Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Location: Wollongong and Shoalhaven
8 months (2 session) 
UOW Course Code: CHC43015
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The Certificate IV in Ageing Support will provide you with skills to complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services; either in residential, home or community based environments. This qualification will enable you to work in residential facilities, carry out activities to maintain personal care for people in an aged care setting, demonstrate leadership and have limited responsibility for the organisation and the quantity and quality of outputs of others within limited parameters, take responsibility for your own outputs within defined organisational guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery. 

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:   

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Hostel supervisor
  • Assistant care supervisor
  • Personal care worker
  • Care supervisor
  • Program coordinator – social programs
  • Care team leader
  • Residential care worker
  • Day activity worker
  • Support worker

Entry Requirements

  • Available to Domestic students only.
  • No academic entry requirements.

Mandatory Documentation

The Healthcare industry requires that all students on work placement hold the following documentation.

  1. National Police Check

Students will not be permitted to attend work placement without a current police check.

Any costs associated in acquiring this documentation is in addition to course costs and at the students' own expense.

UOW College strongly recommends that students enrolling in this course consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment.

Course Delivery

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support is delivered face-to-face over 3 days per week for 2 academic sessions and includes self-paced activities and a minimum of 120 hours of work placement in an aged care facility.

Work Placement

Students are required to:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement throughout the duration of their course. During this time, students will be required to attend 5 days per week within an aged care facility, participating in a variety of shifts (including early mornings).
  • Attend work placement each session to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge within a workplace setting.
  • Organise their own transport to and from the placement facilities.
  • Organise leave with their employer (if applicable) to attend work placement.
  • Plan financially for their unpaid work placement period.

For VET courses with work placement components:
Please Note: Course fees do not include additional uniform requirements for work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs). Additional costs may also be incurred to attend excursions.

Course Requirements 

This qualification consists of 18 units of competency including 15 core and 3 elective units. They are as follows:

Code Subject Name
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCAGE003 Coordinate services of older people
CHCAGE004 Implement interventions with older people at risk
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCCS025 Support relationships and carers and families
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies
BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace
HLTHPS007 Administer and monitor medications

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.

Included Course Material

  • Learning resources/texts
  • Class power point presentations, notes and handouts
  • UOW College uniform - shirt and name badge


UOW College is committed to providing a quality learning environment through a range of programs designed to advance students’ learning. To achieve this, we maintain a learning culture based on quality and equity by providing high quality trainers/facilitators, staff, courses, services, facilities and resources. UOW College ensures its assessment policies, rules and procedures are fair for all students.

Assessment includes both formative and summative. A range of assessment methods are used to determine competence including:

  • Short answer/multiple choice questions
  • Assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Role play
  • Visual presentation
  • Simulations
  • Workbooks

Pathways From The Qualification 

Upon successful completion of the Certificate IV in Ageing Support, students may be eligible to apply for UOW undergraduate courses where applicable. See UOW Course Finder for information on eligible degrees. Students may also wish to use the Certificate IV in Ageing Support as a pathway to an eligible Diploma level program at UOW College.

Payment Options

  1. NSW Government Smart and Skilled funding available
  2. Upfront payment by course or session
  3. Pay by instalment plan for approved applicants.

Additional Costs Not Included in Course Fee

  • Travel and parking
  • Additional uniform requirements – long black pants and appropriate footwear (UOW College branded polo shirts and name badges are provided).
  • Application fee associated with national police check.


Last reviewed: 26 June, 2017