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Certificate IV in Ageing Support


Alpine Institute

Course Overview

Discounts apply to concession holders and to individuals who are eligible for government subsidised training. 

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge, and work placement experience required for employment within health care worker roles, enabling you to support individuals with complex needs or work with groups of older people in residential and centre-based settings. You will also have the confidence to supervise workers and liaise with other service providers.

The course will equip you with skills to assist with client advocacy; personal care requirements; support for people living with dementia; falls risk management; individualised plan implementation; client referrals; information systems; dispensing of medication; effective communication; cultural diversity; and workplace safety procedures.

The course is suited to individuals wishing to formalise existing work skills or gain a higher qualification in care for the elderly who are either living at home or in an aged care facility.

Course Content

There are 18 units of competency that must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification, CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, which includes 15 core units and 3 elective units.

Core Units

CHCADV001         Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCCCS023         Support independence and wellbeing

CHCAGE003         Co-ordinate services for older people

CHCDIV001          Work with diverse people

CHCCCS006        Facilitate individual service planning and delivery

HLTAAP001          Recognise healthy body systems

HLTWHS002         Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCLEG003         Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCAGE004         Implement interventions with older people at risk

CHCPAL001          Deliver care services using a palliative approach

CHCAGE001         Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCAGE005         Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCCCS011         Meet personal support needs

CHCPRP001         Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

CHCCCS025         Support relationships with carers and families


Elective Units

CHCCCS010        Maintain a high service standard

BSBMGT401        Show leadership in the workplace

CHCAGE002        Implement falls prevention strategies

Note: Elective units may vary depending on individual student requirements.

Course Fees

Discounts apply to concession holders and to individuals who are eligible for government subsidised training. 

Concession - $300.00 

Skills First Government Subsidised - $450.00 

Non Funded Full Rate - $2,940.00

Please refer to Fee Schedule for Fee Type and Course Fee breakdowns.

  • Course fees include all materials and resources required. 
  • You may be eligible for state funding through the *Skills First Program incentives 

*Skills First Program Eligibility

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

To claim funding you must first meet the eligibility criteria. Visit the Victorian Department Education and Early Childhood Development website for further information regarding funding under the Skill First (Evidence of student eligibility and student declaration)

Your eligibility will be assessed on an individual basis during pre-training interview.


This course is delivered one day per week, over a one year period, with term breaks via classroom and work placement sessions.

Alternate duration and delivery schedules may be available depending on individual student needs. Please discuss your individual needs at the Pre Training Interview.

Delivery Method

This course is delivered by a combination of face-to-face teaching workshops, self-study learning materials, and ongoing tutor support and mentoring. Students are required to undertake workbook activities and self-paced learning (approximately 4 hours per week).

Work Placement

As a compulsory component of this course, you will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement within Aged Care and Home and Community Care services. Alpine Institute will organise work placement. Work placement timeline options can be arranged individually to meet the student’s needs, either in blocks or single days.

Placement will commence following the successful completion of units.

Students are required to provide a Police Check First Aid Certificate, and Immunisation evidence prior to work placement.  


To achieve qualification, the student will need to:

  • Successfully complete compulsory practical training and observation in the workplace for a minimum of 120 hours.
  • Successfully complete all assessment activities including allocated tasks, projects, scenarios, case studies, questions and work books.


At the successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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Application Requirements

This course is open to candidates 18 years of age and over.

People with a disability are encouraged to apply for Government Subsidised training as applicable.

Candidates seeking to undertake this course must have:

  • Sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete the course
  • Basic computer knowledge and ready access to a computer
  • Basic internet knowledge and ready access to the internet
  • National Police Check – on commencement of this course all candidates are required to complete/have a current National Police Check within 6 months

Consideration will be given to candidates who are under 17 years of age and not currently attending school, however, you must provide the following documents at the time of application:

  • Not completed Year 10 – Correspondence or Certificate signed by the Department of Education & Training, Regional Director.
  • Completed Year 10 – Correspondence, Certificate or Transition from School Form signed by the School Principal. Note: Consent must be provided by the student and the parent /carer to sight the Transition from School Form.

Process to Apply

Contact Alpine Institute to register your interest

Please call (03) 5751 9400 or click on the Apply Now button below regarding an expression of interest in this course.

Alpine Institute will send an Application Pack which includes:

  • Pre Training Review Form
  • Student Information Handbook
  • Course Information

Complete the Pre Training Review Form.

This form includes candidate details and self-assessment information and will be discussed in the Pre Training Interview.

Schedule and confirm a Pre Training Interview

Make an appointment with Alpine Institute on (03) 5751 9400 or

The Pre Training Interview will consist of the following:

  • Pre Training Review Form discussion
  • Completion of a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Review to determine additional support needs and suitability to complete the course
  • Assessments for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), National Recognition (NL), or Credit Transfer (CT) if applicable
  • Eligibility for Government Subsidised Training

Applicants will be informed in writing and email of the outcome of their application.Successful applicants will be issued with an Enrolment Form which must be completed and returned with a non-refundable $100 administration fee. Upon receipt, a confirmation of enrolment will be issued.

Credit Transfer

The establishment of credit transfer is based on the student providing evidence of completion of the relevant units of competency.

Australian Qualifications and Statements of Attainment that have been issued by any other Registered Training Organisations will be recognised by Alpine Institute.

To apply for a Credit Transfer, Students must be able to present their original Qualification or Statement of Attainment with National codes and titles that match the current course in which they are enrolled.

For more information please refer to the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Recognition of Prior Learning /RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through formal training, work experience and/or life experience. The purpose of this process is to identify and assess previously acquired skills and knowledge against the required competency standards.

Students wishing to apply for RPL must complete the RPL application form. Course participants applying for RPL must provide evidence to the satisfaction of Alpine Institute. This evidence must clearly indicate that the applicant is able to demonstrate all the required skills and knowledge.

For more information please refer to the RPL Procedure

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Course Enquiries

For further information please contact Alpine Institute, Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

03 5751 9400


Next Training Dates

All 2018 Certificate Courses start in February, with ongoing intakes throughout the year. More information on First Aid & CPR, Short Courses and other Community Education can be found at Training Dates.

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