Certificate IV in Ageing Support


Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged care services; either in residential, home or community based environments. Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs within defined organization guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery.

Career Outcomes

Those who complete the course could be expected to work as a:

  • Assistant Community Services Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker

Career Pathway

Successful completion of this course allows for advanced standing in the Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015).

Course Duration

Students will have to complete this course in 26 weeks if they have successfully completed the Certificate III in Ageing Support (CHC33015) which is compulsory entry requirement for this course.

Course Overview

  • Students must be over 18 years of age
  • Have completed a satisfactory police check.
  • Students must have an English proficiency of IELTS level 5.5 with no score below 5.0 or its equivalent
  • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)

Furthermore, all applicants must demonstrate an interest in, knowledge of, and suitability for work in the aged care industry. They must demonstrate the level of maturity required to be responsible for the care and support of older people. This will be assessed during an interview conducted prior to enrolment. International students will be required to attend a Skype interview as part of the course selection process.

Placement Study

  • This course is delivered in our purpose-built classrooms and nursing laboratories at Level 5 20-22 Macquarie Street Parramatta NSW 2150.
    • Classroom with data projection and a whiteboard
    • Clinical laboratory with beds, mannequins, technical equipment and consumables
    • Private study space
    • Campus with wi-fi capability All practical placement is conducted in approved placement facilities.

Course Structure

To obtain this qualification, students must complete all the units in the Certificate III in Individual Support plus.

Code Title
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
Practical Assessment One day per week placement – 8 hours
CHCAGE003 Coordinate services for older people
CHCAGE004 Implement interventions with older people at risk
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
AGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
Practical Assessment One day per week placement -8 hours
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
Practical Assessment One day per week – 8 hours per week

Course delivery arrangements

For full time local and international students, training will be delivered 3 days per week. Two days of class hours will be 6 hours per day and one day of placement for 8 hours per day for a period of 26 weeks. Training has been arranged in clusters to allow for units with common themes to be delivered together and avoid unnecessary repetition.

Each cluster has a minimum of between 7-12 hours of self-study time. This is to allow time for students to complete learning tasks that may not have been completed in class or to undertake research for assessments tasks. Students are not required to attend Thursday and Friday during training weeks. This time could also be used for gaining paid work. Students on study visas must not work more than 20 hours per week.

During training sessions student will also have access to the clinical laboratory to learn and practice skills such as performing activities of daily living tasks for their clients, using equipment such as the lifting hoist, practicing safe manual handling and infection control techniques etc. before the placement begins.


  • Assessment will occur through a combination of written assignments, and practical application projects. Although students will undertake formative assessment during class using workbooks for individual units, final assessments will be clustered. Each cluster will include tasks that need to be undertaken during placement so students can show how the skills and knowledge they have developed in class are applied. Each cluster may require a small amount of self-study and research in order to complete assessment tasks; however it is anticipated most work will be completed in class. 


Students are selected for enrolment by first assessing whether the student meets the published entry requirements of the course and then considering AAON’s capacity and enrolment numbers. Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis – meaning that where a course is full, students whose applications were received first will be offered enrolment first. If a course is full, students will be offered a place in the same course for the next available start date.

Course Credit

Students may be eligible for course credit as a result of previous study, prior experience or recognition of a competency currently held. The granting of course credit means that students do not have to complete part of the course because of existing experience and/or qualifications or statements of attainment. Course credit can be provided through national recognition, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. These terms are explained in detail in our Student Handbook. Students must apply for Course Credit prior to the end of the second week of the first term but are encouraged to apply at the time of course application. For further information about course credit and how to apply, contact our office.

To apply

To apply for enrolment in this course, students must:

  • Complete the course application form.
  • Certified police check

The application form can be found at www.aaon.edu.au and can be submitted to our office.

Course fees

The total fees for this course are $7,000.00 plus $500.00 application fee and course materials. This includes all tuition fees, materials and administration costs as detailed below.0


Payment will be due as follows: 

  • First payment – application fee of $500 and $3,500 for tuition fees and materials. This payment is due 7 days after the written agreement and letter of offer.
  • Second payment $3,500.00 for tuition fees and materials payable during Week 10.


Payment will be due as follows: 

  • First payment – application fee of $500 and $7,000 for tuition fees and materials. This payment is due 7 days after the written agreement and letter of offer.

Other fees

RPL $200 per unit
Reissuing of testamurs and statements of results $50
Replacement textbooks

This cost will only apply if you damage or lose the texts provided as part of the course, and require additional copies.

At cost
Access to records  – per page of printing if required 20c a page

Enrolment and Orientation

Upon acceptance of a student’s application for enrolment, a letter of offer, as well as a written agreement and tax invoice for remaining fees, will be forwarded to students. 

The first 2 (two) days of each course will include orientation and induction. Orientation will include information about the campus, accessing our support services and methods for achieving success throughout your study, including attendance and course progress requirements.  

This course outline should be read in conjunction with AAON’s Student Handbook. This is found online at www.aaon.edu.au