If you're keen to build a rewarding career in disability, the CHC33021 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (Release 1) is a specialised qualification that can train you up for entry-level positions in disability support. This course will have you learn the fundamentals of disability care, which can prepare you for the career pathways of Community Care Worker or Disability Support Worker.
Whether you're looking to enter the community services industry or simply want to create a positive impact for individuals with disabilities, this course can help you develop the practical skills needed to prepare for all situations involved with disability work. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to undergo work placement where you can put your skills into practice.
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What you'll learn
This qualification comprises units that will help you prepare for a career in disability support. The training you'll receive from this course will help you carry out duties as a disability care worker, preparing you for different and complex work scenarios. The units also allow you to develop transferable skills that may be useful as you progress throughout your career.
From this course, you'll learn to:
- Work with diverse people
- Communicate and work in health or community services
- Provide individualised support
- Support community participation and social inclusion
Other personal skills you may learn along the way include:
- The ability to work autonomously
- Cultural sensitivity
- Conflict resolution
- Complex problem-solving
About Self-Paced Learning
Upskilled wants to ensure that you get the best online learning experience, which is why we offer flexible and self-paced courses to suit your needs.
While online learning provides you with the flexibility of managing both your personal and work schedule, it's important to have a consistent approach so you don't fall behind.
We want to help you succeed, which is why all the courses delivered through Upskilled come with a training plan to help you stay on track.
On average, Upskilled students take approximately 13 months to finish a course.
Simply put, the more hours you dedicate to your course, the closer you'll be to the finish line.
This course is designed to be completed within 18 months.
There is no minimum timeframe to complete this course. Students who are highly motivated, well-organised, experienced and committed to making time to study can complete the qualification at an accelerated pace.
Please speak with one of our Education Consultants about your study and course completion goals.
By choosing Upskilled, you will gain access to supplementary resources that can help with your studies. These inclusions aim to enhance your online learning experience, making it interactive and engaging. These include:
- Access to Upskilled's customised learning platform, MyUpskilled
- Student Support Team
- Specialist trainers
- Online tutorials
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer
You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT) provided that you have supporting evidence of any prior education and work experience. This can either reduce your study load or shorten the duration of your course. Prior to enrolment, please speak with your Education Consultant for further details.
After enrolment, you can download the application from MyUpskilled, or on request from Student Support. A trainer will be assigned to assess your eligibility for RPL and/or CT.
This course will have you undertake summative and formative assessments, write reports and/or create a portfolio, and participate in role-playing scenarios. You'll also be working on a variety of projects that require your own research as well as answering various written/oral questions that apply the theory you learn into practice.
If you are currently working in the disability industry you are required to undertake work placement during a period of at least 120 hours of direct support work in at least one aged care, home and community, disability or community service organisation, undertaking activities specified for CHCCCS040 - Support independence and wellbeing.
If you are not currently working in the disability industry you are required to undertake an additional ten (10) hours work placement in addition to the 120 hours, to provide the opportunity to practice the skills that are required in the disability industry.
To learn about the requirements for this part of the course, get in touch and our education consultants will help you with all the required information.
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if you need further assistance in sourcing a host organisation for work placement.
Role-Playing and Interactive Learning Activities
This course comes with Interactive Learning Activities. Upskilled understands the importance of practical experience, so to complement the theory components of your course, our specialist trainers may run ad-hoc Interactive Learning Activities.
You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with other students - sharing questions, thoughts and ideas, as well as participating together in interactive learning activities.
While the Interactive Learning Activities are not mandatory, your participation is encouraged. You can receive some additional benefits and support, which may include:
- Having a study buddy where you can bounce off ideas and help each other with assessments.
- Online Classrooms where our specialist trainers can go over learning content that's part of your course.
- Activities that relate to your assessments, which can help boost your knowledge and skills.
Additionally, role-playing is included in some of the learning areas of this course. It will also make up some of the practical elements of your assessments, including the assessments in your work placement.
The benefits of role-playing
Upskilled believes that you can benefit from undertaking role-playing activities throughout your studies. Not only are they fun and interactive, it gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other participants such as other students, your family, friends and or colleagues.
Below are some benefits you can experience when role-playing:
- Improved decision-making and communication skills: Working in health and community services may involve you working in a variety of work settings. Professionals in this field are expected to make decisions and communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and stakeholders. Our role-playing assessments can help further improve your decision-making and communication skills in a community service workplace.
- Preparation for work placement: Role-playing is effective in helping you prepare for work placement. Before you go on work placement, you'll need to complete most of the theory components of your course. The skills and knowledge developed from your role-playing assessments are based on scenarios you may face when working in the community services industry.
- Develop knowledge and skills to be "work-ready": Due to the interactive nature of role-playing, it can be an opportunity to practice community service industry roles with volunteers and other students in order to enhance your knowledge and skills. Job roles within this field are "hands-on", so role-playing can prepare you for the physical nature of the work - particularly in the disability and aged care sectors.