Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Course Code: CHC43015

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The Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) enables you to empower and encourage seniors and older individuals in the community, to live more productive and satisfying lives associated with positive ageing.  The valuable skills and knowledge you will obtain from this course, will enhance your career in caring for clients in their own homes or in aged care facilities.

Turn your passion for caring into a full career with one of the most sought after qualifications in the growing health services industry!

Certificate IV in Ageing Support – What Will You Learn?

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support course will teach you the core skills required to prepare you for a fulfilling career in the aged care industry. You will learn how to provide person-centred support to the elderly, people with dementia, and people with disabilities. Among the skills you will learn are how to maintain the well-being of clients through personal care and how to provide them the services that meet their specific needs.

This ageing support course will also teach you more advanced skills in the aged care industry, like how to the coordinate services for different groups of older people and facilitate the planning and delivery of services for your clients. You will also learn how to implement client interventions and manage compliance for legal and ethical requirements.

This Ageing Support qualification will give you the skills you need to pursue roles like:

  • ✔ Care Team Leader in Aged Care
  • ✔ Senior Community Care Worker
  • ✔ Assistant Aged Care Coordinator
  • ✔ Assistant Aged Care Team Leader
  • ✔ Service Coordinator
  • ✔ Transport Coordinator
  • ✔ In-home Respite Care
  • ✔ Personal Care Worker
  • ✔ Community Support Worker
  • ✔ Disability Participant Worker

Certificate IV in Ageing Support Course Units

The CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support consists of 18 units – 15 core units and 3 electives, including the required electives to specialise in elderly or senior care.

CHC43015 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
CHCCCS023 – Support independence and wellbeing
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

CHC43015 Elective Units

CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid*

* NOTE: The HLTAID003 Provide First Aid unit is NOT delivered by Reach Community College, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

Course Delivery

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have up to 12 months from your start date to complete your Certificate IV in Ageing Support qualification. This course also has a flexible start date which means you can start training at any time throughout the year. You can also study at your own pace, so you can choose to complete your training in less than 12 months!

How is the course delivered?

The course is offered through Self-Paced Online Learning, enabling students to complete their Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) at their own pace with full trainer support to help you all throughout your study. Your course materials are accessed online and you are free to work on the course requirements on your own time from anywhere in Australia. This aged care online course is available Australia-wide including remote areas and major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth.

The online learning of CHC43015 course runs all throughout the year. This allows you to enrol and start your course straight away or on your preferred commencement date.

How much time should I spend on my course?

This online ageing support course has an expected study time of up to 607 hours (including Vocational Placement), depending on your industry experience in the aged care industry.

How will I be assessed?

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support is assessed through a combination of credit transfer, written questions, projects, case studies, and skills journal. These will give you maximum opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in aged care.

Entry Requirements

While there are no prerequisite entry requirements to enrol in the Certificate IV in Ageing Support, it is preferred that students:

  • ✔ Are 18 years or older
  • ✔ Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • ✔ Have basic computer skills
  • ✔ Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Support & Resources

As part of your course, you’ll enjoy access to a range of excellent resources and support services, including:

  • ✔ Student portal – access to:
    • ✔ Learner Guides and Assessment Workbooks
    • ✔ Online Quizzes
    • ✔ Multimedia Resources such as Webinars (Live and Pre Recorded)
    • ✔ Q&A Webinar Open Forums
    • ✔ Tutorial documents for navigating the Learning Management System (LMS)
    • ✔ Templates, charts and diagrams
    • ✔ Information about Accreditation Standards
    • ✔ Vocational Placement Pack
  • ✔ Simulated Learning Environments with Workplace Documentation for Case Studies
  • ✔ Training products, such as training packages and accredited course documentation

Reach Community College is responsible for issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

During your studies, you will also need access to:

  • ✔ A computer with Internet access with a reliable speed of at least 5mbps, installed with Latest versions of MS Word and Powerpoint, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • ✔ At least three (3) people to volunteer in assessment activities and role play activities
  • ✔ At least two (2) people to participate as clients/supervisor in simulated assessment activites
  • ✔ One (1) volunteer passenger vehicle
  • ✔ A registered Aged Care Facility to complete vocational placement
  • ✔ A workplace to complete assessments under a supervisor^

^Reach Community College will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments where necessary.

Vocational Placement

Students are required to complete Vocational Placement as part of this course to help you develop your skills and knowledge in caring for elderly individuals.

To gain your qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered and approved aged care facility and undertake a minimum of 120 hours and a maximum of 240 placement hours. This allows you to gain practical industry and workplace experience where you will be taught how to apply the lessons you learned during your training. For more information about ageing support vocational placements, please visit the FAQ page.

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check, Blue Card or Working With Children Check, and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Study Pathways

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support enables you to pursue job roles in aged, community, and residential facilities. Once enrolled, you may also consider additional training to complement your aged care skills, with courses such as:

  • CHC52015 — Diploma of Community Services
    For students also interested in community services implementing community development strategies and case management.
  • CHC42015 — Certificate IV in Community Services
    Students interested in community service can gain this specialisation by completing only three (3) additional core units.
  • CHC43115 — Certificate IV in Disability
    For students who are interested in providing support to disabled individuals.

Recognition of Prior Learning/Current Competence (RPL/RCC)

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification.


Student Handbook

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.