You will need to have completed the equivalent of Australian Year 10. 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.
English language requirements
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):
IELTSOverall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.
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 160 hours of Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) in an appropriate workplace, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will need to secure your own Work Placement; however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.
Additionally, in some cases, Open Colleges has established Assessment Centres and Work Placement Centres. An Assessment Centre is a facility where students can undertake both their practical training and workplace assessments. A Workplace Assessor will be present at the Assessment Centre to conduct the workplace assessment. A Work Placement Centre is a facility that has been assessed by Open Colleges as having the necessary facilities, supervision, clients, equipment and resources required to undertake SWL. Please note that fees apply.
Open Colleges also has a student placement agreement with Department of Health, WA whereby students can approach New South Wales or Western Australia Health Services to undertake their Structured Workplace Learning.
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 click here 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.
You will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement involve providing direct personal assistance such as assisting with client movement or first aid.
First Aid Certificate: You will need to provide a certified and current Senior First Aid Certificate, Workplace Level 2 or Level 2 qualification from a Registered Training Organisation to demonstrate competency for HLTFA311A Apply first aid, at your own cost.