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Whether you want to gain further skills in your area of work or you're hoping to pursue a career in helping others, aged care courses give you the skills and knowledge to care for the elderly.

We've narrowed down the courses that can provide you with the necessary skills and requirements to land you a job in aged care.

Where can I find aged care courses online?

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What online courses are available for aged care?

Pursuing a career in aged care opens up many areas of study and online options at different levels, including:

Professional development

Courses in professional development can help you develop new skills so you can go after that promotion at work:

Psychology of Older AgeUdemy
Family Care SurvivalUdemy
The Aging BrainThe Great Courses
Sensation, Perception and the Aging ProcessThe Great Courses

Short courses

Short courses give you a glimpse into your chosen field and are a good way of auditing a particular area of study:

Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Aged CareTAFE
Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Home and Community CareTAFE
Aged Care - Career SamplerOnline Courses Australia
Working in Aged Care 101Online Courses Australia
Advanced Certificate in Aged CareOnline Courses Australia
Looking After the ElderlyOnline Courses Australia
Support People with DementiaOnline Courses Australia
Support Ageing People with DisabilitiesOnline Courses Australia
Working Effectively in the Community SectorOnline Courses Australia


With a certificate, you're qualified to apply for an entry level role in aged care:

Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)Kirana Colleges via
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)Kirana Colleges via
Dual Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate IV in Ageing SupportKirana Colleges via

Bachelor's Degree

If you want to advance your career to a higher level, a three- or four-year bachelor's degree is the way to go:

Bachelor of Community ServicesTAFE NSW
Bachelor of Dementia CareTAFE NSW
Bachelor of Community HealthOpen Universities

If you decide to study aged care, you will learn a broad range of skills from caregiving support and medication to communication and collaboration skills.

You can find these online courses at TAFE NSW,, Open Colleges, Online Courses Australia, Udemy and The Great Courses.

What topics may be covered in an aged care online course?

Here's an outline of what you can expect to cover in an aged care course:

  • The human body and how to support its healthy functioning
  • How to facilitate the empowerment of the elderly
  • The skills to meet personal client support needs
  • How to tailor support to meet the needs of individual clients
  • How dementia can affect a person, as well as strategies for communicating with, supporting and monitoring a client with dementia
  • How to assist clients with medications (elective for existing workers only)
  • How to support client independence and wellbeing
  • The tools to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, their families and coworkers.
  • How to work effectively within the health and community care sector

How long does an online aged care course take to complete?

The duration of many of these online courses is 12 months (self-paced).

Shorter courses can be completed within a few months, while higher qualification courses such as a bachelor's degree can take three or four years.

Like most online courses, you may be able to work at your own pace within a set time period. For instance, a 12-month course may take you two years to complete, depending on your schedule and how much time you devote to learning.

What qualifications are required to become an aged care worker?

Short courses and professional development courses are open to anyone. For a bachelor's degree in community services, you will need one of the following:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a course at a higher education institution

What are the career opportunities after taking an aged care course?

At a certificate level, you may qualify for the following professions:

  • Personal Care Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Care Service Employee
  • Care Team Leader
  • Community Care Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Client Assistant
  • Food Services Worker

With an undergraduate degree in a related area, you may qualify for the following positions:

  • Case Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Case Management Supervisor
  • Community Services Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Support Case Worker
  • Team Manager
  • Advocate
  • Counsellor
  • Community Development Officer
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Welfare Worker
  • Community Care Coordinator
  • Halfway House Supervisor
  • Women's Centre Program Supervisor

What equipment and software will I need?

To complete an online course in aged care, you will need a laptop or desktop with a stable Internet connection, a microphone and a camera.

You will also need access to Zoom for face-to-face sessions. This is free to download.

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    HoaDecember 9, 2019

    Hi Dear !
    I am a clinical pharmacist and living in Vietnam .I have a visitor visa ( subclass 600) up to Nov 2022. I am interested in the online program in the field . Which school or centre in Australia I can get admitted to ? Thank you!

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      NikkiDecember 12, 2019

      Hi Hoa,

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you are doing well. It’s great to know you have an AU visitor visa. You can get advise on which school or center to join by using the online form on the page above. Enter the needed details on the form and ENQUIRE NOW. Someone from the provider’s end will contact you to proceed with your inquiry.

      Hope this helps and best of luck on your endeavor!


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    esielOctober 3, 2019

    Can I start to study for age care? I am from the Philippines and I am here in Australia on bridging visa. If I start study, what are the requirements needed?

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      NikkiOctober 6, 2019

      Hi Esiel,

      Thanks for your message. It’s good to know that you are interested to study Age Care. The requirements will depend on where you apply for a course on Aged Care in Australia. To know your options, please fill out the online form on the page and click ENQUIRE NOW. Someone will get in touch with you as soon as they receive your application.

      Hope this helps!


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    SHALINISeptember 6, 2019

    Is there a 3-6 month course in aged care? If yes, then I need the details of the institution imparting this course, course fees, subjects etc.

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      JeniSeptember 7, 2019Staff

      Hi Shalini,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      To get a free consultation and to know more on having 3-6 months course in aged care online, please enter all info asked on the table then click on the green Enquire Now button.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    KimberlyJune 8, 2019

    I’m from the Philippines and I have an Australian tourist Visa multiple entry. Now, I’m here in Australia. Can I study aged care to work here in Australia?

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      JeniJune 9, 2019Staff

      Hi Kimberly,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      To study a certain course in Australia, like Aged Care, depends on your the visa type you got. If you have a tourist visa (subclass 676), you must comply with the following visa conditions:

      – Unless you were granted a visa that specifically allows you to work, you must not work while in Australia. You might be able to do some volunteer work, but only if an Australian resident would not otherwise be paid to do the work (you can be reimbused for out-of-pocket expenses such as meals and accommodation).
      – You must not study for more than three months while in Australia.

      Kindly get in touch with a representative from the Department of Home Affairs if you need further assistance on your visa.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    PriyaMarch 5, 2019

    I am a Singaporean but living in malaysia. I am interested to take courses on age care online . What are the procedures and will this cert help me get a job in Australia. Thank you

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      JohnMarch 6, 2019Staff

      Hi Priya,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      The Australian Government’s Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has taken a vested interest in the training of aged care workers and have developed a list of areas that they believe are crucial for a student to study successfully in order to receive Certificate III or IV in Aged Care. In addition to your online studies, you will also be required to complete practical study in a work environment that provides care to the elderly. This hands-on experience will be a vital part of building your skills as an aged care worker in Australia. These help in applying for a job in Australia. Hope these help!


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    petruta(Pat)November 23, 2018

    I am a senior RN and would like to shift from my recent surgical skilled RN to work in age care. What courses shall I take to be able to do this change?
    Thanks in anticipation

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      JoshuaNovember 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Pat,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Since there are a variety of roles in an aged care setting, there are also different education pathways and courses you can take. Among these courses are already mentioned on this page. You would need to first assess the specific things you want to achieve and from there, you can select the best course that meets your current and future needs.

      I would suggest as well that you speak to registered nurses who are already working in aged care. From there, you get more ideas on how to become one of them.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!


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    MichaelApril 6, 2017

    If I’m located in South Africa, will it be possible to do the course in Australia? And what will it take to do it in Australia?

    Thank you

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      HaroldApril 6, 2017Staff

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Basically, an online learning institution that offers aged care courses that meet the requirements of the Australian government for working in this field. They provide self-paced programs that allow you to complete your training and receive your certification in under a year. With that being said, it would be nice to directly coordinate your concern to your chosen institution. You can inquire from the them the list of requirements as well as the proper procedure.

      I hope this information has helped.


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