nationalreco This qualification 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.

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.

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

Qualification Pathways

After successfully completing the Certificate IV in Ageing Support, students may apply for the:

  • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.
  • CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Services.
  • Courses listed are not necessarily offered by ACFE. Please check ACFE the website for current course offerings.

Course mode and duration

  • The program will be delivered 68 weeks (inclusive of term breaks and holidays). Training will be delivered 2.5 days per week for 20 hours per week for a period of 48 weeks plus 120 hours of practical placement over 5 weeks and an additional week to complete any outstanding tasks at the end of the placement.
  • Class sessions will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Student will have access to College facilities when they are not attending placement (on either Thursdays or Friday) to conduct self-study or research and or complete assessment tasks. Trainers provide assistance to students with additional learning and support needs throughout their training with ACFE.
  • Each unit has 5 hours of self-study time per week. This is to allow time for students to undertake research for assessments tasks. Students are not required to attend Thursday and Friday during training weeks. This time could also be used for gaining paid work. International students on study visas must not work more than 20 hours per week.
  • During training sessions student will also have access to the clinical laboratory to learn and practice skills such as performing activities of daily living tasks for their clients, using equipment such as the lifting hoist, practicing safe manual handling and infection control techniques etc. before placement begins.
  • Students will have week 50 as final week following placement to complete all required assessment tasks. During this time student will be required to attend 3 scheduled classes. An Educator will facilitate these classes and provide support as required.

Entry Requirement

  • Student must be 18 years of age or over
  • Students are required to demonstrate academic competence by sitting the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test. The CSPA is an Australian government-endorsed test and will be conducted with honesty and integrity by ACFE employees and/or RTO delegates. The applicant’s CSPA test outcome needs to demonstrate performance in reading and numeracy equivalent to exit level 2 on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF); and
  • A Police check is required for placement.
  • Satisfactorily complete a pre-training review interview to determine academic suitability for the chosen course.
  • For international students, ACFE also accepts proof of a level of English proficiency of IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent.
  • International students will be required to attend a Skype interview as parts of the course selection process. Upon arrival they will also are required to sit the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test

Course Fees

Those who complete the course could be expected to work in roles such as

  • International Students: $9550 (includes application fee)
  • Application Fee: $250 (non-refundable)

Learning and Assessment Strategy

A range of following assessment methods will be used to assess the students:

  • Written and oral questions
  • Practical demonstration
  • Project Portfolio
  • Third Party
  • RPL

Employment Pathway

Employment outcomes resulting from the completion of this course may include the following roles: Further study options can open pathways to progress towards a career in nursing, Program Coordinator, & Aged Care Management positions.