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Caring in the home and community
Support people that need it the most in a career as an aged care assistant. This course specialises in providing in demand home and community support services and also supports relationships with, a wide range of people, including carers and families.
Gain these skills:
- Work effectively in the aged care industry
- Caring for the elderly and enabling them to maintain independence
- Understanding and supporting people with dementia
- Safety procedures and ethical behaviour
- Infection control practices
- Working with cultural diversity
- Workplace health and safety
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Is this the right course for you?
Have you got what it takes to be successful in this career? Our Core Skills guide lists the skills and attributes necessary to study and work in this field.
This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.
|School Leaver||Non-School Leaver||AQF|
|OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8||C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent||Certificate I or Certificate II|
Student must be over 18 years of age as the industry generally does not provide work placements for students under 18, making younger people unable to complete the qualification.
Attendance in class
You will need to attend class for one semester when studied full-time.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately five hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
120 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course in stage two, this will be arranged by SM TAFE. Students who are under 18 years old are reminded that it will be difficult to secure work placement as a minor, making them unable to complete the qualification.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen and exercise book).
You will need to wear closed in shoes. PPE is provided.
All students enrolled in Individual Support are encouraged to obtain First Aid training (HLTAID003 is preferred). It is your responsibility to organise and pay for the training.
You may be required to obtain a Working With Children Check and National Police Clearance prior to a supervised work placement. This will depend on the organisation you arrange your work placement with.
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. You will need to arrange a suitable work placement within industry which will involve your attendance at a workplace.
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Study options and next steps
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