A Certificate 3 in Individual Support allows individuals to provide elderly care in residential and community settings. It teaches students the proper procedures in caring for people who are aging or disabled. If you’re looking into taking the course, here’s how.
What are my job prospects?
Those who successfully complete this course have a lot of job opportunities waiting for them. They can work in both residential and community settings. A few of the most common roles are:
• Support Worker
• Nursing Assistant
• Care Assistant
• In-House Respite Worker
• Community House Worker
• Field Officer
• Disability Service Officer
• Disability Support Worker
• Personal Care Worker
Those who have expertise in specific fields may also be required to take this course if they’re working in specific sectors.
What should I expect?
This course has three aspects. The first is traditional, classroom-based learning. The trainer requires the student’s attendance and give lectures in real-time. Candidates come face-to-face with experts in the industry. This allows them to get advice and insight from experienced professionals.
Online learning is a major part of the program. Candidates need at least 425 hours of self-study time. This may include reading online references and books to further their knowledge. They’ll also be required to visit websites for more information on the subject.
On-the-job training is the last component. Students need to complete 120 hours of practical training. This gives them an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in a safe, controlled environment.
What are the qualifications?
All applicants should be at least 18 years old. In most learning institutions, they need to be Australian citizens as well. Specialised schools are available for international students. To add to this, all candidates must pass a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. This helps the establishment assess the student’s skill level.
In some cases, applicants do not meet the requirements but are still qualified to take the course. This happens when they have documented proof of relevant work experience. They should be able to prove that they’re knowledgeable in the field.