RMIT Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

Launch your career in the booming disability and aged care sectors

Applications are NOW CLOSED for the 2020 Semester one intake of Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

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The 12-month Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) (CHC33015) provides an entry-level qualification for people interested in working in aged care or supporting people with a disability.

The program is designed to prepare students for a broad range of careers and pathways within the social services including aged care, family support and disability support. It can also be a stepping stone to a career in fields such as occupational therapy or speech pathology.

The curriculum will be delivered over four, 9-10-week terms with a two to three day a week commitment by students. Topics include how to support and empower older people and those with a disability, and safe work practices.

This year’s course includes face-to-face training, increased work placement hours (in both aged care and disability) and online study, including virtual reality technology.

A range of people have been involved in creating and co-designing this exciting new curriculum, including nursing home residents, people with disabilities, carers and industry employers, with the aim of raising the quality of care in the sector.

The curriculum will be delivered over four, 10-week terms with a two to three day a week commitment by students. Topics include how to support and empower older people and those with a disability, and safe work practices.

This year’s course includes face-to-face training, increased work placement hours (in both aged care and disability) and online study, including virtual reality technology.

A range of people have been involved in creating and co-designing this exciting new curriculum, including nursing home residents, people with disabilities, carers and industry employers, with the aim of raising the quality of care in the sector.

Who is eligible for this program? 

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 enroll.

Free TAFE refers to the Victorian Government’s commitment to cover course fees for priority courses, including the Certificate III in Individual Support.

I have a higher qualification, am I still eligible for this program?

Yes, if you are eligible for subsidised training, (see above) as this is a priority program you may be able to study a Certificate III with RMIT, no matter what level of education they have already achieved. Free TAFE may cover your tuition fees but Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF) will be applicable.

This course is unique in offering:

Exciting curriculum

  • A brand-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)
  • Specialisations in both disability and ageing sectors
  • Personalised education and training that is subject to ongoing evaluation to enable continuous improvement of course content and delivery

We provide the following to ensure the best learning experience: 

  • Language and literacy support, if required
  • Support to prepare and secure work (most of our graduates have been employed by their placement organisation)
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid course (a work requirement)
  • Student hardship support, if required

Curriculum

FAQs

Will studying this program impact on my ability to claim Free TAFE elsewhere?
Yes. People can only claim Free TAFE once and this 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?

Click to visit the RMIT webpage for more course information

Testimonials

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

‘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)