This is a Free TAFE for Priority Course. Find out about your eligibility

Advance your skills to work in the aged care sector

This qualification reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services; either in residential, home or community-based environments. Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs within defined organisation guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery.

The course curriculum covers a range of topics related to ageing support and care. These include:
• Person-Centered Care: Understanding the principles of person-centered care and its significance in providing tailored support to meet the unique needs and preferences of each elderly individual.
• Health and Wellbeing: Exploring the physical and mental health needs of the elderly, including strategies to promote healthy aging, manage chronic conditions, and address cognitive and sensory impairments.
• Communication: Developing effective communication skills to establish positive interactions with elderly clients, their families, and healthcare professionals. This includes active listening, empathy, and clear communication techniques.
• Support for Independent Living: Learning strategies to support elderly individuals in maintaining their independence and quality of life. This involves assisting with activities of daily living, mobility, and personal care.
• Legal and Ethical Considerations: Understanding the legal and ethical framework within which aged care operates, including confidentiality, privacy, and duty of care.
• Dementia Care: Gaining insights into dementia-related conditions, their impact on individuals, and approaches to provide person-centered care for those living with dementia.
• Cultural Competence: Recognizing and respecting the diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs of elderly clients and ensuring culturally sensitive care.
• Palliative Care: Acquiring knowledge about providing care to individuals in their final stages of life, including pain management, emotional support, and maintaining dignity.

The CHC43015 qualification is structured to include a combination of theoretical learning and practical experience through workplace-based training or simulated environments. Upon successful completion of the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, graduates will be equipped with the skills to work as aged care workers, personal care assistants, community care workers, and other roles that involve supporting the elderly population.

Tuesday (facilitated virtual classroom) 9:00 – 14:00
Wednesday (facilitated virtual classroom) 9:00 – 14:00 and
Thursday (on-campus practical labs) 9:00 – 14:00

A minimum of 120 hours work placement is required to complete this course which will be arranged by Chisholm Institute. Prior to placement, practical sessions will be conducted in our state-of-the-art allied health facility at Frankston and Berwick, with simulated hospital rehabilitation and community environments.

Free TAFE Pathways

In addition to being a Free TAFE course, this course is also part of the Free TAFE Pathways initiative.

Course code
Delivery location
Not available for International students
Full Time, 1 year.
Start dates
15 April

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.