COVID-19 training for job opportunities

Western Australia is working together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and prepare for the recovery stage when the focus will be on rebuilding our WA businesses and workforce. 

As part of WA's COVID-19 response, new short courses based on specific skill sets are being developed. These courses target the skills and knowledge we need right now, and into the future, to fill employment opportunities in areas such as healthcare, aged care and disability support.

These new courses are subsidised so you pay only a minimum fee. The units are drawn from nationally accredited vocational education and training (VET) courses so your skills will be recognised anywhere in Australia and can count towards a full qualification should you want to continue your studies. 

Follow the links to find out more.

COVID-19 training for jobs

Available COVID-19 short courses

Select a course title from the list below, or use the filters to search for specific keywords or course details. Then select the course title to see a list of available training providers for each course to find out more. Please note: more courses will be added as soon as they become available.

Any enquiries regarding course delivery should be made directly to the training provider, or follow the links to their website where further information will be available. 

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Infection prevention and control skills

In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, there is an urgent demand for aged and disability workers trained in providing safe personal care and support. These skills have never been more important for those working or looking to work in the health and community services sectors.

The current situation may have you feeling like you need to refresh your skills so you can confidently protect yourself and your clients whilst providing support and care. This skill set will give you the training you need to update or develop your infection prevention and control skills.

Delivered through a mix of both online virtual classrooms and on-campus study, this course will give vital skills to existing health, aged and disability worker, along with those looking to start a career in these industries.

You will gain the skills you need to deliver care and support, utilise infection control measures and safe manual handling techniques.

You'll complete three nationally accredited units:
• HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures;
• HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely; and
• CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

If you are taking your first steps on the pathway to a career in a health care setting, completion of this skill set can also help you on your way to gaining a Certificate III in Individual Support.

For more information please contact Catherine.Catanach@nmtafe.wa.edu.au or 9427 3839

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Are you looking to take part in infectious disease training during the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

The online COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set is suitable for new and existing workers who need to upskill or undertake infectious disease training due to risks associated with their role.

This course may be suitable for:

  • Frontline workers
  • Teachers
  • Public transport employees
  • Aged care or disability care workers
  • Cleaners and more...

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Broome Campus
Derby Campus
Fitzroy Crossing Campus
Halls Creek Campus
Karratha Campus
Kununurra Campus
Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) Campus
Pundulmurra (South Hedland) Campus
Tom Price Campus
Wyndham Campus

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Your first step to an aged care career

Take advantage of skills shortages for new workers and for upskilling current workers in providing support for seniors and people with disabilities in an era of COVID-19.

To meet the State’s requirements associated with COVID-19 in the aged care and disability service sectors, as identified by employers and industry stakeholders, there is an urgent need to build skills in infection control.

Three units have been hand-picked from the pre-traineeship qualification to give fast opportunities for job-seekers and current workers to apply real-world skills:

HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual tasks safely
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

 

This course will be offered with a blended, flexible delivery model to enable social distancing measures to be undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach may include a mix of online and classroom based delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements. Lecturers will provide specific instructions to their student groups on how training will be undertaken.

 

Do you suit the industry?

Successful graduates in aged care are able to use communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and planning skills to care for the needs of others. Some physical ability will be required to use equipment, carry loads, work on your feet and deal with bodily fluids. Find out more in our Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) Informed Choices brochure.

Study that leads to strong employment opportunities

This course is designed to introduce new workers to the aged care industry. We highly recommend further study to take advantage of high growth skills demand at the Certificate III level and beyond. All Certificate II and Certificate III qualifications in this study pathway attract government subsidy for tuition fees due to the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative.

See our further study tab below to explore the study pathway courses and find out more about where this skill set could take you.

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As part of the response to COVID-19, The State Government has funded a new skill set to support workers in the aged care, disability and health service industries to gain vital infection control skills.

The new COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set will increase the number of skilled workers in the aged care and disability sectors and minimise the risk of exposure to an infectious disease.

As part of the course, students will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control - including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handling contaminated waste.

Certification

Participants complete three nationally accredited units:
• HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures;
• HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely; and
• CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

Completion of this course will count towards a Certificate III in Individual Support qualification, for students who want to continue their training in the future and receive the full qualification.

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Albany
Bunbury
Busselton
Esperance
Narrogin

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The COVID-19 Direct Care Skills Set will increase the number of skilled workers in the aged care and disability sectors able to care for people and minimise the risk of exposure to infectious disease. It will also provide skills for support workers such as cleaners and social support workers to operate safely.

In this course you will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handling contaminated waste.

Training will be delivered mostly online with face-to-face training where safe, and run for up to two weeks. Completion of the course will count towards a Certificate III in Individual Support for students who want to continue their training in the future and receive the full qualification. The course fees are over 99% subsidised by the WA Government, you will pay only $22 for this course.

Course information

National ID: - State ID: AB82

The COVID-19 Direct Care Skills Set will increase the number of skilled workers in the aged care and disability sectors able to care for people and minimise the risk of exposure to infectious disease. It will also provide skills for support workers such as cleaners and social support workers to operate safely.

In this course you will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handling contaminated waste.

Training will be delivered mostly online with face-to-face training where safe, and run for up to two weeks. Completion of the course will count towards a Certificate III in Individual Support for students who want to continue their training in the future and receive the full qualification. The course fees are over 99% subsidised by the WA Government, you will pay only $22 for this course.

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National ID: - State ID: AB82

With the sharp increase in demand for multi-skilled carers within the Community Services Sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic there is an urgent requirement to provide training to individuals to become job-ready to work as multi skilled carers. Amana Living Training Institute was one of the first Registered Training Providers to take up the offer from the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development to deliver the COVID-19 skill set.

We are a division of Amana Living Inc, one of WA’s largest Not for Profit Aged Care Service Providers with a vested interest. We have delivered quality accredited and non-accredited training to thousands of Western Australians over the past two decades. The COVID-19 Skill set comprises of the following three nationally accredited units:

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures;

HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely; and

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs.

The training will be delivered via a blended training model with students given the option to participate in face-to-face training via Zoom or attending training sessions at Amana Living Training venues in Rivervale. This will be followed by mandatory face-to-face practical and simulated training/assessments at our Training Centre at Rivervale.

The course will take five days which consists of 3 days for training and 2 days for assessments. This is an ideal introduction to the Community Services Industry and is heavily subsidised by The WA Government. On successful completion, participants will receive a Nationally Accredited Statement of Attainment which can be used as credit transfers towards a Certificate III in Individual Support.

For further information please contact us at training@amanaliving.com.au OR 1300 492 703.

Course information

National ID: - State ID: AB82

The COVID-19 Direct Care Skills Set will increase the number of skilled workers in the aged care and disability sectors able to care for people and minimise the risk of exposure to infectious disease. It will also provide skills for support workers such as cleaners and social support workers to operate safely.

In this course you will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handling contaminated waste.

Training will be delivered mostly online with face-to-face training where safe, and run for up to two weeks. Completion of the course will count towards a Certificate III in Individual Support for students who want to continue their training in the future and receive the full qualification. The course fees are over 99% subsidised by the WA Government, you will pay only $22 for this course.

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National ID: - State ID: AB82

This short course is a new option in employment pathways for existing workers and people seeking employment as an entry-level support worker in the Aged Care and Disability sectors. COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set will provide existing support workers an opportunity to upskill as well as provide jobseekers the skills needed to work in areas such as Aged Care, Disability and Patient Care Aides (PCA) support roles  under the direct supervision of health care professionals. You will learn about infection prevention and control, deliver support services and safe manual handling techniques.

Upon completion of the course, you can also pathway into further education and complete a full qualification in Certificate III in Individual Support Disability or Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). Two of the units of competency completed under COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set will provide a credit transfer into the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) only.

This course will be delivered face-to-face through a simulated environment with the option for online delivery where possible.

Course information

National ID: - State ID: AB82

The COVID-19 Direct Care Skills Set will increase the number of skilled workers in the aged care and disability sectors able to care for people and minimise the risk of exposure to infectious disease. It will also provide skills for support workers such as cleaners and social support workers to operate safely.

In this course you will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handling contaminated waste.

Training will be delivered mostly online with face-to-face training where safe, and run for up to two weeks. Completion of the course will count towards a Certificate III in Individual Support for students who want to continue their training in the future and receive the full qualification. The course fees are over 99% subsidised by the WA Government, you will pay only $22 for this course.

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National ID: - State ID: AB82

Training Unlimited’s customised COVID-19 program is designed to support frontline workers, or those wishing to start their career as an aged care support worker, to navigate the world of providing health care during a pandemic.

Over 5 days, students engage in interactive, industry realistic simulations as they learn to provide safe and individualised support to clients living in aged care.

Our Training Specialists are industry experts skilled in supporting students through their learning journey. With a focus on hands-on, relevant, interactive simulations, our students leave us capable, certified and job ready.

Training is delivered at TU Training Facility, Bibra Lake or on-premise in client facilities.

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COVID-19 Direct Care

WA's aged care and disability service providers have identified a high demand for training needed for up to 2,000 people to keep critical sectors operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Skilled workers will also be in high demand when we enter the recovery phase post-pandemic.

Aged care.
Infection control.
Disability support.

Job opportunities in aged care, disability support and healthcare

The new COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set offers people already working in the aged care and disability sectors an opportunity to upskill, and will also provide jobseekers with skills and knowledge that will enable them to take up employment opportunities in care roles. 

As part of the course, you will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control — including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) — and handling contaminated waste.

These skills are in high demand now as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to be critical when we enter the recovery phase post-pandemic. 

 

The skill set, consisting of three nationally accredited units of competency, was chosen in consultation with WA's VET sector, the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council and the State's leading service providers and employers.

What's in the course?

The focus for this course is protecting vulnerable people, and aged care and disability workers, from exposure to infectious disease. This is an essential skill set to help WA combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

It covers three nationally accredited units of competency that provide essential skills and knowledge for anyone working in a personal care setting.
 

  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures;
  • HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely; and
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs.

To find out more about what's in these units, search by the unit code on training.gov.au 

How is the course delivered?

Training will be delivered mostly online and, where safe, face-to-face training will occur in a simulated environment.

What jobs can I get from this course?

The skills and knowledge you'll gain from this course will help you get a job as a care worker or personal support worker in aged care or disability support, and potentially other areas of healthcare and other industries such as child care where infection control is a key skill set. 

Or if you are already working in the aged care or disability sector, or other areas of healthcare, this course can provide you with specialist infection control skills that may enable you to move into a different job role. 

What are the occupational profiles for this area of work?

Aged care workers

An aged care worker provides personal, physical and emotional support to older people who require assistance with daily living. They provide assistance with daily tasks such as showering, dressing, and eating, and often assist with outings and social activities. The level of assistance provided will depend on the ability and health of the client. Care may be provided either in a client’s home, or in a residential aged care setting.

Disability support worker

A disability support worker provides personal, physical and emotional support to people with a disability who require assistance with daily living. They provide assistance with showering, dressing and eating, and often facilitate or assist with outings and other social activities. Support may also include assistance with self-medication and arranging activities to enhance the client's physical, emotional and intellectual development.

This course would also assist you with job opportunities for a range of other occupations in the healthcare, allied health and social assistance sectors.

 

What are the fees?

This course is over 99% subsidised by the WA Government, through the Department of Training and Workforce Development. You will pay only $22 in total for the full course. 

Is there an exam at the end?

You will have an assessment as part of the course, where you will have an opportunity to demonstrate that you have gained the required skills and knowledge for each of the three units. This assessment may include some written work.

Will I receive a certificate?

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment that lists the units of competency that you have completed. 

Further study options

As the units in this course are from nationally accredited training packages, you can receive credit for them if you wish to go on to further study — for example; if you do the Certificate III in Individual Support qualification. The units in this course are also part of qualifications for other areas such as child care. 

You may like to take a look at the range of courses in the aged care, disability support and other healthcare areas that are available in the Lower fees, local skills program which has a range of qualifications with half-price course fees for 2020—21.

You can also use our course search to browse through the full list of qualifications that are subsidised through Jobs and Skills WA. 

What is a skill set?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) — the national regulator for vocational education and training — defines a skill set as follows.

A single unit of competency or a combination of units of competency from a training package which link to a licensing or regulatory requirement, or a defined industry need.

Skills checklist.

In VET, a qualification or course is made up of a number of units of competency, and each of those units has defined learning outcomes based on the skills and knowledge it covers. A skills set is constructed by choosing individual units of competency that targets a specific set of skills and knowledge, to meet the needs of industry or a particular job role.

Skill sets are also used to "upskill" workers — for example; if cleaning staff at a hospital needed to learn about infection control, or if office workers needed to learn some management skills — when a full qualification is not required.

Because skill sets are based on nationally accredited units of competency, when you successfully complete a skills set short course those units can count towards a full qualification if you decide to do further study. 

Further information and assistance

For further information about these new short course skill sets, please contact the training provider/s for each course as shown in the course list.

For free advice and support about your training and career options, please contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre.