PCA Courses: all you need to know!

Ever thought about a career as a Personal Care Assistant? If you love the idea of making a difference to elderly people’s lives – and indeed, to your career – studying with Sage may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about becoming a Personal Care Assistant for Australia’s rapidly expanding aged care community.

Today’s demand for aged care workers in Australia

Right now, the rate of growth in the aged care industry is phenomenal. Over the last decade, according to a recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the aged care sector has grown by 46%, with predictions for its growth over the next year being meteoric.

Currently, in Australia, there are over 253,000 government-subsidised aged care positions.

Over the next five years, 705 aged care establishments will be built. That’s 141 establishments opening per year – or 2.7 per week.

Employment rate growth

  • Employees in aged care in Australia 2013 – 2014: 102,195
  • Forecasted employees in aged care in Australia 2018 – 2019: 134,269

Employment rates are equally impressive. In the next five years, predictions reveal that Australia will require 32,074 more personal care assistants working in aged care.

Workplace flexibility

Once qualified as a Personal Care Assistant, you’ll have a wealth of options available to you. PCA employment falls into two areas: working in an aged care facility (where residents work full time) or in-home care and community care (where seniors are still living independently at home).

Aged care facilities

An aged care facility is a place where the elderly reside full-time. Residents may no longer able to maintain their property or independence due to problems with mental or physical function.

Working in an aged care facility is an ideal choice for those wishing to work full-time; however, many part-time positions would also be available.

Community care & home care

Working in home care is an ideal choice for many that wish to work casually or part-time as an aged care worker. The flexible options are endless, and this is a popular career choice. Sage graduates are working throughout Melbourne at all times of the day and night.

Whether you choose to work in an aged care facility or work casually as a PCA for home care, one thing is for sure: there is an abundance of employment opportunities available to you.

Great trainers

Learn from Sage, and you’ll learn from the best. Our trainers are renowned in the industry for their experience, compassion, and exceptional skill. Passionate advocates for aged care, our team of trainers strongly believe in making a difference to the lives of the elderly community. They believe in supporting the elderly with compassion, dignity, and professionalism and it is their mission to instil these beliefs into their students.

Our trainers will provide you with the skills to be thoroughly prepared for a fulfilling and deeply rewarding career as a Personal Care Assistant in the aged care industry.

Our Sage trainers are passionate about teaching; they care about you and your learning and are dedicated to nurturing you through your course to make sure your learning experience is a rich and positive one.

The PCA course

The Sage Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) is Sage’s signature qualification of the Sage Aged Care Worker Program. A nationally recognised Certificate IV course, it is the most up-to-date qualification and was the first to be offered by a Victorian Training Organisation full-time in 2016.

The PCA Course - Sage Institute of Fitness

At Sage, we believe that to become the best and most caring Personal Care Assistant you need far more than just online training. That’s why our course is not only longer and more comprehensive than any other but contains many practical components for face-to-face learning as well as a minimum of 120 work-experience hours.

Our Sage trainers will carefully guide you through both the essential theoretical and critical aspects of supporting and caring for the elderly, for example:

  • Elderly care health and hygiene;
  • Working with diverse groups;
  • Caring for the interests, rights and empowerment of clients;
  • Falls prevention and intervention for older people at risk;
  • Service planning and delivery;
  • Safe work practices.

Added qualifications

Another outstanding feature of our aged care course is the added qualifications that will further benefit your career. Included in the Sage Aged Care Worker Program are First Aid (HLTAID003) and Leisure & Lifestyle Programming (CHCSS00080 Induction to Leisure and Health Skill Set).

Government funding

As Sage is a registered training organisation (RTO ID 110070), eligible Sage students may save thousands, as they may be entitled to State and Federal Government funding.

Certain criteria apply, however, basically speaking, if you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have not completed any prior qualifications, it’s likely you will be eligible for government funding. There are no age limits (which is ideal for those wanting a midlife career change), and it doesn’t matter whether you study part-time or full-time.

Additionally, if you have a valid concession, you may be able to receive even more government assistance through concession entitlements. To find out if you’re eligible, please contact one of our Career Advisors on 1300 993 993.

Finding out if you’re eligible for government funding is a surprisingly quick process. Simply book an appointment with one of our Careers Advisors to come in for a face-to-face chat. In minutes, our advisors will be able to tell you if you qualify for government funding and if so, will get things organised for you straight away.

Entry requirements

Almost anyone can study at Sage Institute of Aged Care – there are no specific entry requirements. All that is required is that you have an interview with one of our Career Advisors, either face-to-face or over the phone (if it is not possible to talk in person), to discuss your suitability for the course. In the interview, your Career Advisor will be most keen to hear two things: your enthusiasm to complete the aged care course and a strong and genuine desire for a career in aged care.

Everything’s included

Along with government funding, and flexible and affordable payment options, Sage’s fees are fully inclusive: everything is provided with no extra fees to pay. This includes PCA textbooks and all associated course material, first-aid qualification pack and manual, Leisure and Lifestyle Programming Course, two polo shirts, and the Sage backpack containing a lanyard, pen and Sage water bottle.

To find out more about studying to become a PCA at Sage Institute of Aged Care, contact one of our Career Advisors today on 1300 993 993.

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Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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