C3319 - Certificate III in Individual Support

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Plan: C3319 - Certificate III in Individual Support
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate III in Individual Support
Qualification national code: CHC33015
Nominal hours: 685
Career: TAFE
Duration: 6 Months
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Certificate III in Individual Support 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 ageing, disability or some other reason. The program also qualifies graduates for home and community care work in clients' homes.  Upon completion learners will be able to demonstrate discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs.  Workers will 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. Learners will be required to complete 120 hours of work placement across the duration of the program in which they will be supported by RMIT teachers.

Employment outcomes for students who have successfully completed the program include:

  • personal care assistant
  • community care worker
  • personal care assistant
  • in-home respite support worker
  • planned activity assistant
  • home and community care worker.



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Articulation and pathways


Pathways refer to related programs that you may be eligible for when you graduate from your current program.

When you successfully complete this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University. There are a number of pathway opportunities following the successful completion of this program. There are units of competency from the Certificate III in Individual Support that are reflected in other community services qualifications therefore students may receive credit transfers if they successfully complete these units when they pathway into another program. Possible pathways programs are:

  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate IV in Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Services Work

There are opportunities for learners to pathway into the diploma of nursing at RMIT providing they have achieved competency in all 13 units. This arrangement is only in place where all 13 units are successfully completed and the requirements of work placement are met. 

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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements.

Selection task

You must include with your application a statement of your interest and experience.  You should include details on your intended career path and the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program.

Note: You must have a valid  Police Check before going on placement.


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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Community Services. However, this program has strong industry support and all course content, delivery and assessment is informed by industry through a Program Advisory Committee. The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) is the industry requirement to qualify aged care and home and community care workers to work in aged care facilities, client homes and other community settings throughout Australia. RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program is consistent with industry needs.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library


Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT .


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University


RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online for:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance - if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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