICOS: 090579M


    Certificate IV in Ageing Support | CHC43015
    CRICOS: 090580G

  • Course Duration
    Duration

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

  • Course Intake
    Intake

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

    2021 Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2020-2021: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate III:
    Material fees: $375
    Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check: $135 approx
    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 may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2020 and 2021 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:

    Students also require 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) | CHC33015 - 13 subjects

    Core: complete all 7 subjects

    • HCDIV001 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 4 subjects

    • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
    • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
    • CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
    • CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services

    Electives: complete all 2 subjects

    • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
    • HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
  • 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 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.

  • 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.