CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support

Course summary

The CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Release 1) will develop your skills and abilities to provide person-centred support to those with a disability, ageing or some other reason.

The course is designed for domestic students studying in Australia.

You will graduate in just 5 months with a diverse range of practical skills ready for a rewarding career, enabling you to make a difference in the lives of others.

On successful completion of the Certificate III in Individual Support, you may progress to the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support or the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing*.


This course is offered face-to-face at the University of Wollongong main campus in Wollongong. Course delivery will occur in UOW classrooms and the UOW College Simulated Nursing Lab.

Delivery: Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-3pm

This course is also available as a traineeship, school-based traineeship (SBAT) and VET in Schools program.

How you’ll learn

You will learn a range of factual, technical and procedural skills, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support. Using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for your own outputs, you will develop practice skills to succeed in the individual support industry.

*Subject to meeting entry requirements.  

Course structure

You will be required to successfully complete 15 units of competency and 120 hours of practical work placement to complete this qualification.

Units of Study

This qualification consists of 15 units of competency including 9 core and 6 elective units preselected by UOW College. They are as follows;

Core Units
Unit Code Unit Title

Provide individualised support


Support independence and well being

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
Elective Units
Unit Code Unit Title
CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care
CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support


All courses offered by UOW College Australia require a minimum number of students enrolments to proceed. Where the minimum quota is not met, enrolled students will be notified prior to the scheduled course commencement to discuss alternative course options.

This course is delivered by UOW College (CRICOS: 02723D; RTO: 91159). UOW College is a registered business name of UOWC Ltd (ABN: 14 105 312 329).

Course information

Study area

Nursing, UOW College Vocational Pathways


UOW College Wollongong

Course Code



1 session over 5 months


On Campus


UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions Policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Entry Requirements

  • Available to Domestic students only

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to be granted admission to this VET Course:

  • Achieve a minimum result of exit Level 2 in both Literacy and Numeracy online assessment;
  • Minimum age 16 years at course enrolment


UOW College fees, payment options, scholarships and government loans and subsidies (as applicable) are outlined on the Domestic student fees & payment options page and International student fees & scholarships page.


* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

This program is not available to international applicants.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW College for this course. It provides data on students that commenced the program, and continued study beyond the census date at UOW College in 2023.

Applicant background

2023 intake

2023 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2023

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW College admission pathways, see UOW College Admission Information.

Key Dates




2024 UOW College VET February Session

UOW College Wollongong

Key dates for UOW College courses are available on the UOW College website.

2024 UOW College VET July Session

UOW College Wollongong

Key dates for UOW College courses are available on the UOW College website.

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Why choose this course

On successful completion of the Certificate III in Individual Support, you may progress to the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support or the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing*. You may also be eligible to apply for UOW undergraduate courses where applicable.

* Subject to meeting HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing entry requirements. Please refer to HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing for more information