QCTO Home Based Personal Care Assistant

by Phoenix Development Institute

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Home Based Care Assistant.


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4 Months

Course Details

NQF Level 2

Credits: 68 (680hours)

Duration : 4 months (6 weeks theory and 11 weeks practicals)

QCTO Accredited Home Based Care Assistants (Accreditation Number: 01-QCTO/SDP120723164318) provides supervised basic physical and emotional support to patients and their families/household members within a home-based, residential and health care setting environment. They work under the direct supervision of a professional supervisor.

The services a Home Based Care Assistant focuses on:

  • Therapeutic work (to make better)
  • Rehabilitative work ( to restore to health)
  • Long term maintenance (to care for over a long time)
  • Palliative care (for those with life-limiting conditions)

This part qualification is therefore essential in supporting the National strategies for providing quality and affordable health care to all the citizens of South Africa.



The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Home Based Care Assistant.



At the end of the course, delegates 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.


Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Entry Requirements:


The minimum entry requirement for this qualification is a NQF Level 1 qualification or equivalent.

  • Recognition of Prior Learning:
    • RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment
    • RPL for access to the part qualification.


Course Assessment:

This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules and Work Experience Modules. Candidates prepare a Portfolio of Evidence during class and demonstrate that they can perform the various roles of Home-Based Care Assistants. A Statement of results will be issued which allows a learner to write the EISA.

Learners will write the EISA is an External National Exam that is meant to ensure a uniform standard for the qualification.


Modules Include:

Ethics, Communication, Self-care, patient rights, Anatomy, Diseases, Disability, Patient care, Activities of Daily Living, Palliative Care


Costs include:

  • Student package: Uniform top, Gilet, stationary .branded pen, bag and preparation towards the External Integrated Summative Assessment (examination)


Cost Excludes:

  • Travel allowance, Food, Professional Indemnity, Hepatitis injection, Police Clearance, R200 Pre Assessment & R2000 Registration fee.
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    Office 313, Dock Road Junction, Corner of Stanley and Dock Road, Waterfront, Cape Town

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