CERTIFICATE III in Home and Community Care

If you have compassion for people who are sick, elderly or disabled and are interested in helping them maintain their independence outside of residential care, the Certificate III in Home and Community Care (CHC30312) allows you to do this. You will work under supervision, assisting people in home and community settings maintain their own personal care and daily routines according to service plans and within organisational guidelines.

Home and Community Care workers are in high demand due to Australia’s ageing population and with increased funding for service to those with a disability. This role requires people to empathise with, respect and physically assist clients who require ongoing support.

Your Learning Pathway

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Course Structure

The Certificate III in Home and Community Care (CHC30312) is made up of 14 units: 9 core units and 5 elective units

Core Units
CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people 
CHCAC319A Provide support to people living with dementia 
CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector
CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability 
CHCHC311C Work effectively in home and community care 
CHCICS301B Provide support to meet personal care needs
CHCICS302B Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
CHCICS304B Work effectively with carers 
CHCWHS312A  Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
Elective Units 
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
CHCPA301B Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
CHCAC317A Support older people to maintain their independence
CHCICS303A  Support individual health and emotional well being
  Medication unit available as an elective

Entry Requirements

The Certificate III in Home and Community Care (CHC30312) has no formal entry requirements. However, it is important that we enrol you in the course you are best suited to, so we may ask you to complete an eligibility assessment. We will share the results of this with you and may suggest different learning programs based on your strengths.

Vocational Placement

For this qualification you will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours vocational placement, involving observational assessments conducted by a College Assessor or, if this is not possible, another suitable person. The college will assist you in organisaing a placement for this part of your course.

A criminal record check is required for anyone planning to work in federally-funded aged care services in Australia. There will be a fee associated with this check.

Delivery Modes

Online learning

Online learning provides convenience and flexibility that most people look for these days, and is ideal for the Certificate III in Home and Community Care (CHC30312).

Distance learning

This option provides the same flexibility as an online course but involves real books instead of the online platform. Like online learning, distance education lets you complete the course at your own pace but with paper and pen instead of a screen and keyboard.

Blended learning

You can also mix online and distance education. You may prefer to study with books but complete the assessments online. With this option, there is no increase in course fee.

Classroom-based courses

If you prefer face-to-face learning, contact us to register your interest in a classroom-based course.


This qualification is also available as a Home and Community Care traineeship. Contact us for more information.

Course Locations

Study anywhere in Australia

The convenience of studying anywhere in Australia is yours with distance or online learning options. We will send everything you need for your study to any Australian capital city: Sydney (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Melbourne (Victoria), Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA), Brisbane (QLD), Hobart (TAS) and Darwin (NT). We can also deliver town or country settings. Please be aware that a small postage fee will apply for mailing of course materials.

Competency-Based Learning

The Certificate III in Home and Community Care (CHC30312) focuses on the learner’s ability to perform selected tasks for the job role(s) the course has been designed for.

Instead of sitting a conventional test at the end of the course, you are required to prove whether you are ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ by completing practical tasks; ensuring that you have the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to do the job.

Assessment Information

Assessment methods may include:

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


While it is suggested that you complete this course within 12 months, we recognise that every learner studies at a different pace. Each unit of competency varies and should take between 20 and 60 hours to complete.


Other study and/or work experience may be taken into account when applying for this course and may shorten the length of your course. Please outline relevant details during the enrolment process.

Learning Pathways

Successful completion of this home and community care course could lead to advanced standing in:

Occupation Titles

Some of the roles home and community care training will qualify you for:

  • Home Care Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Personal Care Assistant
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