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  • Learning MethodOnline + Work Placement
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationSelf-paced
    Max 18 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Course Overview

Accreditation: Nationally Recognised Qualification

Career Outcomes:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Care Assistant
  • See further below for a full list

Embark on a fulfilling career in the booming Health & Community Services industry with our CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability). This nationally accredited program empowers you with recovery-centered skills, ensuring a thriving career as a Support Worker. Our flexible study options let you seamlessly integrate learning into your routine, with no exams to worry about. From the start of enrollment, you can delve into a curriculum designed to equip you with vital skills in infection control, community services, and reporting.

The course focuses on providing individualized support and fostering diversity, opening doors to various job opportunities in Accommodation Support, Care Assistance, Community Care, Disability Support, Residential Care, and Personal Care. With a commitment to your success, this comprehensive program is your key to making a meaningful impact on vulnerable lives. Join now and unlock a future of rewarding experiences in this high-demand field. View the full course guide for a detailed overview and start your journey today.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued a CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) by Open Colleges (RTO: 90197).

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Job Outcomes

  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Care Assistant
  • Community Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Personal Care Worker

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

Mandatory Local Entry Requirements

There are no mandatory local entry requirements. Recommended Local Entry Requirements

  • Are 18 years old at the time of placement.
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to work independently and initiate and use support from a range of established resources,
  • Matches and cross-references words, symbols, codes and signs contained in instructions or labels.
  • Completes a range of forms requiring routine, factual data, e.g. WHS records
  • Reads and discusses data from simple charts or tables provided
  • These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully achieve and ACSF Level 2 or have previously completed a Certificate II level qualification.
  • Access to a modern computer with high-speed internet.
  • Access to Microsoft office or equivalent
  • Basic computing skills including the ability to make a short video


Physical Requirements

Students need to have a reasonable level of fitness, as the role may involve a variety of physical tasks, such as providing personal care, assisting clients with mobility and transfers and considerable time standing and walking. Additionally, where first aid is a requirement of the host organization, students are required to have the requisite level of fitness that enables them to complete 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult mannequin placed on the floor.


Tools and equipment required

To successfully complete their studies, learners will need access to the following resources and equipment.

  • computer with access to the internet
  • digital recording device to record simulated role-play tasks for submission
  • tripod to provide a stable and secure platform to mount the digital recording device
  • up to 3 people to support you in the role-play. It is the responsibility of the learner to find suitable role-play participants


Additional Work Placement Requirements

Students who are not currently employed at an appropriate workplace are required to find a host organization to undertake work placement. Depending on the nature of the individual workplace, the student may need to undertake this at more than one workplace. While undertaking their training and assessment in industry, the student must abide by the policies and procedures of the workplace. The workplace may require the student to meet workplace specific requirements. These will vary by state and by organization. Some of the statutory checks and requirements the student may need to provide to commence work placement are:

  • Police Check
  • NDIS Worker Screening
  • Working with Children Check
  • Occupational Assessment
  • Screening and vaccination against infectious disease, including COVID-19
  • Signing of Codes of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreements
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Psychological testing
  • Manual Handling certification

Students are able to link their NDIS worker screening and blue card to Integrated Care and Management Training so that they can get the student version. Students are provided a link on how to do this in OpenSpace in the FAQs.

The cost of obtaining any of the above is at the cost of the student and will vary based on the student’s location and their personal circumstances. The costs will range between $50 – $250 per requirement.


CHCCOM005   Communicate and work in health or community services

HLTWHS002    Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCCCS038    Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support

CHCCCS031    Provide individualized support

CHCDIV001    Work with diverse people

CHCLEG001   Work legally and ethically

CHCCCS040    Support independence and wellbeing

CHCCCS041    Recognize healthy body systems


Work Placement Preparation 

HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach

CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion

CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support


Work Placement Approval Module            

CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centered behavior supports

CHCCCS036 Support relationships with career and family

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.