Health, Education and Community Services

Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Support individual goals and needs
  • Support through implementation of individualised programs
  • Work within a team and/or under supervision

Certificate III in Disability

You will learn how to support people with a disability to provide individual support and to promote a person centred approach to care. 

Course Overview

Course Code:D271 (National ID: CHC30408) 
Careers:Direct Care Worker 

One year workbased or six months full time.

How:Full time, Apprenticeship/Traineeship, Work based 

Intake:Semester 1, Semester 2 
International study available:Yes 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:No 

About the course

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This Certificate III will give you the ability to enhance lifestyle, promote independence and empowerment and encourage people with disabilities to participate in community activities.

You'll gain an understanding of the nature of the disability services industry and how to behave ethically when working with clients.

This course requires attendance of up to 3 days per week and a work placement and on completion you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned.

All of Central's disability work qualifications can be completed in the workplace. This means you get the most relevant skills and the opportunity to form industry contacts. For more information about these qualifications, download our Disability Work flyer

You'll be mentored by attentive and caring lecturers who have had extensive experience in the industry. There is also currently a skill shortage in the entire care industry so employment prospects after study are high.


Where this course can lead you

With one or more of the Community Services qualifications from Central, your opportunities are endless. You could find yourself working in community services, youth work, aged care, disability, children's services and/or juvenile justice. This industry is currently experiencing a skill shortage so employment prospects after you finish your studies are positive.

Your Certificate III in Disability prepares you for roles such as:

  • Direct Care Worker

Your Certificate III in Disability also opens the door for further qualifications at Central such as the Certificate IV in Disability. Further study will allow you to take on managerial/senior youth work roles.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's community services qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the nature and provision of disability services

  • Employ safety procedures and ethical behaviour when working with people with disabilities

  • Engage in effective communication

  • Work with culturally diverse clients

  • Complete administrative tasks

  • Engage in advocacy

Your Certificate III in Disability gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in disability services or for further study at Central. The Certificate IV in Disability will increase your skills in developing programs for individuals and empowerment techniques.

Connected with industry

We ensure our industry partners are involved in the development of our courses and curriculum, so the skills you obtain are relevant in the workplace. We work with around 15 disability support service providers in the metropolitan area, including Nulsen and The Centre for Cerebral Palsy. 

As this course is delivered only in the workplace it is important you have a career plan.  Central provides a range of further training pathways once you complete your qualification.  Doing further training can lead you into a broad range of jobs in the disability industry.

At Central, the lecturers are experienced disability services workers. This ensures you’ll be gaining the best experience possible from people who know the industry.  

If you already work in the industry, our team of skilled lecturers can help you gain a qualification (or part thereof) through a Recognition of Prior Learning process

Course Structure

Description:Complete 14 units: 9 core and 5 elective units 

Available Groups

Title: Stage 1

Description: Complete all units.

NumberNational IDTitle
D2209CHCAD401DAdvocate for clients
D2399CHCDIS302AMaintain an environment to empower people with disabilities
D2401CHCDIS322ASupport community participation and inclusion
D2402CHCDIS323AContribute to skill development and maintenance
D2564CHCICS303ASupport individual health and emotional well being
D8281HLTHIR403CWork effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
D8575CHCICS304BWork effectively with carers
WC847CHCCS411CWork effectively in the community sector
WC888CHCDIS301CWork effectively with people with a disability
WC921CHCICS301BProvide support to meet personal care needs
WC922CHCICS302BParticipate in the implementation of individualised plans
WC923CHCICS305BProvide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans
WD010CHCWHS312AFollow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
WG732HLTAID003Provide first aid

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a structured employment based training program that allows you to have a job and be paid while you learn. In most instances practical experience at work is combined with complementary off-the-job training provided by Central Institute of Technology. 

Apprenticeships lead to trade certification and nationally recognised qualifications.

Traineeships focus on entry level training in non-trade areas and lead to nationally-recognised qualifications. Some school based traineeships are available to year 11 and 12 students who combine part time work with secondary studies via an approved training schedule. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are not available as an option for  International students.

Please Note: The process for actually getting into an apprenticeship/traineeship (which involves finding an employer) is very different to the application process for normal study.  

For more information about apprenticeships or traineeships please contact Central Institute of Technology'sTraineeship, Apprenticeship and Workplace Training (TAWT)  on 6211 2035, visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office (the Apprenticeship Office)

Information for international students

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Requirements for this course

An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent is required. Equivalent to Australian Year 10 is required for entry into this course.

Studying as an international student at Central

apply nowCentral is one of Australia's largest VET colleges, and trains around 1700 international students from more than 85 countries each year. In 2010, we were the first winner of Western Australia's International Training Provider of the Year award and were again given this award in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Our campuses are conveniently located near the centre of Perth's CBD, making them easy to access via public transport. Central boasts excellent state of the art facilities and resources and a friendly, safe and secure learning environment.

As a graduate, you are ensured direct pathways to further qualifications at Western Australian universities, or alternatively, the job ready skills you need to succeed in your career straight away.

We offer a dedicated International Centre which is focused on servicing International students, helping you with your personal and academic needs. Staff offer friendly, specialised support and guidance from your initial contact through to your graduation, to ensure that your experience at Central is enjoyable and rewarding.

Visit our international pages to find out more about studying at Central and life in Perth.


Find out from international students about their experiences studying at Central.
Find out about applying to study at Central as an International student.


Courses available to international students at Central are delivered in partnership with Education and Training International RTO Provider No: 52395 CRICOS Provider Code: 00020G


Getting into this course


Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate developed maths and communication skills.

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.


The Application Process

This course is delivered full time, or as a traineeship or work based program, and applying for the course is different with each option.

Find out more information about the process to apply, enrol and pay.


Full time:

Apply nowThis course is being offered in Semester 1, 2016 and applications are now open.

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Work Based:

To find out more about work based training, please contact our us on 9202 0410, or email



Apply for this course online at Education and Training International (ETI)


Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

Fee information

Domestic full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Full course approximate tuition fee based on the 1 semesters it takes to complete full time: $1700

Resource fees:

The resource fees cover the materials and services required to complete a unit.

Approximate resource fee for the full course: $449

Paying your fees:
Both tuition and resource fees for the upcoming semester should be paid in full at the time of enrolment.
Find out how and where to pay for your course

Financial assistance:

These fees are current for courses beginning in 2015 and should be used as a guide only for other semesters.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession (50% of the tuition fees) and if you are experiencing financial difficulties you may qualify for an instalment plan.

Find out more about financial assistance


International students:
The total course cost for international students is

$6,000 (1 semester) + resource fee

. You will need to pay your course fees to ETI when you accept your offer.


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