Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Course Code HLT33115
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 550 hours

Course Overview

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Hospital Orderly.

Work in the Health Industry and help people feel great. At GOTAFE, you learn from the best. All of our Trainers are experienced in Health Services work, and will guide you throughout your course.

You can also complete this course as a VET in Schools program. We do all the application and enrolment work for you, working with your school and our local providers, to get you set up. No confusing process to follow.

Graduates with the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance can work as:

  • Nursing assistant
  • Operating theatre technician
  • Nursing support worker
  • Theatre support
  • Ward assistant
  • Patient care assistant

This qualification is offered as part of the VET in School (VETiS) program, to selected Goulburn Valley Health staff and selected Northeast Health Wangaratta staff. It can also be undertaken as a dual qualification with HLT33015 Certificate III Allied Health Assistance. Please speak with the Course coordinator to discuss which option best suits your needs.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Health industry.

Working in this industry may involve shift and weekend work. It may also require a moderate level of fitness due to the nature of the work.

Further studies
After gaining the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, you might wish to undertake further study in one or more of the following:

  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)
  • HLT64115 Advanced Diploma of Nursing Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatry
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Speech Therapy
Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training session.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Anne Cowton
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 550 $5.00 $2,832.00 $10.00 $5,500.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 550 $1.00 $566.00 $10.00 $5,500.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 550 $5.00 $2,832.00 $10.00 $5,500.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 550 $1.00 $566.00 $10.00 $5,500.00
Full Fee 550 $6.00 $3,382.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 550 TBA $192.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no Training package entry requirements for this course.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Undertake an interview
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network OR be able to demonstrate experience in the trade (Trainees only)
  • In addition:

    • Computer skills
    • Access to computer and internet,
    • Commitment
    • Understanding of Out of-class demands (practical placement)
    • Resume

    VETiS program: need to be attending a Secondary School. Participants involved in the traineeships are employed by the respective facilities.

Units of Competency

HLT33115 – Core Units

CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTINF001 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBWOR301 – Organise personal work priorities and development
BSBWOR301 – Organise personal work priorities and development
BSBWOR301 – Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

HLT33115 – Elective Units

HLTFSE005 – Apply and monitor food safety requirements
HLTAHA001 – Assist with an allied health program
CHCCCS002 – Assist with movement
HLTAIN001 – Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
HLTWHS005 – Conduct manual tasks safely
HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices
CHCCCS010 – Maintain a high standard of service
CHCCCS012 – Prepare and maintain beds
HLTFSE006 – Prepare foods suitable for a range of client groups
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
CHCCCS015 – Provide individualised support
HLTAIN002 – Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
CHCCCS020 – Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
HLTHPS002 – Support health professional in the delivery of care
HLTHPS001 – Take clinical measurements
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
CHCCCS026 – Transport individuals

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted via on campus workshops and practical activities and in your food industry workplace setting.
Assessment involves completion of:

  • Simulation
  • Written exams
  • Workplace practical demonstration
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.