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CHC32012 – Certificate III in Aged Care

CHC32012 Certificate III in Aged Care

We no longer enroll new students in this qualification. Please contact us for alternative options

Make a difference to the senior members of our community by obtaining the knowledge and skills required to work in aged care. Develop the ability to provide quality care with the right attitude and values, within community or residential care systems. With employment in a wide variety of assistant roles, it’s the perfect course to give your career a helping hand.

If you are seeking a career in a stable, professional and attractive industry our Aged Care courses will allow you to gain the crucial skills to help you find aged care work or formalise your current experience. Aged care has been listed in the West Australian State Priority Occupation List in 2013.

Completion of this program may provide you with an opportunity to work as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) or a Personal Care Worker (PCW) in aged care facilities/community services, providing personal care, social, and home support.

The program requires students to demonstrate that they can apply underpinning knowledge (theory), related to assisting aged people’s personal needs in an appropriate environment, e.g. Aged Care Nursing Home. This may include personal hygiene procedures, manual handling, and assisting with meals.

This program includes Vocational Placement of 100 hours and therefore it is expected that students are currently employed as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) or Personal Care Worker (PCW), or plan to undertake voluntary or employed work with a registered aged care organisation. If you are not currently working in an aged care facility, AIHFE work with a number of Aged care facility partners and we are happy to assist you to find a placement in one of these facilities and you do not have to pay any fees for this part of the training.

It is a legal requirement for all persons working in the aged care industry to undertake a National Police Check.

If you are seeking RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), or are currently working in the Aged Care sector, please contact  associatedean@aihfe.edu.au

This qualification addresses work primarily in residential facilities under direct or regular supervision, within clearly defined organisation guidelines and service plans.
These workers:

  • Carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people in an aged care setting
  • Carry out activities related to an individualised plan
  • Report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other workers.


Occupational titles for this qualification may include:

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Field officer
  • Assistant in nursing
  • Home care assistant
  • Care assistant
  • In-home respite worker
  • Care service employees
  • Nursing assistant
  • Care worker
  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Personal care giver
  • Community house worker
  • Personal care worker
  • Community support worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Disability service officer (in some jurisdictions)
  • Support worker


Students are required to complete 14 units, including 10 core units and 4 electives.

On successful completion of the course and placement, students will be awarded CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care.

Course Duration/Mode

12 weeks full time, theory and practical training and assessment, inclusive of 100 hours of work/industry placement at aged care facilities.

Entry Requirements

Completion of Year 10 or equivalent competencies or achieve an equivalent in other forms of testing that satisfy the institution’s requirements. Non- school leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit; vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies are used to determine entry.


All units of competence will be assessed using a selection of tools. Portfolios, essays, reports, role-plays, practical observations, case studies, questioning, simulation activities and written tests may be used to gather evidence for the unit of competency.

For details about our time table and fee structure please contact:

courseadvisor@aihfe.edu.au or ring 94173553

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NRT-1 On-Campus

  • Your qualification is nationally recognised (Australia wide) through Australian Qualification Framework.
  • Monitored and regulated by Australian Skills Qualification Authority, the government regulator of the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
  • Approved by Department of Human Services to receive financial assistance for full time eligible Australian students (Austudy/Abstudy).
  • AIHFE is a member of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) and we provide fee protection for Australian students under their Tuition Assurance Scheme for all Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses.