CRICOS Course Code: 097496B Campus locations: Sydney and Adelaide
This qualification focuses on the role of an assistant in nursing or similar roles who provide person- centred care involving specialised tasks and functions in aged services. The service may be in a residential, home or community-based environment. At this level, the workers 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.
This course is designed for international students. You must be over eighteen years old.
Academic and English language requirements
You must provide evidence to demonstrate both academic and English language entry requirements as follows:
English Language Requirements
- IELTS 5.5 overall (no less than 5.0 in each band) or equivalent test result, or General English / EAP at the Upper Intermediate level from an approved ELICOS provider
Any AQF qualification at the Certificate III level or above in any discipline area delivered and assessed in English only will be deemed as meeting both the academic and English language entry requirements.
Entry into the course will depend on the Australian Immigration office’s Assessment Level for an international student’s country. At present, countries are classed from Level 1 through to Level 3. See Immigration’s website: www.immi.gov.au for details.
Participants must beable to undertake the physical tasks required in this role including manual handling using equipment in an aged care setting.
Requirements for the work placement
A Police Clearance Certificate is mandatory prior to your work placement; you must undertake a Federal Police Check (AFP) or NSW Police check (it must be no less than 3 years old). This can be done through a website.
There is also a Working with Children check and relevant immunization check.
These checks will be completed at the start of the course and prior to industry work placement. Our staff give advice and assist you to complete these checks.
The CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support duration is 52 weeks. The structure is based on 20 hours per week as follows:
You attend College two days a week for classroom learning, practice and assessment (7.5 hours each day).
You also study a structured study program unit by unit in the online learning platform for 5 hours per week.
To get the most out of your course you need to do some self- study in your own time. When you are ready there is a work placement of 120 hours timetabled into the program.
Course start dates are every term.
See the website for our intake dates or ring the office for details.
People pursuing a career in a facility such as a Nursing Home, Hostel, Residential Care Facility, Aged Care Facility, Retirement Village or Community Health Care Centre.
Graduates may seek employment in the following jobs:
- Assistant in nursing
- Care supervisor
- Day activity worker
- Care team leader
- Hostel supervisor
- Residential care worker
After achieving the Certificate IV in Ageing Support you the following pathway option:
- CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services with Mercury Colleges
|QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE AND COURSE CONTENT
Study 18 units to gain your qualification
Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support.
It contains 18 Units; 15 Core units and 3 Elective units:
|Work with diverse people
|Manage legal and ethical compliance
|Recognise healthy body systems
|Follow safe work practices for direct client care
|Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
|Facilitate the empowerment of older people
|Coordinate services for older people
|Implement interventions with older people at risk
|Provide support to people living with dementia
|Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
|Meet personal support needs
|Support independence and well being
|Support relationships with carers and families
|Deliver care services using a palliative approach
|Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
|Provide First Aid
|Assist clients with medication
|Administer and monitor medications
Delivery is a combination of methods to cover the theory and practice requirements:
- Workshops for developing your theory knowledge such as anatomy and medications and care plans.
- Supplementary learning online for each unit in theory and skills and case studies.
- Demonstrations then practice in simulation areas and using manual handling equipment to give you that valuable practice time before you go to the work place.
- Self-paced study and support to embed your learning and practical skills.
- Work placements to apply your skills.
You will be trained in the use of manual handling equipment and other equipment such as:
- Lifting hoist, Stand up Lifter, Pelican Belt, Slide Sheet, Electric bed, & Wheelchair.
- Blood sugar testing equipment, Blood Pressure, Pulse Oximeter etc.
- Medication Trolley, Medications (Dummy), & Dressing Trolley.
Work Placement at an Aged Care facility is arranged with you to make this a rewarding experience. Our work placement coordinator will assist you. We have arrangements in place with different facilities or you may already be working in an appropriate facility and can use your workplace for the required placement hours. There is plenty of time to set up a work placement that will suit each student as you do not go out to placement till the last stage of the course We coordinate the 15 days (that is the required 120 hours of placement) in an arrangement to suit you and the facility. It is usually for 2 days a week or a 3 -week block of work experience in the final term.
When you are on placement, Mercury College staff and Assessor visit you and the supervisor.
Please note that any additional work placement arrangements will incur a $500 fee (if the first offered option is rejected).
As this is a nationally recognised qualification, you will be required to successfully complete all units to a standard so that you are job ready. Each unit contains assessments which include:
- Practical demonstrations where you will be observed by one of our assessors in a simulated environment and in your work placement.
- Knowledge based tests which contain written short answer questions.
- Small projects which contain written tasks for you to investigate and complete in your own.
Note: You must be deemed competent with each unit in order to receive your qualification.
Computers – Students must have their own laptop computer. You will use a computer to complete the course in class and in your own time. You may also access College computers when available.
Online learning – Students are required to pay a one-off compulsory resource fee to receive the Mercury Colleges online learning resource called ELearn.
|COURSE CREDIT AND/OR RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
Students may be entitled to gain course credit and/or recognition before or after commencing the course that will exempt them from completing one or more units of competency. See the Student Handbook for more details and talk to a course advisor.
Students that successfully complete all units of competency as stated in the Qualification and Structure will be issued CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support by Mercury College. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).