This course is designed to provide training for personal care workers in residential care facilities such as hostels, nursing homes and other supported residential services. It provides graduates with a nationally recognised qualification. Training combines both theoretical study and practical experience in the industry.
At Bass Coast campus the course is offered on a full-time basis. Classes are usually scheduled over three days a week from February to November excluding school holidays and students are expected to complete assignment and project work outside these times. During placement periods students may be required to be available every working day. The course commences in February 2009.
There are no formal academic requirements; however, basic written communication skills are required.
Application and Selection Procedure
To apply, please contact the campus directly. Applicants will be interviewed and places offered in
the course based on suitability for employment in the community services field. Applicants will be required to undertake a basic literacy and numeracy test. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a police check. Information sessions will be held at the campus on the corner of White and South Dudley Roads, Wonthaggi.
To gain this qualification students must successfully complete the following subjects:
CHCAC3C Orientation to aged care work
CHCAC1C Provide support to an older person
CHCAC6C Support the older person to meet their emotional and psychosocial needs
CHCAC15A Provide care support which is responsive to the specific nature of dementia
CHCAC2C Provide personal care
CHCINF8B Comply with information requirements for the aged care and community care sectors
CHCOHS302A Participate in safety procedures for direct care work
CHCCOM2B Communicate appropriately with clients and colleagues
CHCORG3B Participate in the work environment
CHCDIS1C Orientation to disability work
CHCMH1B Orientation to mental health work
CHCCS405A Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTFA301B Apply first aid
In addition students undertake 120 hours of supervised practical placement in an aged care residential services setting. Placement may require students to travel out of the local district.
-Observation in class by teacher
-Workplace observation by assessor
-Interviews to assess underpinning knowledge and competence
-Evidence folios collated by students to prove competence
-Written tests in class
-Reports, essays and assignments
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if you are assessed as having sufficient experience in life, work experience or meet the requirements for modules or competencies based on formal or informal education. If you have completed modules or competencies that are the same, or deemed equivalent, as specified in a curriculum document such as a Training Package, either in a different course or at another registered training organisation locally or internationally, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. If you think you are eligible for RPL or credit transfer please discuss this with staff at the selection interview.
Personal care work in various residential care facilities, personal carer, dementia care, home care worker.
Certificate IV in Health (Nursing), Certificate IV in Aged Care Work or Disability Work, Certificate IV in Community Services (Lifestyle & Leisure).
Support is available to students in a range of areas including Study Skills, Personal Counselling, Careers Advice and Disability Support. Contact Student Advisory Services for more details.