22271VIC Certificate IV In Bereavement Support

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia.

The 22271VIC Certificate IV in Bereavement Support is a specialised online course developed by ACGB for palliative care staff, nurses, aged care workers, social workers, teachers, counsellors, funeral, cemetery and crematoria workers and other health professionals who wish to obtain the skills and knowledge required to assist people suffering grief and bereavement.

This course will strengthen the practice skills and knowledge of those already working in, or seeking to work in, settings providing services to people who have experienced significant grief, loss and bereavement.

Potential employers include:

  1. Governmental departments
  2. Hospitals
  3. Health and community centres
  4. Schools
  5. Funeral, cemetery and crematoria

Course structure

With 11 compulsory core units completed within 12 months, the 22271VIC Certificate IV in Bereavement Support offers a holistic approach to industry activities. While bereavement care and support work are the focus of the course, the content also incorporates communication, capacity building, and quality management as required in real workplace environment.

Course outline

The Certificate IV in Bereavement Support is delivered in 11 core units that explore and enable participants to develop in the following areas:

  1. How to provide effective bereavement support
  2. Providing culturally sensitive bereavement support
  3. Understanding the needs of special groups
  4. An understanding and application of basic counselling skills, including emphatic listening and non verbal communication
  5. Application of theoretical principals of grief and loss
  6. Capacity building and Quality Management for real workplace environments

Units of competency

Industry driven teaching

The Certificate IV in Bereavement Support is an industry driven program with competency-based training.

Credit transfer

Students who have previously completed any of the units imported from existing training packages can apply for credit transfer and be exempt from having to undertake those units.

Recognition of prior learning and GAP training

Prospective students with significant industry or workplace experience are encouraged to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), thus shortening the length of course and reducing the course fees.

Financial support

Given the course is equivalent to a 6-month full time training or can complete the course part time in 12 months; and is approved by the Department of Human Services, students may be eligible for Centrelink payment while undertaking this course.

Information about student payments can be found on the Australian Government Department of Human Services website under 'Student and Trainees' Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance and Pensioner Education Supplement.

Find out more

Speak to our Education Enrolment and Support Officer today on 1800 642 066 or email courses@grief.org.au or drop us a line using the contact form below.


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Since its start of operation as a Registered Training Organisation in 2011 (RTO 22004), the Centre has gained a reputation for delivering high quality Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) as well as evidence based professional development and customised training across Australia.