Please note: Students of this course are regularly required to attend classes at our Western Australia campus.

Course Description

Gain the skills to make a difference in the lives of older people by studying the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support with Open Colleges School of Health.

Whether you’re already working in aged care or looking to start a rewarding career in the sector, this nationally accredited qualification can give you the skills and career confidence to make a positive impact on the lives of your clients.

You’ll learn how to effectively liaise with other healthcare professionals and take your career to the next level by supervising fellow workers. Other skills covered in this Aged Care course include how to respond holistically to client issues, providing services to older people with complex needs and assisting with medication.

As well as studying online and on-campus with guidance from our experienced Trainers, you’ll also complete structured workplace learning (aka a work placement), to get the practical, hands-on experience that will ensure you’re job-ready.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model, which means you’ll gain your theoretical understanding by studying online, whenever you like, and develop your practical skills and complete your assessments in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs at our campus.
  • On-the-job experience through a 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

Gain the skills to make a difference in the lives of older people by studying the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support with Open Colleges School of Health.

Whether you’re already working in aged care or looking to start a rewarding career in the sector, this nationally accredited qualification can give you the skills and career confidence to make a positive impact on the lives of your clients.

You’ll learn how to effectively liaise with other healthcare professionals and take your career to the next level by supervising fellow workers. Other skills covered in this Aged Care course include how to respond holistically to client issues, providing services to older people with complex needs and assisting with medication.

As well as studying online and on-campus with guidance from our experienced Trainers, you’ll also complete structured workplace learning (aka a work placement), to get the practical, hands-on experience that will ensure you’re job-ready.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model, which means you’ll gain your theoretical understanding by studying online, whenever you like, and develop your practical skills and complete your assessments in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs at our campus.
  • On-the-job experience through a 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

Potential career outcomes

  • Aged Care Carer
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Care Service Employee
  • Care Team Leader
  • Carer
  • Client Care Advisor
  • Community Care Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker
Course number E1279
Qualification name CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
Course duration 29 weeks inclusive of 3 weeks work placement
Delivery Method The delivery mode of this course is blended. The schedule consists of 1 full day or 2 evenings of attendance per week for theory and practical sessions. You will be required to supplement face-to-face attendance through completion of self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. This will require, on average, a commitment of at least 20 hours per week study time to be completed by you in your own time.
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations, Projects, Written reports
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049)

Gain the skills to make a difference in the lives of older people by studying the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support with Open Colleges School of Health.

Whether you’re already working in aged care or looking to start a rewarding career in the sector, this nationally accredited qualification can give you the skills and career confidence to make a positive impact on the lives of your clients.

You’ll learn how to effectively liaise with other healthcare professionals and take your career to the next level by supervising fellow workers. Other skills covered in this Aged Care course include how to respond holistically to client issues, providing services to older people with complex needs and assisting with medication.

As well as studying online and on-campus with guidance from our experienced Trainers, you’ll also complete structured workplace learning (aka a work placement), to get the practical, hands-on experience that will ensure you’re job-ready.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model, which means you’ll gain your theoretical understanding by studying online, whenever you like, and develop your practical skills and complete your assessments in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs at our campus.
  • On-the-job experience through a 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

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 the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Meeting the needs of older people

  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Develop relationships with older people
  • Provide services to older people
  • Support the rights of older people
  • Promote health and re-ablement of older people
  • Determine personal support requirements
  • Maximise participation
  • Provide personal support
  • Complete reporting and documentation

Working with diversity and supporting independence

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Recognise and support individual differences
  • Promote independence
  • Support physical wellbeing
  • Support social, emotional and psychological wellbeing

Working safely

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Supporting people living with dementia

  • Prepare to provide support to those affected by dementia
  • Use appropriate communication strategies
  • Provide activities for maintenance of dignity, skills and health
  • Implement strategies which minimise the impact of behaviours of concern
  • Complete documentation
  • Implement self care strategies

Assisting clients with medication

  • Prepare to assist with medication
  • Prepare the client for assistance with administration of medication
  • Support clients with administration of medication
  • Handle medication contingencies
  • Complete medication distribution and documentation

*This elective unit requires you to be employed in the workplace and under the supervision of a current AHPRA Registration as a Registered Nurse / DIV1.

Facilitating responsible behaviour

  • Observe individuals
  • Manage conflict
  • Respond to behaviours of concern
  • Complete reporting requirements

Risk prevention and supporting older people legally and ethically

  • Assist with the preparation for a risk assessment
  • Contribute to the identification of risks
  • Implement risk minimisation strategies
  • Monitor risk minimisation strategies
  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities 
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures 
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Individualised plans, relationships and physical health

  • Establish and maintain relationships
  • Prepare for planning
  • Plan service delivery
  • Review service delivery implementation
  • Complete reporting requirements
  • Include carers and family members as part of the support team
  • Assess and respond to changes in the care relationship
  • Monitor and promote carer rights, health and well being
  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

Administering and monitoring medications

  • Identify situations that are a potential risk to the safe administration of medications
  • Prepare for medication administration
  • Identify and prepare the client for administration of medication
  • Administer medications within legal parameters
  • Monitor client response to administered medication
  • Handle medication contingencies
  • Complete medication distribution and administration

Providing loss and grief support

  • Recognise reactions to loss and grief
  • Engage empathically
  • Offer support and information
  • Care for self
  • Review support provided

Delivering care using a palliative approach

  • Apply principals and aims of a palliative approach when supporting individuals
  • Respect the person’s preferences for quality of life choices
  • Follow the person’s advance care directives in the care plan
  • Respond to signs of pain and other symptoms
  • Follow end-of-life care strategies
  • Manage own emotional responses and ethical issues

Coordinating, supporting and facilitating services and networks for older people

  • Coordinate the delivery of the individualised plan
  • Liaise and negotiate with appropriate personnel and service providers
  • Support family and carers
  • Coordinate feedback
  • Facilitate the realisation of client interests, rights and needs
  • Advocate in accordance with client preferences and requests to optimise client outcomes
  • Provide ongoing support to clients
  • Support clients making a complaint
  • Review progress
  • Identify networking and collaboration needs and opportunities
  • Develop collaboration strategies
  • Work collaboratively
  • Represent the organisation
  • Maintain and enhance networks and collaborative partnerships

Core Skills Test

The Core Skills Test is compulsory to complete prior to acceptance into our course. It is an online test that assesses your language, literacy and numeracy skills.

  • There is no cost for up to 2 attempts at the test
  • It takes approximately 45 mins to complete.

Call us on 1300 886 204 to find out more about the Core Skills Test.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  1. You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or visa with study rights, and
  2. You must reside in Western Australia; and
  3. You will also need to: 
    •   Have successfully completed Year 12 or its equivalent in Australia, or
    • Apply based on your work and/or life experience.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

This qualification is delivered and assessed by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049). 

The testamur will be issued by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health.

                

Indicative fees for the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support course are as follows:

  • Full course tuition fee - $5,895
  • Learners eligible for Future Skills WA funding - $2,695 (approximate)
  • Learners holding a concession card and eligible for Future Skills WA funding - Approximately $805 

The tuition fees above are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees. Residents of Western Australia may be eligible for Future Skills WA funding.  Conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Alternatively, you can apply for a flexible payment plan or pay your course fees in full upfront. 

Contact us on 1300 886 204 to find out more about the funding and subsidy options available or to assess your eligibility.

More information about Fees and Payments.