CHC33015Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Open Colleges
Open Colleges
  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate III

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Maximum 12 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Accommodation Support Worker | Residential Care Officer | Disability Support Worker | Community Care Worker | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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Last modified: 19 Dec 2018

In a Nutshell

No experience necessary, this Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (CHC33015) from Open Colleges is designed for the complete beginner who's passionate and curious about a career in disability support services.

The course is designed to get you job-ready, providing you with the skills and training you need to step directly into a support role when you finish. You'll learn how to empower people with disability, support independence and wellbeing, promote social inclusion and make a positive impact in the lives of your clients.

Develop all the skills you need to succeed. You'll be equipped with knowledge of how to work in legal and ethical way, communicate with clients and health professionals, follow safe work practices and work with diverse people.

This course includes 120 hours of work placement, giving you practical experience in a real clinical setting while you study. You can also choose to complete the work placement portion of this course over 2 weeks in Fiji, a unique learning experience.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Aged 16 years or above (applicants under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign the enrolment form); AND
    • Successful completion of English to Year 12 level or equivalent competency; AND
    • Access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills; AND
    • Access to digital equipment (such as smartphone) to save, upload and view videos, images and audio files.
  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this disability course, subjects you may study include:

    • HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
    • CHCDIS007 - Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
    • CHCDIS002 - Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
    • CHCCCS015 - Provide individualised support
    • CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
    • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
    • HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
    • CHCDIS003 - Support community participation and social inclusion
    • CHCDIS001 - Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
    • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
    • CHCCCS023 - Support independence and wellbeing
    • CHCCCS009 - Facilitate responsible behaviour
    • CHCDIS004 - Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.


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Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (CHC33015) from Open Colleges.

You'll graduate with job-ready skills, backed by the experience you've gained in the work placement program. As a professionally qualified disability support worker, you'll be eligible to apply for a number of direct client care roles in both residential and non-residential settings.

Wondering where a career in disability could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $47.14 per week (52 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save 20% off the full price of $2,740

  • $2,192 upfront payment (save $548)

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