Post-school VET – Individual Support

This qualification is recognised entry-level for employment in the Health industry. The course would suit students who are interested in a career in the Health Industry, particularly working in aged care facilities such as nursing homes. Students may also wish to complete this course to assist in part-time work while undertaking further study.

The course is available to students who have successfully completed all Units of Competency in the 240 hour Human Services course, as part of their HSC studies.


CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

The RTO delivering this course is John Henry Institute (RTO Number 7054)

Course Duration and Attendance

This is a 95 hour course that runs over six weeks after the HSC exams have finished and prior to the end of the school year. To meet the requirements of the course you will need to:

  • Participate in 6 face to face workshops which will be held from 9.00am to 3.30pm at St Joseph Trades Skills Centre (Good Samaritan Catholic College), 439 Hoxton Park Rd Hinchinbrook. Workshops will be held on Thursdays and Fridays every second week. The dates are:
    • 15 and 16 November, 29 and 30 November, 13 and 14 December
  • Complete 60 hours of online course work in your own time (approx. 10 hours per week).
  • Complete 3 days of work placement in aged care. St Joseph TSC will assist you with arrangements.
Entry requirements, Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

To enrol in this course you must have completed the 240 hour Human Services course for the Higher School Certificate including the units that are listed in the “Units of Competency” section below. You will be given Credit Transfer for these units.

You must also have completed 2 weeks of work placement in the industry.

If you have completed other training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses, or through experience gained in other ways you can also apply for RPL.

You will need to provide evidence of your achievement prior to commencing the course so that it can be considered in developing your training plan.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for CHC33015 you must successfully complete a total of 13 Units of Competency: 7 core, 3 ageing electives and 3 other electives. These units will be delivered as follows:

Post-school VET course:

  • CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support (CORE)
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (CORE)
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people (Ageing elective)

Credit transfer for units completed while at school for the HSC:

  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care (CORE)
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems (CORE)
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (CORE)
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services (CORE)
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs (Ageing elective)
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing (CORE)
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia (Ageing elective)

Speak to the course coordinator if you believe you may hold other Units of Competency that could be considered for credit towards the qualification.

Work Placement

During this course, students will complete 3 days work placement. This is in addition to the 3 weeks students have completed while at school (a total of 4 weeks for the full qualification). Prior to commencing the course, a representative from the school will make contact to assist you to arrange a suitable placement.

Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship in this industry satisfy these requirements.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.


The fee for this course is $800. Information on fee exemptions and concessions is available in the Student Handbook: Post-school VET (see Post-school VET page on this website). Sydney Catholic Schools does not receive Smart and Skilled funding for this course.


Other Course Requirements / Equipment / What to Wear

Equipment: All students must have a fully charged laptop in good working order (not a tablet). It is recommended that students also bring a charger.

What to Wear: The St Joseph Trades Skills Centre uniform must be worn.

Further Study
  • Certificate IV in Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Aged Care
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • Bachelor of Nursing
Career Information

Job Roles

These workers:

  • Carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people in an aged care setting
  • Carry out activities related to an individualised plan
  • Report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other workers.

Duties and Tasks

Enrolled nurses may perform the following tasks:

  • Assist with initial and ongoing health assessments and the maintenance of patients’ health
  • Observe, measure and record patients’ conditions (their temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, for example)
  • Report changes in patients’ conditions
  • Attend to patients’ hygiene and comfort by assisting with bathing, showering, dressing and bed-making
  • Assist patients with meals when required
  • Assist patients with rehabilitation exercises and programmes
  • Assist in the care of wounds
  • Assist in emergency situations
  • Assist in providing education on health and lifestyle issues
  • Maintain a safe environment for patients and assist with the prevention of injuries.

Personal Attributes

  • Good communication skills
  • Tolerant, patient and tactful when dealing with people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures
  • Able to follow instructions precisely
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions

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