Pre-traineeship Pathways in Aged Care and Disability Support

Now's the time to consider a career in caring

Thinking about a career in aged care or disability support? How would you like to fast track your career through hands-on workplace experience, a nationally recognised qualification and access to great employment opportunities? You can... with a pre-traineeship. 

The aged care and disability support sectors offer fantastic employment opportunities and rewarding career options where you can really make a difference in people's lives. Whether you're starting new, rejoining the workforce or switching careers, a pre-traineeship will get you job-ready and feeling confident that you you've got the skills, knowledge and experience employers want.

Best of all, the Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care and the Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care pre-traineeships are both in the Lower fees, local skills program, so you pay only half the usual course fees! And if you're on a concession or aged 15-24, your course fees will be capped at $400 ($1,200 for non-concession students). There's never been a better time!

An aged care worker.
A person receiving disability support.
A person receiving disability support.
A person receiving disability support.
An aged care worker.
A person receiving disability support.
A person receiving disability support.

About the pre-traineeships

Pre-traineeships are courses designed to give you job ready skills and knowledge, and a 'taster' of working in a particular industry or job role  — in this case, as an aged care or disability support worker. They run for around three to four months, and involve formal study at a TAFE college or private training provider combined with a work placement where you'll gain hands-on skills and experience with clients in an actual workplace such as a residential aged care facility or group and/or community housing.   

The training component of your pre-traineeship is based on nationally accredited vocational education and training (VET) units of competency, and on successful completion you will receive a nationally recognised Certificate II qualification.

If you are offered a full traineeship or you decide to grow your skills and knowledge through a higher level qualification — eg the Certificate III in Individual Support for aged care or disability support  — after your pre-traineeship, you will receive credit for the units you have already completed which means you can get that higher level qualification more quickly.

Employment opportunities

One of the best things about these pre-traineeships is the work placement component, where you'll spend around 100 hours in an actual workplace  with some of WA's industry leaders in aged care and disability support.  You'll be supported and mentored by qualified staff, and experience the day to day duties of an aged care or disability support worker. This gives you a strong advantage when it comes to applying for jobs.

The employers who are supporting this program by providing work placement opportunities are actively looking for great people to join their team. During your work placement, you'll have the opportunity to show that you have not only the skills and knowledge, but also the positive  attitude and kind and caring personality that they're looking for. 

At the end of your pre-traineeship, you may be offered employment directly or you may be offered a traineeship for a Certificate III qualification, which is fully paid employment while you study. With jobs growth strong in both aged care and disability support, your pre-traineeship qualification can open up great opportunities!

Pre-traineeship course information

Use the course list below to find out more about these pre-traineeship qualifications, and which TAFE colleges and training providers are offering them. For information about  course options, select from the training providers listed. 

With 34 half price qualifications available through the new Lower fees, local skills program starting 1 January 2020, you can study, save, and succeed. Find out more about the Lower fees, local skills program and browse the full list of half-price qualifications.

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Amana Living Training Institute

Course information

National ID: 52841WA | State ID: AB64

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees.

Pathway to the fast-growing Aged Care sector

Are you looking for a pathway to further study or employment as an Aged Care Worker?

North Metropolitan TAFEis giving you the opportunity to complete a Certificate II Introduction to Aged Care (Aged Care Pre-Traineeship)whilst participating ina work placementwith one of our industry partnersBrightwater, Juniper and Southern Cross Care.

The program will give you an introduction to the job role, help you confirm if the career is right for you, and increase your chances of continuing onto further study or employment within the industry.

Aged Care Workers provide personal, physical and emotional support to older people who require assistance with daily living. When you provide support to older people you are able to make a tremendous difference to their quality of life and achieve real personal satisfaction through your work. Aged care work is rewarding in itself and provides the opportunity to meet a wide variety of older people.

Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes

  • A caring and supportive attitude
  • Patience, discretion and a high level of professionalism
  • Good communications skills
  • Commitment to the rights of elderly people

After you havesuccessfully completed this program you'll be eligible to studyCHC33015 AA66Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).

This course is only offered in Semester 1. To register your interestin theCertificate II in Introduction to Aged Care (Aged Care Pre-Traineeship), you need to complete the Course Enquiry form below or for moredetails contact:
E pachealth@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

Course information

National ID: 52841WA | State ID: AB64

Introduction to Aged Care

The Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care (Pre-Traineeship) will provide you with thebasic industry specific skills and knowledge for the aged care sector or a traineeship within the Community Services sector at the Certificate III level.

The program will give you a taster of working in the industry, help you confirm if the career is right for you, and increase your chances of continuing onto further study or employment within the industry. This is 3 month course run in Thornlie that includes 100 hours work placement at an Opal Aged Care facility.

Aged Care is a highly rewarding career helping Australia’s elderly people live fuller and more independent lives.

Pre-entry evaluation and an interview with our lecturers will take place prior to enrolment to ensure that youcansuccessfully undertake the qualification, including an assessment of your language literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills.

Use the course inquiry form below to apply/express your interest in this program.

Course information

National ID: 52841WA | State ID: AB64

The aim of the Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care is to provide learners with basic industry specific skills and knowledge to either enable transition into a traineeship with in the Community Services sector at the Certificate III level or provide them with basic industry specific skills and knowledge for working in the Aged Care sector. This course is intended to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform the following tasks associated with the Aged Care sector:

  • Provide support services to a client including following a individual plan and reporting and completing documentation
  • Provide support services to a client including responding to an individual’s physical personal support needs and to support activities of daily living.
  • Follow safe work practices
  • Develop an understanding of diverse groups and how to work and communicate with them
  • Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers
  • Follow infection prevention and control procedures
  • Recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks
  • Recognise and respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Half price fees apply!

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state governmentLower fees, local skillsinitiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession.Find out more.

Enrolment & enquiries

For more information about this course and to enrol contact: 1800 672 700 or complete the course enquiry form below.

To find out more about studying with us please also refer to our Course Guide andStudent Information Pack.

Course information

National ID: 52841WA

The Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care reflects the role of support workers who follow an individualised care plan to provide person centred care to clients in a residential facility.

Care worker’s duties include:

  • Carrying out activities to maintain an individual's well-being through personal care and/or general activities of daily living
  • Carry out tasks related to an individualised client care plan
  • Reporting directly to a supervisor

Mode of Delivery, Duration & Assessment

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 3 to 6 months for completion and can be completed at a pace that suits the individual student.

  • Pre-course reading and written assessment
  • Face to face clustered lecturer/trainer directed workshops
  • Workshop based practical skills and written assessments
  • Post course assignments
  • On the job training/assessments

The course is delivered part time at our dedicated training facility in Rivervale with a mandatory work placement of 100 hours facilitated at an Amana Living Residential Care location in the metro area.

Amana Living Training Institute has Government funded places for this qualification available under the Priority Industry Training funding.

TAFE Colleges (1)
North Regional TAFE

Course information

National ID: 52841WA | State ID: BEI60

Make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Certificate II Introduction to Aged Careprovides learners with basic industry specific skills and knowledge to either enable a transition into a traineeship within the Community Services sector at the Certificate III level or prepare them for workin the Aged Care sector.

ThisQualification will be delivered face to face, with a 100 hour work placement required to be undertaken in an aged care setting to allow for consolidation of knowledge and skills.

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative, allowing students to pay just half of the standard course fees for training in 2020-21. This course is offered at the below campuses, subject to minimum numbers being met. Other locations may be available by arrangement.

Campus information

Broome Campus
Derby Campus
Fitzroy Crossing Campus
Halls Creek Campus
Karratha Campus
Kununurra Campus
Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) Campus
Newman Campus
Tom Price Campus
Wyndham Campus
TAFE Colleges (3)
North Metropolitan TAFE
South Metropolitan TAFE
Central Regional TAFE
Private Training Providers (1)
Amana Living Training Institute

Course information

National ID: 52840WA | State ID: AB65

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees.

Pathway to the fast growing Disability sector

Are you looking for a pathway to further study or employment as a Disability Support Worker?

North Metropolitan TAFE is giving you the opportunity to complete thisCertificate II in Introduction to Disability Care (Disability Pre-traineeship)whilst participating ina work placementwith one of our industry partnersBrightwater, Identitywa,Nulsen Disability Servicesand Senses Australia.

The program will give you an introduction to the job role, help you confirm if the career is right for you, and increase your chances of continuing onto further study or paid employment within the industry.

Disability Support Workers provide care, emotional support, physical assistance and supervision for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Disability Support Workers tend to focus on tasks that alleviate physical discomfort and promote social connectedness, independence, emotional wellbeing and general health.

Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes

  • Patience, flexibility and understanding
  • A supportive and caring nature
  • Commitment to the rights of people with disabilities to live dignified lives
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team

After you havesuccessfully completed this program you'll be eligible to studyCHC33015 AA67Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).

This course is only offered in Semester 1. To register your interestin theCertificate II in Introduction toDisability Care (Disability Pre-traineeship) you need to complete the Course Enquiry form belowor for moredetails contact:

Epachealth@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

Course information

National ID: 52840WA | State ID: AB65

Introduction to Disability

The Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care (Pre-Traineeship) will provide you with the basic industry specific skills and knowledge for the disability sector or a traineeship within the Community Services sector at the Certificate III level.

This will provide you with a taster of the disability industry to see if the career is right for you, and increase your chances of continuing onto further study or paid employment within the industry.

Working in disability services offers challenges but the rewards are personally fulfilling. Your work can directly enhance lifestyle, promote independence and empowerment and encourage people with disabilities to participate in community activities.

Course information

National ID: 52840WA | State ID: AB65

The aim of the Certificate II in Disability Care is to provide learners with basic industry specific skills and knowledge to either enable transition into a traineeship within the Community Services sector at the Certificate III level or provide them with basic industry specific skills and knowledge for working in the Disability sector.

This course is intended to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform the

following tasks associated with the disability sector:

  • Provide support services to a client including following an individual plan and reporting
  • and completing documentation
  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability including fostering their rights and
  • facilitating choice
  • Follow safe work practices
  • Develop an understanding of diverse groups and how to work and communicate with
  • them
  • Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry
  • providers
  • Recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks
  • Recognise and respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Half price fees apply!

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state governmentLower fees, local skillsinitiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession.Find out more.

Course information

National ID: 52840WA

The Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care reflects the role of support workers who follow an individualised care plan to provide person centred care and social support to clients with a disability.

Care worker’s duties include:

  • Carrying out activities to maintain an individual's well-being through personal care and/or general activities of daily living
  • Carry out tasks related to an individualised client care plan
  • Support community participation and social inclusion
  • Reporting directly to a supervisor

Mode of Delivery, Duration & Assessment

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 3 – 6 months for completion and can be completed at a pace that suits the individual student.

  • Face to face clustered lecturer/trainer directed workshops
  • Workshop based practical skills and written assessments
  • Post course assignments
  • On the job training/assessments

The course is delivered part time at our dedicated training facility in Rivervale with a mandatory work placement of 100 hours facilitated at an Amana Living Residential Care location in the metro area.

Amana Living Training Institute has Government funded places for this qualification available under the Priority Industry Training funding.

TAFE Colleges (1)
North Regional TAFE

Course information

National ID: 52840WA | State ID: BEI59

Make a positive difference in the lives of others.

This qualification aims to provide learners with basic industry specific skills and knowledge that may enable them to transition into a traineeship within the Community Services sector at the Certificate III level or to go on to secure employment in the Disability sector.

ThisQualification will be delivered face to face, with a 100 hour work placement required to be undertaken in a disability care setting to allow for consolidation of knowledge and skills.

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative, allowing students to pay just half of the standard course fees for training in 2020-21. This course is offered at the below campuses, subject to minimum numbers being met. Other locations may be available by arrangement.

Campus information

Broome Campus
Derby Campus
Fitzroy Crossing Campus
Halls Creek Campus
Karratha Campus
Kununurra Campus
Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) Campus
Newman Campus
Tom Price Campus
Wyndham Campus
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What type of work could I do?

Aged care worker

Taking care of the elderly can be one of the most demanding and challenging jobs within the healthcare sector, but it also comes with many rewards and fantastic opportunities for a varied and successful career. As an aged care worker, you could be employed in residential care such as a nursing home or retirement village, care facilities such as respite accommodation or a hospital, or even providing in-home support services.

Aged care workers provide physical support to elderly people by assisting with daily activities and personal tasks, and emotional support through companionship and understanding. The range of work you can do often changes from day to day, but is always very person-centred.

When you first start in aged care, in an entry-level position, you would be following an individualised care plan for each client to ensure that they are getting the care and support that they need, and working under supervision. As your skills and knowledge grow, you will be able to step into job roles with more responsibility. You may also like to do further study in specialist fields such as dementia care or physical therapy, depending on what area of aged care interests you. 

View the occupational profile for an aged care worker

Working in aged care.
Working in aged care.
Working in aged care.
Working in aged care.
Working in aged care.

Disability support worker

Providing support and care to people with an intellectual or physical disability can  be extremely rewarding, and you can make a big difference to people's lives.  As a disability support worker, you could be employed in residential care such as group or community living, disability support facilities such as occupational rehabilitation, or providing in-home support services.

Disability support workers help people who have an intellectual or physical disability to be more independent and self-reliant, enabling them to participate in community and social activities and maintain a sense of well being. From personal care, assistance with day to day tasks  and therapy and learning activities, the range of work you can do is extensive and varied. 

When you first start in an entry-level disability support position, you would be working under supervision and following an individualised care plan for each client to ensure that they are getting the care and support that they need. As your skills and knowledge grow, you will be able to move into job roles with more responsibility. You may also like to do further study in specialist types of disability support, depending on what interests you. 

View the occupational profile for a disability support worker

Working in disability support.
Working in disability support.
Working in disability support.
Working in disability support.
Working in disability support.

Industry and jobs profile

Aged care and disability support work are both part of Australia's social assistance and allied health industry sector, which is within the broader industry area of healthcare — one of the largest and fastest growing workforces both nationally and locally here in Western Australia where it employs over 172,000 people. The Commonwealth Government's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which commenced in WA July 2018, is providing additional funding for support programs and services across the State for people with disability and this will contribute to the growing demand for skilled workers.

Aged care

Our national aged care sector provides services to 1.3 million Australians. Here in WA,  the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage forecasts that by 2031 the number of people in WA aged 65 years and above will increase by more than two-thirds to 586,700 individuals, and a significant number of those people will require some level of care.

Australia’s population over the age of 70 is projected to increase by 90.3% in the next 20 years, to just over 4.5 million. Demand for aged care services is growing across all areas, however home care and support is growing at a faster rate. WA is forecast to see the greatest increase in dementia prevalence nationwide — an increase of 278% — in the next 40 years.

An illustration showing the total number of employees in aged care at 366,027 with 64.4% in residential care and 35.6 in home-based care.

As the demand for aged care services increases, so does the demand for qualified, skilled and experienced aged care workers to provide these services. This is a strong jobs growth area that can offer you not only a job for today but a career for life. 


Source: BankWest Future of business: Focus on aged care (2018)

Disability support

About 4.5 million people in Australia are living with disability. To ensure we can meet the demand for services available through the NDIS, WA government agencies and service providers are working together on strategies to ensure we have skilled workers for residential, community and in-home support services.

The WA Disability Services Sector Industry Plan forecasts that the number of disability support jobs in WA will increase significantly, with particularly strong jobs growth in regional areas. National Disability Services (NDS) estimates the number of disability support jobs in WA will almost double over the next three years, rising from 10,507 in 2019 to 20,144 in 2022.

An illustration saying that 411,500 people (16.4%) people in WA are living with disability. Also that 59.8% of Australians with disability need assistance with daily life.

Disability support services will always be a high priority for Western Australia, to improve the quality of life for people with disability. Employment opportunities and career prospects have never been better, with work that makes a difference in people's lives. 


Source for graphic: ABS Disability, ageing and carers Australia report (2018)

Never too late for a new career

Maria  completed a traineeship in aged care,  and loved the combination of training and the real hands-on experience of working in an aged care facility for great on the job learning. She even learned how to use a computer, for the first time! Maria is now a qualified aged care worker and loves going to work every day.  She says "I thought traineeships were for people who left school or in their teens, but it doesn't matter what age you are — you can still learn new things and have new experiences".

The importance of a skilled workforce

Bernadette Williams is the Coordinator for Respite Services at Perth's Ability Centre, a not for profit service provider with a range of support services and programs for around 400 families and people of all ages. They also run a number of supported independent living centres.  In this video, Bernadette talks about why she loves working in disability support, and the importance of good training and a skilled workforce for the delivery of quality support services and programs for people with disability.

How we can help

If you're thinking about your first step towards working in aged care or disability support, your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help you with information about training and career choices. They can also talk to you about pre-traineeships, and help you decide whether this is the right option for your career plans. 

Services at all Jobs and Skills Centres are free, and available to everyone. The centres are located across metropolitan and regional Western Australia.