Become an Activities Officer!

Would you like to become an Activities Officer or Lifestyle Co-ordinator?

If you value and respect older people, are outgoing and creative and looking for rewarding work in the aged care sector, this course could be for you.

This qualification is required for those involved in the design and delivery of activities programs in residential aged care and community settings.
Graduates may apply for membership of Diversional Therapy Australia.


What does an Activities Officer do?

Activities Officers are responsible for establishing and implementing activities programs in line with a person-centred approach.  Often working under the supervision of a Lifestyle Coordinator or Manager, the Activities Officer will plan, implement, facilitate and evaluate programs and activities which stimulate healthy living, enhance communication skills and personal fulfilment for clients within a residential aged care setting. The Activities Officer will work with the resident, carers and health professionals in the delivery and evaluation of person centred activities programs.

Activities programs that encourage independence and enhance quality of life are an important component of residential aged care. Activities and Lifestyle staff have a significant role in community and residential services, and are an integral part of the overall health care team.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended, though not essential, that candidates considering this qualification have completed a Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Individual Support or other relevant qualification, before enrolling for this course. Candidates who have vocational experience in a range of work environments but without a qualification are also encouraged to apply. Additionally, to gain maximum benefit you will need to be able to speak, read and write fluently in English, as well as have basic computer and internet skills and access.


While the full duration of this program is 9 months, some individuals may be able to complete in a shorter time frame where relevant prior skills, knowledge and experience are demonstrated.

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CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLAH005Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCLAH003*Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
CHCLAH004*Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCLAH002*Contribute to leisure and health programming
CHCLAH001Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
CHCAGE001Facilitate the empowerment of older people*
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability*
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support*
CHCAGE005Provide support to people living with dementia*
CHCDIS008Facilitate community participation and social inclusion*
CHCPAL001Deliver care services using a palliative approach*
CHCCCS025Support relationships with carers and families*

*listed electives may be subject to change

What students say

“I’m glad that I have taken the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health which helped me get the position as Lifestyle Coordinator in my facility.  When my organisation was sold, they said they want staff with this certificate and not many people have this qualification.  I would definitely recommend Phillips Institute to other friends or colleagues”.
Sharon, 2019

“Loved interaction between students and staff – great teacher” – Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
Diana, 2017


Our program is delivered as follows:

Classroom-based skills training, blended online theory plus aged care practical placementWeekly facilitated-workshops one day per week 9am to 4pm
24 weeks of classes; rolling intakes start monthly
Practical placement organised by us for you
Flexible online delivery plus practical placement or
work-based learning
Ongoing intakes throughout the course; you can study for this qualification by distance online, especially if you are already working in residential aged care or similar

Recognition of Prior Learning*

If you are already designing and delivering an Activities Program, and wish to formalise your qualifications, or

If you are a qualified PCA and hold the Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Individual Support, or have other related experience and/or qualifications …you could complete this course in reduced time and/or reduced cost.

* More information about our RPL policy is in the Student Handbook – please consult for more information about recognition processes and credit transfer.