Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

Launch your career in the booming disability and aged care sectors

Because of the development of our exciting new curriculum, we have postponed the start of the course to the 8th of May. However we are still taking registrations of interest.

If you have any questions, please contact steve.bruechert@rmit.edu.au

Apply for a scholarship to complete our innovative (CHC33015) Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) at no cost.

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The 12-month Certificate III provides the entry-level qualification for those interested in working in aged care or supporting people with a disability. The 2019 course utilises an innovative blended combination of face-to-face training, greatly increased work placement hours and online study, including virtual reality technology.

Nursing home residents, people with disabilities, carers and industry employers have all been involved in creating the new curriculum, with the aim of raising the quality of care in the sector.

The program is designed to prepare learners for a broad range of potential careers and pathways within social services including aged care, family support and disability support, with the aim of building the NDIS workforce specifically, and the sector more generally. It can also be a stepping stone to a career in fields such as occupational therapy or speech pathology.

100 percent free

Through FSSI’s partnership with VCOSS and RMIT partnership, and the support of the Victorian Government, we are able to offer scholarships that ensure this course is free from all fees, including student service and amenity charges. The scholarship also includes first aid qualifications and a police check, which are workplace requirements.

Program clusters have been developed using four vocational streams that are to be delivered over 10-week terms with a two to three day a week commitment by students.

‘The journey has enriched, challenged and opened new doors for my career.’
– FSSI graduate

Topics include how to support and empower older people and those with a disability, and safe work practices.

Students also complete work placements at leading social service organisations in both aged care and disability.

‘The students from FSSI are really values driven and understand the importance of person-centred support.’
– Joan Cooney, Annecto (Joan has employed several FSSI graduates)


FSSI’s course is unique in offering:

• An exciting new curriculum co-designed by Experts by Experience, industry and students
• A blended learning approach that includes a range of resources for online self-paced learning, classroom training and work placement and work integrated learning.
• A program structured to enable learners to manage other commitments
• Teaching staff that includes people with a disability
• Additional practical work placement time (in both aged care and disability)
• Free polo shirts for placements
• An iPad for use while enrolled
• Waived university student services fees Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF)
• Paid police check (a work requirement)
• Paid HLTAID003 Provide first aid course (a work requirement)
• Language and literacy support, if required
• Student hardship support, if required
• Peer support from social work students
• Support to prepare and secure work (most of our graduates have been employed by their placement organisation)
• Specialisations in Disability and Ageing
• Personalised education and training that is subject to ongoing evaluation to enable continuous improvement of course content and delivery


Semester one begins in May 2019. Download the timetable here.

Interested? Register to be invited to an information session.

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Who is eligible for a FSSI scholarship?
Anyone who is interested in working in the social service sector. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those aged under 30, and people with a disability or from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are older people wanting a career change. Applicants must be eligible for government-subsidised training. Use the eligibility checker to get an indication of your eligibility for government-subsidised training. This will be confirmed when you enrol.

I have a higher qualification, am I still eligible for a scholarship?
Yes, if you are eligible for subsidised training, (see above) as this is a priority program. Unlike Free TAFE, anyone can study a Certificate III with FSSI, no matter what level of education they have already achieved. The FSSI scholarship will cover your tuition /fees and Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

How does a FSSI scholarship differ from free TAFE?
Free TAFE refers to the Victorian Government’s commitment to cover course fees for priority courses, including the Certificate III in Individual Support. However, FSSI’s scholarship also covers student amenity fees and other associated costs, ensuring the course is 100 per cent free.

Will studying at FSSI impact on my ability to claim Free TAFE elsewhere?
Yes. People can only claim Free TAFE once and a FSSI course counts towards this, so you should be clear this is the course you want to be in. Click here for details on Free TAFE.

How likely am I to get a job after completing this course?
Trained disability support workers are in great demand with a predicted skills shortage over the next few years, ensuring you are well placed to continue a long and rewarding career.

Where can I get more information?
Register below to be invited to an information session or email Vocational Education Program Manager Steve Bruechert or call him on 9925 4063.

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