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Certificate IV in Ageing Support

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CRICOS Course Code: 090830E

VET National Code: CHC43015

Course Description

A Certificate IV in Ageing Support reflects the role of senior support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services, either in residential, home or community based environments. Workers will take on responsibility for their own work and may be required to demonstrate leadership within defined organisation guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery.

The course combines both theory and practical training, with the bulk of the learning and assessment in the workplace where learners will be practising acquired knowledge through delivery of skills in areas relating to personal care, assisting people to maintain independence in their home of choice and provide welfare and support services to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the community in an effective. Person-centred and consumer-directed care requires the support worker to have well developed communication skills to work with the client and the family.

Career outcomes:

  • Care supervisor
  • Personal care worker
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Community support worker

Course Admission Requirements:

Domestic Australian students:

  • Completion of Year 11 or equivalent
  • Study skills assessment for basic literacy and numeracy
  • Successful completion of the common units under Certificate III in Individual Support


Important Notice:

All International students must be over 18 years of age before they can commence their studies at APSI. All aged care students must be over 18 years of age and must be willing to apply for National Police Clearance before workplace training.

Admission requirements:

  • Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English. If student cannot provide a documented proof on their English language proficiency, they will be required to sit for a language, literacy and numeracy test (LLN) before a place can be offered.
  • International students are required to have a minimum of IELTS test results of 5.5 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5. Or achieve in equivalent in other forms of testing that satisfy the Institute’s requirement.
  • For Certificate level courses, student must have completed a minimum of Year 11 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above)

If an international student does not have any current IELTS score or any recognised English language result, they are required to take an English language test. The written component will be emailed to the education agent and the listening component can be taken online at the Test-My-English web site. Please email your written English language test and the test score from this online test.

Units of Competency:

This course consists of 18 units of competence with 15 core units and 3 elective units as listed below:

Unit Code
Unit Name
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 well being
 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
Elective Units
CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
CHCCSS017 Provide loss and grief support
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

 

Certificate IV in Ageing Support
Intake Dates

2017

17 July, 9 October

2018

5 February, 30 April, 16 July, 8 October

Mode of Delivery

The nominal hours for this qualification are 830 hours. In order to schedule the students to partake both face to face training and workplace training, the duration of this full time course will be delivered over a 26 week period (one semesters) with a combination of face-to-face classroom training and learning, case studies with simulated work environment for projects/portfolios and workplace training.

In addition to the face to face classroom teaching, students are required to complete a total of 160 hours of workplace training in 2 blocks with a total of 160 hours.

Career Outcome

Workers in this occupational group work primarily in client homes and other community settings within defined organisational guidelines and service plans.

These workers :

  • Carry out activities related to maintaining an individual well being through personal care and/or other activities of living.
  •  May provide services to individuals with complex needs, and/or work with groups of older people. Work may include training and support to promote independence and community participation, which may be provided as part of activities and programs in a variety of home and community care settings
  • Report to service managers and liaise with professionals and other service providers
  • May be required to supervise and/pr coordinate a limited number of other workers.

Workers at this level are required to have an understanding of Indigenous culture and history, clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to work with local communities in the provision of services.

Course Duration

International Students: 1 semesters (26 weeks) including semester/holiday break and 8 weeks or 160 hours of workplace training in aged care facilities or community care facilities

Domestic Students: 14 weeks followed by 160 hours of workplace training in aged care or community care facilities

Entry Requirements
  • Completion of Year 11 or above AND completion of Certificate III in Aged Care or Individual Support or equivalent
  • International students must demonstrate English Language Proficiency at upper immediate level or IELTS 5.5 (Academic)
  • Study skills assessment for basic Language, Literacy and Numeracy

To gain entry into CHC40212 Certificate IV in Home and Community Care a candidate must be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the following core units from CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care (or equivalent):

  • CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people
  • CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability
  • CHCICS304B Work effectively with carers
Timetable

This program is delivered in a classroom based environment and with industry placement / work experience in a home and community care workplace. The total class contact hours are 400 hours with a mix of face to face teaching, simulated learning, projects, portfolio and assessment activities. At the end of each block, participants are required to undertake workplace training and an assessor will conduct workplace assessments at the workplace. The total hour for workplace training is 400 hours.

Participants will be required to purchase resources as indicated in this learning and assessment strategy for both theory and practical components of the course.

Facilitators/trainers may provide additional learning materials where gaps exist in participants underpinning knowledge or in the training resources.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on the principles of competency based training. Performance of learners is assessed on their ability to perform the task(s) to industry standards. In order to ensure the principles of validity are upheld are variety of learning styles and a range of assessment strategies are used.

Assessment for each unit of competence will be through a combination of classroom based and work placement tasks. Classroom based assessment includes but is not limited to:

  • Classroom exercises
  • Assignments
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Group Activities
  • Projects
  • Verbal and/or written questions
  • Field visits

Workplace learning and assessment will be carried out in aged care facilities by workplace supervisor and assessed by APSI workplace assessor in accordance with log books.

Uniform

Australian Professional Skills Institute will provide a uniform to all Aged Care and Ageing Support students while they undertake workplace training.

All Aged Care and Home and Community Care students are required to wear non-slip covered flat shoes while undertaking practical training in a simulated environment and in the workplace.

Recognition of Prior Learning
APS Institute gives students credits or recognition for skills and knowledge they already possess. An RPL application form can be obtained from APS Institute.
Accreditation
This program is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) at Certificate IV level. As a registered training organisation, qualifications issued by APS Institute are nationally recognised.
Articulation
Upon completion of Certificate IV in Aged Care, students can continue to study Bachelor of  Science (Nursing) with Edith Cowan University. Credits may be granted by the University for students who have prior recognised qualification in Nursing. Please check with the Institute for further details.
Employment Skills

This qualification prepares a person to select, adapt and transfer skills to a new environment and to provide technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. This would be applied across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available.

(Source: AQF Implementation Handbook 2007)

Location of Delivery
Unit 12 and Unit 2, Wellington Fair, 40 Lord Street, East Perth, WA 6004, Australia
National Policy Clearance
A National Police Clearance is compulsory for all students who undertake industry placement or work experience. Students can apply for the clearance directly with any Australia Post Office. The cost is $55.00.

Disclaimer

The information contained on this website is current at the time of publishing. Australian Professional Skills Institute reserves the right to change the admission requirements, fees, location of delivery and units of competency whenever necessary. Please contact us for the most current information.