Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Core unit components

  • (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

Elective unit components

  • (CHCAGE002) Implement falls prevention strategies
  • (CHCCCS021) Respond to suspected abuse
  • (CHCMHS001) Work with people with mental health issues

Course Overview

Are you seeking to elevate your career while finding fulfillment in positively impacting someone’s life, all while enjoying flexible work hours?

The CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support course provides you with the skills to plan, develop, implement and monitor programs and services for older people in aged care facilities or through organisations that deliver services in the community and client homes. With this nationally accredited qualification, you can provide support and personal care to older people and prepare for a supervisory or team leader role in the aged care industry.

To be successful in this course, you will need to be a compassionate and caring person who communicates well and has a real desire to empower a person to achieve their desired levels of independence, self-confidence and community involvement.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course, you will learn:

  • Key principles of person centred support and promoting independence
  • Safe manual handling techniques when providing support to the elderly
  • How to support the Independence and wellbeing of the older person
  • How to encourage community participation and social inclusion
  • How to work within legal and ethical guidelines
  • How to implement falls risk strategies
  • How to develop and implement individual support plans
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Apply basic principles of Infection prevention and control

Course outcome

By the end of the course you will be able to confidently provide support to people with a variety of support needs while applying:

  • A person centred approach
  • Strategies that will maximise independence
  • Strategies to deal with varying behaviours of people with dementia
  • Support to facilitate the empowerment of the older person
  • Knowledge of procedural practices within an Ageing support organisational context
  • Strategies to manage legal and ethical compliance in an organisational context
  • Skills and knowledge to develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships with other service providers

At the end of the course, you will be issued a certificate in CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, where competency has been achieved.

What is involved

Time commitment

All students will undertake face-to-face or online Zoom training, home study and 120 hours work placement. The amount of home study required is dependent on the experience of the student and is in addition to face-to-face or livestream video training hours.


Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • Assessment methods include written and oral tasks, practical tasks and observation by the assessor. You will be informed when assessments are to take place.

Work placement

Students are required to complete 120 hours of work placement.

Completion of 120 hours in an aged care service facility is required where you will work as a volunteer student during work-placement.

Please note: The practical workplace component is scheduled at various stages through the course.

Before commencing work placement, you will be required to obtain one or all of the following which will be confirmed during the enrolment process and at your course induction. If required Macquarie Community College will assist you with this application process.

  • A current NDIS Worker Check (NDISWC) – (free of charge for volunteers)
  • A current National Police Check (between $30-$60)
  • An up-to-date NSW vaccination record showing proof of double COVID vaccination, COVID booster and yearly flu vaccination as required by all Aged Care and Disability centres.
  • Suitable work placement clothing is required. i.e., black pants, white polo shirt and leather (or leather like) fully enclosed shoes with non-slip soles.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills is required to enrol in this course. Macquarie Community College may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre enrolment process.

We have tailored this course to people who have already completed a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support and/or have current industry experience, and wish to build on current skills to move into a team leader / supervisory capacity within the industry. Applicants are advised that if you are not currently working in the aged care industry or do not have previous aged care industry experience, we recommend enrolling in our CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support.

What you need to provide

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

For remote learning online Zoom classes students will need a stable internet connection on computer or laptop to participate.

Fees and government subsidies

Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training and higher-level courses to help you get skills to find a job and advance your career.
If you're a prospective student, please visit: https://www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/smart-and-skilled/ where you will find everything you need to know about the Smart and Skilled program before you enrol.
*Eligibility criteria apply. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria.
Students will need to supply the required evidence in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.
Not eligible for Subsidised Training: $10,670
Contact us today or call on 1300 845 888 to check your eligibility.

What you can do next

Career pathway

Successful completion of CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, can lead to a range of potential career opportunities that are both challenging and rewarding including:

  • Team Leader
  • Care Coordinator
  • Care Supervisor
  • Respite Care Co-ordinator

Study pathway

Upon completion of CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, you can go on to study:

  • Diploma or Bachelor courses in Nursing and Allied Health

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Fees & Government Subsidies

At Macquarie Community College, we create and provide affordable and inclusive learning opportunities that meet the needs of individuals, organisations and communities.

Given the broad range of accredited and non-accredited programs offered by the College the fees and subsidies will vary depending on the course.

Fee for Service Courses 

Courses available on a fee-for-service basis will have the price clearly indicated within the class details. Additional fee information may also be found in the ‘’what you need to provide’’ section of the course details.

Funded Courses

Macquarie Community College delivers NSW government subsidised training, including training under the Smart and Skilled and Adult and Community Education (ACE) programs.

To access government subsidised training, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • Australian OR New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident OR a Humanitarian Visa Holder, OR a Partner Visa Holder whose sponsor is a current or past Humanitarian Visa Holder

When you enrol in a NSW government subsidised course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled student fee unless you qualify for a fee exemption.

For further information on NSW government subsidies visit the below funding pages.

Adult and Community Education 

Smart and Skilled 


NSW Fee Free Training 

Credit Transfer

Am I Eligible for Credit Transfers?

Credit Transfer (CT) is granted as a result of identifying learning outcomes already achieved through formal training. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit Transfer given may reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification.

To apply for Credit Transfer you will need to provide original or certified copies of certificates previously attained through formal training prior to completing the enrolment process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied is measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

To apply for recognition of prior learning you should indicate your decision to apply for recognition as soon as possible after enrolment and the induction program.

We will be happy to provide you with an RPL kit after speaking directly with you to ensure you understand the requirements of this process.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Apply

Step 1

Due to course and fee subsidy eligibility requirements, accredited vocational education and training courses have an application process prior to enrolment. • Please carefully review course and fee subsidy requirements in the detailed course and class content. • After selecting your course and class. click ‘’Apply Now” and enter the requested details.

Step 2

Upon receipt of your application a course advisor will contact you within 2 business days to discuss the course details and assist you with any further enquiries you may have. • To proceed you will be required to complete a language, literacy & numeracy assessment and an enrolment form • Required enrolment documentation and/or evidence is to be provided. To view our Terms and Conditions, please visit: https://www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/terms-and-conditions/

Step 3

Once your enrolment has been processed, you will receive the following emails: • Enrolment confirmation: you will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. Please check and read your Terms and conditions. • Tax invoice: the payer of your enrolment will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed along with any approved payment plan details. • Course reminder: you will receive a reminder prior to your class commencement. • Zoom link (for remote zoom classes only): you will receive a Zoom link and password 2 days prior to class commencement. If your course has multiple sessions, use the same link and password to access each session.