Certificate IV in Ageing Support

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36 weeks classroom learning, plus 8 weeks work placement and 8 weeks holiday, delivered over 52 weeks
CHC40213 - DC4403
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)

Working in Ageing Support

A worker in ageing support works with people from vastly different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. 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
  • setting up indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment
  • supporting residents and clients exercise their mental agility
  • preparing and managing medication intake


Qualification Details

  • National Code:CHC43015
  • Units: 18 units (15 core & 3 electives)
  • Location: Level 5, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
  • Delivery Mode: Classroom
  • Work placement: 120 hours
  • Duration: 36 classroom weeks, plus 8 weeks workplacement and additional holidays of up to 8 weeks
  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, roleplay, portfolio, workplace-based tasks and assessor observations
  • Prior experience: if you have previously worked in care services, home care or in a similar role, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning and if you hold a certificate III in Individual Support or similar you may be eligible or Credit Transfer
  • Enrolment Fee: This is a Fee for Service course


Career Opportunities

A nationally recognised qualification in Education Support is about gaining the skills and knowledge to work in education environments supporting teachers with young students requiring additional support. You could become…

  • Community Program Coordinator
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Support Worker (Community Services)
  • Care supervisor Accommodation Support Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Personal Care giver
  • Assistant Hostel Supervisor
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Day Activity Worker
  • Care Team Leader


Domestic Pricing

Government Funded* Traineeship^ Full Fee
N/A N/A $5,530

Enrolment fees include textbooks, resource and Students ID charges.  For more information click here. Fees may be subject to change before or during a student’s enrolment.  For any further course costs, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.



There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.


Entry Requirements

Education/Core Skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate IV 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 people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.

All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Prior Experience

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Please click here for more information on fees and terms and conditions.


Work Placement Support

MCIE Work-placement Officers will facilitate the work placement for students into an education environment.

It is a requirement that students obtain the following prior to commencing practical placement.

  • Working with Children Check (minimum level required ‘voluntary’ which is at no cost)


Industry Requirements

Students must have a Working with Children Check and in some workplaces may require a Police Check, to be accepted into work placement for this qualification.


Course Outline

Successful completion of this course requires students to complete 18 units of competency in total (15 core units plus 3 elective units). The course is delivered over 52 weeks – 36 weeks with 7.5 class hours per week plus 8 weeks of workplacement and 8 weeks of holidays.


Level 5, 250 Collins St Melbourne 3000   View map

A worker in ageing support works with people from vastly different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Mothers, fathers, grandparents and great grandparents who need support from others to live with care or in care facilities.

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