Certificate IV in Home and Community Care

This qualification addresses work in client homes and other community settings within defined organisational guidelines and service plans.

These workers:

Carry out activities related to maintaining an individual's well being through personal care and/or other activities of living

May provide services to individuals with complex needs, and/or work with groups of older people Work may include training and support to promote independence and community participation, which may be provided as part of activities and programs in a variety of home and community care settings

Report to service managers and liaise with professionals and other service providers

May be required to supervise and/or coordinate a limited number of other workers.

Occupational titles may include:

Assistant coordinator

In-home respite care

Assistant team leader

Personal care worker

Care team leader

Senior community care worker

Community house worker

Service coordinator

Community support worker

Support worker

Day activity worker

Transport coordinator


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

15 units are required for award of this qualification including:

6 core units

9 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Group B electives which are recommended for advanced care work

Group C electives which are recommended for service coordination work

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCAC416A Facilitate support responsive to the specific nature of dementia

add topic CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector

add topic CHCHC401B Coordinate and monitor home based support

add topic CHCICS402B Facilitate individualised plans

ANDoneofeach of the following pairsof units:

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to OHS processes

OR

add topic CHCWHS312A Follow safety procedures for direct care work

AND

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

OR

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers in the home and community care sector need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

This qualification has been structured to provide a specific focus on either Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or culturally diverse clients. Where work involves a specific focus on both Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse clients or communities, candidates are recommended to select whichever of the following units not selected as core:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Group B - electives recommended for advanced care work

Those working in delivery of advanced care services should have the skills and knowledge addressed by:

add topic CHCICS401B Facilitate support for personal care needs

In addition, at least 4 of the following units are recommended as electives for work in advanced care services delivery in a home and community care context:

add topic CHCAC410B Collect technical data to support client health care plan (Note pre-requisite add topic HLTAP301B )

add topic CHCAD401D Advocate for clients

add topic CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs

add topic CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief

add topic CHCPA301B Deliver care services using a palliative approach

add topic HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

add topic HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

Group C - electives recommended for service coordination work

At least 5 of the following units are recommended to be selected for service coordination work in a home and community care context

add topic CHCADMIN403D Undertake administrative work

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services

add topic CHCORG406C Supervise work

add topic CHCORG423C Maintain quality service delivery

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

Client support

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour

add topic CHCCS417B Provide support and care relating to suicide bereavement

add topic CHCCS422B Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately

add topic CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief

add topic CHCDIS405A Facilitate skills development and maintenance

add topic CHCICS403A Conduct individual assessment

add topic CHCICS404B Plan and provide advanced behaviour support

add topic CHCICS405B Facilitate groups for individual outcomes

add topic CHCICS406B Support client self management

add topic CHCICS407B Support positive lifestyle

add topic CHCICS408B Provide support to people with chronic disease

add topic CHCICS409A Recognise and respond to suspected abuse of vulnerable people

add topic CHCICS410A Support relationships with carers and families

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCPAS401B Undertake pastoral care work

add topic HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices

add topic HLTFS309C Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace

add topic HLTFS310C Apply and monitor food safety requirements

Medication and health professional support

add topic CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication (Note pre-requisite add topic HLTAP301B )

add topic CHCCS424B Administer and monitor medications (Note pre-requisites add topic CHCCS305B , add topic HLTAP301B )

add topic CHCCS425B Support health professional

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite add topic HLTFA301C )

Working with older people

add topic CHCAC317A Support older people to maintain their independence

add topic CHCAC412B Provide services to older people with complex needs (Note pre-requisite add topic CHCAC318B )

add topic CHCAC417A Implement interventions with older people at risk of falls

add topic CHCPA402B Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach

Working with people with disabilities

add topic CHCDIS400C Provide care and support

add topic CHCDIS409B Provide services to people with disabilities with complex needs

add topic CHCDIS410A Facilitate community participation and inclusion

add topic CHCDIS411A Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

Working with people with mental health issues

add topic CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes

add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

Working with people with alcohol and other drug issues

add topic CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

Leisure and health

add topic CHCRH401C Work effectively in the leisure and health industry

add topic CHCRH402B Undertake leisure and health programming

add topic CHCRH404B Plan, implement and monitor leisure and health programs

Team coordination and supervision

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCORG406C Supervise work

add topic CHCORG423C Maintain quality service delivery

Organisation support

add topic BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic CHCADMIN403D Undertake administrative work

Oral health

add topic CHCOHC303B Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support and encourage clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

add topic CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues

add topic CHCOHC406B Provide or assist with oral hygiene

add topic CHCOHC407B Apply and manage use of basic oral health products


Pathways...

    Not Applicable


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into CHC40212 Certificate IV in Home and Community Care a candidate must be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the following core units from CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care (or equivalent):

CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability

CHCICS304B Work effectively with carers


Licensing Information

Not Applicable


Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries