Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Course code: CHC33015

The disability field is an exciting field to work in with no shortage of employment expected over the next 20 years. Each year the Government provides extra funding to Disability care to assist with the need of providing care to the growing number of people with a disability. The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is a Nationally Recognised Qualification that provides the knowledge and skills required by the industry to provide quality care to people with a disability. The Government is also committed to keeping people at home therefore there is a growing demand for workers within this field. The industry offers the opportunity to work daytime, afternoons / evenings or night time in a full time, part time or casual capacity.

Course Information

The course runs for 10 consecutive weeks followed by a minimum 120 hours = 3 weeks Monday to Friday (no weekends) to a maximum of 160 hours = 4 weeks field experience. If you are unable to complete your studies in this timeframe, due to unforeseen circumstances, you need to apply in writing, stating reasons for an extension of your training, to the trainer. You will be notified in writing if your application is successful and a new training plan will be developed.

The trainer will explain the field experience to you at induction. A program will be given to you at enrolment time outlining the units to be covered in the course and when you need to attend classes.

To successfully complete the course students need to commit to a minimum of 1200 hours study comprising of classroom training, field placement, external study and completion of assessments.

All training offered by SMP supports the principles of adult learning. As an adult you have a range of life and work experiences and your training will build on this knowledge to make learning meaningful. We will offer support with your studies but encourage independent learning. The certificate needs to be completed within 6 months from enrolment.

Course Outcomes

These qualifications have a holistic approach – employability skills are embedded and the course is practically orientated to give students the knowledge and skills needed to provide basic holistic care – that is spiritual, emotional, physical care to people with a disability. Successful participants can gain employment in high care and low care facilities; home based care and organisations providing support to people with a disability. This course provides a study pathway to other community services qualifications, Diploma of Nursing and university. All students satisfactorily completing the course are qualified to begin work immediately in the disability field and a good number gain work as a result of their practical work placement.