This qualification gives you nationally accredited skills and includes a work placement, to give you real-life experience in the sector. Learn how to communicate effectively, work with diverse people in an ethical way, and facilitate the empowerment of people with disability. This course prepares you for further study or employment in the disability sector.
The standard course is conducted over a 12 month period, within a self-paced online learning environment.
Upskilled will gather information about your previous experience and skills, weekly study commitment and online learning experience to provide you with a projected duration for your course based on your individual circumstance.
Upskilled uses MyUpskilled, our online Learning Management System (LMS), to manage the delivery and assessment of your course. This means you can learn at your own pace.
There are no entry requirements listed in the Training Package for this qualification.
The participants for the CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) may be already working in a supporting or community role, or may be new to this field of work.
As a guide, entrants to this program may:
- have up to 0-6 months of experience with servicing the community
- hold a Certificate II in a similar discipline
- complete an interview process with a designated Upskilled representative to ascertain suitability to the program and to review your current skills and experience, as this may allow you to move through the course more quickly
Participants who enter this course are from diverse backgrounds with a distinct interest and a willingness to support others in achieving positive personal outcomes through fulfilling helping capacity roles.
Participants will require a good level of physical fitness to perform all the requirements of a Care Worker. This can include all aspects of manual handling, lifting, bending, stretching and physical transfer of clients.
This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support 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. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.
At this level, work takes place under the direction of others and supervision may be direct or indirect. Work may take place in a range of community services organisations.
To ensure participants are able to seamlessly access our online learning platform and video content, they will require access to a modern computer with high-speed internet. Participants will also need to possess basic computing skills, and may be required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment before enrolment can be confirmed.
Upskilled courses include specialised learning materials, and access to:
- Upskilled’s fully customised online learning platform, MyUpskilled
- Student Support services
- Your trainer via the trainer/student messaging system
- Electronic textbook (eBook): The Individual Support Worker (1st edition) by Geoff Arnott, published 2017
- Video content access via:
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer / Credit Transfer
Work experience or formal qualifications you have may count towards your course. If you have previously undertaken study at a recognised institution or have some relevant work experience, you might gain credit towards specific units in a course; shortening the time you have to study. You can send your application for Credit Transfer or RPL
during the enrolment process.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Temporary suspension of Upskilled's 60-Day Work Placement Guarantee during COVID-19. For more information, please read our latest update.
This qualification requires 120 hours of direct support work in a disability or community service organisation. This organisation will need to meet disability specific requirements if in an aged care setting. Allocated study hours will vary depending on the participant's prior experience in industry or general life experiences.
You will be required to complete and pay
for an application for a Working with Children Check
prior to enrolment in this course.
Upskilled will secure your work placement, ensuring we can provide an environment in which you can be successful in the course. During your placement, an Upskilled workplace assessor will visit you to observe you performing required assessment tasks.
If a work placement visit cannot be organised
due to the unavailability of some or all parties a professional conversation between Upskilled's Trainer/Assessor, the student and Workplace Supervisor will take place for validation of the student’s practical skill ability. This will be recorded and where possible practical skills will be simulated or assessed by the Trainer/Assessor via video link.
More detailed information can be found here.
Upskilled takes evidence gathered from a variety of sources to deem a student as competent. Assessment processes might include some or all of the following:
- Recognition of Prior Learning and/or credit transfer
- summative and formative assignments
- written reports and/or portfolio assessments
- scenarios and/or case studies
- written/oral questions
- regular training and assessment contact will be maintained by Upskilled in conjunction with the participant and their employer (where applicable). Critical dates during the program will be identified for participants to ensure compliance to assessment due dates, and online attendance if required.