10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Doula Services

This qualification is delivered via a Third Party Arrangement, in partnership with Preparing the Way PTW Pty Ltd (trading as Preparing the Way).

This qualification reflects the role of end of life doulas, who provide non-medical support to those living with life limiting conditions, terminal illness or advanced ageing, as well as to their families and/or those close to them. End of life doulas also qualify to provide or facilitate home (or other facility) based after-death care, vigil, and ceremony while providing grief and bereavement support.

This course exposes participants to challenging, emotionally confronting situations and conversations. It requires participants to have sufficient maturity and work/life experience to provide professional support services when working on their own or within organisations. The skills and knowledge necessary to work as an end of life doula include witnessing death, providing physical care of the deceased and emotional support to those who may experience deep grief and possible trauma.

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Who is this qualification suitable for?

Course Entry Requirements

Delivery modeBlended

Over 18-months, you’ll attend face-to-face events, Zoom online classes, tutorials, forums, and practical sessions in a blended format. All required course learning and assessment materials will be provided. Each new intake to our course will be limited to 30 students with a group of dedicated trainers delivering the highest level of training, mentoring and support.

The face-to-face events will be held in Sydney NSW and regional Victoria. You must be willing to travel to attend the face-to-face training.

This training will be delivered by Preparing the Way, which is the leading provider of end of life doula training across Australia and New Zealand. Preparing the Way has trained over 500 end of life doulas in their 4-day intensive course to provide end of life care that is transforming the way people support those they care about, their clients and those ageing or living with an illness and approaching end of life.


There is a total of (15) units delivered over 18 months, which will require around 15 hours per week to complete this qualification. These 15 hours include a combination of classrooms, tutorials, forums, and assessments.

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

Download our course brochure for a full list of the units in this qualification.

Enrolment Process

All applicants will be required to undertake a course suitable interview with Preparing the Way to determine their suitably for this course prior to enrolment. Once accepted, student enrolments are completed via an online application, which includes a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment and pre training conversation. This allows us to ascertain if additional support is requirement during training.

Once accepted into the course a $1,500 deposit will be payable to guarantee your place in the program.

Please note the LLN assessment is an online quiz and is not suitable for completion on mobile phones. A deposit will be required to secure your enrolment. 


Full course cost: $12,195*
Payment plans are available.

Please note: 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.

*Participants who have completed the 4-day Intensive Course End of Life Doula with Preparing the Way will be eligible for a tuition discount.

Program Intakes

If you wish to apply for entry into this program or would like further information please complete the enquiry form below.

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