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Course Details - CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support - Mark Oliphant College

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NASSSA TitleCertificate III in Individual Support (Disability) Year 1 of 2 (FIP)
QualificationCHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
Qualification NotesThe course will combine a mixture of theory and practical hands on learning.
RTOEQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd (National Code 3492)
Host OrganisationMark Oliphant College
Course Length4 Semesters (2 years)
The full course is two years. This is year 1 of 2 years.
Course DescriptionBecome a positive impact on the lives of people living with a disability by supporting their needs with a practical hands-on approach. You will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to support people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, participate in the community and foster their overall safety, health and wellbeing. * The course will consist of a combination of theoretical, simulation and work placement. The simulation sessions consist of using lifters, slings, electric beds, wheelchairs, walking frames, feeding aids etc. Theoretical components are delivered through personal reflection, problem solving scenarios and role plays, case studies, quizzes, online learning (research) and group work. * Units will be assessed in the classroom through the theory and practical learning and whilst on the work placement. The student will be required to complete a Log Book whilst on placement, this placement is compulsory and the logbook consists of timesheets to record hours, a reflective journal and various tasks to be undertaken. These tasks will be verified in the workplace by Workplace Mentors and assessed in the workplace by an EQUALS Assessor. * Important note: This course requires a National Police Check obtained through the South Australian Police. See details on the SAPOL website, and in the Requirements section, below.
PathwaysSuccessful completion of this course provides students with the opportunity to be employed in community, home based, or residential facilities as a Disability Support Worker. The Certificate Ill in Individual Support provides a pathway into a CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability, CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services, CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health, HL T54115 Diploma of Nursing
Entry RequirementsStudents should have a genuine interest, passion, and empathy in helping other people as well as developing skills and knowledge related to working in the Disability Services sector. Basic literacy and numeracy are essential. To meet the requirements of the VETRO application, students must demonstrate prior career planning evidence. For example, work experiences. An open class will be offered on 27 August talk to your VET Leader for details.
Other RequirementsA current and valid National Police Check (dated within 12 months) is a mandatory requirement for this course. All applicants are advised that they will be required to produce an acceptable NPC on or prior to commencement of the course. Please note that online checks are also accepted. If you currently hold a Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Check for working in the Aged Care Sector and with Vulnerable People please talk with our Admissions team about requirements for screening checks. Please note that the outcome of any screening check may affect industry placement opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of host facilities. You will also need to sign a declaration stating that you are physically fit to carry out the duties of a Care Worker. * Students required to:** bring a pen to every session ** wear the "EQUALS Student" work shirt whilst on placement and during all timetabled sessions at school/EQUALS.** wear suitable closed in shoes for all practical sessions and for the placement, as well as work appropriate pants.* Immunisation Requirements. Students undertaking this course will be required to have the following vaccinations [Hepatitis A. Hepatitis B, Influenza, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), dTpa (Pertussis /whooping cough, Tetanus, Diphtheria), Varicella (chickenpox), Poliomyelitis (Polio)] as well as proof of vaccination prior to commencing work experience. Some employer sites will also require you to have also had the COVID 19 vaccination. Please note that all vaccinations, certification and checks are at the expense of the student and will need to be organised out of study time. Immunisation is especially important for health care workers because they have a high risk of catching diseases from infected people. They can then easily pass them on to other people. EQUALS recommends that students observe SA Health recommendations for health workers, available here: Most young people will have had these administered as part of the state's pre school and school immunisation program.
Delivery Location(s)Mark Oliphant College B-12, 99 Douglas Drive, MUNNO PARA, SA, 5115
35 sessions will be conducted. Weekly Thursday sessions will alternative between Mark Olyphant College 99 Douglas Drive, Munno Para) and the Northern Special School (NSS)135 Douglas Drive, Munno Para West One to two session per year on the Thursday classes will be held at clinical simulation facilities at EQUALS International, 81 and 54 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000. VET leaders will be notified prior so that documents and all arrangements are in place.
Dates and Times17 fortnightly sessions at Mark Oliphant College B-12 on Thursdays from 09:00 until 15:15.
Commencement date 10/02/22.
17 fortnightly sessions at Northern Adelaide Special School on Thursdays from 09:00 until 15:15.
Commencement date 17/02/22.
Regular attendance in class and ability to complete work on time is essential. Students must be prepared to complete work at home if required. Year 1 of the course will be finished by week 6, Term 4 (week beginning 28 November) and exclude school holiday breaks or public holidays
Work Placement20 days
In order to achieve the Certificate a 120 hours of vocational work placement must be undertaken. The aim is for work placement to be completed in the school holidays, probably over the Christmas break in 2022. A National Police Clearance is required for the vocational placement.
SACE DetailsSACE Stage 2, 45 SACE credits
333 nominal hours (45 credits) in year 1 Credits granted to the student is dependent on the units of competency and work placement completed by the student toward the qualification. A maximum of 100 SAGE credits can be achieved with full completion of the Certificate Ill in Individual Support
Units Of Competency
CoreCHCCCS015 Provide individualised support30 nominal hours
 CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services30 nominal hours
 CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40 nominal hours
 CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically55 nominal hours
 HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems70 nominal hours
 HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25 nominal hours
ElectiveHLTAID004Provide first aid18 nominal hours
 HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures25 nominal hours
 CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach40 nominal hours
Nominal hours are used for SACE purposes and are not reflective of actual delivery hours
Training Package/Qualification may be updated in 2022 so these competencies may change. The full Certificate Ill in Individual Support consists of 13 units. If students already have First Aid a national recognition/credit transfer will be provided. Four competencies in the second year are placement mandatory units, meaning no SAGE credits will be achieved for them until the complete 120 hours of work placement are completed. An additional 4 competencies are required to meet requirements of a dual qualification in Disability and Ageing and can be negotiated at an additional cost during year 2
Training Cost$295.00 including GST
$295 is the 'gap' fee for the two year certificate. This course is a Flexible Industry Pathway subsidised by the Department for Innovation and Skills. The training cost of $295 includes: * Access to the EQOnline Moodie learning platform and resources * Student amenities and services fee * One EQUALS Student uniform/polo work shirt
Other Costs$54.00 including GST
An additional required cost of $54 is for the National Police Clearance that must be arranged prior to the course commencement (as per Requirements above),.* It is also recommended students purchase Geoff Arnott's The Individual Support Worker
Cost NotesDepartment for Education Non-NASSSA students enrolling will incur a $50.00 additional Administration fee (Full year course - pro rata for semester/term courses). Non-Department for Education students enrolling will incur a $250.00 administration fee. (Full year course - pro rata for semester/term courses) Enrolments for both these groups of students MUST be done through the WebVET Administrator.
Number Of StudentsMinimum    10
Maximum   22
Selection ProcessVETRO assessment will be conducted *On Thursday 28th October 2021 from 9.15 * At Mark Olyphant College * By EQUALS Admissions staff
Orientation DetailsCourse orientation and induction occurs during the first training session by the trainer with host school VET Leader support. * All home schools are required to conduct WorkPRO (or similar) prior to students commencinq a course
Public TransportBuses 452,461, GA1, GA2 stop on Douglas Drive at stop 79F, and Newton Blvd stop 79 E a 15-20 min walk to Mark Oliphant College
Contact PersonMs Khyati Gajjar, Phone (08) 8110 1204, Email
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