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Start – May 2024

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Course Details

This qualification is delivered over 945 hours, including 120 hours of practical placement. Participants enrolled in this course will have up to 42 weeks (excluding School holidays). Participants will be required to undertake 6 hrs/per week self-study to complete the course requirements.

The course duration may vary for individual students based on their current academic and work experience. All students will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to meet the course requirements within an extended or reduced timeframe.

This qualification will be delivered using a combination of theoretical delivery and other student participation methods. This will include classroom sessions, directed self-study, skills training, self-paced learning, in class assessments which includes role plays and supervised practical placement experience in a registered residential setting to build on participant’s knowledge and skills on-the-job.

The Training and Assessment ensure that students have adequate time to learn the topics and opportunities for reinforcement to complete and submit tasks required for assessment purposes.

A variety of presentation types may include eLearning resources and classroom-style delivery for those students requiring assistance. Such methods are well suited to present fundamental and theoretical knowledge.

The effectiveness of the training sessions involving student participation is encouraged, including class sizes from 6 to 12 students. These restrictions will maximise trainer/student interaction during training.

1/520 Blackburn Road, Doncaster East, Victoria and Practical Placement location as negotiated.

Upon successfully finishing this course, students can enter the workforce in community and/or residential settings within the aging, disability, or home and community care sector.
Possible occupational titles encompass roles such as:

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Personal Care Giver
  • Care Worker
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Care Assistant
  • Community Care Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Home Care Assistant
  • In-Home Respite Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Support Worker

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to progress to

  • CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support or
  • HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.

Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who may:

  • Be actively seeking employment in aged care or disability.
  • Existing carers seeking a formal qualification
  • Retrenched workers seeking a career change

Pines Learning requires that students:

  • Complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment to demonstrate that they have the required level of LLN skills required by the course.
  • Able to demonstrate confident interpersonal and communication skills, as determined during pre-enrolment conversations and/or reviews.
  • Applicants must also have an interest in working in this field, to be determined during a pre-training review with the RTO.
  • Are willing and physically able to complete a work placement for 150 hours at a registered Aged Care/disability Facility.
  • Are willing to work with people with disabilities.

General Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both oral and written English is required.

Physical requirement

  • As personal support worker, the student is required to undertake tasks that involve bending, lifting and manual handling.
  • The student is required to have the physical fitness to safely carry out these tasks.

Vaccination requirements

  • Flu, and COVID vaccinations

Security Checks

  • NDIS screening check
  • Police Clearance
  • Working with Children’s check

Technology Requirements

  • Students are required to have access to a computer with internet access. Students are required to have basic computer skills such as email management and electronic documentation

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and all students are offered the opportunity to participate in RPL upon enrolment. RPL is generally recommended where individuals have been working in a relevant job role for at least 2 years, however any student can also self-elect to undertake RPL.

The RPL model used by Pines Learning is a guided and supported process that relies on the candidate’s ability to demonstrate their competence by answering verbal questions from an assessor, providing referees and, where possible, having their practical skills assessed in the workplace.

Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). These will be assessed according to the Pines Learning policy to determine if and how much advanced standing will be granted.

Pines Learning recognises AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation in Australia. Students may request total credit for a whole unit or qualification based on study in an identical unit or qualification at another institution. Suitable documentation such as a Statement of Attainment/ Transcript of results must be provided when applying for Credit Transfer. Applications can be made for Credit Transfer (CT) prior to enrolment.

Assessments will be conducted to determine the student learning outcomes and to finalise the achievement of the competency-based learning outcomes. Assessments may include written tasks, case study/scenarios, projects, role plays, practical skills observation and on the job role environment / practical placement tasks.

All assessments will be undertaken in accordance with the Pines learning Assessment policy. Students will be advised of the assessment requirements at the beginning of each unit. Individual Unit outlines also contain assessment information. As this is a competency-based qualification, assessment continues throughout until the participant either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed.

To achieve this qualification, the learner must have completed at least 120 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency.

Pines Learning takes the responsibility to find practical placements and will negotiate with individual providers and ensure an agreement is in place. For security reasons, students cannot undertake their practical work placements without a valid agreement between Pines Learning and the Placement Providers.

Students who wish to use their current place of work if relevant to the course, must discuss with the Pines learning course coordinator and provide evidence of current work as per our placement process. An Agreement will be sent to the facility after negotiating with the Placement Provider.

Students going on work placements will be required to provide relevant documentation to enter the facility such as police check, mandatory immunisation and COVID booster vaccination. Students allergic to the latter must provide evidence. Placement uniform top will be provided (included in the course fee).

This qualification requires successful completion of 15 units comprised of nine (9) core units and six (6) Elective Units as specified in the CHC Community Services and HLT Health Training Packages

Core Units

  • CHCCCS038 – Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
  • HLTINF006 – Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • CHCCCS031 – Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS041 – Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCCS040 – Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
  • HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units

  • CHCAGE011 – Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAGE013 – Work effectively in aged care
  • CHCPAL003 – Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCDIS011 – Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS012 – Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS020 -Work effectively in disability support

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