Jump to content

Applied for cert 3 aged care
Does this price sound right to you?


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Tilli+Macey

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

Hi all, I have just passed my admissions test to get into tafe to study aged care. If all goes well and I get an offer then I have to pay 100% of the course fees before the term starts. There was an option of paying it over 8 weeks if really needed but not just for anyone.

I'm in WA and going through central tafe. I noticed when I applied it said around $5,800 for the 6 month course.
but I just read a post on here that someone was going to study the exact same course through a different place and it was only $840.
Does anyone know what is normal? I've never studied before so have no idea what to expect regarding fees.

Thanks in advance.

#2 Chazonator

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

I think you might be able to do the course cheaper through OTEN but it's distance so not sure how you are learning via that method.
http://oten.tafensw.edu.au/Handlers/Conten...ashx?crsid=7221

Im not sure if that link worked im juggling a few kids at the moment but it seems it may be a little cheaper.


#3 Fluster

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

I think you may be reading the information incorrectly.  According to the Central TAFE website, the course will cost $976

http://www.central.wa.edu.au/Courses/Healt...okieCheck=true#

(I work for a company that offers Adv. Dip. courses in another field and we charge less for these than the price you quoted for a Cert 3, that's why I checked  original.gif )

#4 indigogirl

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

That sounds like an awful lot for a Cert 3 course to me. Id look around some more

#5 Fluster

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

Oh, and good luck!  An ex is a carer, who has worked in a variety of settings, and he has always enjoyed the work.  No two days are the same, that's for sure.

#6 Tilli+Macey

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:28 PM

Thanks fluster , I see what I did... International students is $5500. Whoops.

I hope I get an offer. I was told there were more applicants for the amount of places so may not get accepted. My second option is education support though which I will end up doing one day anyway. Widen my opportunities.

#7 countrymel

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

Just a heads up for anyone thinking about studying at TAFE next year.. at the moment TAFE fees are 'capped' at around $1000 or $300 if you have a concession card.  

As of 2014 TAFE fees will be run on the same model as University fees and a HECS scheme will be in place. The fees will go right up as the 'cap' will be removed and student will be expected to pay/defer payment, for the whole course cost -
(which as OP discovered when she thought she was going to have to pay OS student fees is A LOT!)

If you want to study cheaply at TAFE  2013 is the time!

#8 Chazonator

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

What happens if you enrol in a course during 2013 but it doesnt finish til say end of 2014 will you still be paying fees capped or will you have to swap over to the hecs type scheme?

Also what about if you're upskilling from whatever the highest qualification you have received? I thought that there was some sort of government funding for that?


#9 Peridot

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:56 PM

I always found it odd that Tafe is so cheap! It costs me $200 for a full year of nursing study at Tafe.. Maybe if they up the price it will stop a lot of people dropping out!

#10 ubermum

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Op, I have worked in aged care for the last few years. Some aged care facilities will employ you and pay for your study. Have a look around.

#11 Tilli+Macey

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

Oh wow theres a lot of interesting information there. I wanted to study for the next 3-4 years while my daughter is still at home so that by the time she goes to school I can look for work and have a high chance of getting a job rather than have no qualifications and end up extremely stressed and stuck in a fast food place or a pub. I want a career.

Ubermum, great idea but I'm just not ready to go back to work plus study just yet. DD is only 4 months old.

#12 fairyflosser

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

The 5,800 is way overpriced. There are heaps of training companies that offer this course alot cheaper.

#13 Radical Fembo Bull

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:57 AM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 12/12/2012, 05:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a heads up for anyone thinking about studying at TAFE next year.. at the moment TAFE fees are 'capped' at around $1000 or $300 if you have a concession card.  

As of 2014 TAFE fees will be run on the same model as University fees and a HECS scheme will be in place. The fees will go right up as the 'cap' will be removed and student will be expected to pay/defer payment, for the whole course cost -
(which as OP discovered when she thought she was going to have to pay OS student fees is A LOT!)

If you want to study cheaply at TAFE  2013 is the time!


But for Victorians this ship sailed a couple of years ago. TAFE fees went up here at the beginning of 2010 (on a staggered basis). There's a whole raft of other TAFE 'reforms' in Victoria that put courses out of reach of many people (particularly career changers).

A lot of people are now paying full fee for service for some courses (resulting in diploma courses that cost around $9000 per year) due to highly restrictive conditions relating to elegibility for government subsidised courses. You can't (in most cases, there are some exceptions) do a course at the same level, or lower, than a qualification you already have without paying full fees.

Essentially the system here has been royally shafted. ph34r.gif

The knock on effect to rural communities as local TAFEs wind back their offerings has been pretty bad. Money has been poured into dodgy training centres and decent colleges that have years of experience and facilities etc have been stuffed. People are losing their jobs. These 'reforms' have been supported by both major parties. I could write a much longer rant but I fear for my blood pressure. rant.gif

Back on topic -- good luck with your studies! original.gif

#14 gngrls

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (Tilli87 @ 12/12/2012, 03:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all, I have just passed my admissions test to get into tafe to study aged care. If all goes well and I get an offer then I have to pay 100% of the course fees before the term starts. There was an option of paying it over 8 weeks if really needed but not just for anyone.

I'm in WA and going through central tafe. I noticed when I applied it said around $5,800 for the 6 month course.
but I just read a post on here that someone was going to study the exact same course through a different place and it was only $840.
Does anyone know what is normal? I've never studied before so have no idea what to expect regarding fees.

Thanks in advance.

i've just started through OTEN (NSW tafe) and it was $849 in 2 paymnets i think my next ones in 6mths,,not sure but i payed the 1st payment of $449 and i owe $400.its external btw

Edited by gngrls, 13 December 2012 - 05:15 PM.


#15 jessie123

Posted 14 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE (Peridot @ 12/12/2012, 07:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I always found it odd that Tafe is so cheap! It costs me $200 for a full year of nursing study at Tafe.. Maybe if they up the price it will stop a lot of people dropping out!


Where on earth are you that you can do it that cheap ?

I pay that much just for one subject sometimes more. Pretty sure a diploma of nursing 18months worked out to about $3000 + no more than $5k anyway and I thought that was pretty good compared to a private college.

OP you can do certificate 3 in aged care at private colleges for no more than $2k. It shouldn't take more than about 12 weeks. The course remains the same no matter who you do it with. If you are keen to work and can afford it this is the way to go. I did my course in about 8 weeks including placement and have been working now for 4 years and really enjoy it. This was much more cost effective as I was working so much quicker.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Australia's top baby names of 2013

Essential Baby has compiled the data available from government records around the country to bring you the list of Australia's top baby names of 2013.

Sara James: fighting for my daughter

Sara James was a high-profile New York journalist, but it was her own daughter's story which raised the most questions.

Siblings and best of friends

I know we'll have some tense moments. I know there will be arguments. But I also know these two will always have this most beautiful bond.

In defence of mums on the phone

I know news stories always attract a range of opinions, and I know they're a place for people to have an anonymous dig in. However, I also know that this mum bashing has to stop.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

Pregnancy essentials for the second and third trimesters

So you're through the first trimester of pregnancy - congratulations! Here are some tips for getting through the next six months as comfortably and happily as possible.

Coles Easter eggs recalled due to presence of tree nuts

An allergic reaction has lead to the urgent recall of a variety of Coles brand Easter eggs.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Why I love the small age gap between my kids

Six months after our son turned one, we welcomed son number two into our lives. Yes, the small age gap had been planned - and there are things I love and hate about that small gap.

Parents warned about posting kids' photos online

Parents could be putting their kids at risk by posting images and information online which give away personal details, such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Mum's the word when it comes to baby news

The arrival of a baby is big news, but friends and family need to understand it is not their news to share.

What?s in your parenting toolbox?

So often as parents, we don?t really talk about our ?parenting toolboxes?. But you need to be aware of what you and your partner are working with, and to decide what does and doesn't fit in your lives.

Classroom pregnancy prank goes viral

An American college professor has had to rethink his strict rule about answering cell phones in class after being the victim of an April Fools' prank that has gone viral.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Australia's top baby names of 2013

Essential Baby has compiled the data available from government records around the country to bring you the list of Australia's top baby names of 2013.

Video: Dad turns son into action movie hero

Many kids would love to be an action movie hero in real life, but very few will ever be able to see themselves in movies like these.

Toilet training in winter

There?s no need to stop thinking about toilet training just because the temperature is dropping: winter is a good a time as any to start the process.

What do you do all day?

It's the question all new mothers dread. For Kate Fridkis, it's a question that strikes to the heart of what it is to be a woman.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Video: Baby starts his day with a dance party

Few people start their day the same way this little guy does ? dancing, smiling, and generally having an awesome time.

IKEA announces bed canopy recall

IKEA has recalled its range of bed canopies designed to suspend above children?s beds following reported cases of injuries and entanglement.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.