Certificate IV in Ageing Support

National Course Code | CHC43015
CRICOS Course Code | 095783M

Course Overview

Ideally you will be working in aged care services so that you can build on the skills learnt in the Certificate III in Individual Support.

This qualification will allow you to advance in your career in aged care, by preparing you to support elderly clients in specialised tasks and functions but also in a variety of settings.

By completing this aged care course you will build a foundation for supervising other support workers, advocating for the elderly within a caring and legal and ethical framework.

Job Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified at a Certificate IV level are primarily employed as support workers and team leaders in Aged, Home or Community care centres.
  • A study pathway to the CHC52015 – Diploma of Community Services.
  • Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques.

Additional outcomes include the attainment of a First Aid Certificate.

    * Next intake Term 2 2022 (April)

    Quick Facts


    CHC43015 – Certificate IV in Ageing Support

    CRICOS Course Code



    Full Time 6 months
    (2 Terms x 10 Weeks)




    Aged Care Team Leader, Home Care Team Leader, Community Care Centre Team Leader


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    Coordinating and Managing Aged Care

    Work Placement

    Units of Competency within the Course

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    Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience

    The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work as a support worker in aged care, home and community care in a team leader capacity. The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.

    This course requires the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual
    Support (Ageing) completed at ALG or at minimum, the following units of competency:

    CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
    CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
    CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
    CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
    CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
    CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
    CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
    HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
    HLTAID003 Provide first aid

    Gap training is available to students who have undertaken the Certificate III in Individual Support at another RTO and have not completed the above units.

    Entrants must have:

    • Successfully completed the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test. Please note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG. For more details on how to complete the online test, please refer to 8. Appendix_Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements Factsheet.The purpose of the LLN online test is to ensure that you have the LLN skills needed to undertake your course. It will also show how we can assist you in any areas where you may need help while studying with us.
    • Sufficient level of English proficiency in order to interact with and document client interactions, interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information, please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.

    Academic Entry Requirements

    • Year 10 or equivalent and above.

    The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing personal care for adults, lifting and cleaning. Students need to be able to relate to older adults and their families, have a keen interest to assist these clients to live life to the fullest, always maintaining dignity and respect. Students must have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour.

    The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over.

    Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations

    This program is timetabled for 900 hours over a course duration of 39 weeks. This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 140 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 60 hours per term.

    The amount of training component is estimated at 83% of the students’ overall learning (750 hours) and the remaining 17% (150 hours) is attributed to assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional catch-up classes, study groups, and resits as published in the timetable.

    The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to the successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research, and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time. The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 900 hours (600 structured hours and 300 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

    Training and Assessment

    Your class room learning will take place in a dedicated simulation lab. This means your classroom will have similar equipment as a ‘simulated hospital ward’ including beds, hydraulic lifters, aged care manikins, shower chairs, commodes, wheelchairs, general purpose client care equipment.

    In your classes you can expect to be undertaking personal care, practicing infection control, and using a range of industry operating models such as creating individualised plans to simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace.

    In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit a written assessment kit online. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.

    A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

    Assessment Methods

    • Written Knowledge Assessments
    • Case Studies
    • Presentations
    • Role Play – Simulated Workplace Situation
    • Projects
    • Practical Demonstrations

    Work Placement

    A 150 hour work placement will be undertaken in your last term of study. In this work placement you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to have a successful supervisor report, work place visit from a trainer and assessor and also submit a competent work placement log book.

    For the purposes of work placement, students need to be aware that some centres may be open between 6:00am to 10.00pm, and students may be required to complete early or late shifts.

    Training Locations

    Your training will occur on campus and within the workplace. The work placement can be arranged by the College, or you may be able to nominate your own workplace (subject to approval). If the College is arranging your work placement, we will endeavour to find a workplace which is close to your campus (subject to availability).

    Campus Locations

    Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

    Student Support

    The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.

    Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

    • Support services
    • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
    • Legal services
    • Emergency and health services
    • Facilities and resources
    • Complaints and appeals processes
    • Deferments

    Additional sources of student services information available includes:

    • Student Services Booklet
    • ALG Student Handbook
    • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
    • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
      Student Requirements
      • All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.
      • All students will need to provide a clear and current national police check prior to the start of any work placement. Students need to apply at least 6 weeks prior to undertaking a work placement. The costs for a national police check is the responsibility of the student and not included in course fees.
      • Uniform: 4Life College provides learners on work placement with 2 polo shirts. Whilst on work placement students are required to provide at their cost, and wear, navy or black slacks/ trousers/skirt and enclosed flat soled shoes (not sports runners).
      • To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms  and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.

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