Employment in residential care services has grown by 42.7% over the last 10 years*.
With around a quarter of a million workers, this sector is still needing professional people to provide the personal, physical and emotional support required for Australia's rapidly ageing population. The government has prospected potential skills shortages in this sector.
The nationally recognised CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care is the first step in gaining the skills to operate effectively as a care worker or nursing assistant in a residential aged care facility, or as a community care worker. You can access this course by direct entry but it would also be suitable for you if you have some experience and need to formalise your qualifications.
“ What I love about aged care is meeting the residents and learning their history and what they’ve contributed.”
Read about our students studying aged care online here
Offered in partnership with ICM Training, this course includes a practical work placement to give you experience in an operating aged care facility. This learning component will give you the practical, hands-on experience that you need to become fully job-ready and be able to step directly into a role.
You will also receive a selection of learning materials, including access to a simulated aged care facility, and you can connect with other like-minded people and form lasting friendships and networks via the OpenSpace learning portal.
Partnership with ICM Training
Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (provider no: 90197). Nationally Recognised Certification for the CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care is issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.
Potential jobs could include:
- aged care worker
- assistant in nursing
- personal care assistant
- community support worker
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* Source DEEWR, Profile of the Aged Care Workforce, page 4/5
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- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Qualification Level
- Certificate III
- Study mode
- Delivery method
- Online with Work Placement in Australia
- Nationally recognised in Australia
- National Code
- Activities, Case Studies, Interviews, Logbook, Quizzes, Short-Answer Questions, Simulated Skill Development Activities, Workplace Portfolio
- Continuous Mode Awarded By
- Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)
- Associated With
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
Study Period 1: Introduction to Aged Care
Module 1: Working with older people
- CHCAC317A Support older people to maintain their independence
- CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people
Module 2: Industry knowledge
- CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector
- CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
Study Period 2: Health and Safety
Module 3: Workplace health and safety
- CHCWHS312A Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
- HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
Module 4: Healthy bodies
- HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a healthcare context
- CHCICS303A Support individual health and emotional wellbeing
Study Period 3: Individual Client Support
Module 5: Planning and conducting personal care
- CHCICS301B Provide support to meet personal care needs
- CHCICS302B Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
Module 6: Dementia
- CHCAC319A Provide support to people living with dementia
Module 7: Palliative care
- CHCPA301B Deliver care services using a palliative approach
Study Period 4: Electives
Module 8: Elective units
Choose two electives:
CHCICS304B Work effectively with carers
CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
- Study Period 1: Introduction to Aged Care
You will need to have completed Australian year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
- 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your Enrolment Form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
Entry to this course requires English proficiency equivalent to an Australian Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
ResultIELTSOverall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
- Broadband Internet Connection
- 2GB of Ram
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader X or equivalent
Specific requirements for Windows users:
- Microsoft Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or Higher
Specific requirements for Mac OS users:
- Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v 10.6 or higher is recommended
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
You will also need access to a printer and scanner.
You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
As part of this course you are required to undertake 120 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in a registered aged care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.
There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.
Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.
To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on the top right of this page.
Students will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role involves providing direct personal care such as showering and toileting elderly adults.
Successful completion of the CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care meets the prerequisite entry requirements for the Certificate IV in Aged Care CHC40108
Annie has been an aged care and home and community care educator working in the VET Sector for the past 15 years. Annie has qualifications in training and assessment and aged care with experience working in many aged care facilities. One of Annie’s greatest passions is to ensure students succeed with their learning and developing through the various courses they undertake. Annie is a volunteer in a local nursing home near her residence and attends on a regular basis to ensure her skills remain current. Her love for assisting the elderly is paramount and very rewarding for her.
Cynthea Smith is a registered nurse who has worked in a variety of specialty areas such as oncology, haematology, palliative care and aged care. She has worked in aged care facilities, caring for high-level care clients and clients with dementia, but has also worked in the community with clients living in their own homes. Cynthea has taught students at TAFE and university, and is passionate about educating students and staff.
Diane has enrolled nursing and leisure and health qualifications and has worked in a large number of hospitals and aged care facilities, specialising in dementia care. After completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diane began teaching community services qualifications for several training service providers. She has a passion for aged care and has personally provided care to a terminally ill client in her own home along with accommodating her young family.
Emily has a Masters degree in Nursing and worked in several hospitals as a registered nurse before moving into the aged care and community sector to care for people with high care needs. After attaining a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Emily took on the role of clinical nurse educator, delivering training programs and in-service education to staff.
Jody has worked in a variety of settings in aged care over the past three decades, her passion is supporting "the people that care". Her rationale behind her focus on education is to give back to the specialty and to support those with a thirst for knowledge that care for this population. Jody joined the team at Open Colleges in 2014 and has been inspired by the enthusiasm displayed by the students.
Liesa Higgins has a Bachelor of Nursing and has worked in the aged care and dementia specialities in a number of hospitals. She then moved into the community sector with a particular focus on short term case management for people with dementia and complex care needs. After completing her Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Liesa began teaching both Certificate III and IV in Aged Care and Home and Community Care. Liesa has a passion for aged care and the ageing population living in the community.
Mohammed has a Bachelor of English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Masters of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and is currently undertaking a PhD in Education - TESOL at the University of Newcastle. He has worked in the community sector in teaching and helping migrants, asylum seekers and refuges to settle in NSW and introduce them to the new lifestyle in Australia. Mohammad’s commitment to education and human development go hand in hand with his passion to help students from different cultural backgrounds with their studies and help guide them towards success.
Patricia is a registered nurse with post graduate qualifications in gerontology and has extensive experience across a variety of specialised roles. She has had a long career in aged care, working in both residential and community based teams. Patricia has a Masters in Health Science Education with a long history of involvement in nursing and aged care education and has a particular interest and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of elderly people.
Wesley is a senior occupational therapist by profession and previously worked in aged care and vocational rehabilitation. He has extensive VET and tertiary qualifications and is a member of several organisations, including The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
- Aged Care in Australia: a guide for aged care workers textbook provided in Study Period 1
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