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About Aged Care

The health care sector is Australia's largest and fastest growing industry.

With our population continuing to age, more and more people are required to support the elderly in their everyday life.

Career prospects within the industry are both excellent and broad.  You have the opportunity to focus on working in the aged care or community services sector.

Careers available:

  • accommodation support worker
  • field officer
  • home care assistant
  • care service employees
  • nursing assistant
  • personal care assistant
  • community care worker
  • personal care giver
  • community house worker
  • personal care worker
  • community support worker
  • residential care worker
  • disability service officer (in some jurisdictions)
  • support worker

Course Information Sessions

These information sessions are a great way for you to learn more about the course and get answers to any questions you may have.

Come along and meet the Aged Care and Disability team.

Skills Recognition Online Tool

If you have worked for a period of time and feel confident that you can do a particular job, but don't have a formal qualification, then Skills Recognition (RPL) will benefit you.

A Skills Recognition online tool is available for the CHC30212, Certificate III in Aged Care, which means that you can complete the process in your own time at your own pace. The online tool can be accessed here.

      

    Aged Care Courses

    These courses are offered at our Footscray Nicholson, St Albans & Werribee campus.

    Dual Qualification

    The CHC30212 - Certificate III in Aged Care can be combined with the Certificate III in Home and Community Care to achieve a dual qualification.

    Graduates of the dual qualification achieve two qualifications for significantly less cost and in less time than taking each course individually.

    Holding two Certificate III qualifications greatly improves graduate employment opportunities, and provides the broadest base of knowledge and skills to support the widest range of jobs in the health and community services industry.

     

    Course Information including Practical Work Placements

    The CHC30212 - Certificate III in Aged Care course comprises of:

    14 competencies = 6 months

    150 hrs are allocated to Learning in the Workplace (work placement) and simulated practical lab sessions.

    Assessment is a combination of written and online work, work related projects, simulated practical lab sessions and observation in the workplace.

    The Certificate IV in Aged Care course (part time only) comprises of:

    15 competencies = 12 months

    171 hrs are allocated to Learning in the Workplace (work placement) and simulated practical lab sessions.

    Assessment is a combination of written and online work, work related projects, simulated practical lab sessions and observation in the workplace.

    Practical Work Placement

    The knowledge that you learn in the classroom is complemented by a practical work placement that we organise on your behalf, in various Aged Care facilities in the North & West of Melbourne.

    This practical work placement will provide you with valuable experience in an operating aged care facility and give you the practical, hands-on experience that you need to become fully job-ready.

    This is also a great opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer.

    You will be buddied with a qualified Aged Care staff member who will provide supervision and guidance. We also include access to our simulated aged care facilities.

    (Police checks are required for work placement and need to be cleared to be offered a placement opportunity).

     

    Pathway Opportunities

    Pathway opportunities at Victoria University following successful completion of these courses:

     

    Workplace Health & Safety (including practical lab classes)

    It is important that you are aware of health and safety in the workplace at all times. You need to keep a tidy and safe workplace.

    DRESS CODE - practical lab class & industry placement:

    • White T shirt or Polo shirt --singlet or long sleeves may be worn underneath "T"
    • Black or Navy Trousers
    • Closed toe shoe/boots- low heel, non-slip soles (WHS requirement)
    • Minimal jewellery
    • Hair clean and tied up if below the shoulders
    • Finger nails short and no nail polish
    • Minimal makeup/perfume
    • Assigned Name Tag (provided)

    Good Personal Hygiene (because you are in close proximity to your residents/clients)

    • Clean clothes
    • Clean shoes
    • Deodorant
    • Shower/Oral Hygiene
    • Wash hands regularly

    Unacceptable Dress Code

    • Untidy clothing
    • Thongs
    • Ugg boots or similar
    • Mini skirt
    • Tummy/underarms or cleavage exposed
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