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Become an aged care/support worker, and learn the skills to provide aged, disability and other support to people in the community and/or residential settings. You will start your career ahead of other graduates, with the 'Assist with medications' and depending on your stream, safe food handling skills, required by most employers in the health sector. Our teachers are experienced registered nurses, who all have current industry experience and will train you to be work ready as a health support worker, or to take the next step into a nursing qualification.
If your goal is to continue your studies, this program will give you a pathway with credit into our Diploma of Nursing. You will gain the academic background and support to succeed in studies to become an Enrolled Nurse, which in turn, will open the opportunity to continue study in the Bachelor of Nursing. Whichever pathway you choose, our strong relationships with public and private health care providers across Western Victoria will set you up to start a career which can take you as far as you want to go.
You can study this program as a traineeship or as an on-campus program. Note that traineeship eligibility requires that you are employed as a trainee within the Health sector, and that you and your employer are able to enter into a training agreement.
The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.
Whilst this qualification requires a minimum of 120 hours of supervised practice, in order to ensure students are adequately prepared to work in an aged care/community environment, we require student undertake 160 hours of practice over 2x 2 week blocks. These placement are organised by the University and the student has the responsibility to attend their allocated placement.
All applicants are required to undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment test
Please note the police check and Working With Children Check (WWCC) will be at your own expense (it is advised that prospective students start the processing of these early)
The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our TAFE application page for further information.
For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.
Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.
The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.
VTAC application: Yes
VTAC code: 3700310694 (Wimmera - Admin Campus), 3700510694 (Ballarat - Admin Campus)
Direct application: Yes
Federation University code: LLD
National course code: CHC33015
Fees are subject to change annually.
Tuition and material fees (if applicable) will be charged at enrolment.
For further information regarding tuition and material fees, please view 2021 Indicative Course Fees (pdf, 756kb) .
Indicative government-subsidised and full-fee course fees are shown on this document, and should be read in conjunction with the information on the TAFE fees website.
Eligible applicants/students accessing government-subsidised training under the 'Skills First Program' need to be aware enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.
Fee assistance: VET Student Loans may be available for eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma enrolments.
For further information on paying your fees please refer to the Fees, charges and eligibility on the TAFE fees website.
You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University Australia through the TAFE eligibility exemptions.
If you have been deemed ineligible for a government subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level you may be eligible to enrol in a government subsidised place with a TAFE eligibility exemption. Please refer to the TAFE fees website or contact the course coordinator
Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2021.
If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.
Further study options
Upon successful completion of this qualification you may receive some credit towards the Diploma of Nursing.
Who organises our placement?
Federation University Australia arrange placements.
Is placement offered part time?
No, all placements are full-time including AM and PM rotating shifts.
Do successful applicants get a choice in the location of placement?
No, placements are pre-set.
Are text books necessary?
Yes, they are vital tools for your study. You will be provided with a set booklist on enrolment.
A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.
The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.
All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.
CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909