HLT33115 – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance – for Domestic Students

Domestic Students

HLT33115 - Certificate III in Health Services Assistance


By undertaking the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance qualification you will develop the knowledge and skills to work as a health services assistant providing assistance to health professional staff for care of clients.

Core Skills: You will gain core skills in areas of communication, cultural diversity, infection prevention and control, safe work practices, organising personal work priorities and knowledge of healthy body systems and medical terminology.

Specialisations: You will specialise in client transfers/ movement, patient transport, behaviours of concern, dementia, food safety, general cleaning, making beds and improving own professional practice through the elective units included in the qualification.

Online training is available for this course.
Duration and Delivery

This qualification is delivered over a period of 900 nominal hours comprising of classroom sessions*, supervised directed learning, skills training, self-paced learning, practical placement, assessment and assessment assistance. Students undertake a practical placement of 80 hours.

Please note: The course duration may vary for individual students based on their current academic and work experience. All students will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to meet the course requirements within an extended or reduced time frame.


Classroom based training and supervised practical experience in a relevant health setting. Practical placements will be undertaken at the designated placement provider location.


189 Plenty Road, Preston, VIC 3072. Practical placement locations as negotiated by ALACC with individual Providers.

Career Pathway

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to progress to higher qualifications relevant to your interest or industry.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

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Who May Attend

This qualification is beneficial for any person who may

  • Be actively seeking employment in the healthcare setting to support people with disabilities
  • Have no formal qualifications in health services
  • Wish to review/update knowledge and practical experience
  • Be seeking a new career

ALACC entry requirements require that applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years’ old
  • Have satisfactorily completed Year 11 or equivalent

The following are not an entry requirement, but may need to be considered prior to undertaking this course:

  • Basic foundation skills and computer literacy skills may be required for learning activities related to the course. Where relevant, adequate student support is available.
  • Fitness to undertake manual handling tasks and meet the requisites of the job role and other relevant industry standards is preferable.
  • Students will also be required to provide a current Police check and evidence of flu shot prior to undertaking placements.

Please note: Proficiency in English is required to meet Industry standards.

Students will be undertaking Pre-Training Review and LLN test prior to enrolment. The LLN test is not an entry requirement, students are asked to undertake the same so appropriate academic support can be ensured throughout the course of study.


Students may be able to shorten the length of their studies through the recognition of experience and/ or qualifications gained elsewhere. Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer.

These will be assessed according to the college’s policy & procedures to determine if/how much advanced standing will be granted.

This qualification holds National Recognition.


Assessments will be conducted to determine the achievement of competency-based learning outcomes. Assessments may include student questions, case study/ scenarios, practical skills observation and assessment (simulated environment/ practical placement).

Job Opportunities

On completion of this course, students may be able to gain employment within a range of health settings.

Occupational titles may include:

  • assistant in nursing
  • orderly
  • nursing assistant
  • nursing support worker
  • patient service attendant
  • ward assistant
  • patient support assistant
  • wards person
  • patient care assistant
  • ward support
Work Placements

Students will be required to undertake work placements to apply knowledge and develop their skills as part of the course requirements. Placements may occur in aged care, disability, or other aged care and community settings in Melbourne or Regional areas as organised by ALACC and according to the course requirements.

While ALACC takes responsibility to provide work placements, students have the choice to find a work placement close to their place of residence. All placement arrangements have to be approved prior to commencing placement. ALACC will negotiate and have an Agreement with the Placement Provider before the student attends work placement.

Please note: The cost for the practical placement is included in the fee. However, if a student does not attend the allocated placement then the student will have to pay for the costs set by the practical placement providers for cancelling their placements.

Placements dates will be provided by the placement provider and can be subject to change depending on the appropriate Placement Provider’s ability to take students at a specific given period. Students may need to be flexible with these dates and ensure they can attend the placements as soon as it is available.

Students will be required to attend pre-placement and post-placement sessions for assessment.

Course Units

Please ask us about credit transfers.

Core Units

Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Recognise healthy body systems
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
Participate in workplace health and safety
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Organise personal work priorities and development

Elective Units 8

Assist with movement
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
Transport individuals
Handle and care for operating theatre equipment
Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures
Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support
Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment

Enquire about this course

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Full Fee
AUD 2,500.00
Fees: AUD 1,900.00
Registration Fee: AUD 300.00
Materials: AUD 300.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Non-Concession)
AUD 250.00
Fees: AUD 50.00
Registration Fee: AUD 100.00
Materials: AUD 100.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Concession)
AUD 110.00
Fees: AUD 10.00
Registration Fee: AUD 50.00
Materials: AUD 50.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Eligibility

To assess your eligibility for government funding please speak to one of our friendly staff or use below link:

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*Eligible students must: –

  • Present a Green Medicare card
  • Be a Permanent resident in Australia
  • Not have a qualification higher or equal to qualification being applied

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