Study a qualification that open doors to a range of job opportunities in the direct care industry, whilst giving back to the community. This formal qualification provides the skills and knowledge to empower people with disability to achieve greater levels of independence.
Gain these skills:
- Working effectively in the direct care industry and caring for people with disability
- Enabling clients to maintain independence
- Safety procedures and ethical behaviour
- Infection control practices
- Working with cultural diversity
- Workplace health and safety
- Using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
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Is this the right course for you?
Have you got what it takes to be successful in this career? Our Core Skills guide lists the skills and attributes necessary to study and work in this field.
This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.
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Please note that this course is currently only available to students who are working in the industry.
- Applicants must have completed a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and be over 18 years old
Attendance in class
You will need to attend class for half a day a week for one semester when studied full-time.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
120 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. Full-time students who are not in suitable employment will need to complete an equivalent work placement. This will be arranged by SM TAFE.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen and exercise book).
As a student you will also have additional costs associated with your study, for example, you will need to obtain a National Police Clearance, and you will need to pay for stationery, printing and other materials required for your assignments.
To work in the industry, an NDIS clearance is required at an additional cost of $11.00. SM TAFE will support you in applying for your clearance in-class before you graduate.
You may be required to obtain a Working With Children Check and National Police Clearance prior to a supervised work placement. This will depend on the organisation you are placed with.
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. In addition, this course involves work placement, giving you further opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that employment is not guaranteed by us.
To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.
Study options and next steps
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