CERTIFICATE III in Home and Community Care

The Certificate III in Home and Community Care prepares you for work as a personal carer. It is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to assist people in maintaining their personal care and daily activities in their own homes or in a community setting.

Home and community care workers work in the community under regular supervision within clearly defined organisational guidelines and service plans.

People involved home and community care need the physical capacity to deal with home and personal care. They also need to demonstrate genuine compassion and empathy towards others.

Course Structure

The Certificate III in Home and Community Care 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

There are no formal entry requirements to study the Certificate III in Home and Community 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 Home and Community 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 home and community care courses. Contact us to register your interest for a classroom-based course.


This qualification is also available as a home and community 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 the Certificate III in Home and Community Care 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 home and community care course could lead to advanced standing in:

  • Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
  • Diploma of Community Services Coordination
  • Selected Certificate IV and Diploma courses in welfare work, mental health, disability and alcohol and other drugs

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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