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Take the next step in your aged care career
Study a qualification that open doors to a range of job opportunities in the aged care industry, whilst giving back to the community.
This qualification builds on the skills and knowledge you would have gained in Certificate III in Individual Support or Certificate III in Aged Care. The units of study are more demanding and provide a deeper understanding of the issues concerning aged clients and service provision for this target group. Graduates will be able to enter the workforce as direct service providers in an agency that provides services to seniors.
Gain these skills:
- Plan, develop, implement and monitor programs and services for seniors
- Assess the needs of older people with complex circumstances
- Plan and conduct group and recreation programs for seniors
- Monitor services, implement and monitor health and safety policies and procedures and organise an effective work environment
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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 July 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.
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- Completion of CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing or Ageing, home & community) is a requirement for this course.
- Students under the age of 18 might not be able to meet the workplace assessment requirements of this qualification if a place cannot be found for work placement.
Attendance in class
You will need to attend class for two days a week for one semester when studied full-time.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, research and using Blackboard.
150 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course, which will be timetabled as 5 days per week for 4 weeks. The additional hours have been provided to ensure that students can undertake the range of learning and assessment opportunities required for successful completion of the course.
Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that in some cases it may not be currently possible to place students in a prospective employment opportunity. If that occurs, students will be able to complete training in a simulated workplace on campus.
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).
Clean clothing suitable for an office work place must be worn.
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. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.
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Study options and next steps
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