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Course Description

The CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support is Australia’s latest Cert IV Aged Care course. It is designed for those who seeking work, or that want to gain advanced skills to use in aged care facilities and health and community organisations that provide care and services to seniors and the elderly.

Studying Inspire Education’s (RTO# 32067) Cert 4 Aged care Course online will give you additional skills in aged care that you may need to widen your job options, and apply for jobs or promotions in a range of aged care, health services, and community services facilities and organisations.

While studying this Ageing Support course (previously known as Certificate 4 in Aged Care) online, you will gain a range of critical skills to provide advanced care for the elderly. You will learn to facilitate the empowerment and interests of older people, how to coordinate services for them, implement interventions, support their well being and health; as well as provide the personal individual support and care for your clients.

Additionally, you will learn to support the independence and well being of older people, as well as their relationships with carers and families.

Gaining advanced skills in aged care is such a great way to launch a new career, or enhance your career in a sector that makes a huge difference to the community.

Where Can the Certificate IV in Ageing Support Take your Career?

Our online Certificate IV in Ageing Support Care is the most current, and a nationally recognised qualification that you can use anywhere in Australia. People that wish to start, or enhance their career after this course, often seek roles as a senior:

  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Hostel Supervisor
  • Assistant Hostel Supervisor
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Care Supervisor
  • Program Coordinator – Social Programs
  • Care Team Leader
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Day Activity Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Connecting Care Worker
  • Health Services Assistant
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Healthcare Worker
  • Patient Services Assistant
  • Community Care Worker
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Elderly Aid
  • Aged Care Support Worker
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Individual Support Worker
  • Aged Care Social Worker
  • Seniors Care
  • Pastoral Care Worker
  • Aged Care Assistant
  • Respite Worker

Looking at Australia’s aged and disabled carers jobs outlook will give you a glimpse of the jobs you can take on—possible tasks, salary information, skill level required, and industry growth forecast. Click on the links to explore where the Certificate IV in Aged Care online course can take you.

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Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

12 months Up to 1228 hours (including Vocational Placement)

Delivery Methods:


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Course Delivery Options & Duration

Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the CHC43015 Cert IV in Ageing Support online, and through Mixed Mode Delivery. This means students complete their course at their own pace, using Inspire’s online student portal. Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

Online study is ideal if you want to learn according to your own schedule, and gain your qualification as fast as you can. You can study at your own pace with full trainer support throughout your studies. Your course materials are accessed online, so you are free to work on your course in your own time, from anywhere in Australia.

This online Cert IV Ageing Support course can be studied from anywhere in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth – as well as other cities, remote communities, or anywhere with internet access.

Being online, this CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support course has a rolling intake throughout the year. This means you can enrol and start your course straight away, or on your preferred start date.

Please read our policies and procedures in the Inspire student handbook before enrolling by clicking here.

Course Duration

You will have up to 12 months starting from your commencement date to complete the Self-Paced Online course. Students can enrol anytime during the year under this delivery method.

What Will You Learn in this Cert 4 Aged Care Course?

This Cert IV-level Aged Care care course will ensure quality service delivery and will prepare you to start, or advance a rewarding career in the aged, health, or community care sector.

You will learn many core skills and knowledge to fulfil the functions of senior, aged care worker and care facilitator, plus advanced skills for use in more senior roles.

This includes gaining the skills to recognise healthy bodies, work safely with clients, and meet the individual and personal support needs of your clients. Additionally, you will learn to facilitate the empowerment of older people, maintain quality service delivery, and their interests and rights.

Beyond that, more broadly you will gain knowledge of the health and community care sectors, and how to coordinate services for older people.

In summary, you will gain enhanced skills to work safely, effectively, and independently with older people – so that you can fulfil your passion and help other people facilitate quality care services for the elderly.

Advance your passion and career, and get first-class Certificate 4 in Ageing Support training, today!

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisite entry requirements for this Aged Care course – however, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills

Students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • Obtain a positive National Criminal History Check

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.

Qualification Pathways

Successful completion of your Certificate IV in Ageing Support enables you to pursue job roles in aged, community, and residential facilities. Once enrolled, you may also consider additional training to complement your aged care skills, with courses such as:

Course Units

The CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support is made up of 18 total units which cover 15 core units and 3 elective units, including the required electives to specialise in elderly or senior care.


CHCADV001 – Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCAGE001 – Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCAGE003 – Coordinate services for 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 with 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


CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services

HLTAID011 – Provide first aid*

* NOTE: The HLTAID011 Provide First Aid unit is NOT delivered by Inspire Education, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

Resources Provided by Inspire

To support you in your online Ageing Support course Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS) for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable, including access to templates for completing Project Documents

Resources Supplied by the Student

To complete your online Ageing Support course you will need to have access to:

  • Where possible, access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments under a supervisor (Note: Inspire Education will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments – for units applicable under simulated pathway only)
  • Computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Video recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone) to record presentations or access to a supervisor to observe and provide feedback
  • At least five (5) people who have email accounts
  • At least three (3) volunteers for role-play activities
  • Walking stick
  • Any type of passenger vehicle that a care client would use (e.g. minivan, sedan, etc.)
  • Household objects and materials to simulate hazards and implementation of risk minimisation to these hazards

Course Outline & Structure

Inspire Education has adopted a “clustered” approach to our Cert IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) course. 

We divided this course into clustered workbooks, so you only have to successfully complete 11 workbooks instead of the entire 18 core and elective units to pass your course! By using this holistic approach, our students are able to study at a good pace because the information is not duplicated.

You will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation as part of your enrolment. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills.

The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 4 Cohorts:

  • Beginner (Full Study Model) – Limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification. No recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1228 hours
  • Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – Moderate relevant knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 918 hours
  • Advanced (Partial Recognition Pathway) – Extensive relevant knowledge and skill for 2 years or more, who are seeking career advancement or change; also includes learners who have worked previously as an entry-level supervisory aged care role or similar, but do not have any recent industry experience; also includes learners who may be working in entry-level supervisory aged care role for their own businesses, but without any formal qualification, for at least a year; includes learners who have previously completed superseded versions of this qualification, or those who hold the CHC40108 Certificate IV in Aged Care or the CHC40212 Certificate IV in Home and Community Care, but does not have any relevant recent work experience. Study hours is up to 678 hours
  • Expert (Assessment only) – Learners are currently working as an entry-level aged care supervisor for more than 5 years; includes learners who hold the CHC40108 Cert IV in Aged Care or the CHC40212 Certificate IV in Home and Community Care and practising in a workplace. Study hours is up to 521 hours

Expected Study Hours

There are up to 1228 study hours for this Cert 4 Aged Care online course (including Vocational Placement), depending on your experience in the aged care sector. You may work at your own pace as an online training student and complete your course faster if you’d like!

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written/oral questions, interviews, self-evaluation, and questionnaires), Product-based Methods (e.g. reports, displays, work samples, role plays, presentations, and outputs), Portfolio (e.g. written documents, photographs, videos, and logbooks), Direct Observation (e.g. assessments in real-time in the workplace or in a simulated off-the-job situation that reflects the workplace), Third-Party Evidence (e.g. observation, skills workbook, workplace assessment workbook, logbook, and third-party reports), and Credit Transfer

Vocational Placement

Students are required to complete Vocational Placement as part of this course to help you develop your skills and knowledge in caring for elderly individuals.

To gain your qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered and approved aged care facility and undertake a minimum of 120 hours and a maximum of 240 work placement hours. This allows you to gain practical industry and workplace experience where you will be taught how to apply the lessons you learned during your training.

You can see what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider here >> Vocational Placement FAQs

Your Vocational Placement Provider must provide a workplace in an Aged Care Facility that includes:

  • Equipment and resources normally used in the workplace, including patient hoists, standing lifter, wheelchair, slide sheets and other client assistive devices and mobility aids, and PPE
  • Access to health management plans, personal healthcare checklists, and personal healthcare diaries, where relevant to the client’s needs
  • Work health and safety (WHS) industry guides and other relevant organisation policy, protocols and procedures, including:
    • Safe Work Practices
    • Manual Handling
    • Infection Control
  • Workplace to conduct WHS inspections
  • One (1) WHS meeting debriefing in the organisation
  • Information about accreditation standards
  • Access to two (2) different home and community support settings
  • Access to at least two (2) community support agencies
  • At least two (2) different organisations that the provider collaborated with
  • Access to the following people:
    • One (1) colleague
    • At least two (2) clients and/or colleagues from two (2) different cultural backgrounds
    • At least three (3) older persons in the workplace with individualised care plans
    • At least three (3) clients receiving palliative care
    • At least one (1) client who is an older person with a disability
    • At least two (2) different people living with dementia, their families and/or carers
    • Families of clients
    • At least three (3) support workers

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their work placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student.

For students planning to do their work placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Recognition of Prior Learning pathway is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Career Pathways

Once you’ve gained the Cert IV in Ageing Support, you are now qualified for a career in the elderly care sector.  Career information provided by My Skills includes the following job outcomes:

  • Aged Care Activity Worker
  • Care Service Team Leader
  • Aged Care Supervisor
  • Coordinator of Volunteers (Services to Older People)
  • Leisure and Therapy Assistant

You can also search for aged care workercommunity care worker, or aged care support worker to see all the opportunities available right now.

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