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Occupational Certificate: Home Based Personal Care Worker


Home Based Carers provide supervised care and support to patients and their immediate families/household members in the home and appropriate community based settings in order to promote, restore and maintain a persons maximum level of comfort, function and health including care towards a dignified death. This qualification will equip learners with the necessary skills and competence to operate as Home-Based Carers.

A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Assess, plan and provide holistic (physical, spiritual, emotional and social) care and support for patients and household members.
  • Capacitate patient and household/family members as participants in the patient care team
  • Make appropriate referrals in order to facilitate a continuum of care.
  • Maintain records and reports regarding care and support provided
Course code:


Accreditation status:
  • NQF Level 3 – accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
  • SAQA ID: 104792
  • 135 Credits
Course duration:

18 months

Entry requirements:

NQF Level 1 with Mathematics – FLC applicable

Modules covered:

Knowledge Modules (45 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Home Based Care
  • Community Health Care and Social Support
  • Rehabilitative Care within a home based environment
  • Therapeutic Care within the home based environment
  • Supportive and Palliative Care

Practical Skill Modules (45 credits)

  • Assess and identify the needs of patients and family/household members
  • Identify and report on possible needs of patients and family/household members
  • Implement delegated components of the care plan
  • Educate patients and family/household members regarding the specific health/social conditions
  • Capacitate patients/family/household members in basic practical care skills
  • Record and submit required information as per the schedule

Work Experience Modules (45 credits)

  • Exposure to the processes of assessing, planning and providing holistic care
  • Exposure to the processes of monitoring the implementation of the home based care plan
  • Exposure to the processes of ensuring the active participation of patients
  • Exposure to the processes of capacitating patients/family/household members in basic practical care skills
  • Exposure to the referral processes
  • Exposure to the processes of conducting follow up on referred patients
  • Exposure to the processes of reporting and maintaining records within the home based care environment
  • Exposure to the processes of participating in care team activities
Assessment and award:

Students are required to complete the following:

  • 5 theoretical assignments
  • 6 practical assignments
  • 8 workplace assignments

Eligibility requirements for the external summative assessment:
The HWSETA is the assessment partner and will conduct the external exams. In order to qualify for the external summative assessment, learners must have a copy of a completed and signed Statement of Work Experience as well as proof of successful completion of the Knowledge, Practical, and Workplace Modules.

Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) outlines the minimum level of competence required for optimal functioning in the world of work and for occupational learning at NQF Levels 2 to 4.

FLC is a requirement for entry to the EISA (External Integrated Summative Assessment). The two qualifications can be done in conjunction with one another. Learners that has a qualification higher than NQF Level 2 is exempt from doing the Foundational Learning Competence.

Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded an Occupational Certificate: Home Based Personal Care Worker from the QCTO.

Articulation options:

Vertical Articulation:

  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Water, Health and Sanitation Facilitation, Level 4.

Horisontal Articulation:

  • Occupational Certificate Health Promotions Officer (Community Health Worker), Level 3. Vertical Articulation.

Notional Hours:
Means the total amount of time it would take an average learner to meet the outcomes defined in a learning experience and include, inter alia, face- to-face contact time; time spent in structured learning in the workplace; time for completing assignments and research; and time spent in assessment processes. 1 Credit is equal to 10 notional hours.



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