CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability)

The CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability) is your first step into the healthcare industry.

The CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability) is an excellent option for students seeking a career in the Aged Care industry. It can be a stepping stone to further studies or a rewarding career that’s sometimes challenging but undoubtedly life-changing – for the people you care for and for you.

Students will learn the skills and knowledge needed to provide physical, social and emotional support to older people. They’ll also learn to work as part of a team with other professionals, such as nurses and other healthcare workers.

If you want to start a life-changing career in aged care, then the VFA Learning CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability) is for you!

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability)

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Course Duration

10 months full-time, blended study

Intake Dates

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Face-to-face delivery


Geelong Campus, 78 Yarra Street Geelong, VIC

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Career Outcomes

Care Assistant

Residential Care Worker

Support Worker

Personal Care Assistant

Home Care Assistant

Care Worker

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Course Information

Key Study Areas

Safe work practices

Healthy body system


Supporting people with disabilities


Units of Competency

You must be deemed competent in all units to be awarded the qualification of CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability).


CHCCCS031 – Provide individualised support

CHCCCS038 – Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support

CHCCCS040 – Support independence and wellbeing

CHCCCS041 – Recognise healthy body systems

CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

CHCLEG001- Work legally and ethically

HLTINF006 – Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCAGE011 – Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCAGE013 – Work effectively in aged care

CHCPAL003 – Deliver care services using a palliative approach

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

CHCDIS012 – Support community participation and social inclusion

CHCDIS020 – Work effectively in disability support

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Entry Requirements

Successful completion of VFA Learning Pre-Training Review and approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy Test (LLN).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from students with diverse academic, work and life experiences.

For further information, view our student entry procedure.

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Clinical Experience

This course contains 7 weeks of mandatory work placement. VFA Learning will assist you with organising practical placements where required, and on-the-job training is

supported by regular workplace visits by a qualified assessor.

Students will need to provide evidence of the following before placements:

  • Provide a clear National Criminal History (Police) Check
  • Provide a record of your immunisation history
  • Provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination
  • Provide evidence of your flu vaccination (mandated by the aged care sector).
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Flexible Study

We understand that many of our students need to work while learning, so we have developed a blended option for this course. It includes online theory components and completion of all practical observations in a simulated work environment or placement as required by the qualification.

Our modified Flipped Learning approach encompasses the following:

  • Face-to-face/Classroom Based
  • Practical Clinical Laboratory Sessions
  • Professional Placement
  • Self-directed Learning

Each week of training, students will complete:

  • 2 days of classroom-based training and assessment

Students can also expect self-directed studies and practical practice on the remaining days of the week to reinforce skills.

Potential students are encouraged to speak with one of our highly experienced Course Consultants to discuss options that suit your learning needs.

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students in this course using the following methods:

  • Written Questions
  • Observations
  • Case studies
  • Assignment
  • Workplace logbook
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Course Costs

Fee For Service – $6500

Skills First Government Subsidised – $0

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding

For more information, refer to our fee schedule for all approved courses and census dates.

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Payment Options

Fee For Service: Deposit (maximum $1,000) and Direct Debit payment of balance (paid through Debit Success).

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Pathway to Further Education

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability) is a direct pathway to the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing.

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