Certificate IV in Ageing Support

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Become an aged care professional — FREE IN '23!

Through this qualification, you'll learn the practical skills and knowledge to plan, develop, implement and monitor programs and services for seniors.

You'll gain the skills to assess the needs of older people with complex circumstances including those with dementia, and plan and conduct group and recreation programs for seniors. 

With this qualification, you'll be able to pursue a career in a range of aged care settings including in-home care, residential aged care, and community-based care. 

Free in 2023
Apprenticeship or Traineeship
Existing worker traineeship
Industry: Education and Community Services
National course code: CHC43015 | WA State ID: AWM9

This course will be FEE-FREE in 2023! No course fees apply, from 1 January 2023.

Some eligibility criteria apply, please read the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information

Choose a WA TAFE college that delivers this course

To find out more about doing this course at a WA TAFE college, select one of the TAFEs listed below to read their course descriptions. You'll also be able to see at which TAFE campus/es the course is delivered.

If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.

If you're passionate about improving your service delivery to your Aged Care clients, you've come to the right place.

When you complete the Certificate IV in Ageing Support you will be ready to work in the Aged Care workplace in a more informed and confident manner and provide excellent care for your clients. This qualification will provide with you with an excellent understanding of consumer directed care and will allow you to provide better services to your clients and the organisations you work for. You will gain advanced skills in client care and planning, navigating legal and ethical considerations in an Aged Care workplace and an increased knowledge of falls prevention and other complex health issues.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you’re based in Kalgoorlie or Northam and are interested in this course, this qualification may be offered by Recognition of Prior Learning. For more info about RPL, click here.

Half price fees apply!

Pursue a rewarding career in a growing industry. 

Aged care is among the fastest growing industries in today’s workforce and with an ageing population, this field will continue to expand in the coming years. 

This qualification supports you to pursue a career in the aged care industry, where you will facilitate the empowerment, interests and rights of aged care clients. You will learn how to develop, facilitate and review individualised service planning and delivery within a residential, home and/or community-based environment.

Throughout this course, you will learn how to provide a range of specialised care to clients, including palliative, dementia and supporting older people at risk. You will learn how to support relationships with family and carers, manage legal and ethical compliance, undertake safe work practices and maintain collaborative networks and partnerships. 

Please be aware that COVID-19 vaccination is an employment requirement for many healthcare providers. NRTAFE students undertaking work placements or who are required to attend a healthcare or community setting as part of their studies are advised to check directly with the healthcare provider regarding their policy settings around vaccination and proof of vaccination requirements.

Do you have a caring nature and want to build your career in an area that makes an important daily difference? 

Combine your talents with your values and get qualified to work in the aged care industry; you'll make a lasting impact on the lives of seniors by providing personal, physical and emotional support to our elderly generation and assisting with their daily living tasks.

Jobs and Skills WA reports that Australia has one of the leading aged care systems in the world, and aged care as well as disability support are the second highest employing occupations.

This course will equip you with in-demand skills to boost your employability in a growing sector where there is a strong need for qualified aged care workers. Build on your current knowledge and take the next step to gain a specialised skill set for provision of aged care, whilst building a deeper understanding of how to empower senior clients as well as the issues concerning older people. 

Learn how to assess the needs of seniors with complex circumstances and provide support to people with dementia, be trained in a palliative approach to care and develop skills in implementing programs for seniors to enrich their lives.

This course requires you to undertake a work placement of approximately 150 hours where you’ll be able to gain practical, real-world experience for workforce readiness and apply the skills and knowledge you have learned.

Want to find out more about this industry?

Our Community Services at SM TAFE Facebook page has more information for students about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise in the industry.

When you complete this course, you will be ready for a career in the role of a support worker. You will have the skills and knowledge to complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services; either in residential, home or community based environments.

Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs within defined organisation guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery. Workers may be required to demonstrate leadership and have limited responsibility for the organisation and the quantity and quality of outputs of others within limited parameters.

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.



Choose a private training provider that delivers this course

This course is also available from registered training organisations (accredited private training providers) that are funded through Jobs and Skills WA. Select from the list below, and follow the link to the provider’s website for further information.

This traineeship allows trainees to progress their career working in Aged Care. Conducted predominantly on the job, our trainers will provide one on one support to achieve competency. Supported by our online learning environment, trainees will have access to recorded lecture content, learning resources, videos and case studies. All trainees have access to a Student Support Officer in addition to their trainer to assist them through their learning journey. Call us on 9273 3033 to discuss how we can create a traineeship to suit your trainee and workplace.


Delivery location


The Certificate IV in Ageing Support qualification reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in the aged services in either residential facilities or home-based care. The delivery of this qualification is a blended delivery mode of regular attendance to face-to-face workshops and self-study. The total duration for this qualification may be between 6 to 12 months and can be completed at a pace that suits the individual student. There is no cost for this course. This course is funded by the FREE IN ’23 government initiative available from 1 January 2023.
Additional fees may apply such as Student service and Resource fees.

Delivery location


If you are passionate about providing quality care to our ageing population and want to make a difference, this is the perfect opportunity for you to advance your career. This course is designed for students who hold a Certificate III qualification, or who have at least a few years' continual experience working as a personal care / support worker in a residential, aged care facilities or clients' homes. As a support worker in the industry, you will learn to undertake specialised tasks and functions in residential, home or community based ageing services environments. This course provides the next level up from basic support level work within the aged care industry. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to work autonomously and have limited responsibility for supervising others. Contact Australian Professional Skills Institute by email to info@apsi.edu.au or telephone (08) 63654386

Delivery location


The Certificate IV in Ageing Support enhances the role of support workers who may have a more specialised function or job description within a residential facility or home based care environment. These job duties may include Providing services to those with complex needs Supervising others Organising activities related to an individual’s needs Providing reports to Management Those undertaking the qualification will show how they can manage their output, maintain quality of service and care, and assist management in the running of their organisation. This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. This qualification is delivered in a Virtual classroom environment for existing workers or under a traineeship. Our campus locations are Morley, Joondalup & Rockingham. Call us today on 1300 046 744 to find out more

Delivery locations


Enhance your knowledge and skills required to further a career in Aged Service, either in residential, home or community-based environments. Assist the elderly by facilitating individualised plans to support their needs and gain the experience to provide services to older people with complex needs. This course is only available as a Traineeship, delivered over a period of ‘Up to 24 Months’.   For further information including eligibility requirements, please contact us at 6371 9999 or visit our website.

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

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.