Certificate IV in Ageing Support

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.

Course 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 CHC52021 – 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.

    Quick Facts


    Certificate IV in Ageing Support

    CRICOS Course Code



    Adelaide, Melbourne,


    Full Time 6 months*
    (2 Terms x 10 Weeks)


    Classroom, Structured Study (Online) and Work Placement


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


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    *The course duration is shortened for students who have successfully completed the prerequisite: CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

    Coordinating and Managing Aged Care

    Work Placement

    Units of Competency within the Course

    Click here to download the Units of Competency for this course.

    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.

    Prerequisite for entry into this course is the completion of CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) completed at ALG or at minimum, the completion of 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
    • HLTAID011 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.

    International students must:

    A prospective student does not need to provide evidence of an English test score with their application if one of the following applies:

    • Prospective student is a citizen and holds a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
    • Prospective student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
    • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO.

    Please also 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.

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

    This course is timetabled for a maximum of 28 weeks, including 20 weeks of training and assessment spread over 2 terms of 10 weeks each and up to 8 weeks of holidays.

    This time includes both face-to-face and self-paced training and assessment.

    Students are required to attend 14 hours of classroom training per week and complete structured self-study of 6 hours per week. This is a mandatory component of a student’s study and student’s attendance, and participation will be monitored. 

    Homework is expected to be approximately 10 hours a week.

    Australian Learning Group students will be required to complete 120 hours of work placement. 

    Training and Assessment

    Students will be provided with learning and assessment materials to develop their knowledge and understanding. All students will be provided with a range of learning support options and resources to help them achieve competency.

    Australian Learning Group uses a range of techniques during face-to-face delivery including trainer presentations and demonstrations, individual tasks, case studies, research, role plays, practical demonstrations, and group work. Students will complete a portion of their learning in an online self-study learning mode.

    Because students learn best while applying their new skills in the workplace, the 120 hours of work placement provides students with the opportunity to further develop their skills. 

    Assessment Methods

    Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including projects incorporating role-plays, case studies, observations, and short answer questions. Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom-based assessment.

    Training Locations

    Your training will occur on campus and assessment will occur in both simulated and real-work environments. 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 that is close to your campus (subject to availability).

    Student Support

    The primary learning support comes from our Student Experience Team and from our Trainers and Assessors.

    Student Experience 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

    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.
    • 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.
    • Immunisation: Having a double COVID-19 and flu vaccination is a mandatory requirement at least 6 weeks prior to work placement.

    Click here to download the Timetable for this course.

    Last reviewed: 10 October 2023

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