Individual Support (Disability) – Certificate III

This traineeship addresses work primarily in residential facilities. Occupational outcomes include roles as: Assistant in Nursing, Community Support Worker, Accommodation Support Worker, In Home Respite Worker, Personal Care Giver, Home Care Assistant, Nursing Assistant and Community Care Worker.

HSC credit ATAR pathway
7 Yes

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.

Outcome on completion of your HSC

  • Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33021 in CHC Community Services Training Package.
  • A career path into the Community Care Services industry.
  • Articulation into a traineeship for Certificate IV in Disability CHC43121.

Course delivery

  • On the job and off the job and can be delivered face-to-face, flexibly or mixed mode.
  • The SBT term is calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year.

Commitment required

  • Undertake a minimum of 100 days in paid employment plus the formal training to complete the qualification.
  • Undertake Certificate III in Individual Support in CHC Community Services Training Package.
  • The employment and training can be undertaken during school time, after school and during school holidays.

How will you be assessed?

  • Both on the job and off the job through written tests, project work and practical exercises.
Course ATAR eligibility HSC unit credit

Community Services – Individual Support


7 units over two years towards your HSC for the formal training component (VET course).

Industry-based Learning course



This optional course recognises the significant work component involved in the school based apprenticeship.

The course offers an additional 4 units credit towards your HSC.

This HSC VET course does not contribute towards the calculation of the ATAR.

For further information about how to sign up to this school based apprenticeship please speak with your Careers Adviser.

Advice for school based traineeships

To ensure maximum safety for clients and students alike, the following requirements must be met by all employers of NSW School Based Trainees in the Community Services sector:

  • The School Based Trainee is not included in the necessary client: staff ratio of the employer.
  • The employer has a risk management policy and procedures guideline in place for staff which includes staff under 18 years of age.
  • The School Based Trainee must not work alone with disabilities clients at any time.
  • The School Based Trainee must not work during any night shift.
  • The School Based Trainees must not transport clients by themselves.
  • The School Based Trainee must be supervised by an appropriate and competent Disabilities worker at all times.
  • The arrangement is to be closely monitored by Training Services NSW field staff.

Units of competency NOT suitable for delivery to school students in the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing and Disability

  • CHCECE015 Attend to daily functions in home based childcare
  • CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
  • TLIC3011A Transport passengers with disabilities
  • TLIC1051A Operate commercial vehicle

Employers should provide the student’s school with written agreement to the above requirements before the School Based Traineeship is registered.

For further information please contact the Manager School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships at

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