Our valuable skill set, CHCSS00081 Induction to Disability, is the perfect introduction for workers entering the disability sector. It can also be used as a pathway to the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability). Unlock many care roles in the disability and community services sector and learn the core skills needed to support vulnerable people today.
The past five years has seen strong growth in the aged and disability sector, with 221,400 workers currently employed. Over the next five years, this number is expected to grow to 276,100 by 2025.
Who's It For?
This skill set is perfect for people with no experience in disability care work, but would like to kick start a career in the disability care or community services sector, supporting people with a disability.
You will build your knowledge from the ground up, equipping yourself with valuable entry level skills that you can use to launch your career. You can also choose to further your studies with the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).
If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note – limitations do apply.
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Care Assistant
- Community Care Worker
- Disability Support Worker
- Residential Care Worker
What You'll Learn
- Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
- Provide individualised support
- Communicate and work in health or community services
- Follow safe work practices for direct client care
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
Duration and Study Load
- Self-paced – maximum of 3 months
- Recommended hours per week: 30h
This course contains a minimum of 40 hours of work placement.
What are the benefits?
- By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice
- You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate
- Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence
How do I find a work placement?
You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:
- Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
- If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation
Cost of work placement
All costs of work placement, including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or Open Colleges), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation, and uniforms are the responsibility of the student. These fees will vary and are dependent on your location within Australia.
- Costs for statutory checks will range between $0 – $100 dependent on the type of check you select and your state
- Costs for vaccinations will very between practitioners, please refer to your GP for approximate costs
- Placement fees will vary, please discuss this with your intended host organisation for approximate costs
You will need to undertake your work placement in an organisation involved in professional disability services, such as residential facilities, group homes, respite care, and community day programs. The specific requirements of the workplace are outlined in the Workplace Assessment Guide, which can be found in OpenSpaceX.
Open Colleges will need to ascertain whether the workplace you have chosen is appropriate before you commence your work placement hours.
Work placement hours can be done part-time or as a block, depending on the host organisation’s requirements and availability. You will not achieve any units of competency unless you have completed your work placement hours.
Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation.
It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement.
The workplace supervisor will need to have:
- At least 3 years’ industry experience in the disability sector, and
- 1 year in a supervisory or team leader role, and
- Hold CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), or equivalent at a minimum
Recognition of Prior Learning
- We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process
- Multiple choice Quiz
- Role plays
- Work Placement
- Written assignments
Your learning materials are accessed through our online platform OpenSpace. These learning materials include:
- Learning content
- Additional resources
- Learning activities
About Open Colleges
Open Colleges puts you at the centre of everything we do. As an institution, we measure our success in the success of our students.
We have more than 125 years of experience in distance education, and this has given us the time to perfect the ways we deliver education and training to people across Australia. In the last decade alone, we’ve helped more than 450,000 students reach their potential.
We understand the needs of adult learners. That’s why we created OpenSpace, our world-class online learning platform that gives you complete flexibility and control to study whenever and wherever you are. OpenSpace provides you with access to learning resources, expert trainers and assessors, a superior support network and the opportunity to connect with other learners just like you.
Our nationally recognised courses could help you launch, change or accelerate your career. Now is the time to make your next move. With Open Colleges, everything could happen.
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