About this course

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) is a nationally recognised vocational education and training course designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to work within the aged care industry in Australia. The course is structured to equip students with the necessary tools to effectively care for older adults and provide assistance in their daily living.

The course typically takes around 12-18 months to complete, depending on the mode of study, and is delivered through a combination of classroom, online learning and practical training. The following is a general outline of the topics and units covered in the Certificate IV in Ageing Support course:

1. Provide support to older people

– Understand the ageing process

– Support independence and wellbeing

– Recognise healthy body systems

– Support relationships with carers and families

– Provide first aid

2. Work within legal and ethical parameters

– Comply with legal and ethical responsibilities

– Respect the rights and needs of older people

– Maintain confidentiality

3. Provide individualised support

– Develop individualised plans

– Support people with dementia

– Support people with complex needs

4. Facilitate empowerment of older people

– Empower older people

– Promote choice and control

– Support informed decision-making

5. Co-ordinate services for older people

– Work with other service providers

– Co-ordinate services

– Provide information and advice

6. Work with cultural diversity

– Understand and respect diversity

– Work with culturally diverse clients

7. Work with a focus on safety

– Provide safe environments

– Identify and manage risks

In addition to these core units, the Certificate IV in Ageing Support course may also include elective units such as:

– Provide palliative care

– Deliver care services using a palliative approach

– Support older people to maintain their independence

– Provide support for people living with mental health issues

– Provide support for people living with disability

– Work with people with complex needs

Upon completion of the course, graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles within the aged care industry, including as an aged care worker, personal care assistant, community support worker or respite worker.