Duration of course

Flexible duration: 8-12 months

Delivery method

Blended: a combination of facilitated sessions, self-directed study and workplace-based learning. 

Entry requirements


Work placement


Nationally recognised

Funding may be available

Subsidised Prices

First qualification

Second Qualification



Non-subsidised prices


Funding may be available

We offer various state and territory subsidised training programs to assist you with course fees.

Course structure

Core Units  
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units* *Subject to change
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
HLTFSE002 Provide ward or unit based food preparation and distribution services
HLTFSE003 Perform kitchenware washing
HLTHSS003 Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical environment
SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
SITHCCC103 Prepare and present sandwiches (Pre-requisite: SITXFSA101)
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service

Frequently asked questions

For those studying in a classroom/virtual classroom environment :

  • 6-8 hours of home study plus classroom hours
  • pre-reading is essential before attending classes

Like choosing any area of study, the choice is a personal one for you to make. Aged care is a rapidly expanding industry where demand for workers will increase as the Australian population increases. A multitude of knowledge and skills are required by a hospitality worker to provide excellent service across cleaning, food preparation and food service to rooms and dining rooms. 

One day per fortnight over an 8-month period with a mixture of virtual and face-to-face classes held at IRT Academy in Wollongong and practical assessments in the workplace.

No formal work placement hours are required, but there are workplace assessments. These are on-the-job observations completed by an accredited IRT Academy trainer and they generally take place at the person’s place of work.

You will be assessed in a number of ways. These methods may include:

  • Virtual and face-to-face classroom sessions
  • Group discussions
  • Practical activities and projects
  • Short answers / multiple choice / matching questions
  • Practical observations in a classroom
  • Other self-directed activities
  • Role-plays

Find out everything you need to know, including information about course fees and refunds.

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Discover the IRT Academy difference

Whether it’s starting a new career, upskilling your current job or educating your team, IRT Academy can help.

Strong experience

We have been a registered training organisation delivering accredited and non-accredited aged care courses for over 25 years.

Guaranteed work placement

We offer guaranteed and arranged work placement in of our IRT Aged Care Centres in order for you to complete your required hours of placement. 

Industry experts

Our expert educators have extensive experience working in the industry and training aged and home care staff.

Career pathways

Streamline your learning to employment opportunities by learning with a provider who is also an employer.

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