This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.
Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.
Students can choose to specialise in either Disability or Ageing (including Home and Community Care).
This is a nationally recognised qualification.
Classes will take place over 6 months and students should have completed their placement within 8 months if not sooner.
Classroom based with 120 hours of work placement. MARSS will coordinate work placement arrangements for all students.
Classes will take place at MARSS Australia Inc, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Level 2, 180 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT.
Applicants must provide documentary evidence of the following:
- Be at least 18 years of age at application
- Be a migrant and/or refugee
- Have completed year 12/equivalent or a Certificate II level or equivalent qualification.
- Have at least one year or equivalent of work experience in a client or customer facing role
The application process requires applicants to:
- Complete a detailed application form
- Write a personal statement explaining their interest in the course
- Provide an up to date resume
- Attend an entry interview and participate in a language, learning and numeracy assessment
- Demonstrated interest in a for a career in individual support (aging or disability)
- Suitability of prior study and work experience
- Suitability of their language, learning and numeracy levels (learning, reading. writing, oral communication and numeracy)
- Their professional presentation of their application (including their personal presentation at the entry interview.
* Students may be required to provide their own uniform and work shoes for work placement.
A withdrawal fee of $500 applies where a student withdraws unless compassionate and compelling circumstances apply. These could include, but are not limited to:
- serious illness or injury, where a medical certificate states that the student was unable to attend classes
- bereavement of close family members such as parents or grandparents (Where possible a death certificate should be provided)
- major political upheaval or natural disaster in the home country requiring emergency travel and this has impacted on the student’s studies
- a traumatic experience that has impacted on the student which could include involvement in, or witnessing of a serious accident or witnessing or being the victim of a serious crime. Such cases are required to be supported by police or psychologists’ reports