Cert III Student Scholarships

Change lives, while changing your own

The Future Social Service Institute is offering scholarships for eligible people to complete a nationally accredited Cert III program, starting in April 2018.

What’s on offer

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support with specialisations in Disability and Ageing

Scholarships include:

  • 100% free tuition for the Certificate III at a world class, industry recognised university
  • Workshops held 2 days a week for 7 months at RMIT University’s Melbourne CBD campus
  • Full support to undertake 120 hours of work placement, gaining hands-on experience at reputable social service organisations
  • Additional specialist content provided by Women with Disabilities Victoria and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, as well as Experts by Experience.

Who can apply?

Scholarships are aimed at the following groups:

  • Young people (under 30)
  • People from a culturally or linguistically diverse background
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Key dates

  • Applications due: 28 February 2018
  • Applicants notified: March 2018
  • Program duration: April – October 2018

About the Certificate III

The disability and aged care sectors are two of the fastest growing industries in Australia. At a time of economic uncertainty these industries provide jobs for people willing to step up, develop practical skills and build their knowledge base.

Studying the Certificate III in Individual Support puts you in a strong position to work in a number of emerging and exciting roles, including:

  • Disability Support Officer
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Home Care Worker
  • School Support Officer (Disability)
  • Family Support Worker
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Community House Worker
  • Planned Activity Assistant

The Certificate III in Individual Support is the first step to a career in the growing social service sector.

We also offer study support to develop your skills to succeed, and career advice to help you take the next step.


RMIT University offers you the chance to move from one program to another through the Pathways program.

What you do now through a Cert III scholarship can be used toward another program of study with RMIT in the future. This may reduce the duration of your program and save you money.

For example, completing a Cert III could support you to move into a Certificate IV, or Diploma in Disability Studies, Community Sector Management or Nursing, and then even towards an undergraduate degree.

Help shape the future

During and after your study RMIT researchers will ask you about your experiences. Your feedback will help us to plan new and better programs and develop the social service workforce. See what our 2017 participants had to say.

“This journey has enriched, challenged and opened new doors for my second career, which I may never have pursued had I not chanced upon this scholarship.”

 2017 Participant

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Or contact:
Sally Thompson
Deputy Director, Sector Engagement and Capability Development
Future Social Service Institute
03 9925 4615