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Entry into Care Roles Skill Set

Speciality Classification
Allied Health
6-9 hours of study per week (6 months)

Course Overview

Aged care is one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia due to being an ageing population. This course targets two work settings: Community and/or residential settings, or clients ‘ homes.

This skill set responds to an industry need as a result of the Bushfire and COVID-19 and is time-limited to the pandemic and recovery phase. The short course sets you up to use introductory care practices to support fully qualified carers within an aged care support environment.

You’ll get to learn all aspects of a carer’s role including following an individualised plan to undertake daily personal care tasks to ensure the well-being of older people. To complete this course, you’ll need to deal with the physical demands of personal care and be able to demonstrate genuine compassion and empathy towards others.

  • This course is designed for people in the community and/or residential setting who provide individualised support to people who need support due to ageing, disability and other reasons and;
  • seeking an introductory, entry-level understanding of these priority skill sets providing immediate support role opportunities.

The average duration of your course is 6 months, however as you will be completing this course in an online environment, you will have the flexibility to complete it earlier.

Everyone studies at a different pace and the time it takes you to finish the course will depend on how much you already know and how much experience you have.

NCA suggests you will need to spend between 6-9 hours of study per week.


NCA will provide you with the reading resources you need to gain the essential knowledge required to complete your course. Studying the learning materials will prepare you for your assessment.

NCA uses a variety of assessment methods to ensure you have gained sufficient knowledge and skills that are required for you to do the related job roles.

The Skills Group is made up of a mix of the following assessment activities.

Knowledge Assessment including:

  • Quizzes
  • Short Answer Questions

Performance Assessment including:

  • Observation of Practical Skills (include verification from Workplace Supervisor)
  • Workplace Projects Supplementary Evidence (where required)

To complete the performance assessments of your course, you will need to access a suitable workplace. If you are not currently working in a job role related to your course, you will need to do Work Placement. NCA can assist you in finding work placement.

Learning and assessment resources will be provided to you via your online learning platform NCA iLearn.

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