Certificate III in Aged Care

Southern Cross Education Institute

Program Description

Certificate III in Aged Care

Southern Cross Education Institute

This qualification addresses work primarily in residential facilities under direct or regular supervision within clearly defined organisation guidelines and service plans:

These workers:

  • Carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people in an aged care setting.
  • Carry out activities related to an individualised plan.
  • Report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other worker.


38 weeks

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 11 or the equivalent level of study or mature aged entry. For further information, see PP02 ASSESSING STUDENT'S QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.
  • Minimum English level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Learners originating from student visa assessment levels 1 and 2 without the required IELTS score can undertake SCEI’s English Proficiency Test. For information on student visa assessment levels, refer to Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or above.

Additional Requirements:

Candidates must undertake National Police check and make a Commonwealth of Australia Statutory Declaration before commencing work placement.


There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.

Pathways Options

Pathways into the qualification:

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • Having sufficient relevant Residential and/or Community Services industry experience working in a support role without any formal qualifications

Pathways from the qualification:

After achieving CHC30208 Certificate III in Aged Care, participants may undertake:

  • CHC40108 Certificate IV in Aged care


  • CHC40312 Certificate IV in Disability

Employment Opportunities

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Assistant in nursing
  • Care assistant
  • Care service employees
  • Care worker
  • Community care worker
  • Community house worker
  • Community support worker
  • Disability service officer (in some jurisdictions)
  • Field officer
  • Home care assistant
  • In-home respite worker
  • Nursing assistant
  • Personal care assistant
  • Personal care giver
  • Personal care worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Support worker

Teaching Methods/Mode of Study

Classroom and self-directed learning as well as work placement.


Students will be assessed through a combination of Projects, Written Assessments, Case Studies, Scenarios, and actual workplace participation.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer is a term used to identify a process of gaining recognition gained through a previous course or a unit of study. To be eligible for credit transfer the unit code of the unit already held needs to be exactly the same as the unit for which credit is being requested. A certified copy of an Academic Transcript would need to be supplied by the student.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning provides students with an opportunity to have their current skills and knowledge recognised.These skills and knowledge may relate to units they are intending to study and as a result may exempt them from studying these units. However there is a cost related to RPL.The process requires students to gather evidence confirming their skills and knowledge and submitting to an assessor for assessment.

If a student is granted RPL or credit transfer, it may impact on student visa conditions through a shortening of the student’s course.


  • CHCAC317A: Support older people to maintain their independence
  • 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
  • HLTAP301B: Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

Elective Units

  • CHCAC417A: Implement interventions with older people at risk of falls
  • CHCAD401D: Advocate for clients
  • CHCCS400C: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • HLTHIR403C: Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

Delivery Modes

Delivery modes include classroom/ facilitator lead training sessions, self paced learning activities, and written assessments.


  • Course Price: AUD$6,000
  • Promotional Course Price: AUD$5,000
  • Material Fee: AUD$300**


This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 27, 2017
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