Certificate III in Aged Care

Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212)



Core units
Elective units
Estimated completion


The Certificate III in Aged Care qualification is designed for those seeking careers working in residential aged care facilities, supporting residents, and looking after their personal care, health and well being.

Potential career outcomes

  • Support worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Personal care worker
  • Community care worker
  • Nursing assistant
  • Field officer
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Course structure

    There are 14 subjects in the qualification, comprising of 10 core units plus 4 elective units.

  • Core units

    The core units are:

    • Support older people to maintain their independence
    • Work effectively with older people
    • Provide support to people living with dementia
    • Work effectively in the community sector
    • Provide support to meet personal care needs
    • Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
    • Support individual health and emotional well being
    • Deliver care services using a palliative approach
    • Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
    • Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
  • Elective Units

    4 elective units should be chosen. Group A electives are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice.
    Group A

    • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
    • Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

    General Electives

    • Process and maintain workplace information
    • Use business technology
    • Provide food services
    • Collect technical data to support client health care plan
    • Implement interventions with older people at risk of falls
    • Advocate for clients
    • Provide administrative support
    • Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
    • Assist clients with medication
    • Deliver and monitor services to clients
    • Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
    • Provide support and care relating to loss and grief
    • Facilitate adult learning and development
    • Work effectively with people with a disability
    • Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities
    • Support people with disabilities who are ageing
    • Support community participation and inclusion
    • Contribute to skill development and maintenance
    • Support group activities
    • Work effectively in home and community care
    • Work effectively with carers
    • Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans
    • Provide basic foot skin and nail care
    • Maintain the organisation’s information systems
    • Contribute to information requirements in the community sector
    • Comply with information requirements of the aged care and community care sectors
    • Recognise stages of lifespan development
    • Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively
    • Work effectively in mental health
    • Contribute to implementation of service delivery strategy
    • Supervise work
    • Apply first aid
    • Comply with infection control policies and procedures
    • Undertake home visits
    • Provide work skill instruction.
  • Delivery method

    Aged Care training is available in your workplace if you currently hold a position within the industry. NTS trainers will visit your workplace monthly to offer support and guidance.

    Aged care training comes to you!
    One on one training.
    Working hours can be incorporated as placement hours.

  • How long will the course take to complete?

    You can complete the qualification at your own pace. Our suggestion is that the Certificate III in Aged Care qualification can be completed over a 9 months to 1 year timeframe if you work through the training on a consistent part-time basis.

  • How much does it cost to undertake the Certificate III in Aged Care qualification?

    The Certificate III in Aged Care course has an enrolment fee of $2200. Upfront payment: If you pay the Enrolment fee upfront, the charge will be only $1760 (save $440). Payment by instalments: If you wish to pay by instalments, the charge will be $734 per instalment (three instalments). An instalment becomes due on enrolment, four months after commencement, and eight months after commencement.

  • Eligibility for Victorian Guarantee funding for Victorian based applicants

    If you live in Victoria, and are:

    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
    • an New Zealand citizen

    and are any of the following:

    • under 20 years of age; or
    • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors); or
    • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL and wish to enrol into the qualification as part of a school based apprenticeship or traineeship; or
    • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship or traineeship; or
    • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification,

    then you may be eligible for a government subsidy called Victorian Training Guarantee funding, which will reduce the cost of your training. If you fit the above criteria, please contact Nationwide Training Solutions on 1300 558 751 to discuss your options further.

  • How do I enrol?

    Enrol_IconDownload enrolment form or call 1300 558 751 and ask to speak with our Online Course Co-ordinator.