Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015


Our nationally recognised CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support is an ideal qualification if you're looking for entry work in the booming aged care sector. You will unlock a variety of entry-level work situations in the community services industry, and gain the practical skills to carry out your role as a Care Worker with confidence.

Course Breakdown


CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 18 months

Recommended hours per week: 23h

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Delivery method: Online with Work Placement

Awarded by: Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)


Industry Overview

According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, the number of people working as Aged and Disabled Carers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years: from 175,800 in 2018 to 245,000 by 2023.

There are likely to be around 179,000 job openings in the Aged Care Sector over the next 5 years (that's about 35,800 a year).

What you will learn

  • You will be supported in your learning by expert trainers. A structured workplace learning component will give you the practical, hands-on experience and knowledge you need in this high demand sector.
  • If you have experience within the industry, the Certificate IV in Ageing Support is a great way to expand on your knowledge and skills. Or, if you have completed the Certificate III in Individual Support, you can continue your studies with the Certificate IV in Ageing Support. It will provide you with the relevant skills to give person-centered support in both the aged care and disability sector.
  • You will 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 course include how to respond holistically to client issues, and how to provide services to elderly people with complex needs.

Learning Material

The following resources are provided to you via OpenSpace:

  • Industry aligned content 
  • Practical activities aligned to workplace scenarios 
  • Instructional videos
  • Access to live webinars with your trainer
  • Case studies
  • Further readings
  • External links
  • Discussion forums

Your trainer

Michelle Hay Chapman
Michelle has over 16 years of experience of working within the healthcare industry working as an Enrolled Nurse and a personal care worker. She has worked with people that have a disability within different community programs and within aged care. Michelle’s specialised skills include infection control, dementia care, palliative care and person-centred care.

Academic Information

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.

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Recognise healthy body systems
  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • Develop relationships with older people
  • Provide services to older people
  • Support the rights of older people
  • Promote health and re-ablement of older people
Meet personal support needs
  • Determine personal support requirements
  • Maximise participation
  • Provide personal support
  • Complete reporting and documentation
Work with diverse people
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
Support independence and wellbeing
  • Recognise and support individual differences
  • Promote independence
  • Support physical wellbeing
  • Support social, emotional and psychological wellbeing
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is maximum 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.


Work Placement

A minimum of 120 hours of structured workplace learning hours are required to complete the course.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice.
  • You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate.
  • Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.

How do I find a work placement?

You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:

  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
  • If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement, including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or Open Colleges), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation, and uniforms are the responsibility of the student. These fees will vary and are dependent on your location within Australia.

  • Costs for statutory checks will range between $0 - $100 dependent on the type of check you select and your state.
  • Costs for vaccinations will very between practitioners, please refer to your GP for approximate costs.
  • Placement fees will vary, please discuss this with your intended host organisation for approximate costs.

Host organisation

You will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement in 2 blocks. This may be completed as a block or part-time depending on organisation requirements. 

Work placement block 1 can only be commenced after successful completion of Modules 1 – 4 inclusive. Work placement block 2 can only be commenced after successful completion of Modules 6 – 8 inclusive. You will not be able to achieve competencies until you have completed some of your work placement hours. 

A work placement is a highly stimulating and rewarding part of the course. It will enable you to participate in a real workplace and put into practice the new skills and knowledge that you are learning in the course.

The workplace will need to be able to provide you with access to specialist equipment and resources and different clients.

You will need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction.


Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation.

It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement.

Supervisor requirements

The workplace supervisor needs to be:

  • An individual currently employed in delivering aged care services (including home and community services) in a relevant workplace with a Certificate IV in Aged Care, or equivalent

For the units HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medications and HLTHPS007 Administer and monitor medications the supervisor needs to be:

An individual currently employed in delivering aged care services in a relevant workplace with a current AHPRA Registration as a Registered Nurse / DIV 1.This will be verified online by the OC Academic Support team during the Work Placement approval process.


Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$4,606.00 Save $1,974.00
was $6,580.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 12%
Pay in 66 instalments over the length of your course.
$83.78 Weekly
Total course cost: $5,730.00
was $6,580.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone