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CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Smart and Skilled

This course is on the NSW skills list. Students in NSW may be eligible for a Government subsidised price.

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Work Placement

This course has work placement. Check the requirements and FAQs for more information.

Course description

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to a disability. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

Units of study

Core Units

Seven (7) units must be completed

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

Elective Units

Six (6) units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs*
CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

*Completion of this unit requires attendance at a 2-day workshop

Requirements
Workplace Requirements:

You are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of paid employment or volunteer work in a workplace in order to complete the practical aspects of this course. You will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as some tasks and activities may involve manual lifting, if your circumstances are such that this is a concern please contact the course coordinator to discuss reasonable adjustment.

Suitable workplaces include: Day Programs, Living Skills Programs, Community Participation Programs, Supported Accommodation settings or Group Homes, Supported Employment settings, Transition to Work Programs, Centre-based or Community-based Respite Services.

Note that Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks will be required in this industry and, in most cases, before placement is commenced. Consult the table on this Australian Government website for regulations in your state. If you need further advice on your individual status or suitability contact Legal Aid or Community Justice Centres on your state. Work placement will commence on completion of the first semester of projects.

Some assessment events for this course will require verification that you can perform tasks to the required standard by your workplace supervisor. Complete details of the requirements of the workplace are available in the Workplace Assessment Guide within your course. You will also need to video certain practical tasks, so will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.

Clinical skills workshop

In order to complete this course, you will need to successfully complete the unit CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs. This will require you to attend a two-day on-campus workshop.

Requirements

The unit CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs 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.

In this unit you will learn how to:

  • Determine personal support requirements
  • Maximise participation
  • Provide personal support
  • Complete reporting and documentation
Organising your workshop

Workshops are run bi-annually at Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to organise your attendance at the next workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Generic FAQs
CHC33015 specific FAQs
Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting usi.gov.au. You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFEnow by phone or chat.
I’m currently living overseas, is it okay for me to do this course?
Yes, however work placement hours that are required for completion of this qualification would need to be completed within Australia.
At a minimum, what computer skills and software do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Up-to-date internet browser

You may also need access to:

  • A printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading.
  • A smart phone/digital video to video practical tasks for some courses
Will I need to buy any text books or other equipment for this course?

No – there are a huge range of resources available in the online course environment from the main resources, to additional resources for each unit.

However, access to the internet is needed to get the most from your additional resources – there are a lot of websites, You Tube clips and short videos that are listed in the additional resources for you to watch.

It is also recommended that students are 18 years of age or older. Ability to be motivated, organised and committed to learning independently will increase your success as a student.There will also be access via the internet to resources specific to disability available through the TAFE library system.
How will I contact TAFEnow if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFEnow website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
Are there any other compulsory requirements?
In order to complete this course, you will need to successfully complete the unit CHCICS301B Provide Support to Meet Personal Care Needs. This will require you to attend a two-day on-campus workshop. These workshops are held twice a year at various locations within North Coast TAFE. Please contact TAFEnow upon enrolment to organise your attendance.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFEnow has teamed up with the national service YourTutor to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
Is work placement a requirement of this course?

You are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement or volunteer work in a workplace in order to complete the practical aspects of this course. You will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement, as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting.

Suitable workplaces include: Day Programs, Living Skills Programs, Community Participation Programs, Supported Accommodation settings or Group Homes, Supported Employment settings, Transition to Work Programs and Centre-based or Community-based Respite Services.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFEnow librarian to access further course resources, go to tafenow.com.au/library-ask-us. Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
On completion of this course, what is the pathway to further study?
TAFEnow also has the Certificate IV in Disability (CHC40312) which enables you to progress your skills.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
What will this course qualify me to do and what type of jobs will I be able to get? What is the future outlook like for jobs in this field?
Certificate III in Disability is a nationally recognised and accredited qualification in disability support work. For some agencies it is the minimum requirement for employment as an entry level Support Worker. Employment is generally as a Disability Support Worker/Residential Support Care Worker working in:
  • Supported accommodation (group homes for people with disabilities)
  • Day Programs/Living Skills Programs (skilling up people with disabilities to manage the skills of daily living and to participate in community life)
  • Supported Employment Services and Transition to Work Programs (supporting the person with a disability to develop the skills needed to gain supported or mainstream employment), or in
  • Disability Specific Respite services (supporting people to access the community and recreation activities and giving their carers a break in the meantime).
  • You could also work as a Personal Care Assistant working in a person’s home to support them to live independently
This field is a growing area of employment. By 2018 the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now called – Disability Care Australia, will be completely rolled out and this will channel a massive increase of funds into the sector – via individual funding models. This much anticipated change in funding of the sector should see a huge increase in the need for qualified Disability Support Workers across Australia.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFEnow’s re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
What if I need a full-time course?
Completion of this course in 12 months is considered full-time participation. On enrolment, please let our Customer Help team know that you need to study full-time. They will adjust the time frame of your enrolment to reflect a full-time study load and can then provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment form for Centrelink.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFEnow’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an NC TAFE campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
How much time should I study this course for each week (on average) to complete in the required time?
This course will take the average learner 10 hours a week to complete over 12 months, based on 48 weeks of participation. If you have industry experience and knowledge you may find you complete more rapidly.
If I do a course with TAFEnow, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFEnow can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
What qualifications or experience are recommended to meet the course’s entry requirements?

No prior experience in working with people with disabilities is necessary, however, students must undergo a police check for a criminal background and a Working with Children Check in order to work in this sector.

You will also need a good level of general literacy and numeracy to read and understand the course content and resources provided.

It is also recommended that students are 18 years of age or older. Ability to be motivated, organised and committed to learning independently will increase your success as a student.
What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language and you did not comp-lete the lasr two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrollinh into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
  • IELTS - Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL - One of the following:
    • 530 (paper)
    • 197 (computer)
    • 71 (internet)
  • Evidence of 12 months in English-speaking employment - Testimonial or statutory decleration
Course Fees

Concession Fee
$240.00

More Information

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.
There may be limited government-subsidised places available.
You need to live or work in NSW and receive one or more of the following eligible Commonwealth benefits or allowances at the time you enrol.

You may be eligible if you receive:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension (second or subsequent course enrolment per year)
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans' Affairs Payments
  • Veterans' Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow Pension (including Widow 'B' Pension)
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance
To complete your enrolment, you must provide your Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) so that your eligibility for a concession can be validated. In some circumstances, you may need to fill in the Concession Fee application or provide documentation to support your application. (Your documentation may be provided via the Centrelink Express Plus Mobile App.)

Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a concession fee.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.


Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Subsidised Student Fee
$1450.00 - $1750.00

More Information

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.
The fee you pay will vary depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a Fee-Free Scholarship, a concession or an exemption.
There may be limited government-subsidised places available.
If you do not gain a subsidised place, you may be able to enrol and pay the full fee.

Contact us:

  • to find out if you are eligible for a subsidised place.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Fee Free Scholarship
$0.00

More Information

The NSW Government is offering Fee-Free Scholarships to support people aged 15 - 30 with their training under Smart and Skilled.

Eligible students will be exempt from paying their course fee for qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate IV, including apprenticeship and traineeships courses with up to 50,000 scholarships per year across NSW.

You may be eligible if you:

  • meet the Smart and Skilled personal and program eligibility rules. Find out using the Eligibility Checker.
  • are aged between 15 and 30 years old when you start training.
  • want to study a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List, including those qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • are either a Commonwealth Welfare recipient, a dependent of a Commonwealth Welfare recipient OR either currently or previously in out-of-home care.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any other course costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Exemption
$0.00

More Information

An exemption is where no course fee is charged to the student. For exemptions, the government-subsidises the total cost of the course fee for the qualification. There may be other additional costs, such as textbooks that you need to pay.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the course fee if you:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (through descent, self-identification or community identification).
  • meet the Smart and Skilled disability criteria, (proof of a disability support pension or documentary evidence from an appropriate medical professional is required).
  • are the recognised dependent of disability support pension recipient.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a course fee exemption.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any additional costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Fee for Service
$3300.00

More Information

There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this price. You are required to contribute to the full cost of your course. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials.
Extra study resources may be available to enhance your learning and will attract an additional charge.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses.
Contact us:

  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


QLD User Choice Apprentices & Trainees
$827.20

More Information

This training is subsidised by the Queensland Government.  You may receive a subsidy towards this training if you:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for this training
  • work in Queensland
  • are registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2010.

You will still need to pay for a portion of your training costs.  The amount indicated is what you will need to pay.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


QLD User Choice Apprentices & Trainees Concession
$330.90

More Information

This training is subsidised by the Queensland Government.  You may receive a subsidy towards this training if you:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for this training
  • work in Queensland
  • are registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2010.

To receive a concession you
  • are under 17 at the end of February in the year in which the training commences,
  • are not a school and have not completed year 12
  • hold a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, and is named on the card
  • have an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that you, your partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
  • are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

You will still need to pay for a portion of your training costs.  The amount indicated is what you will need to pay.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


QLD VETiS
$0.00

More Information

This training is subsidised by the Queensland Government.  You may receive a subsidy towards this training if you are a Queensland secondary school student in Years 10, 11 or 12.


You will still need to pay for a portion of your training costs.  The amount indicated is what you will need to pay.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.

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At a glance

Course Code: CHC33015
Course Duration: 18 months
Units: 13
Recognition: Nationally
Cost: $3,300
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