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Certificate IV in Ageing Support

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Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Ageing support is all about empowering mothers, fathers, grandparents and great-grandparents in our communities. With a fulfilling career in ageing support, you’ll work with ageing people from a range of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Job prospects

+ Home Care Assistant

+ Community Care Worker

+ Personal Care Attendant

+ Residential Care Worker

+ Care Team Leader or Supervisor.


+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: 120 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

Ageing support workers work with people from vastly different cultural and social backgrounds, including mothers, fathers, grandparents and great grandparents who need support from others to live with care or in care facilities.

Ageing Support workers:

  • support the elderly at home and in regulated care services

  • plan support activities to enhance socialisation, good mental health and physical condition of residents and clients

  • set up indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment

  • support residents and clients exercise their mental agility

  • prepare and manage medication intake.


Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete the course.

National code: CHC43015

Units: 15 core + 3 elective

Location: MCIE CBD Campus, Level 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Delivery modes: Blended class-based or traineeship

Duration: 52 weeks

Assessment: Written, simulated and workplace-based practical observations

Work placement: 120 hours

Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete this qualification.

Government Funded: $200*

Government concession: $40*

Traineeship: $250

Full Fee: $7,950

Textbook: $140* Eligibility criteria applies. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding. Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges. For information about additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook

A nationally recognised qualification in Ageing Support is about gaining the skills and knowledge to work in aged care environments supporting older people in services or in their own homes. You could become…

  • Community Program Coordinator

  • Residential Care Worker

  • Support Worker (Community Services)

  • Care supervisor Accommodation Support Worker

  • Personal Care Worker

  • Personal Caregiver

  • Assistant Hostel Supervisor

  • Personal Care Assistant

  • Residential Care Officer

  • Day Activity Worker

  • Care Team Leader

Education/Core Skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.

Age at Commencement

It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

Special Needs

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to the candidate being able to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustment where applicable.


All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at, or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Digital Technology

Students are required to have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal or the learning management system.

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

MCIE Work Placement Officers facilitate work placement for students to complete mandatory placement hours in an aged care environment.

Requirements vary between host employers, but to complete work placement in an aged care environment, you may be required to provide evidence of:

  • Working with Vulnerable People Check

  • National Police Check

  • Current First Aid Certificate

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check

  • Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test

Core Units

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing

CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families

CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery

CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCAGE004 Implement interventions with older people at risk

CHCAGE003 Coordinate services for older people

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Elective Units

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities

HLTHPS006 Assist with medication

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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The reviews

Great course to have a career in aged care

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 15, 2021

The trainers are really fantastic and know what they’re doing, I highly recommend MCIE!

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