Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s
The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.
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.
Possible job titles include:
- Ward Assistant
- Patient support assistant
- Ward Clerk
- Operating Theatre Technician
- Nurses Aide
Credit transfers & pathways
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 VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to progressing into HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and/or HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.
Course information flyer(s)
CDU 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.
By law all students must apply for a working with children clearance, also called an Ochre Card, to work or volunteer with children in the Northern Territory.
Students can apply for a Ochre Card through Safe NT/NT Police or the Northern Territory Government:
- Safe NT/NT Police website: https://forms.pfes.nt.gov.au/safent/
- Northern Territory Government website: https://nt.gov.au/emergency/community-safety/apply-for-a-working-with-children-clearance
This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the HLT Health Training Package.
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.
Study Mode: On campus
Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.
Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.
Community Services and Allied Health
To achieve a 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.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 488-655.
|Code||Module/Unit of Competency||
|CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services||30|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||40|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems||70|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures||25|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety||20|
|BSBMED301||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately||60|
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development||30|
|Total nominal hours for core units||275|
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY - (CHOOSE EIGHT FROM BELOW)|
|Group B (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care)|
|CHCCCS020||Respond effectively to behaviours of concern||20|
|CHCCCS002||Assist with movement||25|
|HLTAIN001||Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment||120|
|CHCCCS010||Maintain a high standard of service||30|
|CHCCCS012||Prepare and maintain beds||15|
|CHCMHS001||Work with People with Mental Health Issues||80|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid||18|
|HLTHSS004||Handle and move equipment, goods and mail||20|
|HLTAHA001||Assist with an allied health program||65|
|Total nominal hours for elective units||413|
|Total nominal hours for the qualification||488-655|
Based on course nominal hours of between 488-655 hours, approximate 2020 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $1,659.20-$2,227.00
Domestic Full Fees: $8,296.00 - $11,135.00
Fee for Service: as per fee for service agreement
The following Fees are applicable to this course:
This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2020: VET Tuition Fees for 2020 will be charged at $3.40 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2020 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available in the VET Student Guide.