Certificate III in Aged Care

The Certificate III in Aged Care will prepare you for work in an aged care residential facility. It is the standard entry qualification for workers in the Aged Care sector and it can be recognised as a pathway to becoming an Enrolled Nurse.

The content in this Aged Care course will introduce you to all aspects of a carer’s role including personal care, well- being and help with daily activities.

People involved in Aged Care work need the physical capacity to deal with personal care and to be able to demonstrate genuine compassion and empathy towards others.

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

There are no formal entry requirements to study the Certificate III in Aged Care.

However, it is important that we enrol you into the right program. Candidates may need to complete an eligibility assessment form, if we think this is necessary and, in some cases, we may suggest a different learning program for you.

Vocational Placement

This qualification has a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement. The College will work with you in arranging a suitable placement for you.

Vocational placements involve observation tasks that will be conducted by a College Assessor. Where this is not possible, The College will discuss alternative arrangements with you.

Please note that in order to work in any federally funded aged care service in Australia, you will need to undergo a criminal record check. You will be required to pay for any criminal checks that the College conducts on your behalf.

Delivery Modes

Online learning

You can complete the Certificate III in Aged Care online using the online learning platform.

It’s easy, fast and flexible!

Distance learning

A distance learning program offers the same flexibility as an online course but involves hard copy books instead of the online platform.

Distance education lets you complete the course at your own pace.

It’s easy, fast and perfect for those who prefer learning from a book.

Blended learning

Mix online learning with distance learning. Study from the books but complete the assessments online. What’s more…you only pay the same course fee.

Classroom-based courses

We also offer classroom-based aged care courses. Contact us to register your interest for a classroom-based course.


This qualification is also available as an aged care traineeship. Contact the Training Manager for more information.

Course Locations

Study anywhere in Australia

Study distance or online anywhere in Australia. Course materials can be sent to you in any capital city: Sydney (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Melbourne (Victoria), Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA), Brisbane (QLD), Hobart (TAS) and Darwin (NT). We also deliver course materials to rural and remote areas. A small postage fee applies when we send you your course materials.

Competency-Based Learning

Competency-based learning focuses on the learner’s ability to perform selected tasks for the job role(s) which this course has been designed for.

There are no tests. Students are required to complete a range of assessments that will prove whether a student is ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’. This course has been designed to ensure 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


We suggest you complete this course within 12 months. Every learner studies at a different pace and the requirements for each unit of competency will vary from anywhere from 20 to around 60 hours for a unit.


National College Australia recognises the skills and knowledge gained through previous studies and/or work experience. Options for recognition will be offered as part of the enrolment process.

Learning Pathways

Successful completion of this Aged Care course could lead to advanced standing in:

  • Certificate IV in Aged Care
  • Diploma of Community Services Coordination
  • Selected Certificate III and IV qualifications in 08 Community Services Training Package

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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