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Certificate IV in Ageing Support
Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

  • ID:APSI610011
  • Level:Certificate IV
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of Year 11 or above AND completion of Certificate III in Aged Care or Individual Support or equivalent

  • Study skills assessment for basic Language, Literacy and Numeracy

English Requirements

Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English before a place can be offered. If an international student does not have any current IELTS score or any recognised English language result, they are required to take an English language test administered by APSI*.

The minimum entry level of English proficiency for all APSI courses is the equivalent of Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band less than 5.0. English tests are only valid for 2 years.

The following English language tests are recognised and accepted by Australian Professional Skills Institute:

English Language Test Name and Scores, Entry level for APSI

  • IELTS (Academic) overall:  5.5,  with no individual band less than: 5.0

  • IELTS (General) overall: 6.0, with no individual band less than: 5.5

  • TOEFL paper based, 527

  • TOEFL internet based, 46

  • Cambridge English Advanced, 162

  • Pearson PTE Academic, 42

Other Requirements

  • For Certificate level courses, students must have completed a minimum of Year 10 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above) with relevant work experience.

  • All Certificate IV in Ageing Support students must be willing to apply, or already hold, a current National Police Clearance (not older than 3 months at time of enrolment). This is COMPULSORY for students/candidates to undertake workplace training. A National Police Clearance can be acquired from any Post Office for a small  fee.  Please allow 3 weeks for delivery. Students cannot attend work experience without this.

Course Information

A Certificate IV in Ageing Support reflects the role of senior support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services, either in residential, home or community based environments. Workers will take on responsibility for their own work and may be required to demonstrate leadership within defined organisation guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery.

The course combines both theory and practical training, with the bulk of the learning and assessment in the workplace where learners will be practising acquired knowledge through delivery of skills in areas relating to personal care, assisting people to maintain independence in their home of choice and provide welfare and support services to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the community in an effective manner. Person-centred and consumer-directed care requires the support worker to have well developed communication skills to work with the client and the family.

CRICOS Course Code: 090830E

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Units of Competency

This course consists of 18 units of competence with 15 core units and 3 elective units as listed below:

Unit Name

  • Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

  • Facilitate the empowerment of older people

  • Coordinate services for older people

  • Implement interventions with older people at risk

  • Provide support to people living with dementia

  • Facilitate individual service planning and delivery

  • Meet personal support needs

  • Support independence and well being

  • Support relationships with carers and families

  • Work with diverse people

  • Manage legal and ethical compliance

  • Deliver care services using a palliative approach

  • Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

  • Recognise healthy body systems

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units,  

  • Implement falls prevention strategies

  • Provide loss and grief support

  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses


Upon completion of Diploma of Community Services, students can continue to study Bachelor of  Science (Nursing) with Edith Cowan University. Credits may be granted by the University for students who have prior recognised qualification in Nursing. Please check with the Institute for further details.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Care supervisor

  • Personal care worker

  • Accommodation support worker

  • Community support worker

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530$ per year

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