Certificate III in Aged Care

The Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212) is for people who wish to assist in improving the quality of life of older Australians. Aged Care workers help residents of aged-care facilities live with respect and dignity, and maintain as much independence for as long as possible. This course is also accepted for most roles in home and community care.

With Australia's population ageing, a growing number of older people require support in aged care facilities and in their own homes. This trend is creating rapid growth in employment opportunities, and gives workers the confidence that they will find rewarding roles in the industry.

If you are ready to start your career in Aged Care, enrol today. The Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212) provides a strong foundation of skill and knowledge that you can build on at any time with further study, and is a recognised pathway to Enrolled Nursing.

Your Learning Pathway

Certificate III in Aged Care Certifcate IV in Aged Care Diploma of Community Services Coordination

Course Structure

Course Units
CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people
CHCAC319A Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector 
CHCAC317A Support older people to maintain their independence
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
CHCMH301C Work effectively in mental health
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
CHCAC417A Implement interventions with older people at risk of falls
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  Medication unit available as an elective

Entry Requirements

Embarking upon a new career path is a big decision, so we'd like to help you make sure that you have made the best choice! While there are no formal entry requirements to study the Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212), before you enrol we may suggest that you complete an eligibility assessment form. This way, we can help you confirm your choice, or help you choose an alternative program that will suit you better.

Vocational Placement

During this course, you will have the chance to practice your new skills and knowledge under supervision in a real vocational setting. You will need to complete at least 120 hours in a workplace and the College Assessor (or a suitable alternative) will observe your development during this time. We will help you arrange a suitable work placement for this practical experience.

Also, in order for you to work in any federally funded aged care service in Australia, it is a requirement by law that you undergo a criminal record check. There will be a small cost associated with this check. The College will assist in arranging it.

Delivery Modes

Online learning

Have you always wanted to study but never found the perfect time to do it? With our online learning platform, you can complete the Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212) at your own pace and after hours. It’s easy, fast and flexible!

Distance learning

Maybe you prefer the feel of a book in your hand instead of staring at a screen, or flipping pages instead of clicking a mouse. If you need flexibility and convenience, our distance learning program offers the same advantages as an online course, but involves hard copy books instead of the online platform.

Blended learning

Some people find this the perfect way to learn.  Blended learning is a combination of distance and online learning.

Classroom-based courses

Classroom-based Aged Care courses allow you to use all of your senses in your learning experience. Ask questions and enjoy the company of your fellow students. Contact us to register your interest for a classroom-based course.


Aged Care traineeships are another study option. A traineeship allows you to study at work - and is focussed on you gaining the skills you need in the most practical environment possible. The real workforce.

Course Locations

Study anywhere in Australia

Being able to study from anywhere with distance education or online learning is a convenience that busy people have come to expect these days. It doesn't matter where you live in Australia; whether that be in a sheep station in the Northern Territory, or a capital city like Sydney (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Melbourne (Victoria), Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA), Brisbane (QLD), Hobart (TAS) and Darwin (NT), we can get you the course materials you will need. A small postage fee applies.

Competency-Based Learning

The Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212) does not require you to sit complex, theory-based exams. Our goal is to ensure you become proficient at the skills that will be required of you on the job. As a result, you will complete a range of assessments that demonstrate whether you are ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ - so that when you graduate you will be prepared in the best possible way for employment.

Assessment Information

Assessment methods may include:

  • Case studies
  • Practical activities
  • Projects
  • Written & oral questions
  • Workplace-based assessment


National College Australia recognises that there are many things that impact the speed at which you complete your course. As a result, we don't impose time limits on this course, although we do suggest completing it within a 12 month period for continuity. Generally speaking, each unit of competency will vary from 20 to 60 hours of learning time.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have received formal training during your previous work in the Aged Care industry, or have completed other studies that cover competencies required by the Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212), we give you the recognition you deserve.  If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, simply let us know and we can take you through the process.

Learning Pathways

Many of our students come back to National College Australia to further their qualifications. The Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212) is a pathway to the following courses:

It can even be used to work towards an AIN qualification.

Occupation Titles

Some of the roles Aged Care learning will qualify you for:

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Community Care Worker
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Field Officer
  • Personal Care Assistant
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