Certificate IV in Ageing Support 

A career in supporting the elderly

Certificate IV in Ageing Support reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services; either in residential, home or community based environments. 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 quantity and quality of outputs of others within limited parameters.


AQF Level

Certificate IV

Course Duration

8 - 24 months depending on mode of delivery & prior experience

Delivery Method

Classroom or Online

Total Number of Units


Work Placement

120 hours (mandatory requirement)


Meet personal support needs



Support independence and wellbeing

Support relationships with carers and families



Work with diverse people

Manage legal and ethical compliance



Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships



Recognise healthy body systems

Follow safe work practices for direct client care



Implement falls prevention strategies

Assist clients with medication



Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Units of competency


Facilitate the interests and rights of clients


Facilitate the empowerment of older people


Coordinate services for older people


Implement interventions with older people at risk


Provide support to people living with dementia


Facilitate individual service planning and delivery


Entry requirements

Students must have standard Language, Literacy and numeracy skills and will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment at Certificate III level. A current Police Check is a requirement before the commencement of practical placement. 



Classroom delivery 2-3 days a week, plus 120 hours of work placement.
Online study options available.


Funding eligibility

In New South Wales you may be eligible under this qualification for Smart & Skilled funding.

​In Queensland, you may be eligible under this qualification for Higher Level Skills funding.

Course Locations

Locations are available upon request. Please speak to our friendly training team for more information


Career opportunities

  • Aged Care Activity Worker

  • Care Service Team Leader

  • Care Supervisor (Aged Care)

  • Coordinator of Volunteers (Services to Older People)

  • Disability Officer - Day Support

  • Disability Support Worker

  • Leisure and Therapy Assistant

Graduate stories

Jacky  |  Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant - Brisbane

I completed my training with breakthru in January 2018. The course was a Certificate III in Individual Support. The trainer was the best I have ever had, as she made the course so interesting and hands on. The trainer's visits and feedback while on practical work placement was super supportive and by the end of the course, I was employed!.

What may be surprising to people reading this is I am in my 60’s!! and have found my dream job!

The three R’s - The Right course, the Right Trainer and the Right Company!! Thankyou breakthru! Life can begin in your sixty’s!

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