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Want to study for free while you work and earn?

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.

Duration of course

12 months

Delivery method

Hybrid delivery: virtual, face to face, online and self-paced program

Entry requirements


Enrolment dates

6 Feb 2024

30 April 2024

28 May 2024

6 August 2024

29 Oct 2024

10 Dec 2024

Work placement

120 hours required

Nationally recognised

Funding may be available

Subsidised Prices

Please speak to us to find out more details. 

Funding may be available

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

Non-subsidised prices


Course structure

Core Units  
CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
CHCCCS040 Support independence and well being
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective Units* *Subject to change
CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCAGE013 Work effectively in aged care
CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
CHCAGE007 Recognise and report risk of falls
CHCCCS036 Support relationships with carer and family

Need to start this course in your own time?

We offer CHC33021 – Certificate III in Individual
Support (Ageing) as a self-paced program that gives you complete flexibility over when and where you study your aged care course with us.

Call our friendly team on (02) 4221 9100 to find out more.

Frequently asked questions

For those studying in a classroom/virtual classroom environment :

  • Approximately 6-8 hours of home study per week plus classroom hours (classroom hours does not apply to students enrolled in self-directed learning mode for this qualification)
  • An online learning resource and assessment pack will be provided and pre-reading is essential before attending classes.

For all students:

  • You will have access to regularly scheduled virtual support sessions known as homework tables. At these sessions, we will have a trainer online and available to step you through key course topics and to answer questions/support needs you may have.

Like choosing any area of study the choice is a personal one for you to make. Aged care is a rapidly expanding industry where demand for workers continues to be high as the Australian population ages.

We offer year-round enrolment with multiple intake periods each year. Check the course page to find out the next enrolment dates.

For this course, we also offer anytime enrolment where you can start when it suits you and study it as a self-directed course.

To find out more, call us on (02) 4221 9100 and we’ll be happy to help.

No, there are no prerequisites for this course.

  • 10-12 months (self-directed) – online, work placement and scheduled practical sessions
  • 10-12 months (blended) – virtual classes/sessions (16), work placement and scheduled practical sessions
  • Practical sessions will be scheduled in advance and may be conducted in Wollongong, Sydney and other IRT locations in Southern NSW and ACT.

Yes, 120 hours of work placement is required in an aged care centre. IRT Academy will assist in organising work placement but can’t guarantee work placement in areas where IRT does not have an aged care centre.

  • Short answers questions
  • Practical activities and/or projects
  • Practical observations in the classroom/workplace, including role plays.
  • Other self-directed activities

Find out everything you need to know, including information about course fees and refunds.

Find out more.


Making a difference in someone’s day is just the beginning


“I’ve always wanted to make a difference in someone’s day, and I now achieve this daily. The satisfaction you get knowing you help the most vulnerable – that’s priceless”

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)


“I love being able to do something for them, have a conversation, bring a smile to their face and a little bit of joy to their day – they have such good stories to

Certificate IV in Ageing Support


“I like spending time with the residents, getting a smile on their faces and knowing they’re happy with what i’ve done for them. That’s the most rewarding for me”

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

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 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 and home care staff.

Career pathways

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

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