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ash for vix


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Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:07 am

Hi everyone
I'd be so grateful if anyone could help.
My mum in law would like to study her Cert III in Aged Care and has come across a company called Success Fast-track who say you can be working after their 5 week course.
Has anyone done this through them, or does anyone have any thoughts about it?
Thanks so much,
Warmest regards,



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Jul 30, 2010, 11:09 am

Hello and welcome..

To be perfectly honest with you .. Unless your MIL has been working in age care industry for yonks and needs to get cert 3 fast track 5 week course sure go for this.. I did the 12 week course because I missed out on a 6 month tafe course.. I do feel you have to take in and study and an understanding of age care.. Also a two week job placement is required.. A month through tafe.. So I do wonder how one can fit in all the module's.. All I can say is do some research on age care..



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Sep 01, 2010, 05:18 am Last edited Sep 01, 2010, 05:18 am update #1

I am currently doing my cert 111 in aged care through success fast track, and all i can say is it is fantastic. You do learn everything u need to know, they find you your job placement and the teachers are very experienced A.I.Ns and some are registered nurses. They take you through all the theory and you do in classroom assessments day by day. It is a nationally recognised course so if you have a chance to do it, go for it. I was very hesitant and questioned the 5 weeks (sounded to quick) but its easy and everything is condensed and covered in the course. The teachers have worked in the positions we are training for, for many years so they do know all about the industry. Go for it.

modified: Wednesday 01 September 2010 5:20:08 am - Bethany



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Sep 25, 2010, 04:05 am

I have made a post previously on Personal Care Worker's and made reference about fast tracking.. Unless you have been working in the industry without cert 3 yes go for this .. I repeat a big NO if not... Do your research in the training facility's because modules have been added since 09..



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Mar 18, 2011, 06:32 am

I did a 6 week course and thought it was good. We got lots of practical training done..showering each other,slide sheets,making an occupied/unoccupied bed,manual handling,assisting residents out of bed chairs etc,using lifters etc

According to our teacher those who do the Tafe course dont do alot of practicals, not sure if its true or not.



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Mar 18, 2011, 11:34 am

Under Tafe you do a 4 week work placement. That course is pretty much full on when you go in depth in age care the principle and policies. An understanding on attorney, medicine and how it works. I did a 12 week course in 09 then it was 13 modules covered. We did 2 module a week. We did a lot of home study and research our selves to get easements in.. We did a two week work placement. Although we did manual training in our training college, it was not accepted in the student orientation work placement. We had to go through the Facility organisation guidelines. I do need to say being a PCW ongoing education is vital. Added on modules are medicine and Divisional therapy. Community and disability. We are not only caring for the elderly, we are caring for adukts that have been placed in nursing homes that are under the age of 50.. All I can say is it is not easy being a PCW. Depending where you live in which state it 's not so easy to gain a postion. First of yes all they do look for exsperiance.. But if you have gained that bit more knowledge iA bonus one would think..



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Mar 28, 2011, 04:09 am

I am doing my Cert III in aged care, I have done a month of a 6 month course with 2 days a week at the classroom with a teacher and we have to do 140 hours placement. We are using the NSW TAFE Learner Study Guide and NSW TAFE The Aged Care in Australia text book. the assignments are about 50 pages each module of questions as well as approx 6 200-300 word essays. Assignments are due every two weeks.

Not sure if it could be done any quicker for a newbie to the industry, there is so much stuff to learn and though I am not finding it hard, I am finding it is alot and takes time to answer questions. I love learning and being a student, I find learning really easy but no way would I do this much content in 5 weeks.