International Course Info

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1 Year


This qualification reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services, either residential, home or community based environments and is designed for people who work or who wish to work in aged care work within a residential facility or have prior experience in aged care work who want to develop their knowledge and skills in this area.

When you finish this course you will be able to work independently and undertake team leadership within aged care residential and centre-based services. Workers will 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.

Workers may be required to demonstrate leadership and have limited responsibility for the organisation and the quality and quantity of outputs of others within limited parameters.

This qualification requires students to be able to physically support older adults which will include tasks such as lifting, bathing, dressing, showering, toileting, facilitating movement etc. HLTAID003 Provide first aid is included as an elective unit. Successful completion of this unit will require the learner to be able to perform CPR on the floor.

Work Placement Requirements:

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed a minimum of 248 hours of work placement to ensure you receive the required level of skills and knowledge reflective of the complexity of this course. Students will be expected to successfully undertake 240 hours work placement plus additional 8 hours work placement orientation over 6 x 40 hour weeks. (3 weeks per semester)

Students will be required to complete a current National Police Check prior to commencement of the work placement components

You should be aware that to complete the clinical placement hours in a public or private hospital, aged care facility or medical facility which is part of this course, you may need to undergo occupational screening and be vaccinated against infectious diseases. Your teachers will give you further advice.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


The employment pathways to students who complete this Specialist Stream or industry identified stream include Community Program Coordinator, Accommodation Support worker, Residential Care worker, Day Activity worker, Personal Care giver, Personal Care worker.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

  • Year 10 or equivalent
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or TAFE NSW General English Program
  • If English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least three years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least one year between years 7 and 12. (Recognised countries are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)
  • OR Completion of two years of secondary, vocational or tertiary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries above
  • OR achievement of PTE Academic: minimum overall score of 42 and a minimum score of 42 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • OR achievement of a minimum pass at 'C' level in each of the four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking)of the Occupational English Test (OET) OR Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English scale of 162.
  • It is recommended that participants would be best equipped to achieve the course outcomes if they have a literacy and numeracy (LLN) of at least a level 3, additionally should the student not be from a technology rich environment their pre assessment should also include a digital literacy component to ensure if there is a gap it is identified early.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from over 50 campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network, socialise and just chill out.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb A$12,430
Kingswood Feb A$12,430
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$12,430
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$12,430


LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb A$12,430
Kingswood Feb A$12,430
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$12,430
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$12,430


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


There are many scholarships, grants and bursaries which can help you financially with studying in Australia.They are offered by the Australian Government and a number of other public and private organisations.

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To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit.

  • Packaging Rules: Total number of units = 18.

    15 core units 3 elective units, consisting of: At least 2 units from theelectives listed below, up to 1 unit from theelectives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited coursethese units must be relevant to the work outcome.

    Core Units:

    CHCADV001- Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • CHCAGE001- Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE003- Coordinate services for older people
  • CHCAGE004 -Implement interventions with older people at risk
  • CHCAGE005- Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS006- Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
  • CHCCCS011- Meet personal support needs
  • CHCCCS023- Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCCS025- Support relationships with carers and families
  • CHCDIV001- Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003- Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPAL001- Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCPRP001- Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • HLTAAP001- Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002- Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • CHCAGE002- Implement falls prevention strategies
  • CHCAGE006- Provide food services
  • CHCAOD001- Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCCCS001- Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • CHCCCS007- Develop and implement service programs
  • CHCCCS010- Maintain a high standard of service
  • CHCCCS017- Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCCCS018- Provide suicide bereavement support
  • CHCCCS019- Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCCS021- Respond to suspected abuse
  • CHCCCS022- Facilitate independent travel
  • CHCCCS026- Transport individuals
  • CHCCOM002- Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCDIS004- Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • CHCDIS007- Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • CHCDIS008- Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS009- Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
  • CHCDIS010- Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
  • CHCDIV002- Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCDIV003- Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCEDU002- Plan health promotion and community intervention
  • CHCHCS002- Coordinate and monitor home based support
  • CHCINM001- Meet statutory and organisation information requirements
  • CHCLLN001- Respond to client language, literacy and numeracy needs
  • CHCMGT001- Develop, implement and review quality framework
  • CHCMGT002- Manage partnership agreements with services providers
  • CHCMGT006- Coordinate client directed services
  • CHCMHS001- Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCPAL002- Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCPAS001- Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care
  • CHCPAS002- Provide pastoral and spiritual care
  • CHCSET001- Work with forced migrants
  • CHCSOH001- Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • HLTAAP002- Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAHA013- Provide support in dysphagia management
  • HLTAHA018- Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
  • HLTAHA019- Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
  • HLTAHA021- Assist with screening and implementation of therapeutic diets
  • HLTAID003- Provide first aid
  • HLTAID006- Provide advanced first aid
  • HLTFSE001- Follow basic food safety practices
  • HLTHPS006- Assist clients with medication
  • HLTHPS007- Administer and monitor medications
  • HLTOHC002- Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
  • HLTOHC003- Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
  • HLTOHC004- Provide or assist with oral hygiene
  • HLTOHC005- Use basic oral health screening tools
  • HLTOHC006- Apply fluoride varnish
  • HLTWHS003- Maintain work health and safety
  • HLTWHS004- Manage work health and safety
  • BSBFIM501- Manage budgets and financial plans
  • BSBFLM306- Provide workplace information and resourcing plans
  • BSBINM201- Process and maintain workplace information
  • BSBLDR402- Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBMGT401- Show leadership in the workplace
  • BSBMGT406- Plan and monitor continuous improvement
  • BSBWOR204- Use business technology
  • TAEDEL402A- Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • TAEDEL404A- Mentor in the workplace


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.