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10993NAT Certificate IV in dementia practice

For individual health workersFor organisations

Enhance dementia practice, strengthening your existing staff’s capacity to be dementia practice leaders.

Elderly lady chatting to carer at lunch time

Suitable for: Aged care, Allied health, Disability care, Home and community care, Hospitals, Aged care decision-makers, Facility managers/coordinators, Registered nurses, Residential care workers, Social workers, Speech therapists

Course type: Accredited training, Funded training

Duration: 12 months

Delivery mode: Online

Location: All states and territories

Cost: Fully funded: free

Enhance dementia practice, strengthening your existing staff’s capacity to be dementia practice leaders. Across 14 units of competency, participants acquire advanced, contemporary knowledge and skills to become leaders in implementing changes to practice. This is to improve the lives of people living with dementia, by workers improving their engagement with them, as well as with their families and carers. 
Graduates will contribute to the transformation of dementia practice.

This program will provide participants with a range of knowledge and advanced skills to become leaders in implementing changes to practice through the engagement of workers, families, and carers to improve the lives of people living with dementia. With a focus on establishing collaborative networks, this will ensure the effective application of knowledge of changed behaviour, reablement strategies, cognitive assessment, and screening.

This program is suitable for people working in aged care, health care and community services. Eligible participants must be working with people living with dementia in a professional capacity to complete this program, with all work placement assessment requirements to be conducted in a suitable workplace.

To identify and ensure you have the right support to complete this nationally recognised program, applicants are required to complete pre-enrolment screening as part of the enrolment process.

As this is an online program, learning can happen from anywhere with an internet connection, using a desktop PC, laptop or tablet device. Participants must also have a computer camera, to engage in webinar sessions.

Units of competency

This Nationally Recognised program includes the following units of competency:

  • CHCPRP003

    Reflect on and improve own professional practice

  • BSBLDR411

    Demonstrate leadership in the workplace

  • BSBLDR414

    Lead team effectiveness

  • NAT10993001

    Apply concepts of dementia and contemporary practice

  • CHCLEG001

    Work legally and ethically

  • NAT10993002

    Contribute to dementia diagnosis through cognitive screening and assessment

  • NAT10993003

    Deliver dementia support using enablement strategies

  • CHCCCS040

    Support independence and wellbeing

  • NAT10993004

    Optimise communication for people living with dementia

  • NAT10993005

    Support changed behaviour associated with dementia

  • CHCDIV001

    Work with diverse people

  • CHCPAL002

    Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach

  • NAT10993006

    Facilitate wellbeing of carers and self in dementia care

  • NAT10993007

    Develop and maintain dementia service networks

Students must successfully complete fourteen units of competency to attain the qualification. The qualification is delivered over a total of twelve months. It is a full time study load (approximately 20 hours per weeks in learning and assessment).


  • Advancing existing skills and knowledge in dementia while enhancing leadership skills, to implement sustainable practice changes and contribute to care using contemporary, evidence-based practices.
  • Gaining a valued member of staff who can successfully lead and mentor staff.
  • Empowering your workforce to tailor your dementia care practice, enabling people living with dementia to live well.
  • Maximising engagement with participants in applying knowledge through weekly facilitator webinars and ongoing support.

Enrol yourself

If you want to take this course yourself an as individual, click the link below to find course dates.

If you want to book in your staff, fill in the enquiry form.

Group bookings

Group bookings require a minimum of 30 people. For group bookings of 30 or more, please contact our team at: 

Individuals or smaller groups
To be placed on our waitlist and to be notified when we release new classes, kindly reach out to:

This is a Dementia Training Australia (DTA) course, funded by the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund and delivered by Dementia Australia (RTO Code 2512). For more information about DTA, please visit

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Last updated
1 February 2024