Education & Community Services Courses

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)


Up to 34 weeks

On Campus

Domestic Students
International Students
No 089490G
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CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) offers students a holistic approach to caring for the aged. With exceptional job outcomes in a growing sector, this Certificate course will offer individuals a supportive learning environment and unique opportunities to develop the physical, mental and emotional skills associated with the human services area. If you have a genuine desire to care for and be of service to the elderly, we encourage you to investigate the benefits of working in this rewarding field.

Successful completion of CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) qualifies graduates to work as Personal Care Workers in the Community Services and Residential Aged Care Sector. This certificate offers an entry pathway into HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing and CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services courses.

Important note: This course requires a National Police Check obtained through the South Australian Police. See details on the SAPOL website, and in the Extended Course Information section.

For other important information, please read the Extended Course Information section and review our Student Handbook.

Subsidised Training

If you want to study a course that will give you skills employers need, the South Australian Government pays part of your course fees for you.

Your eligibility for government subsidised training may be based on your employment status and any training you’ve already completed.

Check your eligibility here.

Subsidy available


Traineeship available


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

EQUALS requires the following at admission as these documents will be required by industry prior to Work Integrated Learning:

A current and valid National Police Check (dated within 12 months). Please note that online checks are also accepted.

If you currently hold a Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Check for working in the Aged Care Sector and with Vulnerable People please talk with our Admissions team about requirements for screening checks.

Please note that the outcome of any screening check may affect Work Integrated Learning opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of host facilities.

You will also need to sign a declaration stating that you are physically fit to carry out the duties of a Care Worker.

Study Units

Core Units

  • CHCCCS031: Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS028: 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


Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • CHCAGE011: Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAGE013: Work effectively in aged care
  • CHCPAL003: Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • HLTAID011: Provide First Aid
  • CHCCCS001: Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • CHCMHS001: Work with people with mental health issues

Domestic Study Mode

On Campus

Work Integrated Learning

This course includes 120 hours of industry placement in an approved aged care (or equivalent) facility setting. The placement is included as part of the course duration.

Please note that work placement is a compulsory part of this course. Placement offers are subject to supply and may affect course duration and are included in the course fees.

Nationally Recognised Training


National Recognition (Credit Transfer) and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have related prior education and experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Learn more about recognition pathways here. You can access more information on applying for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have successfully completed units of competency from this qualification previously, you may be eligible for National Recognition, please follow this link for more information on National Recognition (Credit Transfer).

International Study Mode

On Campus

Domestic VET Student Loans Eligible