Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) is the natural progression from the Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015 or Personal Care Attendant (PCA) certificate.

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support qualification is for people already employed in the residential aged care industry or a home and community care role, and would like to further their knowledge and skills and improve the delivery of care they provide. They may also be working towards becoming a team leader or supervisor.

 Our Certificate IV in Ageing Support is designed to provide you with the basic knowledge to undertake work in a team environment and help you develop your leadership skills. It will also give you the knowledge and confidence to supervise, lead others, and liaise professionally with other service providers.

Why Study at Skills Training Australia?:


  • We offer some of the best placement partnerships in Victoria

We have connections to some of the best aged care facilities in the country. When it comes time to undertake placement, if you can’t access it through your current employer, we will assist you in finding placement that’s the right fit for you. We strive to supply placement for our students within the metropolitan area.


  • Our campus locations make studying near home easier

We have a long established campus in Knox and a new campus in the heart of Melbourne CBD, a short walk from Southern Cross Station and Flagstaff Station. Our Certificate IV Ageing support course is also delivered as a workplace based program allowing even more flexibility to your study options.


  • Our fees are highly competitive for comparable quality courses 

For Certificate IV in Ageing Support we offer fee-for-service places and Victorian Government subsidied places through the Skills First Program for eligible Victorian students (places are limited). Please speak to one of our Business Development Team Members for more information.


  • Regular course Intakes are available throughout the year

We offer regular course intakes throughout the year. All of our training courses are delivered during school terms to accommodate all lifestyles.


  • Our staff are passionate about aged care

All of our trainers are currently working in the aged care industry. This ensures that we are always up to date with current practice and procedure. You will be safe knowing that you are receiving the best and most relevant education possible in the health care field.


  • Our modern campuses are designed around our students

We focus on your success while you study with us, providing comfortable, uncrowded training spaces, and dedicated assistance during your course.


Whilst there are no prior learning or employment prerequisites to gain entry into the Certificate IV Ageing Support, Certificate III Individual Support (or equivalent) is recommended.

Pre-Training Review

Skills Training Australia will conduct a review of your current competencies, including literacy and numeracy skills, in order to ensure this is the most appropriate qualification to achieve your intended outcomes.

Is this course right for you?

We'd encourage you have an understanding of the aged care or home and community care  sector. You'll need to have a passion for the industry, be naturally compassionate, empathetic, and hardworking, the desire to progress your career and understand the requirements of a carer operating at Certificate IV level.

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support qualification addresses work in residential facilities or home and community care setting. Once you have your qualification you may also be able to:

• Train and support staff to promote independence and community participation
• Supervise and/or coordinate a limited number of other workers
• Report to managers and liaise with professionals and other service providers

There are many positive aspects to this role, and it also offers some challenging aspects. Knowing both will help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right career path for you.

Police Check and Working with Children Checks

In most cases, it will be a requirement of your placement provider that you undertake a Police Check and a Working with Children Check. Both checks generally need to be clear to allow you to go on placement. Where a student has been identified as having a disclosable outcome, it is up to the student to contact the Training Manager should they wish to disclose the outcome and discuss.

Placement is a mandatory requirement of all of our courses failure to undertake placement will result in not passing the course. Obtaining these checks, and any cost associated with applying for them, is your responsibility. They need to be current and must be obtained prior to your first day of placement - they will need to be sighted by your placement supervisor and/or the manager you are reporting to.

Course Structure

To obtain the qualification in Certificate IV in Ageing Support, students must complete 18 units plus 120hours of practical placement / or workplace signoff.

Delivery Models

Skills Training offers the following learning model for the Certificate IV in Ageing Support:

Classroom Program - this model is delivered within a classroom setting, incorporating skills assessments within our Practical Lab rooms. This program will be delivered 1 day per week for 4 terms including 120 hours of practical placement.

On-the-job training / Traineeships - Our on-the-job program is designed to work with aged Care and home and community care employers. With the course delivered in a supported working environment, a training plan will be created, in conjunction with you and your employer, highlighting the course schedule and requirements. You MUST be already employed in the industry and meet traineeship requirements to be eligible for this model.

Delivery Locations

The qualification can be delivered at a Skills Training Australia campus or at your place of employment.

Work Placement

A minimum of 120 hours of work placement is required for the Certificate IV in Ageing Support. Placement needs to be undertaken in an organisation that provides the appropriate learning opportunities and student support,and must be signed off by a workplace supervisor/mentor. Placement is traditionally unpaid.

Are you currently working in aged care? Then work placement can be negotiated as part of your normal working duties. This must be approved by your employer and will be monitored by your Skills Training Australia Trainer and Assessor.

Career Options

Once you have completed your Certificate IV in Ageing Support, you can apply for a range of different positions including the ones below:

Accommodation Support Worker
Assistant Hostel Supervisor
Care supervisor
Care Team Leader
Community Program Coordinator
Day Activity Worker
Personal care assistant
Personal care giver
Personal care worker
Residential care officer
Residential Care Worker
Support Worker (Community Services)

Educational Pathways

On successful completion of the Certificate IV in Ageing Support, participants are able to apply with Skills Training Australia for courses in:

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support is made up of 18 Units:

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach

CHCAGE004 Implement interventions with older people at risk

HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication

CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families

CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery

CHCAGE003 Coordinate services for older people

CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Tuition Information

All of our quoted costs for the Certificate IV in Ageing Support include materials, resources and enrolment costs. The only additional cost will be for your Police Check and Working with Children Check, which you will need to apply for separately prior to going on placement.

We currently hold a contract with the Victorian State Government to offer subsidised training places to eligible individuals under the Skills First Program; numbers are limited.

You will either be assessed as a Government Subsidised Student or a Full Fee Paying Student.

"The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment"

Skills First Program

*$800.00 is the funded tuition fee. The hourly tuition fee calculates to $0.67 per hour.

For students eligible for the concession fee, *$160.00 is the funded tuition concession fee. The hourly tuition fee calculates to $0.13 per hour.

Full Fee Enrolment

$3700.00 - This cost is the full fee for the course.

Approximate Skills First Program Contribution

If you are eligible for the Skills First Program, the approximate value of the contribution from the Victorian Government towards the qualification you are considering is $10,098.00

*Skills Training Australia may use both State and Federal funding, eligibility criteria does apply

Equal Opportunity

Skills Training Australia is fully committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to providing training opportunities for all people. We actively encourage potential students from disadvantaged groups to apply for training opportunities with us. We would especially encourage people with an Aboriginal background, students who do not have English as their primary language, mature aged students, and students with disabilities or impairments to apply.

For more information about our fees please see our Fees and Funding page.

Please call 1300 656 699 for future course dates.

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