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Certificate IV in Ageing Support

What is Certificate IV in Ageing Support?

Certificate IV in Ageing Support is best suited to experienced Aged Care workers looking to build on the skills acquired from the Certificate III course. The course provides the additional skills and knowledge you need to enter supervisory roles, and also to provide care to people with more complex requirements.

How much does it cost?

Most of our courses are funded courses through the Skilled Capital funding initiative of ACT Government. If you are eligible for Skilled Capital the cost is $300. If you are not eligible and you are a full fee paying student, then the cost is $6600.

What jobs can I get?

When you complete your Aged Care Certificate you can find work in many different places;

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Hostel supervisor
  • Assistant hostel supervisor
  • Personal care worker
  • Care supervisor
  • Program coordinator - social programs
  • Care team leader
  • Residential care worker
  • Day activity worker
  • Support worker

Don’t forget you will also receive the latest First Aid certificate. Many jobs require you to have this certificate so you don’t have to use it for Aged Care.

 

Do I need any previous training or experience?

Yes. You will need to have at least one year’s experience working in the Aged Care industry and also ideally you should hold the Certificate III qualification.

 

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

Every student must do a LLN check before we enrol you on the course. Certificate IV courses are designed to prepare you for a supervisory role in the industry. You must be able to read documents such as relevant national legislations and pass on that information to your staff. You will also most likely have to write formal reports for management and research difficult topics.

 

How is the training delivered?

This course is delivered online only. You will receive a login and password and access to our online E-learning platform. You will be assigned a highly experienced trainer who you can contact via email to help you with any questions you may have. You can also come into Quest any time to have a chat with our trainers in person.


Course Duration

How long it takes to complete all of the requirements to receive your certificate depends on many factors. On average, it takes about one year from enrolment to the final submission of your assessments. Some students with extensive previous work experience can complete in a minimum of 8 weeks, but this is very rare. Some students can take a maximum of 2 years to receive their certificate. It simply depends on your commitment and the time you have available to study.

All students can come into our classrooms at any time after their scheduled workshops for one on one tuition if they require extra support to complete the assessments.

What will I be learning?

To be successful in the course you must finish 15 subjects called Units of Competency (UOC). There are 15 core units and 3 elective units. Below are the 15 core units;

  • CHCADV001 - Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to identify their rights, voice their needs and concerns and realise their interests, rights and needs.
  • CHCAGE001 - Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to respond to the goals and aspirations of older people and provide support services in a manner that focuses on improving health outcomes and quality of life, using a person-centred approach.
  • CHCAGE003 - Coordinate services for older people
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge to provide services to an older person. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan.
  • CHCAGE004 - Implement interventions with older people at risk
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with older people and their carers to implement interventions in the context of an individualised plan to reduce risk.
  • CHCAGE005 - Provide support to people living with dementia
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred care and support to people living with dementia. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan.
  • CHCCCS006 - Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the development, implementation and review of individualised support.
  • CHCCCS011 - Meet personal support needs
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond to an individual’s physical personal support needs and to support activities of daily living.
  • CHCCCS023 - Support independence and well being
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide individualised services in ways that support independence, as well as, physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • CHCCCS025 - Support relationships with carers and families
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work positively with the carers and families of people using the service based on an understanding of their support needs.
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities.
  • CHCPAL001 - Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to care for people with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and/or normal ageing process within a palliative approach.
  • CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify networking and collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice.
  • HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body.
  • HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

 

The three elective units must be chosen from the following;

 

  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.
  • HLTHPS006 - Assist clients with medication
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication.
  • HLTHPS007 - Administer and monitor medications
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to administer medications to people and monitor them, as per the delegation from a relevant health professional, in accordance with legislation and the employing organisation’s medication and delegation policies and practice.
  • CHCCCS021 - Respond to suspected abuse
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify signs of possible abuse, take appropriate action according to role and responsibilities and minimise the risk of abuse to a person.
  • CHCDIS004 - Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate with people who have complex communication needs through effective use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies and systems.

 

Assessment

Every unit will require you to do some form of assessment. You do not get a grade like A+ or C- but you will be marked with either Competent or Not Yet Competent. You will get chances to repeat things if you get Not Yet Competent.

You may have to write answers to questions from the course books or you may have to take some tests. You will also have to actually demonstrate you can do certain things as well. For example you will have to correctly use a lifter and transfer a real person from a bed to a wheelchair in front of the trainer.

The study you will have to do is not very difficult BUT you must be able to do it well because after the course and the work placement you will be caring for people who will rely on you to keep them safe and healthy.

 

Workplace observation

Apart from theory questions you are to answer online, each student is required to complete workplace observations to ensure that you are able to do the practical components of the course. You will receive the observation booklet via email after commencement of the online training.