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!

Will You Learn in this Course?

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support course will teach you the core skills required 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 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 with legal and ethical requirements.

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

  • ✔ Accommodation Support Worker
  • ✔ Hotel Supervisor
  • ✔ Assistant Hotel Supervisor
  • ✔ Personal Care Worker
  • ✔ Care Supervisor
  • ✔ Program Coordinator – Social Programs
  • ✔ Care Team Leader
  • ✔ Residential Care Worker
  • ✔ Day Activity Worker
  • ✔ Support Worker

Course Units

The CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support consists of 18 units – 15 core units and 3 electives.

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 is the course delivered?

The course is offered through Mixed Mode Delivery, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. Your course materials are accessed online and you are free to work on the course requirements on your own time from anywhere in Australia, including major cities like 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 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.

How much time should I spend on my course?

This online ageing support course has an expected study time of up to 1228 hours, depending on your industry experience in the aged care industry. Upon enrolment, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation to determine your existing skill and knowledge level that is relevant to this qualification. Once the evaluation is completed, you will be given a training plan where you will be assigned one of the following cohorts:

  • Beginner – limited knowledge or skill and no recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1228 hours.
  • Intermediate – moderate prior knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 918 hours.
  • Advanced – extensive knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of one year or more. This includes candidates holding CHC40108 Certificate IV in Aged Care or CHC40212 Certificate IV in Home and Community Care.  Study hours is up to 678 hours.
  • Expert – consists of individuals with current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. This includes candidates holding CHC40108 Certificate IV in Aged Care or CHC40212 Certificate IV in Home and Community Care. Study hours is up to 521 hours.

How will I be assessed?

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support course will be assessed through Knowledge Assessment, Case Study (may include portfolio, work samples, reports, role plays), Practical Assessment, and Self-Reflection.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students:

  • ✔ Are 18 years or older
  • ✔ Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)

Students are also required to:

  • ✔ Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • ✔ Provide a valid ID with picture and signature
  • ✔ Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • ✔ Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

Students are provided with a Personal Learning Plan with Cohort explanation and learning pathway. This is uploaded in their student account prior to commencing.

Support & Resources

To support you in your studies, Reach Community College will provide:

  • ✔ Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • ✔ Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • ✔ Simulations, where applicable
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents

You will need to make sure you have access to:

  • ✔ Where possible, access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments under a supervisor^
  • ✔ A computer with Internet access through Google Chrome
  • ✔ MS Word, MS PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ✔ Video recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone) to record presentations or access to a supervisor to observe and provide feedback
  • ✔ At least five (5) people who have email accounts
  • ✔ At least three (3) volunteers for roleplay activities
  • ✔ Walking stick
  • ✔ Any type of passenger vehicle that a care client would use (e.g. minivan, sedan, etc.)
  • ✔ Household objects and materials to simulate hazards and implementation of risk minimization to these hazards

^Reach Community College will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments—for units applicable under simulated pathway only.

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

You can complement your CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support training with additional qualifications such as:

  • • CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
  • • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
  • • BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • • BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
  • • BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management

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

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support course required completion of specified competency standards and assessment requirements in a workplace between a minimum of 120 hours and up to 240 hours of vocational placement with an approved accredited service provider.

You will need to initiate contact with an approved accredited service provider to address the Vocational Placement Requirements.

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