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What is an aged care course?


It’s exactly what it sounds like – a course dedicated to upskilling those interested in caring for our elderly population. This segment of Australia’s population is actually amongst the most vulnerable. Specially designed courses – like those from Skills Training – ensure students are equipped with all the necessary skills to cater to this demand.


As Australia ages

Australia’s population is ageing at a rapid pace. In 1997, only 9 percent of our community was over the age of 65. Fast forward 20 years later, and that number has grown to 15 percent. By 2057, it is predicted that this figure will increase to 22 percent. And finally, the Australian Bureau of Statistics predicts that by 2101, this will have risen to a massive 25 percent.

Due to this rising number, expertise in this field is becoming increasingly in demand. In fact, the Aged Care Royal Commission has heard that the increased need for aged care positions will require a tripling of the workforce by 2050.

So how can we prepare for this demand on a national level?

Courses offered by Skills Training are tailored to meet this influx, offering students high-quality academic and practical education to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.

For example, we offer students qualifications in Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate IV in Ageing Support. Together, these courses equip students with the academic knowledge and the practical skill sets needed to enter into the industry – and to excel in it, too.

How long does it take to complete an aged care course?

Each program takes approximately two years to complete.

During this time, The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) trains students in the minimum requirements to work in the industry. At Skills Training, this program offers face-to-face campus training two days a week for 12 months, over a total of four terms.

Following this is a traineeship is an on-the-job program where students attain the necessary practical experience to work in the field. Students will work one day a week for 12 months, with the minimum requirement of employment being 15 hours per week in an aged care service provider environment.

In comparison, the Certificate IV in Ageing Support is not compulsory to work in the sector. It is an extension to the knowledge gained in Certificate III and is tailored towards experienced workers seeking a managerial position in the industry.

The course begins with face-to-face training one day a week for 12 months. This is followed by a traineeship, where students learn on the job one day a month over 12 months.

How much is an aged care course?

Prices vary depending on the type of program you’d like to undertake. However, the primary ones we offer attract the following fees:

  • For domestic students, the Certificate III in Individual Support costs a full payment of $4,500.

  • For domestic students, the Certificate IV in Ageing Support costs a full-fee of $3,700. The Skills First funded fee for that certificate is $800, and the concession fee is $160.

Interested in finding out more about these courses? Get in touch with Skills Training on 1300 656 669 to learn more about your options.

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Orman
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