Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability)

Course Code: CHC33015

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Certificate III in Disability


The online Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability) (CHC33015) is ideal to begin or advance a career in caring for the disabled.

It is Australia’s nationally accredited training course for those who are seeking to get into positions such as Disability Support Worker, Personal Care Giver and other related roles. This formal qualification will help you turn your passion for supporting the elderly and other people with disabilities into a rewarding career.

Gain Australia’s Leading Disability Care Qualification

The CHC33015 Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability) is one of the top qualifications today in the disability and community care industry. This nationally accredited course is complete with the different essential skills that disability carers need to address the needs of  the country’s ageing population.

The online CHC33015 is delivered through self paced distance learning, which allows you to enrol and study no matter where you are in the country. You can access the resources you need to complete your course from any state or territory in Australia including remote areas and major cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. You will be supported all throughout your study by Inspire Education‘s expert trainers who you can call or message whenever you need extra guidance.

This disability training course is ideal if you want to get into roles such as:

  • Care Service Employee/Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • In-Home Respite Worker
  • Nursing or Home Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Giver/Worker
  • Residential Care Worker

Online Cert III In Individual Support (Disability): What Will you Learn?

After you complete the Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability), you will have learned how to confidently perform the duties of a Disability Carer. This covers both the practical skills used daily in the disabled, community and aged care industries and the knowledge theories behind them.

You will learn how to work effectively with people with disabilities, including how to help them develop and maintain their skills during their current physical condition. This course will teach you about the community sector and how it works so that you can provide personal support to your clients and maintain a nurturing environment that empowers them.

Communication is an important part of providing disability care services and you will learn how to use alternative or augmentative strategies depending on the needs of your client. Since every person would have their own set of needs, you will participate in carrying out individual plans for clients, including those from different cultures.

CHC33015 Course Units

There are 13 total units in this training course. This covers 7 core units, 4 disability specialisation units, and 2 other elective units.

As a nationally accredited qualification, the Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability) features core units that enable you to work in a variety of roles in the disability and community care sectors. Elective units were specifically chosen to give you increased flexibility to confidently carry out the job responsibilities of individual support workers.

Core Units (7):

CHCCCS023 – Support independence and well being
– Recognise healthy body systems
– Communicate and work in health or community services
– Work with diverse people
– Work legally and ethically
– Follow safe work practices for direct client care
– Provide individualised support

Disability Care Electives (4):

CHCDIS001 – Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 – Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS003 – Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Other Electives (2):

CHCCCS025 – Support relationships with carers and families
CHCHCS001 – Provide home and community support services

Nominal hours for this course is 1440 hours which already counts the required Vocational Placement duration. You will have 12 months to complete the course, but you can study online on your own schedule and complete the course as fast as you can because you are free to set your own pace.

You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of tools. This includes a skills journal, case studies, observation and written questions.

Vocational Placement

You are required to undergo Vocational Placement in a registered Disability facility to gain the Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability). This will give you valuable hands on experience where you can apply the lessons you’ve learned in the course and be familiar with how the industry works. Vocational Placement prepares you to work with elderly people when you pursue aged or community care roles later on.

You need to complete at least of 120 hours of service to fulfill the Vocational Placement requirement.  The maximum you can earn during the course duration is 240 hours.


To support you in your online individual support (disability) course Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • Tutorial Documents for Navigating the LMS
  • Training Plan
  • Face to Face Webinar Schedule and Registration
  • Pre-recorded Webinars
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

To complete your online disability care course you will need to:

  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation; and
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • Have a computer with an Internet access with a reliable speed of at least 5mbps
  • Have Google Chrome (recommended browser)
  • Have MS Word, PowerPoint or equivalent applications.
  • Have Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Have one (1) passenger vehicle
  • Have at least one (1) volunteer for role play tasks
  • Where possible, access to a workplace where they can complete their assessments under a supervisor*

*Note: Inspire Education will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments – for units applicable under simulated pathway only.


The Certificate III In Individual Support (Disability) has no formal prerequisites or requirements.  It is recommended that you possess Year 10 English or its equivalent because literacy and language skills are important among disability support workers. Basic knowledge in computers is also recommended.

Students are required to pass a background check by the police before being able to work in the aged care industry. Additional training in manual handling may also be necessary before you can begin your Vocational Placement.

Qualification Pathways

The Cert III in Individual Support enables you to pursue job roles in the disability industry.

For the complete list of qualifications that include this unit, please visit the MySkills website at: https://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/unit?Code=CHC33015.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for students who already have the competencies taught by the Cert III In Individual Support (Disability). RPL dependent on your ability to provide evidence to support your claims.

You can apply for RPL by submitting an enrolment form and expressing that you wish to apply for full or partial recognition. Your trainer or an RPL Assessor will reach out to you to explain how the process works and what evidence you need to submit.

Online Disability Course Training Schedule

Inspire Education’s online disability course is available throughout the year from anywhere across Australia. This delivery method allows you to start working towards your qualification and begin meeting your career goals without waiting for course dates. You can enrol and start studying anytime by accessing the resources on the online student portal.


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