Aged care is one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia due to being an ageing population. This qualification will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to provide person-centred approach to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Students will learn to assist clients to maximise and maintain independence and build well-being. Training and assessment will ensure learners are able to work legally and ethically with a diverse range of people, within the scope of practice for a support worker, applying a holistic person-centred approach and providing safe healthy support in a direct care environment.
Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)
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|Qualification||Certificate III in Individual Support|
|Delivery mode||Face-to-face classroom delivery
Vocational Placement – 120-hours (compulsory)
|Course Duration||56 weeks|
|Entry Requirements||IELTS (Academic) overall 5.0, or equivalent
Academic: Equivalent to an Australian Year 10 qualification
Must be 18 years of age
|Awarded by||Shafston International Pty Ltd|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.
This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts.
The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.
This unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, in both centre-based and home-based service provision.
This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.
functioning of the body.
This unit applies to any worker who needs to use and interpret information that includes references to client anatomy and physiology.
This unit applies to workers in a range of community services contexts who provide frontline support services within the context of an established individualised plan.
individualised plan refers to the support or service provision plan developed for the individual accessing the service and may have many different names in different organisations.
This unit applies to workers who provide support under direct or indirect supervision in any community services or health context.
cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
This unit applies to all workers.
This unit applies to a range of health and community service contexts where workers may communicate face-to-face, in writing or using digital media and work with
limited responsibility under direct or indirect supervision.
This unit applies to support workers in residential or community contexts.
This unit applies to workers who provide support to people according to an established individualised plan in any community services context. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context, including family homes. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and is carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.
You will need to complete the minimum hours of vocational placement for CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Care (Ageing) (minimum 120 hours)
You will be assisted in securing your vocational placement in an Approved Care Service and be mentored by a qualified experienced Care Service Team Leader.
During vocational placement you will put into action everything you have learnt throughout your course.
- Aged Care Worker
- Personal Care Giver
- Residential Ageing Support
“The process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard expected in the workplace, as specified in a training package or a VET accredited course.” https://www.asqa.gov.au/standards-vac/definitions
Your Shafston teacher will formally assess your skills, knowledge and understanding. Assessment is competency based, this means you will be required to show / demonstrate the required competencies for the units of competency you are studying.
In order to ensure that Shafston’s assessment is valid, reliable, flexible and fair, Shafston trainers will conduct assessment as per the assessment conditions for each unit of competency you are studying.
There are many different types of assessment. Multiple and varied assessments are used to ensure that learners are able to demonstrate competency. We will ensure that the assessment is conducted in a manner that is fair, flexible, valid and reliable.
Assessments have the following sections Activities, Questioning, Project, and Observation which span across these different tasks. Some of the assessment tasks are ‘stand-alone’ or they may be a combination of these methods of assessment.
There may be
• Written tasks
Written assessments include case studies, question-answer type tasks, written reports and assignments, including reflective evaluations, self-evaluations, project work, demonstrations and class presentations.
This includes written or spoken ‘question-answer’ type tasks in an examination.
Your teacher will observe your performance of tasks in real or simulated workplace environments. This includes participation in role-plays, group discussions and demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge. Students on vocational placement will be observed by a qualified professional.
• Vocational Placement
Vocational placement provides the opportunity to observe professionals in your vocation, gain skills specific to your vocation, engage and interact with your community, and most importantly, to apply what you have learnt in the classroom to the ‘real-world’ vocational environment. You will be mentored and supported by an industry professional and have a valuable opportunity to learn in a structured workplace environment. Your teacher as well as the industry professional will both observe your ability to apply the skills, knowledge and attitudes required in workplace situations and environments.
You may already have the skills and knowledge. For more information about Recognition of Prior Learning Student Information, please refer to: http://shafston.edu/forms-policies-and-procedures/
Mixed / Blended
The formal learning takes place through a structured program of instruction through face to face delivery with your Shafston teacher on the Shafston campus.
You will be able to learn from your teacher and classmates as you study together through a combination of formal classroom based learning and independent study / research.
– Further support is provided at the weekly Class Tutorial Support sessions with your teacher.
– Face-to-face classroom delivery (20 hours of scheduled contact per week) and
– Placement – 120-hours (compulsory)
– This includes real world experience through vocational placement for students enrolled in Individual Care qualifications
120 hours of vocational placement is a requirement to successfully complete the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). Care services require those attending their organisations in a voluntary capacity to provide documentation to confirm the suitability for them to work in this environment. These are the National Police Check, Blue Card, Yellow Card and Immunisation records.
National Police Check (NPC)
Students can complete the application online at https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks . The original certificate must be sighted by the college. Details of these requirements are available at https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/frequently-asked-questions. Shafston initiates the NPC application process at orientation.
Working with children and people with a disability (Blue Card and Yellow Card)
Students must be able to undertake vocational placement throughout the program and therefore pass the relevant checks applying to each jurisdiction. Details of these requirements are available at https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/. Shafston initiates the Blue Card application and request for Yellow Card exemption process at orientation https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/blue-card-and-exemption-card-application-forms/resource/e789bc97-47e7-4432-9dc0-c1677b3f559b.
*After 1 May 2020 visitors, aged care staff, health workers, volunteers and anyone else entering a residential aged care facility will not be allowed to enter the facility if they have not had the 2020 flu vaccine. Vaccination requirements are reviewed regularly to have the most up to date information on recommended vaccines https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers/aged-care/help
Students will be required to present evidence of receiving a flu shot for the current year prior to commencing vocational placement.
(Students are responsible for any costs associated with meeting placement requirements.)
It is strongly recommended that applicants provide evidence of the following immunisations to protect themselves and others during their vocational placement:
- Pertussis (dTpa, provided dTpa has not been given previously), plus a booster if immunisation has not been received within the past 10 years.
- MMR (if non-immune), and
- Varicella (if seronegative).
In addition, it is recommended that all Aged Care workers have Hepatitis A & B Vaccination.
Students must be notified that failure to meet the above immunisation recommendations may affect their ability to find a suitable vocational placement, which may affect completion of the course.