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Certificate III in Home and Community Care (CHC30312)

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Course Overview

Home and Community Care is rapidly growing in Australia as it offers the opportunity of providing support to people wishing to maintain their independence. Employment prospects are high for qualified Home and Community Care workers.
Students will develop skills in a range of areas including supporting an aged person and/or person with a disability in their activities of daily living, provision of support for individuals within the community sector, working effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers in providing social, physical and psychological care.
The Certificate III in Home and Community Care requires full time contact over a ten week period, and comprises both in-class learning and vocational work placement. Essential knowledge will be assessed through written work, observation and the essential skills will be assessed through a 120 hours vocational work placement.
This course provides successful candidates with the minimum qualification for entry into Home and Community Care. This certificate qualifies the holder to work in the home and in the community operating under clearly defined guidelines and care plans.
Students wishing to continue their professional pathway can upgrade to the Certificate IV in Home and Community Care, or diversify their training by undertaking another Community Services qualification such as Certificate III or Certificate IV in Aged Care and/or Disability. Students can also progress onto the Diploma of Community Services Work, Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing) or other health care professions such as Bachelor of Nursing at a tertiary level.

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning):

Students may be able to shorten the length of their chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training.

Course Structure

Qualification Requirements
Compulsory 10 units
Elective 4 units
Total 14 units

Core Units

  • CHCAC318B - Work effectively with older people
  • CHCAC319A - Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCS411C - Work effectively in the community sector
  • CHCICS301B - Provide support to meet personal care needs 
  • CHCICS302B - Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
  • CHCICS303A - Support individual health and emotional well being
  • CHCWHS312A - Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
  • CHCPA301B - Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCHC311C - Work effectively in a home & community care environment
  • CHCICS304B - Work effectively with carers


  • CHCDIS301C - Work effectively with people with a disability
  • HLTHIR403C - Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co- workers 
  • CHCDIS302A - Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities
  • CHCCS400C - Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
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