Study Our Certificate IV in Ageing Support in Melbourne

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Get the skills you need to provide individualised care

If you want a rewarding career in the field of ageing support, this course is for you.

When you complete our Certificate IV in Ageing Support, you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification that is highly regarded by the industry.

Did you know that over 77,400 aged and disabled carers are needed to work in the industry by May 2022? That’s a 47.3% projected employment growth.

(Source: Department of Employment, 2017 Occupation Projections)

ITHEA is committed to address this skills shortage and to provide the highest quality Ageing Support Certificate IV Melbourne graduates to the industry.

Our Certificate IV in Ageing Support course leads to a range of employment options such as Aged Care Activity Worker, Care Service Team Leader, and Care Supervisor (Aged Care).

We strive to deliver the highest quality programs focussing on the development of students’ skills within a supportive, vibrant and exciting learning environment. ITHEA trainers are chosen for their knowledge, commitment and dedication to their students.

As a Certificate IV in Ageing Support personal care worker you will provide holistic care in the form of personal, physical, emotional and spiritual/cultural care to people who require assistance with daily living tasks. Daily living tasks can cover areas such as showering, dressing, and eating, assisting with outings and social activities. Recognizing and reporting observed signs that the client’s physical or psychological health is at risk.

Opportunities may arise for you to complete further training to assist clients with medication which will assist you to become a team leader in Melbourne residential aged care. This also entails liaising with clients families and health professionals. You may also perform minor wound care, daily observations, assisting with catheter care, stoma care. Opportunities to mentor new students and attend professional development opportunities.

The level of assistance provided will depend on the needs and preferences of the client as documented in their individual plan. All duties are carried out under supervision of the person in charge.

You will gain knowledge of emergency procedures, storage, disposal and handling of chemicals. And the reporting and documentation of all hazards, potential hazards or unsafe actions.

Learn how to document client notes and recording charts as required by organisational policies and procedures.

Understanding legislative requirements such as, mandatory reporting, accreditation standards, fire emergencies, code of conduct, duty of care, roles and responsibilities, breaches of duty of care.

Our classes are conducted during the day. Study at our Melbourne city campus, with views overlooking the city skyline.

There are 18 units of competency to complete, with electives chosen to improve your employability skills in the sector.

You will also need to complete at least 120 hours of practical placement during the course.

We have regular intakes so you can call the office on 03 9650 3900 to discuss the best option for you.

Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include Aged Care Activity Worker, Care Service Team Leader, Care Supervisor (Aged Care)

Job outlook: Please refer to the Australian Government Job Outlook site for job prospects for an Aged Or Disabled Carer. 140,400 persons were employed as Aged and Disabled Carers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be greater than 50,000.

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Aged and Disabled Carers visit Job Outlook

Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, activities, observation/demonstration, case study and projects.

Practical placement requirements: To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Students are required to undertake supervised practical placement in relevant aged care settings. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid National Police Check prior to attending placement.

Core Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCADV001Facilitate the interests and rights of clients100
CHCAGE001Facilitate the empowerment of older people50
CHCAGE003Coordinate services for older people80
CHCAGE004Implement interventions with older people at risk80
CHCAGE005Provide support to people living with dementia65
CHCCCS006Facilitate individual service planning and delivery120
CHCCCS011Meet personal support needs60
CHCCCS023Support independence and wellbeing80
CHCCCS025Support relationships with carers and families70
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance80
CHCPAL001Deliver care services using a palliative approach60
CHCPRP001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships80
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems70
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25

Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCAGE002Implement falls prevention strategies40
CHCCCS007Develop and implement service programs100
BSBMGT401Show leadership in the workplace50

This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900 .


1 year


Term 1 – Tue 29 Jan
Term 2 – Tue 23 Apr
Term 3 – Mon 15 Jul
Term 4 – Mon 7 Oct

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