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Would you like to become an Activities Officer or Lifestyle Co-ordinator? If Phillips Institute NRT logoyou 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.

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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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CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLAH005 Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
CHCPRP003 Reflect 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
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCLAH002* Contribute to leisure and health programming
CHCLAH001 Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people*
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability*
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support*
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia*
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion*
CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach*
CHCCCS025 Support 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 placement Weekly 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.