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Discover the IRT Academy difference

Whether it’s starting a new career, upskilling your current job or educating your team, IRT Academy can help.

Strong experience

We have been a registered training organisation delivering accredited and non-accredited aged care courses for over 25 years.

Guaranteed work placement

We offer guaranteed and arranged work placement in one of our IRT aged care centres in order for you to complete your required hours of placement. 

Industry experts

Our expert educators have extensive experience working in the industry and training aged care and home care staff.

Career pathways

Streamline your learning to employment opportunities by learning with a provider who is also an employer.

Why study aged care

Find out how studying aged care opens the door to a host of amazing benefits and a rewarding career.

If you’re after a rewarding job that has a positive impact on people’s lives, look no further than aged care. You’ll have the opportunity to directly enhance the lives of older Australians by making life easier for them and their families and developing meaningful relationships along the way. Whether it’s empowering clients to continue living at home independently with home care or uplifting residents with lifestyle activities at an aged care centre, your work will truly make a difference that changes people’s lives.

One of the great things about choosing to work in aged care is the amount of flexibility and choice available. Aged care workers can work almost anywhere and you can advise your availability, allowing you to have more control over your work/life balance.

Whether you’re a support worker in an aged care centre or helping someone live independently in their home and community, caring for older people is important work. It’s really heart-warming to be a regular part of someone’s life and make a positive difference to their day. Given the highly personal nature of aged care work, you often have the opportunity to make strong and meaningful connections with the people in your care as well as their close family and friends. It’s a highly rewarding career!

The aged care sector in Australia is a huge $20 billion+ industry that provides jobs for more than 220,000 people across the country. Over the next decade Australia will continue to experience high demand for aged care workers due to our ageing population and increased life expectancy, and the industry’s upward growth trend and demand for care workers is expected to rise. By studying aged care, you’ll have access to an industry with substantial growth, vast career opportunities and guaranteed job security. It’s a highly viable career choice.

Featured Courses

We offer a range of aged care courses with blended delivery of online learning and traditional face-to-face classes, giving you much greater flexibility when studying your qualification. You’ll be supported by our dedicated and passionate educators who provide traditional learning, assessment support and workplace follow-up.

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

This qualification is considered the baseline standard for people entering the aged care sector and prepares you to perform the basic aged care worker skills.


CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

This qualification is targeted for those employees and jobs that include specialised tasks and functions in the aged care sector. 


CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health

This qualification covers the design, implementation and evaluation of health and leisure activities in the aged care sector. 

CHCSS00070 Assist Clients with Medications

This course develops essential knowledge and skills required by care or support workers to assist clients with medication. 

HLT23221 Certificate II in Health Support Services

This course is the perfect starting point to a rewarding and fulfilling hospitality career in aged care.


BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

This qualification develops the skills to lead small teams and supervise business/operational units.

Need to start a course in your own time?

IRT Academy offers a range of self-directed courses that give you complete flexibility over when and where you study your aged care course with us.

Looking to start a new career in aged care?

Our Traineeship Program offers the best of work and study. This program is a fantastic opportunity to access on-the-job training plus a formal qualification, whilst still being able to work and earn an income.

Career opportunities

Working in aged care gifts you the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of rewarding roles and a varied career. Many of our students started out as carers then over time progressed and trained to become nurses, team leaders, clinical educators, business managers and even executives.

Some of the rewarding career choices in this industry include:

Aged Care Worker

Aged care employees provide personal, physical and emotional support and care to residents who require assistance with daily living in aged care centres.

Home Care Worker

Home care employees assist clients with their daily care needs and domestic duties in accordance with their care plan.

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses provide clinical care and help support and enrich the lives of residents and customers. 

Hospitality Worker

Hospitality workers help prepare tasty and nutritious meals and deliver services that help support the health of residents and customers.

Clinical Educator

Clinical educators help maintain and advance nursing practice, complex care skills and build the competence of staff.

Care Manager

Care managers provide clinical leadership at aged care centres, supporting aged care staff and ensuring regulatory and compliance standards are met.

Home Care Team Leader

Home care team leaders help manage a team of carers to support clients receiving aged care services at home.

Lifestyle Officer

Lifestyle officers support aged care residents through a range of lifestyle activities such as games, arts and craft and social outings.

Our graduates are our biggest advocates

As part of the 2021 National Student Outcomes Survey, our qualification completers at IRT Academy were asked about their experience of studying with us and subsequent employment.


Employment success

95% were employed after training. Of these, 78% received at least one job-related benefit such as a promotion or increased earnings.



98% were satisfied with their training overall


Recommend IRT Academy

92% of our graduates would recommend IRT Academy to a friend

Frequently asked questions

At IRT Academy we offer a range of nationally accredited qualifications, skill sets and short courses.  We also offer non-accredited short courses. Some of these are entry-level courses for people starting out in the aged care sector, while others are designed to upgrade the skills of those already working in aged care.

Our courses cover all the topics you need to work in the aged care sector. We support our students to learn everything from First Aid and CPR, basic aged care worker skills and health and leisure activities to dementia support strategies and medication assistance skills, all the way to leadership development and management.


Our qualifications are recognised nationally.  From Certificate III level through to Diploma, our full qualifications are available with a blended delivery model including face to face classes, virtual learning, self-directed experiences and on the job practice and assessment.

Skill sets

Skill sets include accredited unit/s of competency that target a specific skill area. We offer a range of skill sets including medication assistance, entry to care roles, dementia support and palliative care.  These market leading learning programs include a blend of online learning, video instruction, virtual classes, on the job practice and assessments.

Short courses

Including both accredited and non-accredited offerings, our short courses are targeted to specific skills such as First Aid and diabetes support. 

For a full list of courses, click here.

You’ll learn a range of skills including:

  • communication skills to build positive relationships with aged care residents and home care clients and their families
  • practical skills such as manual handling and personal care
  • how to work legally, ethically and safely while supporting older people to optimise their quality of life.

Our aged care courses typically do not have specific prerequisites to enrol. You will be advised of any specific requirements when you apply to enrol in one of our courses.

It really depends on the course, but most courses are between 3-12 months in duration. For example, the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) takes up to 12 months, whereas our Assist Clients with Medication course takes less than a couple of days.

Most of our courses are a mix of learning modes to meet all your learning needs. These may include:

  • Virtual and face-to-face sessions
  • Group discussions
  • Practical activities and projects
  • Written questions and research exercises
  • Practical observations in a simulated environment and the workplace.

Yes there are! You can enrol in Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), Provide First Aid, Provide CPR and our Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set at a time that suits you and have complete flexibility over when and where you study.

Course fees vary depending on the course you wish to study. You can find out more information about our fees and charges via the Fees and Charges Schedule here.

The great thing about studying with IRT Academy is that we also offer various state and territory subsidised training programs to assist with your course fees. This may include a full fee or part fee subsidy which equates to significant savings, making studying with us even more accessible!

You can apply for government funding here.

Usually the requirements involve a certain volume of self-directed study per week, in addition to classroom/virtual session hours. A work placement may also be required.

You will need to be deemed competent in all assigned assessment tasks to achieve your qualification/statement of attainment. These are listed on each individual course page.

To view our courses and requirements, click here.

You can start your career today by enrolling in an IRT Academy aged care course. Visit here to get started and register your interest with IRT Academy. One of our friendly team members will get back to you as soon as possible.

We’re also currently hiring at IRT, so why not look for your perfect job on our careers page!

To search for your job with us, click here.

Absolutely – many of our students already work in the aged care/home care sector and our courses align to industry career pathways.   

At this time, all our courses are provided in plain English.

Are you eligible for government-subsidised training?

You may be eligible for state and territory training subsidies to assist with course fees.

Submit your state/territory funding eligibility application using the online form below.

NSW residents:  visit for more information.

ACT residents:   visit  for more information.

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