Certificate IV in Ageing Support


Program Description

Course Description

This course reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services; either in residential, home or community-based environments. Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs within defined organisation guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery.

Workers may be required to demonstrate leadership and have limited responsibility for the organisation and the quantity and quality of outputs of others within limited parameters.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

The Industry

Jobs for personal care assistants are expected to be high over the next five years, with openings over the next 5 years expected to be greater than 50,000, according to the MySkills website. Australia’s growing and ageing population, combined with expanding private health insurance coverage, is expected to generate strong growth in the health sector, with demand being a major driver of growth.


  • If you want to work in community services and provide support to individuals and groups, this course is for you.
  • Study with us – you will notice the quality of our industry expertise by our clinical placements. You will be able to choose to be placed within our network of clinical facilities from 50 to 170 in-Residents.
  • In our largest clinical facility, you will be rotating with over 200 staff members, and learning from them how to better care for residents.

Why study this course

This is a great entry level Certificate that will equip you with specialist knowledge, and the opportunity to put your training into practice during Structured Workplace Learning for real workplace experience. The course has been designed to ensure that you are job-ready and confident at its completion.

Occupational Titles

  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Care Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Residential Support Worker

What you will learn

This course will train you for entry-level care work positions. During your studies you will learn:

  • About the human body and how to support its healthy functioning.
  • How to facilitate the empowerment of older people.
  • The skills to meet personal client support needs.
  • How to tailor support to meet the needs of individual clients.
  • How dementia can affect a person, as well as strategies for communicating with, supporting and monitoring a client with dementia.
  • How to support client independence and wellbeing.
  • The tools to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, their families and co-workers.
  • How to work effectively within the health and community care sector.

Course structure

There are 18 units to be completed in this qualification – 15 core and 3 elective units in accordance with the packaging rules.

Core Units

  • CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE003 Coordinate services for older people
  • CHCAGE004 Implement interventions with older people at risk
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units

  • CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
  • HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

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.
  • We have developed an RPL application kit for this course.
  • The Student Handbook provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course duration

The duration for the course is maximum 18 months. As a face-to-face 12 hours on campus and 8 hours Clinical Placement per week.

Clinical placement

What is Clinical Placement?

  • A Clinical Placement is the part of your course where you learn and are assessed in a place of work, related to your course which has been approved by International Nurse Training.
  • At your work placement, you’ll get practical, hands-on experience under the guidance of your supervisor. Your supervisor will be someone with involvement in the industry, who can mentor you during your placement.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned in 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 Clinical Placement?

We already have Memorandum of Understanding with several Care facilities and we will guarantee your Clinical placements with one of our partners. However, if you are already in the industry and choose your employer as your clinical placement we will also support your option.

What support will I get?

It’s our responsibility to find a suitable Host Organisation to carry out your Clinical Placement, there is a Work Placement Team available to give you a hand if you find that you are struggling with your current Host Organisation.

Clinical Placement hours

This course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement.

Host Organisation

You will need to undertake your Clinical Placement in an organisation involved in professional disability services, such as a group home, respite centre, community services or aged care facility. The host organisation will need to be able to provide you with access to specialist equipment and resources. Your workplace assessor will ascertain whether the workplace is appropriate for you and guide you through your educational journey.

International Students Entry Requirements

  • Year 12 (HSC); or equivalent qualification/s;
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 overall, no less than 5.0 in each band, or upper intermediate, or
  • EAP from approved ELICOS/ESL centre and
  • 18 years or above.

Specific additional course requirements

Successful completion of INT Nurse Training Clinical Placement Requirements, including National Police check and Relevant immunisation check.

Physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as providing direct personal care including showering, domestic assistance, transferring and assisting clients with mobility.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

INT Nurse Training Pty Ltd was built on the passion of its CEO and founder, Mrs Sarita Mudaliar (RN) and her desire to produce professional, highly skilled and quality trained nursing staff for the he ... Read More

INT Nurse Training Pty Ltd was built on the passion of its CEO and founder, Mrs Sarita Mudaliar (RN) and her desire to produce professional, highly skilled and quality trained nursing staff for the health and care sectors in our community. The desire extends to a vision for those graduates to become long-term, enduring professionals, with a career in nursing and a pathway to higher level study, including Nursing Registration. INT Nurse Training will strive to be recognised as a leader of quality education in the health and care sectors, who keep patient-centred care and the health of society at the forefront of its values. Read less