Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance




Delivery Mode


Course Overview

The Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance is the recognised qualification to become a Health Assistant.

Allied Health Assistants are involved with direct patient care, assisting with hygiene, nutrition, mobility, and safety. Graduates will work as part of a team alongside health professionals.

This course is only delivered as part of GOTAFE’s VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VETDSS) program. Students interested in undertaking this course need to enrol through their school.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares individuals to work in the health sector. Eligible roles include:

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Podiatry Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Nutrition or Dietetics Assistant
  • Community Rehabilitation Assistant

Working in this industry may involve treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular direct, indirect or remote supervision of an allied health professional. Individuals may also be required to do weekend and shift work.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the:

Students may also like to study at university level, with a qualification in areas such as Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy or Speech Therapy.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Have or obtain a First Aid Certificate (incorporated in the qualification) before undertaking placement.
  • Have up-to-date vaccinations.
  • VETDSS: Please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCCS010 - Maintain a high standard of service
CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAHA001 - Assist with an allied health program
HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
BSBPEF301 - Organise personal work priorities
CHCCCS002 - Assist with movement
CHCCCS020 - Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
HLTAIN002 - Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
HLTHPS001 - Take clinical measurements

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Simulation
  • Exams
  • Workplace practical demonstrations
  • Scored assessment activities (VETDSS)

Additional Information

Applicants are required to purchase a uniform/equipment as follows (prices are an estimate only):

  • Uniform shirt $30 - $40
  • GOTAFE embroidered logo $20
  • Navy/Black pants $20 - $40
  • Fob watch $10 - $50

Course Co-ordinator

Cassy Campbell

Attendance & 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 sessions.

VETDSS delivery is one day per week for the school academic year, which will consist of alternating one day in the workplace and one engaged in classroom activity during this period.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


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

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

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.