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Aged Care is a growing industry with a high demand for quality trained staff. Graduates of this course can gain rewarding employment working with the aged in a variety of settings.

This course will provide the student with the knowledge and practical skills required to provide quality care for older clients using supportive and safe practices. Sessions will include theory in a classroom as well as practical skills using a simulated and real health environment. This program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to work primarily in residential facilities and community under direct or regular supervision within clearly defined organisation guidelines and service plans.

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Bowen, Burdekin, Cairns, External, Mt Isa, Townsville (Pimlico)

Key dates and info


Blended: 12 months / 1 workshop per month, 12 months / 3 workshops every two months

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,470
  • Subsidised $754
  • Concession $172

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Key dates

Bowen 1 workshop per month Blended
Burdekin Any time 1 workshop per month Blended
Cairns Any time Blended
Any time Full time Classroom
External Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Mt Isa 3 workshops every two months Blended
Townsville (Pimlico) Any time Blended
Any time Full time Classroom

Entry requirements

There are no formal prerequisites to enter this program however Aged Care experience and completion of year 12 or a level III in English is desirable as well as sound computer skills.  Students need to have sound physical health as transferring and moving clients will be required.

For students not currently employed in the Aged Care industry, Vocational Placement is mandatory and is organised in either Residential or Community Care settings.  Prior to commencement of Vocational Placement students are required to organise and complete an Australian Federal Police Check (  Students must obtain the Check to go on Placement and have Hepatitis A & B immunisation before commencing Clinical Placements. It is recommended potential students begin Hepatitis vaccinations if required, as soon as possible to ensure timely completion. Vaccination against the following diseases is highly recommended:
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- Influenza
- Tuberculosis (Mantoux test and chest x-ray)
- Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)

Trainees must be 17 years of age or older.  Trainees must be employed to qualify for a full time traineeship and can be an existing employee (less than 3 months full time).  School based trainees must be at least 16 years of age and in school.  Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for a trainee.  For the benefit of both parties probation of 30 days for non-school based trainees and 3 months for school based trainees will apply to all traineeship contracts.

Course note: First Aid is not required for this qualification, however if students would ike to study the First Aid unit they can enrol in the stand alone First Aid program delivered by TAFE Queensland, North Region.  Further details can be found:


98-158 Queens Road
Bowen QLD 4805

Seventeenth Street
Home Hill QLD 4806

Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Study from any location

Mt Isa
165-179 Abel Smith Parade
Mount Isa QLD 4825

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Students will require access to a computer and reliable high speed Internet connection with a headset including microphone.  Students in regional areas are required to have a minimum of 6 hours of online access per week.

Recommended reading:

  • Long term care assisting: Aged Care and Disability 2007 ed. Authors Scott, Webb, Serpentine, Gore.
  • The Australian Carer, Helen Croft, Pearson Education Australia.


Cairns campus (Full-Time): Delivery over 9 months, classes 2 days per week Monday (theory) and  then Tuesday or Thursday (practical) 9am - 3pm. Preference of practical days given to students with families.

Townsville (Pimlico) campus (Full-Time): Delivery over 9 months, classes 2 days per week (Monday & either Tuesday or Wednesday 9am - 3pm)

Cairns area regions: (Mixed mode): 2hr online and classroom delivery at Cairns campus over 9 months (Classroom is Monday 9am - 3pm)

Burdekin & Bowen regions: (Mixed mode): 2 x 2hr online delivery every week and face-to-face workshops at Burdekin & Bowen campuses over 9 months (Workshops are held every 3 weeks over 2 days Wednesday or Thursday 8am - 3pm with optional 1hr tutorial afterwards & Friday 8am - 1pm).  Note: Students can enrol at any time for this delivery.  Refer to the timetable attached.

Mount Isa and regions: (Mixed mode including residential): 2 x 2hr online delivery every week and 6 x 3day residential delivery at Mount Isa campus. Refer to timetable attached.  Note: Minimum numbers must be reached in order for residential delivery to go ahead.  It is a reminder that students in this area must have reliable and fast Internet connection (minimum 6hrs/week online content is required)

Delivery per location document in Relevant Documents, simplifies how the Certificate III in Individual Support is delivered in each location within our region.  Please access this table, so you are sure of your options and requirements prior to enrolment.


Students will be required to complete vocational placement activity for this program. During your vocational placement, you are assessed on the job and have industry sign off on required competencies.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

Next information session: Cairns Tuesday 29 May 2018 10am - 12pm and 5.30pm - 7.30pm; Room K1.37 (Theatrette).


13 units are required to complete this qualification; 7 core and 6 elective units.

All Group A electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Core
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach Elective
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services Elective
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families Elective
Group A electives – AGEING specialisation
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Specialisation
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia Specialisation
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs Specialisation


Not all electives available at all campuses

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No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

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If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

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If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free. For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland North on 1300 656 959.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)

Job prospects

  • Aged Care Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Aged or Disabled Carer

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Students can attend a one-day 'Information session' to assess delivery method most suited to the individual.  At the information sessions you will have the opportunity to meet a teacher to discuss the course material and ask any questions as well as hear options for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfers if needed.


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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 24 April 2018

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