Certificate in Aged Care Work

Getting aged is a physically, psychologically and socially tricky process. Getting older is rife with emotional landmines, gerontologists say, including fears of losing one’s independence or getting a severe illness. Everyone has to cope with age-related changes to age gracefully.

The Certificate III in Aged Care introduces you to new insights into the process of growing old, helps you replace the stereotypical thinking about ageing with a complimentary view of ageing gracefully, and equips you with the skills to handle the social, physical and psychological wellbeing of the elderly.


Full time: 6 months (5-hour lessons/day, five days/week)

Part-time: 12 months (3-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week


Classroom-based lectures and practical sessions


January, April, July, October

• A minimum number of 15 students for the commencement of the class.

• Students will be informed two weeks before the start of the course.


  • Assignments
  • Assessment tasks
  • Portfolios
  • Practicals.

Note: In case students fail the main examination of a particular module, they are allowed to sit for ‘One’ supplement assessment with payment of the appropriate fee*. Students are to re-take the module; shall they fail the supplementary examination. Modules are independent of each other.

* Refer to Miscellaneous Fees


Students must complete and pass all 14 modules to awarded the Certificate (III) in Aged Care Work will be conferred by the CSM Academy International.

Local students must achieve an attendance of 75% and International students must complete attendance of 90% in any month of the course.


Upon completion of this 6-month full-time or 12-month part-time course, you can work as a Care Assistant or a Community Care Worker or a Community House Worker or a Disability Service Officer or a Home Care Assistant or In-home Respite Worker or a Nursing Assistant or Personal Caregiver/Care worker or in Support Work.


CSM Academy International, Singapore


Orientation to Aged Care Work

This module introduces the structure and profile of aged care services. It discusses the issues affecting older people and their careers as there is an increase in the more ageing population. The module describes independent care, residential care and community care, respite care. Also, the module identifies cultural diversity, various accesses to services and reflects the philosophy of positive ageing, as well as insights into the legal and ethical considerations in relations to the healthcare industry.

Assist with Self-medication

This module helps you understand issues and concepts in assisting in self-administration of medication. It also provides a detailed account of risks and responsibilities in medication administration. Also, the module uses practical approaches to help you understand proper medication administration and apply these fundamental concepts to assist your clients.

Communicate Appropriately with Clients and Co-workers

It is essential that as a community service work, you have to communicate with colleagues, clients and others in ways that are appropriate for a particular situation. Therefore, this module is to equip you with the knowledge and ability to be able to utilize a range of practical communication skills in interactions with clients or colleagues.

Comply with Information Requirements of the Aged Care and Community

This module describes the knowledge and skills required to undertake administrative duties of the role, including documenting in client records and contribute to the development and monitoring of service delivery plans following organizational and responsibility of care requirements.

Facilitate Co-operative Behaviour

The module covers competencies required to deal with unacceptable behaviours and provide support for behaviour management and change. The module will teach you how to monitor clients’ behaviours and use communication strategies to de-escalate conflicts.

Participate in Safety Procedures for Direct Care Work

The module designed to help you participate in workplace safety procedures. After completing the module, you will enable to identify the significant occupational health and safety hazards, assess the risk level and follow instructions and guidelines with minimal supervision and support.

Participate in the Work Environment

This module aims to introduce a variety of concepts that will assist you to participate effectively in the workplace. It will help you work effectively as an individual and in workgroups to contribute to the achievement of organizational objectives.

Provide Care Support Which Is Responsive To the Specific Nature of Dementia

The module focuses on the skills required to take care of demented elderly such as communicating with them, providing appropriate activities to maintain their dignity. Also skills and health and developing and implementing strategies which minimize the impact of challenging behaviours.

Provide Personal Care

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to support or assist the older person with their personal care needs within the service delivery plan. The module also covers structures and functions of the various systems of the body and common disorders caused by the ageing process, helps you how to assist the elderly to cope with issues caused by such diseases.

Provide Support to an Older Person

This module provides you with a detailed understanding of issues and concepts surrounding the care of an older person. It also provides a detail account risks and responsibilities to care for an older person as an individual or an employee of an organization. 

Also, using practical approaches to help you understand and apply your learning to various realistic case studies and situations that you may encounter at the workplace in future. 

This unit describes the knowledge and skills require supporting the older person to meet their emotional and psychosocial needs. It also covers how to help an elderly who is experiencing loss and grief.

Work Effectively with Culturally Diverse Clients and Co-Workers

This module deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures. It will help you develop relationships, communicate effectively with culturally diverse persons and Resolve cross-cultural misunderstanding.

Senior First Aid

This module designed to provide you with the appropriate skills and knowledge to manage a situation where an elderly is seriously injured or suddenly ill. The module prepares you to provide an initial response to sudden injury or illness so that the victim will have a better chance to survive.

Workplace Learning Residential Aged Care

This module will teach you the specifics of primary care for the elderly to meet their nutritional needs, personal hygiene, communications and safety issues.

Support the Older Person to Meet Their Emotional and Psychosocial Needs

This unit describes the knowledge and skills require supporting the older person to meet their emotional and psychosocial needs. It also covers how to help an elderly who is experiencing loss and grief.


Application Fee

(Non-Refundable and non-transferable)

For local students: S$50.00 (before GST)*

(*Refer to Singaporean/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant Pass holders)

For international students: S$600 (before GST)

Course Fee

For local students: S$7,500 (before GST)

For international students: S$8,400 (before GST)

Insurance Fees

Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate

Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.

****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. 

Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Nonstudent’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.


– Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.

– Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Miscellaneous Fees

Please ask for a copy of the Programme Executives or Recruitment Agents.

Language Requirements:

• At least a C6 at PSLE or equivalent

Academic Requirements:

• At least a C6 at Secondary II Levels in any three subjects or equivalent

How to Apply?

Local Students

International Students