10966NAT Certificate IV in
End of Life Doula Services

Learn more about this groundbreaking course and apply today!

Course Overview

The 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services provides education and training that bridges existing service gaps in conventional, non-medical care provision. In addition, it provides training in the provision of social, emotional, practical wellbeing support for those planning or preparing for, or entering the end of their lives and those close to them.

This pioneering course is the world’s first and only nationally accredited End of Life Doula training course. Upon graduating with this qualification, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to provide long term, holistic end of life support along with home-based end of life and after-death care to people who have life-limiting conditions, terminal illnesses or are advancing in age and, in addition, provide support to those close to them.

You’ll also be skilled to practice as an End of Life Doula in more conventional clinical, medical, palliative, and aged care environments. If you currently work in the aged care, clinical, nursing or allied health space, this qualification will deepen your practice, enhance your skill set, and help you provide a deeper holistic service to people at end of life and those caring for them.

If you are accepted into this program you will be enrolling with Essential Skills Training and Recruitment (RTO ID 92719) and training will be delivered in partnership by Preparing the Way.

Course Overview

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Course Dates

The world’s first-ever 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services course will commence on 25 September 2022. The first 3 and a half days will involve a half day course commencement and orientation session followed by 3 days of face-to-face training and will be held in Sydney from 25th to 28th September, 2022. Subsequent intakes will commence 12 February 2023, and June 2023 (details to come). Applications are now open.

We limit our course to 30 students for each intake with dedicated trainers to deliver the highest level of EOL Doula training, resourcing, education, and support.

Course Costs

The tuition for the 18-month, 1,095 hour course is $12,195 (no GST applicable) with payment plan options available. If you’ve already completed the Preparing the Way 4-day Intensive Course, we offer a $1,100 credit towards your tuition.

When we accept your application and you’ve paid a $1500 deposit, you can arrange the remaining payments weekly, fortnightly or monthly over a 12 month period through Xplor Debit Success.

Please note: All learning and assessment course materials will be provided. There may be additional costs associated with resources, accommodation and flights to attend the course commencement and training and assessment days in the last week of the course.

Course Length

This accredited training is a part-time, 18-month long course, which will require around 15 hours per week with a 4-week break over Christmas / New Year. These 15 hours include a combination of classrooms, tutorials, forums, and assessments.

Course units

There are 15 course units in total being:

Essential Entry Requirements

Applicants for the 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services must:

  • be 25 years of age or older
  • provide a Police, Working with Children, and Working with
    Vulnerable People check (checks relevant to your state/territory)
  • attend an interview to determine your suitability for the course
  • have the emotional and professional maturity to deal with traumatic and complex situations
  • abide by any government health mandates with regard to COVID-19 that may be in force at that time when attending onsite training, and agree to adhere to any measures deemed necessary by PTW or the venue to be essential for the health and safety of all participants and trainers learning and working in the environment (eg. wearing a face mask, RAT test, distancing etc.)
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Recommended Entry Requirements

Applicants must have high level language, literacy, and numeracy skills sufficient to interpret complex documents, prepare written reports and prepare budget spreadsheets

Applicants must be able to communicate effectively with medical, nursing and other related personnel

Applicants must have digital literacy skills to complete the online course content, such as: be able to participate in and interact with online video conferencing applications (Zoom), have basic computer skills (e.g. Word, Gmail, etc.) and access to the technology requirements.

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Limitations to Entry

On application to the course, Preparing the Way will conduct an initial interview. This interview assesses whether providing support services to those living with life limiting conditions is a good option for you, as this course may expose you to complex and challenging care situations.

If you’ve had a recent bereavement, for example, witnessing death or providing physical care to those reaching the end of their lives, this may be triggering for you and not supportive to your wellbeing.

When you have proceeded to and completed your enrolment application, Essential Skills Training and Recruitment will conduct a pre-training language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) review to determine the need for any individual support and level of literacy. This is a regulatory requirement for all accredited training. This is a separate review to the initial course application interview with Preparing the Way.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Delivery Mode

The course uses a blended mode of delivery: face to face classes, online real time classes, tutorials, forums and online practicums.


At the commencement of the course every student will be required to attend a half day course commencement and orientation session and 3 days of face to face training in Sydney. Other face to face classes will take place at Natural Grace Holistic Funeral Directors and a community venue, located in regional Victoria in the last week of the course.


During the course, online classes, tutorials and forums will use the Zoom platform. You will also have access to learning resources and assessment tools in the student section of the aXcelerate learning management system portal.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services, you will be qualified to:

work as an End of Life Doula (EOLD) in private practice and within more conventional clinical, hospital or aged care settings

support those living with life limiting conditions, terminal illness, advanced ageing, or at the end of life (expected or sudden) and with those close to them

bridge non-medical service gaps in current palliative and aged care models provided by the medical community and hospice palliative care workers and volunteers

provide and/or support the provision of natural holistic after death care (whether home or facility-based)

provide and/or support vigil and ceremony/ritual after the death of the individual

have the tools and formulated business plan ready to establish your own EOLD business

work as an End of Life Doula to enhance holistic service provision in your current profession

work within a multi-disciplinary approach to end of life and wellbeing

provide support for individuals, their families, carers and those close to them during the lucid and active dying stages

provide and/or support the provision of natural holistic after death care (whether home or facility-based)

understand the principles of spiritual or secular care for the individual and their carers or those close to them

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