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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

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Course Overview

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance aims to provide students with the practical skills and knowledge, and work placement experience required for employment within health care support worker roles.

This course covers workers in a range of work roles who provide assistance to health professional staff with the care of clients. Health Services Assistance involves the worker in direct and indirect client contact under supervision.

The course is suited to individuals wishing to formalise existing work skills or gain a qualification in providing care for patients in hospitals.

Course Dates

Contact Alpine Institute on 03 5751 9400 for course dates. Minimum numbers apply.


At the successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

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Career Opportunities

Occupational titles may include:

  • Domestic Services
  • Patient Service Attendant
  • Orderly
  • Ward Assistant / Support
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Support Assistant
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Theatre Support
  • Operating Theatre Technician

Training Pathways

Certificate III

  • CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support
  • HLT33015 - Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT33215 - Certificate III in Health Support Services

Certificate IV

  • CHC43015 - Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • HLT43015 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • CHC43415 - Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • HLT47315 - Certificate IV in Health Administration


  • HLT54121 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing)

Delivery Method

This course is delivered by a combination of online tutorials, self-study learning materials, and ongoing tutor support and mentoring. Students are required to undertake online activities and self-paced learning (approximately 7 hours per week).

Course Duration

This course is delivered online one day per week over a one-year period.

Alternate duration and delivery schedules may be available depending on individual student needs. Please discuss your individual needs at the Pre Training Interview.

Course Content

There are 15 units of competency that must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification, HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, which includes 7 core units and 8 elective units.

Core Units
  • CHCCOM005    Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001      Work with diverse people
  • BSBMED301     Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • HLTAAP001       Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTINF001        Comply with infection prevention & control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS001     Participate in workplace health and safety
  • BSBWOR301    Organise personal work priorities and development
Elective Units
  • BSBFLM312      Contribute to team effectiveness
  • CHCCCS010     Maintain a high standard of service
  • CHCCCS012     Prepare and maintain beds
  • HLTFSE001       Follow basic food safety practices
  • HLTFSE002       Provide ward or unit-based food preparation and distribution services
  • HLTFSE003       Perform kitchenware washing
  • HLTFSE009       Apply cook-freeze and reheating processes 
  • HLTHSS003      Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting

Note: Elective units may vary depending on individual student requirements.

Work Placement

You will be required to complete 80 hours of work placement in a hospital environment, depending on the elective units selected. Alpine Institute will organise work placement. 

Placement will commence following the successful completion of theory assessments of units.


To achieve qualification, the student will need to:

  • Successfully complete compulsory practical training and observation in the workplace
  • Successfully complete all assessment including Written Assessments, Case Study, Simulation/Observation, Online Quiz and Oral Assessment. 

Course Fees

Subsidised with Concession - $280.50

Subsidised Standard - $1,097.50

Full Rate - $3,662.50

Please refer to Fee Schedule for Fee Type and Course Fee breakdowns.

  • Course Fees include all materials and resources required including 1 x polo shirt.  
  • There is a non-refundable amount of $100.00 required to secure enrolment, this amount counts towards your overall course cost.
  • You may be eligible for government funding through the *Skills First Program incentives.
  • This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Entry Requirements

First Nations people, people with a disability, and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Candidates seeking to undertake this course must have:

  • National Police Check – on commencement of this course all candidates are required to complete/have a current National Police Check within 36 months
  • Immunisation Evidence – Students are required to complete the Alpine Health immunisation status form prior to Enrolment. Current COVID-19 Vaccination including 3rd dose / booster is a requirement.
  • First Aid Certificate – Students must present a current First Aid certificate prior to Enrolment.
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy - Course applicants must complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.

Course Enquiries

For further information please contact Alpine Institute, Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

03 5751 9400

[email protected]

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