The Certificate III in Home and Community Care qualification is designed for those seeking careers working in homes and community settings to maintain personal care. This area is one of the largest growth areas for careers in Australia due to preferences and policy to care for people in their homes rather than in aged care facilities.
This qualification shares a number of units with the Certificate III in Aged Care qualification, and students in the Certificate III in Home and Community Care course are able to complete a small number of additional units to complete the Certificate III in Aged Care course if they wish to open the opportunity for a career in the aged care sector.
Potential career outcomes
- Home care worker
- Support worker
- Food services deliverer
- Transport support worker
- Planned activity assistant
- Disability support worker
- Personal care giver/ worker
- Community support worker
- Personal care assistant
- Community care worker
- In-home respite giver
- Home maintenance worker
- Care assistant/ worker
- Course structure
There are 14 subjects in the qualification, comprising of 9 core units and 5 electives. These are:
- Core units
The following 11 units are required to be completed:
- Work effectively with older people
- Provide support to people living with dementia
- Work effectively in the community sector
- Work effectively with people with a disability
- Work effectively in home and community care
- Provide support to meet personal care needs
- Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
- Work effectively with carers
- Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
- Elective units
5 elective units are required. One of the following units must be selected:
- Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
- Work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres strait islander people
The remaining electives should be chosen from the following:
- Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
- Care for the home environment of clients
- Assist clients with medication
- Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities
- Work effectively in mental health
- Deliver care services using a palliative approach
- Communicate appropriately with clients and colleagues
- Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
- Comply with information requirements of the aged care and community care sectors
- Apply First Aid
- Delivery method
Home & Community 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.
- Home & Community 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 Home & Community 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 Home & Community Care qualification?
The Certificate III in Home & Community 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?