10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve gathered some commonly asked questions to give you more information about our 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services.

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We are now accepting applications for the next intake commencing in 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualification will I receive?
For the Certificate IV, you’ll receive the 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services and become an accredited End of Life Doula.

If you complete the 4-unit EOLD Skill Set alone, you will be accredited for those four units and receive a Statement of Attainment.

What can I do with the Certificate IV qualification?

If you feel ‘called’ to be of service to people and those close to them at the end of life, this qualification will give you the comprehensive professional training, skills and knowledge you need to carry out this work effectively.

This 18-month course qualifies you to provide end of life doula services, home-based end of life and after-death care to people who have life-limiting conditions, terminal illnesses or are advancing in age. You’ll have the skills to assist them in the fulfillment of their wishes, preferences, and needs while aligning with their core values. In addition, you will assist and bridge the service gaps within the medical model and provide vital support working alongside our nursing, medical and allied health colleagues.

You’ll also be best equipped to practice as an end of life doula in mainstream clinical or medical, palliative and/or aged care environments in clinically-based palliative and aged care support models.

If you currently work in the aged care, clinical, nursing or allied health space, this qualification will deepen your practice, enhance your holistic performance and satisfaction in your chosen vocation, and support you to provide a more holistic service to people at end of life and those caring for them.

 

What can I do with the Skill Set qualification?

The EOLD Skill Set is designed to be a deeper dive into the world of end of life doula following our non-accredited courses, the Foundation Workshop and the Intensive Course (see below).

These four units in particular will deepen your practice, enhance your holistic performance and satisfaction in your chosen vocation, and support you to provide a more holistic service to people at end of life and those caring for them.

How do I know if I want to be an end of life doula?

If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend completing our nine-hour Foundation Workshop and four-day Intensive Course. These will introduce you to the fundamentals of becoming an end of life doula, namely who we have to ‘be’, what we ‘do’, and allow you to see if this is something you feel called to do as this role is not for everybody. In addition, it allows you to get started with your doula-ing and brings you the world of support from mentors, other doulas, and extensive resources.

Even if you decide that being an end of life doula is not for you, these courses will provide you with an abundance of tools and shared experiences that will support you in planning for your own end of life or for those in your life.

When do the next courses start?

Our next scheduled intake for participants of both the full Certificate IV and the Skill Set commences on 5 March 2024. There will be two choices of attending a two-hour orientation session in late February to meet the trainers and demonstrate the Student Portal, which will also be available as a recording.

For those who have already completed the Skill Set, delivery of the remaining Certificate IV units will commence in July 2024 (date TBA).

Then in August 2024 (date TBA) there will be another Skill Set commencing for students of that qualification alone and for those who wish to complete the full Certificate IV.

Applications are now open.

Capacity is limited to 25 students per intake. If you’d like to enrol, please complete the attached Application Form and email it to enquiries@preparingtheway,com.au with the subject “Accredited Training 2024 – Application”.

Who are the trainers?

Preparing the Way delivers the first four units (see End of Life Doula Skill Set). All our trainers are experienced end of life doulas who have completed the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and are engaged by Preparing the Way. Specialist guest speakers, including Natural Grace Holistic Funeral Directors, will share their knowledge and expertise throughout the course.

Essential Skills Training and Recruitment (ESTR) delivers the remaining 11 units. ESTR (RTO ID 92719) is a registered training organisation with the national regulator for vocational education and training (ASQA).

Who developed the course?

The Preparing the Way team plus a significant group of end of life industry partners and end of life doulas collaborated to design the training under the direction and funding of Preparing the Way.

The training has been assessed and validated by our partner Registered Training Organisation, Essential Skills Training and Recruitment.

Then, subsequently, the qualification was nationally accredited by ASQA.

How long is the 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services?

This accredited training is a part-time, 18-month course, which equates to around 15 hours per week with a 4-week break over Christmas and New Year’s. These 15 hours include online classrooms, tutorials, forums, practicals, self-paced work and assessments.

How are the Certificate IV and the Skill Set courses structured and delivered?

The Certificate IV training is delivered fully online as a part-time, 18-month course, which equates to around 15 hours per week with a 4-week break over Christmas and New Year. These 15 hours include online workshops, self-paced work and assessments.

A similar weekly time commitment is required for the EOLD Skill Set over a 4-month period.

Each of the End of Life Doula qualification units includes two online workshops (Zoom) as well as structured and self-paced learning. The content for each unit spreads over a month, though a couple will take a few more weeks.

The online workshops are delivered on Tuesdays during the day, commencing 10am Melbourne time; each session is recorded and available to students via the Student Portal so that those who cannot attend online can access the workshop. There will also be a buddy system with other students and access to dedicated trainers.

What are the requirements to apply?

Applicants for both the full 10966NAT Certificate in End of Life Doula Services and the Skill Set must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have high level language, literacy, and numeracy skills
  • Attend an interview to determine your suitability for this course
  • Have the emotional and professional maturity to deal with traumatic situations

In addition, applicants for the full 10966NAT Certificate in End of Life Doula Services must:

  • Provide a Police, Working with Children, and Working with Vulnerable People check (or the equivalent in your state/territory)

We strongly recommend completing our nine-hour Foundation Workshop and four-day Intensive Ccourse prior to commencing the accredited training.

Our Foundation Workshop (one full day or two half-days) is a powerful introduction into the world of an end of life doula and general death literacy, and creates the foundations for the 4-day Intensive Course. We look at the 10 Stages of Living and how the end of life doula model of care provides a unique continuum of care for our clients.

Then over four full days, our Intensive Course dives deeply into the world of end of life and doula. This is a solid in-depth program into the ‘being’, ‘doing’ and creating a profession and/or starting a business as an end of life doula.

Together, these two programmes will allow you to:

  • commence working as an end of life doula in your community straight away.
  • be crystal clear whether the Certificate IV qualification is the next step for you, or whether the 4-unit Skill Set is the match for your goals.
  • save significant investment of time, money and commitment that the Certificate IV full qualification requires because you can start working as an end of life doula after the Intensive Course without needing the qualification.
  • receive a financial credit towards the Skill Set or the Certificate IV.
  • build your peer support and end of life doula community by being eligible to join our “Legends” community giving you access to extensive professional development opportunities such as masterclasses, Facebook communities, monthly mentoring peer support sessions and a network of your peers in your local community.
  • access to professionally developed packages to support you in establishing your end of life doula business such as the Client Engagement and Management Legal Bundle and the End of Life Planning and Marketing Bundle at a fraction of the cost it would take to set these up independently.
How do I apply?

Please complete the attached Application Form and email it to enquiries@preparingtheway.com.au with the subject “Accredited Training 2024 – Application”.

How much do these qualifications cost?

Note: GST does not apply for accredited training in Australia.

The Certificate IV, delivered over 18 months, costs $12,195, with payment plan options available.

The NSW Government has listed the Certificate IV in they NSW Smart and Skilled list, thereby subsidising the cost of the full Certificate IV for NSW residents (subject to availability and meeting specific conditions), which reduces the cost to less than 20% of the full price.

  • If you’ve already completed our Intensive Course, tuition is $9,995.
  • If you have completed the Skill Set units, tuition is reduced accordingly.
  • Price adjustments will apply for any Credit Transfers or RPL.

The Skill Set, delivered over four months, costs $5,740 with payment plan options available.

  • If you’ve already completed our Intensive Course, tuition is $3,750.
  • The NSW Government subsidy is available for the full qualification only.
  • Participants may choose to complete individual units only – prices on application.
Can I access HECS-HELP government funding for this course?
  • HECS is not available for Certificate IV qualifications.
  • See question above for NSW government subsidy availability.
Do you have payment options?

We understand that paying the entire tuition fee at once isn’t feasible for every student. So, once you’ve paid a $1,500 deposit when we accept your application, you can spread the remaining payments by taking up a payment plan over a weekly, fortnightly or monthly over a 12-month period if this suits you best. Read the course information for more details.

Do you allow for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer?

The Registered Training Organisation, Essential Skills Training and Recruitment (ESTR) will grant Credit Transfer on application to the equivalent, current units of competency completed in previous courses to those in our 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services.

We encourage you to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on enrolment. Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer will be processed in accordance with ESTR’s policies and procedures.

What if I need to postpone study due to illness or personal reasons?

If you need to postpone your study for illness or personal reasons, we require evidence for your absence(s) and will conduct an assessment to evaluate how and when you can complete your studies and how we may assist you.

Do I need this qualification in order to be an end of life doula?

No, you don’t need to study this course to be a practicing end of life doula. However, we believe having the 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services will open up many doors for your career, allowing you to work in your private practice as well as in more traditional medical and clinical settings.

Who is Essential Skills Training and Recruitment and why are they involved?

Essential Skills Training and Recruitment (ESTR) (RTO ID 91729) is a registered training organisation (RTO) that we have partnered with to be able to offer the 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services to the world. As the industry experts, Preparing the Way have designed the lessons and delivers the first four units. As the RTO, ESTR manages the enrolment, delivers 11 units, validates the training and assessment results, manages reporting, and all other quality and certification processes associated with your course. 

Find out more about Essential Skills Training and Recruitment here.

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