Dual aged care qualification offers university study and income 

22 February 2022

The Dual Qualification in Aged Care offers participants a chance to complete a Certificate III individual Support (through ANMEC) and an Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care (UniSA) simultaneously.

This program would be a great opportunity for school leavers to embark on university studies AND enable them to gain work in aged care to provide them with income and experience in an area that could be part of their future health career plans.

The program aims to build additional capability for new workers to respond to the complex and demanding roles in aged care, and additional strategies to support wellness and engagement of older adults in residential or community care.

This approach is part of a funded trial from the Department of Innovation and Skills and is delivered in collaboration with UniSA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC). This pilot program has been developed to explore future training strategies in aged care and the program is based around input and advice from aged care industry providers. 

How does the program work?
By studying two qualifications at the same time, students will receive reciprocal credit and graduate in only 8 months.
Students undertake practical hands-on training early in the program, providing them with the skills and knowledge required for transition directly into the aged care workforce within the first 4-6 weeks of the program. 

This is designed to respond to the current urgent aged care workforce need, enabling students to undertake employment while they complete the qualification. 

This is also an opportunity for participants to try out study at a university level and may be a pathway for further university studies or another vocational qualification such as Diploma of Nursing. 

The program includes both online study (UniSA) and classroom learning (ANMEC) with 120 hours of practice occurring within the aged care workplace.

In addition, the Dual Qualification is fully funded in the pilot program, meaning there are zero course fees for accepted SA residents.

The program is planned to start on April 5th 2022 with selection, pre-entry and enrolment occurring in March. 

Next steps?
Potential applicants can learn more about the program and  make an initial expression of interest by clicking on the below link.

Aged Care Dual Qualification Pilot

For further information please do not hesitate to contact:
Helen Loffler | Project Coordinator  
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre, A service of the ANMF (SA Branch) 
t  08 8334 1960   |   m 0466 660 336 |   w www.anmec.edu.au  |  e [email protected]