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HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

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Key details

Duration

1 year/s

This qualification is delivered over a period of 6 months full-time and 12 months part-time. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

Intake

Locations

Casuarina
Not available to international students.

Course code

HLT33115

Overview

This qualification reflects the role 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.

Career opportunities

Possible job titles include:

Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Assistant in Nursing (AIN)

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.
Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.
For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

Credit Transfer
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.
Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

Pathways

VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Fees

2024 Fees

  Fee Type  2024 Course Fees
  NT Government supported*  $2,786.10
  Full Fee  $7,530.00

*This course is supported by the NT Government for eligible domestic students who are NT residents. A limited number of NT Government supported places are available, so secure your place now.

Fees shown are indicative and subject to change annually. Actual course fees may vary depending on the units chosen. International non-student visa-holders; study eligibility needs to be verified before enrolment. Fees may vary depending on the visa type.

For further clarification and information on fees, payment options, instalment plans, and refunds, contact CDU on 1800 061 963 or refer to TAFE Fees and Payments.

Fee exemptions

Exemptions apply to TAFE tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of Department of Veterans Affairs benefits
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

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  • Recognition of prior learning accepted
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Why study at CDU?

Study with the Territory's largest training provider and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed. 

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster
VET-palmerston-cookery-flipped

Why study at CDU?

Study with the Northern Territory's largest training provider and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses

What will I study?

To achieve HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, a total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be completed comprising seven (7) core and eight (8) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below. 

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 753.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services30
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems70
HLTINF006Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control35
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety20
BSBMED301Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately60
BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development30
 Total nominal hours for core units285
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (all 8 units to be completed)
CHCAGE005Provide support to people living with dementia65
CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs context80
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety25
CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues

80

HLTAID011Provide first aid

18

HLTAIN001Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment120
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically (unnamed)55
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care (unnamed)25
 Total nominal hours for elective units468
 Total nominal hours for the qualification753

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification. However, applicants who wish to commence this course need to have a general command of spoken and written English to be able to meet industry standards for communication.

Everyone employed or volunteering in child-related work is required by law to hold an Ochre Card. It will, therefore, be a mandatory requirement to hold an Ochre card in order to complete any placement.

Students can apply for a Ochre Card through Safe NT/NT Police or the Northern Territory Government:

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Course details

Accreditation

This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the HLT Health Training Package.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Sector
TAFE
Industry groups
COMMUNITY SERVICES, HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Occupation types
Hospital Orderly
Area of study
Health and Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Contact details

Health and Community Services
Location: Casuarina & Alice Springs Campuses
Phone: 08 8946 7517 or Student Central 1800 061 963
Email: vet.csh@cdu.edu.au

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