Aged Care and Community Services

For those who want to work in Aged Care and Community Services.
The aim of this course is to prepare the student entering the healthcare workforce to safely and effectively work with people in community and residential care facilities. This qualification equips the student to undertake personal care and/or other activities of daily living. Upon successful completion of this training, you will be qualified as a Personal Care Attendant.

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Vocation Education Training in schools contributes to your VCE / VCAL program and points.

VET DSS (VET delivered in secondary schools) courses are designed and delivered to provide you with job skills and can be delivered to secondary school students is a great way to start your career in health, commence your studies and gain employment.

  • Students must have completed year 10 in English and Mathematics
  • This program is a scored VCE CET program
  • This program may be run at your school, combined with another school or on campus at Mayfield Education in Hawthorn East
  • This program runs for 2 school years whilst you are undertaking your other year 11 and 12 subjects
  • Mayfield Education helps organise your structured workplace learning SWL

This Certificate III in Community Services is a nationally accredited health industry course which falls under the category of Human Welfare Studies. It enables you to develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to work in a variety of health care environments. This enables you to complete your schooling with a VCE that includes a qualification that can gain you employment.

About Community Service Workers

Community workers are known by a number of terms because of the variety of areas that they can work in. They make be called community care workers, residential support workers or recreational officers. They work directly with clients to assist with a range of activities.

Community Services professionals work with a variety of clients who need assistance such as:

  • Taking basic care of themselves
  • Shopping and preparing meals
  • Cleaning and organizing their homes and belongings
  • Transport to appointments
  • Attending social outings.

They can work in a variety of settings such as:

  • The general community and people’s homes
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Community centres

This is an open entry program. Please talk to your year master, your VET in school’s co-ordinator or the careers advisor of the school. They can contact us on your behalf.

Information sessions are run in person at your school and/or online where you can meet the teachers of this program. All have qualifications in this area.

This qualification contains all of the following units. Wednesday afternoons are usually dedicated for participants in this program to undertake the training.

Units studied as part of this program
  • Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
  • Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005
  • Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002
  • Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS006
  • Provide first aid HLTAID003
  • Be an effective volunteer CHCVOL001
  • Provide first point of contact CHCCOM001
  • Organise and complete daily work activities BSBWOR202
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTINF001
  • Work within a community development framework CHCCDE003
  • Implement participation and engagement strategies CHCCDE004
Practical placement

As part of the course you will be placed in a real work environment to undertake 60 hours of voluntary work within the industry. This is organised by your school in collaboration with Mayfield Education

The classes and workshops are run 1 day/week during the term (usually Wednesday afternoons)

The course takes 2 years

On some days in the course you will also be attending excursions and undertaking SWL (structured workplace learning). This is practical experience in a real health care setting. This is organised by Mayfield Education and your school.

The dates of the program conform to the school terms. There are some additional days offered for those who want to undertake these as a Summer and Winter school. These days enable students to catch up on assessments and/or structured workplace learning and experience.

At the completion of the course you will receive points towards your VCE / VCAL program. You will also receive a Nationally accredited and recognised certificate III.

This course enables you to apply for work as an Allied Health Assistant. This course contains units which can be used as credits in a large range of health-related courses including technicians, aged care, community services and nursing etc. This course provides you with credits towards Certificate IV health care courses.

Once you have completed this qualification, you can gain credits into other health related courses if you seek to continue on the health career path:

  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC42115 Certificate IV in Community Development
  • CHC44015 Certificate IV in Coordination of volunteer programs
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

The fee is negotiated with your school. Please see your VET DSS co-ordinator for details

This course can be run in three different configurations:

  • on site at your school
  • by attending another school that already runs this course
  • by attending classes and workshops at Mayfield Education in Hawthorn East
Mayfield Education

2-10 Camberwell Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3123

Quick Glance

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Start date(s)

School term dates

Program length

2 school years


Your school, another school that runs this course or Mayfield Education Hawthorn

Study mode

1 day/week during the term (usually Wednesday afternoons)


(03) 9882 7644

The aim of this course is to prepare the student entering the healthcare workforce to safely and effectively work with people who need assistance in community and residential aged care facilities.

This course can also be undertaken as an upskill program for those already with a Cert III or working as Personal Care Workers. You are able to enrol in one or more of our specialised units click on Related Courses tab for more details.

We can also run this at your work site for you (if there are a group of you) Please enquire with Student Services and/or the course coordinator.

Minimum age 18 years with a minimum of Year 10 or equivalent

Attendance at a Mayfield Education information session and interview; These dates are to be advised.

Police check and immunisation status required prior to work placement.

Pre course assessment in English language, literacy and numeracy including Computer skills to utilise Mayfield online learning resources.

Students must have access to a computer and internet to complete blended learning.

Core Units
  • CHCCOM005-Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001-Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001-Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAAP001-Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCCS015-Provide individualised support
  • HLTWHS002-Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • CHCCCS023-Support independence and well being
Elective Units
  • CHCAGE001-Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE002-Implement falls prevention strategies
  • CHCAGE005-Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS011-Meet personal support needs
  • HLTHPS006-Assist clients with medication
  • HLTINF001-Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

The course has 29 days of face to face training from 09:30 – 15:30

This course includes 15 days of workplace assessment of your skills at Blue Cross Aged Care

Blended learning which includes online learning, workbooks and face-to-face sessions

Skills demonstration and practice in the student simulation laboratory

Employers and Work Sites

This course can be run within the work place for you or your staff. Please contact the Director of Education via email to find out more about this option

2020 Intake Start Date: TBA

Application Closing Date
2 weeks before Orientation Day.

Late applications will be considered.

Students are assessed against specific performance criteria for each unit of study. At Mayfield we have engaging ways of learning and assessment which includes: Journal Writing, Case Studies, Group Presentation, Assignments, Role Play, On-line Learning, CD-ROM, self-paced learning packages and short answer & multi-choice questions.

Nationally Recognised Certificate

Once completed, this course enables easier entry to HLT54115-Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing) to approved applicants.

Funded Fee: $560

Funded Hourly Rate: $0.86

Concession Funded Hourly Rate: $0.17

Full Fee: $1,272 (includes materials fee)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Fee instalment plans may be negotiated with students depending on individual circumstances.

Applicants who are up-skilling will be eligible for funding under the “Skills First”. Please check the Funded Courses tab for eligibility criteria.

Mayfield Education

2-10 Camberwell Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3123

Individual units

This qualification contains a number of well-chosen specialty electives. These can be enrolled in individually for those seeking continuing professional development or to become leaders in any of these important areas. These are also offered on site in your workplace (depending on numbers) in the following areas:

Medications – HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication. This unit applies to community services and health workers with authority in their state or territory to assist with the administration of medication.

Dementia – CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred care and support to people living with dementia. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan. This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context, including family homes. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.

Falls prevention – CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with older people and their carer/s to implement strategies to minimise the risk of falls.

Infection prevention – HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts and covers outbreak control interventions.

Quick Glance

Program code


Start date(s)


Program length

6 months with clinical placement


Mayfield Education Hawthorn

Study mode



(03) 9882 7644