While it is possible to work as a Disability Support Worker without formal qualifications, many employers require a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability).
A CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) is considered a baseline standard qualification for disability support workers. An advantage of enrolling in this qualification is that you can complete it in 6 months and you can gain hands-on experience with industry level, vocational work placement.
If you are wanting to increase your skill level and job opportunities, we recommend students also consider completing a CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services. This course follows on from the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support at Sarina Russo Institute and provides graduates with opportunities to work across a range of fields, including working with people experiencing drug/alcohol-related issues and supporting those with disabilities or mental health issues.
By studying this course, students gain the knowledge and skillset to work with a diverse range of clients. They learn to coordinate complex case requirements, implement community development strategies and manage legal and ethical compliance.
With the demand for disability support workers expected to skyrocket in coming years, there has never been a better time than now to start a career in the disability sector. If you are interested in working in the disability sector and would like to discuss pathway options, please don’t hesitate to email our Career Counsellor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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