Aged Care Certificate, anyone knows this?

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    Good day to all im new here I am a nurse with 2yrs hosp exp but currently not working for 1yr, I want to ask if anyone know about the Aged Care Certificate? there's a consultancy here in the Philippines said that i can apply for aged care certificate for a bond score of 5.5 in IELTS.

    then there's one consultancy that offers no IELTS but needs to take Certificate III & IV in ESL before going to bridging program, then they said we are allowed to work for a part time job for 20hrs/wk in a homecare.

    im really hesitant to take an IELTS here in phil coz APHRA requires 7bond score and i dont know if i can do it in one take .

    is this the fastest way to go australia? does this will take me a long time b4 i became an RN in Australia? im really confused and afraid of IELTS huhuhu...

    Does APHRA accept candidate without IELTS? or they will send me a message that requires me to take an english subject there?

    thank you for reading my post hope someone can help me & enlighten me plsss....
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    you know what, your fear on taking the IELTS will not take you anywhere. You'd rather study something that's totally unnecessary and would cost a lot of money than invest your efforts and time studying for the IELTS? It is not the fastest way to be a nurse in Australia. You know that eventually you'll take IELTS right? For immigration, for nursing registration, etc. AHPRA requires IELTS with band score of 7 for overseas nurses. There are exemptions but since you're from the Philippines, you are not exempted.
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    ...and being an aged care worker does not give you work right in Australia. This type of getting students in to Australia for money and promising them a job - IELTS only 5.5, shesh. I fear for the residents, I fear for the other staff, I fear for aged care in general that have these students attending them with english of 5.5. You cannot even apply for a student visa, not sure about this with 5.5 you need 6's.

    Go to this site have a look around www.immi.gov.au

    Immigration I am sure are on to this scheme its been going for a couple of years now, thinking they were okay to continue and be offered a job, forget about it. People have been deported already, there is not a need for pca training, there are locals that are more than happy to do it and the training the government is offering for free, thats why paying students have been offered this. Its nurses they WERE short on in aged care.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Mar 12, '12
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    Quote from ceridwyn
    ...and being an aged care worker does not give you work right in Australia. This type of getting students in to Australia for money and promising them a job - IELTS only 5.5, shesh. I fear for the residents, I fear for the other staff, I fear for aged care in general that have these students attending them with english of 5.5. You cannot even apply for a student visa, not sure about this with 5.5 you need 6's.

    Go to this site have a look around www.immi.gov.au

    Immigration I am sure are on to this scheme its been going for a couple of years now, thinking they were okay to continue and be offered a job, forget about it. People have been deported already, there is not a need for pca training, there are locals that are more than happy to do it and the training the government is offering for free, thats why paying students have been offered this. Its nurses they WERE short on in aged care.
    Hi ceridwyn... I just want to ask...supposed I take a bridging program in Aus, what are the chances of me getting a job there after? Are there cases wherein internationally educated nurses who finished the BP were sent back to their countries?
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    Quote from callista_05
    Hi ceridwyn... I just want to ask...supposed I take a bridging program in Aus, what are the chances of me getting a job there after? Are there cases wherein internationally educated nurses who finished the BP were sent back to their countries?
    not "sent back", but they just had to go back because they couldn't find any work. getting a job, or chances of getting them, depends on what you can offer to your employer. there are a lot of more experienced nurses coming from Ireland, UK, India, Philippines, and even NZ. So your work experience (if you have any) should put you to an advantage. But that's not all of it, it also depends on the current employment situation here, which is not too bad but can be very competitive.
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    There is a big change in employers being able to offer an overseas nurse sponsorship over local nurses.
    A change in government will also review nursing immigration - will happen in september, local nurses are not getting work.

    In victoria it is very bad. NSW will be overwhelmed by overseas nurses soon and are now reviewing sponsorship in the public system.
    Queensland is very difficullt to get work and same in South Australia. Tasmanian health system were offering nurses packages to quit their jobs.
    Private employers will be under scutiny as there was some undermining local employment as overseas were employing overseas.

    The bridging courses are mostly run by private enterprises........making a profit, if you think they are increasing courses because of a nursing shortage this would be false. Jobs are difficult to get. I do know of at least 10 Filipino nurses and a great deal of Indian nurses from bridging programs have had to return home, even after getting a tourist visa for a year, looking for work.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Mar 16, '13
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    Thanks for the info. Anyway, I've been discussing with an agency lately. And I'm having difficulty in deciding which program to pursue, since they are offering assistance for aged care/disability certificate course and bridging program(Brisbane). I'm scared to go for the BP because I'm afraid that after the 3-month program, I'd be sent back to my country. I'm a Filipino nurse with 2 years experience in acute setting in the Philippines and 3 years ICU working experience abroad. I really have no idea how competitive is the employment situation there in Aus. What are my chances?
    As for the aged care/disability course, they said this program will take about a year and I can have a part-time job during that period. Suppose I chose the latter, will it be easy to find a part time work there considering my case? Do you know what are the usual part time jobs of those IENs taking this course? Is it true that taking this course won't allow me to apply for PR after?
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    Quote from callista_05
    Thanks for the info. Anyway, I've been discussing with an agency lately. And I'm having difficulty in deciding which program to pursue, since they are offering assistance for aged care/disability certificate course and bridging program(Brisbane). I'm scared to go for the BP because I'm afraid that after the 3-month program, I'd be sent back to my country. I'm a Filipino nurse with 2 years experience in acute setting in the Philippines and 3 years ICU working experience abroad. I really have no idea how competitive is the employment situation there in Aus. What are my chances?
    As for the aged care/disability course, they said this program will take about a year and I can have a part-time job during that period. Suppose I chose the latter, will it be easy to find a part time work there considering my case? Do you know what are the usual part time jobs of those IENs taking this course? Is it true that taking this course won't allow me to apply for PR after?
    i would urge you to think long term.

    aged care cert will definitely get you here faster than a bridging program (as you don't have to go to AHPRA), but will also definitely hold you back longer. Imagine wasting your time studying aged care cert and do only part time jobs when you can study for 3 months and be an RN and be eligible for permanent residency. and yes, there's no path for permanent residency after finishing aged care cert. and besides, you'll still go through the bridging program for you to be an RN here anyway.
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    You will not be allowed to stay and work after completing these courses at all....no chance of getting a job at all legally or staying legally.. but as a nurse with Australian registration there is a chance to find work and stay legally after course.
    The longer you wait less jobs available.
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    Beware false aged care courses they will not get you permanent residency in Australia.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Nov 4, '13


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