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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (SA only)

  • Qualification:

    Certificate III

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    19 weeks inclusive of 3 weeks work placement

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Open Colleges School of Health

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  • Career Outcomes:

    Residential Care Officer | Community Care Worker | Disability Support Worker | Accommodation Support Worker | View all

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This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Course Rundown

About this course

If you've always been interested in starting a career in the caring professions but haven't taken the leap yet, there's no better way to begin than with this Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (CHC33015) from Open Colleges.

You'll also build your core knowledge, including how to empower and support people with disability, provide direct client care, promote social inclusion and work safely and ethically in a care role.

Designed for residents of South Australia, this course includes a 120 hour work placement to give you hands-on experience in a care setting. Organised by Open Colleges, the placement takes place over 3 weeks with a trusted clinical practice partner.

Coursework is delivered online, on campus and on-the-job, giving you a great blend of workplace experience, self-paced online study and face-to-face instruction.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or certain temporary visas with study rights; AND
  • Reside in South Australia; AND
  • You will also need to:
    • Have access to your own technology equipment for use at home and on campus (laptop, tablet and /or smartphone)
    • Have a reasonable level of fitness as the role will involve a variety of physical tasks such as providing personal care and assisting clients with mobility and transfer

Applicants will either have completed a minimum of Year 10 or apply as a mature aged entry. To demonstrate sufficient English language skills, mature aged entry applicants are required to complete the online Core Skills Test to assess language, literacy and mathematical skills.

Areas of study

In this disability course, subjects you may study include:

  • HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCDIS007 - Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
  • CHCDIS002 - Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
  • CHCCCS015 - Provide individualised support
  • CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
  • HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • CHCDIS001 - Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS003 - Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCCCS023 - Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCCS009 - Facilitate responsible behaviour
  • CHCDIS004 - Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

This course contains an 120 hours work placement program organised by Open Colleges.


Open Colleges Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
Open Colleges School of Health is all about putting their students first, allowing you to confidently navigate and complete your studies!

Their support systems will ensure you get the most out of your learning journey. Turn to expert trainers who will discuss course content and assessments; talk through any issues and maintain a positive mindset with their student counselling services; and get help with finicky admin and organising your further study with their student support.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (CHC33015) from Open Colleges School of Health.

This qualification prepares you to work professionally in disability support services. The skills you gain through the course make you a candidate for a range of roles in residential and non-residential disability support contexts.

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Open Colleges gives students the option to pay the full course fee upfront and save or pay their fees with a payment plan. Enquire now to find out more.

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