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, Australia's leading online education provider, has partnered with ICM Training Pty Ltd (National Provider Number 90197) to promote and provide access to the CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care, which is delivered through online education supported by work placement activity.
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
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Qualification Level
- Certificate III
- Delivery mode
- Online with Work Placement
- Nationally recognised
- Activities, Case Studies, Interviews, Logbook, Quizzes, Short-Answer Questions, Simulated Skill Development Activities, Workplace Portfolio
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
- Associated With
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 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 to Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (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.
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
Caroline RobertsCaroline is a Person-Centred Counsellor specialising in grief and loss. Caroline has been working in residential aged care, in the area of leisure and health, and in community services as an Allied Health Assistant, as a Person-Centred Counsellor who additionally, works facilitating discussion Groups, and therapeutic art and music groups, as well as having her own practice. Caroline has Bachelor of Applied Social Science Counselling, Interactive Drawing Therapist, Certificate 1V 40110 TAE Training & Assessment and currently studying an Associate Degree in Dementia Care.
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.
Joanna Neophyton has worked as a Registered Nurse for almost 25 years and has taught nursing to students at several universities and colleges in New South Wales. After completing her Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Joanna began teaching health and community services at the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE. She has also spent time working as a Community Nurse, and has a passion for aged care and community services.
Kathy Gregan has been a health educator for more than 25 years, working in various learning environments both on campus and in distance education. Kathy has significant experience with working and teaching in both clinical and community healthcare settings, and has experience in multidisciplinary approaches and teams. Kathy has been with Open Colleges since 2006 as a senior trainer for aged care, disability, home and community care and allied health.
- Aged Care in Australia: a guide for aged care workers textbook provided in Study Period 1
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