Certificate III in Aged Care

Want a career that can really make a difference in the community? This vocational training course works in conjunction with the NSW HSC and can train you to work in the field of aged care.

With Australia’s ageing population, this sector of community services will require more and more people in the future.

This course will train you to look after an older person’s care needs, support their individual health and wellbeing, follow safety procedures for direct care work and work effectively with the elderly.

With such extensive training and a compulsory work placement component, this course will give you the necessary foundations to embark on a care-giving career.

At a glance

At a glance
Qualification Certificate III - TAFE

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards

Provider OTEN – Open Training and Education Network

None. Students should be at least 17 years old.

Study mode
  1. Online
  2. Distance
  1. Online (Study anywhere)
  2. Distance (Study anywhere)
Study load Self-paced (e.g. 10 hrs a week = finish in 1 year)
Assessment By assignments + work placement
Start date Enrol anytime. Contact us about enrolling.
Payment options
  1. Flexible payment options
Price $2425 AUD
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What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Looking after an older person’s care needs
  • Supporting individual health and wellbeing
  • Recognising healthy body systems in a health care context
  • Supporting people living with dementia

1,135 Aged Care jobs on SEEK in March 2014

Source: seek.com.au

Course structure

Total Units: 14
  • Work effectively in the community sector
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Work effectively with older people
  • Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
  • Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
  • Support older people to maintain their independence
  • Support individual health and emotional well being
  • Provide support to meet personal care needs
  • Participate in the implementation of individual plans
  • Provide support to people living with dementia
  • Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • Implement interventions with older people at risk of falls
  • Advocate for clients

Plus choose one of the following:

  • Work within a legal and ethical framework
  • Assist clients with medication

Course features

  • Study at home at your own pace
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • Support from OTEN teaching staff available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEST
  • Extra online study support through YourTutor 6 nights a week
  • There is an option to complete this qualification early
  • Students can use this course to gain credit in various Health and Community Services courses
  • Access to SEEK Learning Online Library


  • Students should be at least 17 years old to undertake the work placement for this course

Get started - we're ready when you are!

Send us an online enquiry and one of our expert consultants will get in touch.

We'll give you all the info you need about choosing the right course, payment options, enrolling and fitting study into your life.

Enquire online Free call 0800 170 252

9am - 5.30pm AEST Monday - Friday

Work placement

You will need to complete a certain number of hours of work placement to complete this course. Students may be required to undergo a criminal record check prior to commencing work placements.

The facility that you select should have access to an assessor with a TAE40104 – Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE10) qualification and the assessor needs to be approved by OTEN teacher prior to commencement of the work placement.