CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support – Disability Specialisation

This course is perfect for entry-level workers seeking to provide personal support to individuals with a Disability through a person-centred approach in a variety of settings, including residential facilities, home care, nursing homes, hospitals, and community or disability-based organisations.

Start a rewarding career and support the disabled with the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation).  

You will gain the knowledge and confidence required to support people with complex needs and provide person-centred care to meet individuals needs.

This course includes extensive trainer support from industry experts, delivered via a combination of online and face-to-face sessions. The hands-on components take place in the face-to-face sessions and will provide you with the skills required to properly care for and manage the needs of people with disabilities.

You will also learn to

  • Communicate and work in the health or community services
  • Work with diverse people
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Work legally and ethically
  • Provide first aid
  • Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Support independence and wellbeing
  • Provide individualised support
  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
  • Contribute to the ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • Support community participation and social inclusion

Career Opportunities

Community Services is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia with an estimated 50,000+ new jobs to be created within the industry by 2023 (Source: joboutlook.gov.au).

Some of our articles discussing job opportunities in the sector include “Want to Start a Career in Community Services?” and “Working in the Community Services sector- the diversity of roles“.

Job Roles Include:

  • Disability Support worker
  • Support worker
  • Personal Carer
  • Personal care worker
  • Direct care worker
  • Home help worker
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Respite worker
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service provider

Qualification Pathways

After completing this course, other studies which may be of interest could include the CHCSS00069 Advocacy Skill SetCHC32015 Certificate III in Community ServicesCHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services, CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability or the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services. Our Diploma courses also provide credit towards University via formal agreements with Western Sydney University, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland.

A number of subjects in course are also contained in other Community Services and Counselling courses. Our team can discuss which credits apply across courses, reducing the time and cost to you of attaining further qualifications.


You have access to the course for 18 months but can complete faster than this if you wish.

Delivery & Support

The course is delivered primarily online but also requires you to locate and complete 120 placement hours in a suitable facility.

Support is provided via live online chat sessions and ‘virtual’ classrooms, providing you with direct access to industry experts and other students. Attendance at live sessions is optional but strongly recommended.


There are 13 subjects in the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation).


There are no exams in the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation).

You test your learning by completing quiz questions and open book self-paced assessment activities throughout each subject. All subjects include a free re-submission if you are not successful on your first attempt.

You will also complete a range of ‘on the job’ workplace-based assessments during your 120 hours of placement.

If you already have the skills and knowledge required to attain any (or all) of these subjects, you might like to enrol as ‘Assessment Only’. This Recognition of Prior Learning means you don’t have to study those subjects again, instead just doing the assessments for a reduced course price. For more details please speak with the Course Consultants.

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum education requirements to study the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation), however, we recommend you have language, literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to allow you to interpret documents and prepare written reports.

You also need access to an internet-connected computer for the duration of the course.

To work within Community Services you typically require a clear police check, and possibly a Working with Children or Blue Card. While they are not required to enrol in the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation), these may be required for your 120 hours of placement (depending on where you locate your placement) and eventual employment so we recommend you confirm your status prior to enrolment if you have any concerns.

Practical Placement

To be assessed as competent in several subjects within the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation) you must complete 120 hours of suitable placement to complete assessments within the workplace.

It is your responsibility to source placement for the assessments, however, we have industry contacts in many locations and will provide you with support where possible.

Depending on where you undertake your placement you may need to undergo a police check and hold a Working with Children or Blue Card.


Option 1: Payment Plan

Interest-free payment plans from as little as $37 per week. Discounts apply for upfront payments and/or group enrolments. For more details, click here.

Option 2: Study Loan

Study Loans (a private lender), will progressively loan you the tuition fee. The loan, plus interest, is repaid over a maximum 4-year term, from as little as $27 per week. For more details, click here.

Or for something completely different…Subscription

Australis is the only place you can access Subscription, the lowest risk and most flexible way there is to get qualified or stay current. For more details, click here.

How do I Enrol?

You can enrol and start studying anytime. To enrol:

  • Phone 1300 887 991 and our Course Consultants will answer your questions and help you get started, or
  • For full course enrolments fill out our online Application Form, or
  • For group enrolments, contact our Partnership Manager on 0411 597 927 or enter your details here.

You may be required to provide completed documentation and Identification to complete your enrolment or complete a Core Skills assessment to help ensure the course is suitable for you.

Reasons to study the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation) with Australis College include:

Course Content

We wrote the course ourselves, authored by practitioners who are not just qualified trainers but who have worked in various child protection and community services roles for many years.

Always check out the course content (and learning platform) BEFORE you enrol. Is it current, contextualised and engaging, or generic off the shelf content? Content quality will make or break your learning experience.

Trainer Experience

Our trainers work in the industry. They do what you want to do, and they will show you how it really works. (Check out the trainers and assessors of other providers, make sure they are not just academics or former students but have actually worked in the industry and been everything from Protection Officers through to Case Managers).

Having a great trainer is critical to graduating with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Placement Hours

We love placement – it is the best way to get real-world experience, improve your skills and increase your employability. For this reason, we recommend new entrants do as much placement as possible…but only up until they are ready to start paid employment.

There is a minimum of 120 hours of placement hours for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation), and you only need sufficient hours to complete the workplace-based assessments and any potential role-plays. This differs from some providers who require 200+ hours, which is not a bad thing…unless you already have the knowledge and could instead be out there working as a paid professional.

But wait….there’s more!

Your time and your career are too important to risk with the wrong training provider. For more details on choosing a training provider, please also take a look at Why Australis?