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.
There is a workplacement requirement to complete this course.
You must complete a pratical workplace placement to complete this course. Before you commence the placement you are required to hold a valid police check. We will assist you to apply for this when you attend an enrolment session. Please note that fees required are additional to the course fees.
Program Information Sessions
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Program Fees and Charges
Skills Recognition Online Tool
If you have worked for a period of time and feel confident that you can do a particular job, but don't have a formal qualification, then Skills Recognition (RPL) will benefit you.
A Skills Recognition online tool is available for this qaulification, which means that you can complete the process in your own time at your own pace. The online tool can be accessed here.
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Program Quick Guide
The delivery model for this course employs a blended/flip classroom methodology. Learning and reinforcement of skills occurs through a range of delivery methods which accommodate the learning styles of a diverse student cohort and which fit with their lifestyles.
6 hour long weekly workshops delivered in face-to-face mode are attended by all students. Workshops are repeated regularly to accommodate regular enrolments into the course. Therefore if a student misses a session or requires another opportunity to clarify or reinforce the content, this opportunity is available to them. As the workshops are run frequently in order to suit the availability of students. Students move through the material efficiently and at a pace which matches their rate of learning. Students requiring specialist LLN support can access this via LLN specialists on campus and through the twice weekly drop-in-sessions offered at Footscray and Werribee campuses.
Online modules provide the content and learning material which is essential to the course. Students are able to access this material at a time which is suitable to them and to revisit the material and review areas which require further reinforcement. At all stages of their online learning, students can access support from an Aged Care Teacher via eLearning resources, discussion boards, email, telephone and text messages. Responses to student enquiries are always made within 24 to 48 hours. As the materials and support are available at all times, students who require additional time to complete the learning material or additional support from a teacher are able to access it.
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in healthy or community services
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
A core component of the Certificate III in Individual Support qualification is the embedding of 150 hours of practical work placements into the course. There is one practical placement allocations built into the course timetable, it comprises of:
o 150 hours of practical placement
o 20 days at an approved aged care provider
During the placement a Victoria Polytechnic designated work placement teacher will observe students and provide feedback in the student’s workplace/logbook student record book.
Placement is arranged for you by Victoria Polytechnic.
Pathway opportunities at Victoria University following successful completion of this program may include:
Students may pathway into the Diploma of Nursing – please note students must meet the all entry requirements to gain entry into the Diploma of Nursing.
Workplace Health & Safety
Your health and wellbeing during your study with Victoria Polytechnic is of the highest importance to us. It is important that you are aware of health and safety when you are attending workshops or practical labs at Victoria Polytechnic and in the workplace. Victoria Polytechnic requires students in this course to complete an course induction including Health and Safety and you are required to adhere to the Victoria University Health and Safety policy and procedures whilst on any Victoria University or Polytechnic campus.
This course requires the following Dress Code:
Dress Code - practical lab class & industry placement:
- White T shirt or Polo shirt --singlet or long sleeves may be worn underneath "T"
- Black or Navy Trousers
- Closed toe shoe/boots- low heel, non-slip soles (WHS requirement)
- Minimal jewellery
- Hair clean and tied up if below the shoulders
- Finger nails short and no nail polish
- Minimal makeup/perfume
- Assigned Name Tag (provided)
Good Personal Hygiene (because you are in close proximity to your residents/clients)
- Clean clothes
- Clean shoes
- Shower/Oral Hygiene
- Wash hands regularly
Unacceptable Dress Code
- Untidy clothing
- Ugg boots or similar
- Mini skirt
- Tummy/underarms or cleavage exposed