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CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support teaches our students the practical, legal, ethical, and emotional skills needed to care for aged and/or people with a disability. Students will learn about independence, well-being, working with diverse people, and safe work practices.


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A Certificate III in Individual Support is an entry-level course designed for those who are ready to begin a life-changing journey to become a support worker and get their foot in the door. You will be assisting people to lead independent and fulfilling lives. You will be supporting people to do their favourite things. Most importantly, you will be ensuring people reach their full potential, and in return, you reach yours.


  • Care Assistant

  • Residential Support Worker

  • Community Care Worker

  • Residential Care Worker

  • Disability Service Officer

  • Care Worker

  • Residential Aide

  • Home Care Assistant


  • Adelaide (Wayville)

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An Overview of Our CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support in Adelaide

If you are a compassionate person looking for a fulfilling career, training as an individual support worker can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Studying the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support in Adelaide at the Quality College of Australia gives you the skills required to join the disability or aged support industry. Our course will give you a strong foundation of knowledge and the skills to help you embark on a support role that can positively impact people’s lives.


What Jobs Can You Get With the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support Qualification?

Support qualifications are excellent education choices that offer you numerous possible career paths after graduation. Individual support roles are in high demand, and the knowledge you gain throughout the course includes practical, transferable skills that often prove useful in other areas of life. Here are some popular job roles students who complete this qualification can be employed in:

  • Aged Care Support Worker - Studying our CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support in Adelaide equips you with the skills needed to care for elderly people that need assistance completing everyday activities. As an aged care support worker, you may work at a private home, community organisation, or residential care facility. Working in this industry often includes helping older people maintain healthy and dignified lifestyles through personal care and social inclusion.

  • Care Worker - As a care worker, you are responsible for the physical care, emotional support and assistance of people with a variety of needs. You may work in home or community settings and as part of a team to ensure on-going care needs are met.

  • Disability Service Officer - Enrolling in our CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support qualification in Adelaide, can help you land a job caring for people living with disabilities. As a disability service officer, you will work with people living with a disability in a variety of settings including the client's own home, group housing and disability services agencies. By supporting people living with a disability you will assist them to fully participate in all aspects of their lives at home and in the community. You will help improve their physical and mental wellbeing, through companionship and care.

What is it Like to Study a Certificate III in Individual Support?

Completing an individual support course involves developing the practical skills and social experience you need to interact with vulnerable groups safely and ethically. This course is best suited to students who hope to improve the lives of others through their career choices. Here is what to expect while studying towards our CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support in Adelaide:

  • Duration and course outline. The course is a entry-level certificate which takes 29 weeks to complete as a full-time program. This includes scheduled classes three days a week at our campus in Adelaide as well as up to 12 hours of self paced study per week.  In addition, there is a compulsory 4 weeks (min of 120 hours) of industry based practical experience (work placement). The course consists of nine compulsory subjects and six elective subjects. You will complete written and practical assessments to progress through the course.

  • Theory classes. The theory classes we offer teach you how to care for others safely and communicate respectfully. You will learn about the body and how to support healthy living, safety procedures, ethics, and communication skills in our modern and comfortable classroom setting. You will undertake both disability and aging electives to be able to provide person-centred support to people who may require assistance due to ageing, disability or some other reason.

  • Practical experience. Caring for others is a hands-on service job, and our course gives you the practical experience you need to join the world of work with confidence. You will need to complete at least 120 hours of industry based practical work placement to graduate from the course. The work placement component is structured as 30 hours per week for four weeks. There may be additional hours required depending on your assessment requirements. You can choose to work in a private residence, residential care, or community centre.

PREREQUISITES / REQUIREMENTS for the mandatory practical experience (work placement component) of this course. Students undertaking the CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support must meet the following compulsory requirements. Evidence of the following is required before the compulsory work placement can be undertaken. Students must meet the mandatory requirements at their own expense and are in addition to the Tuition Fees.

A current National Criminal History Police Check which includes a Working with Vulnerable People check *

A current Working with Children Check *

(relevant to the State you are undertaking your training in)

A current NDIS Worker Check which includes the Aged Care Sector Employment Clearance *

Current Influenza vaccination

Evidence of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination

The above clearances and vaccinations are required by the industry (Aged Care & Disability sectors) for all employees and work placements.

* Tertiary students pay a single fee of $62.50, no matter how many checks are needed, if:

  1. They are on official placements connected to their studies, and

  2. The applications are submitted at the same time

Please note, these checks range from $95.50 to $114 each if applied for individually.

QCA support staff will be able to assist with the application process to ensure the correct checks are completed and are submitted in one application for the reduced fee.


Enrol at Quality College of Australia

The Quality College Of Australia offers you the opportunity to follow your passion for caring for others and find meaningful work in the individual support industry. Choosing our CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support at our Adelaide campus gives you access to our world-class facilities and mentors with vast industry and teaching knowledge and experience. We welcome students from all walks of life, and we enjoy hosting international students.

Contact us to find out more.

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