The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is the recognised qualification to become a Hospital Orderly.
Working as an Orderly or Assistant, individuals provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. During this course, participants will learn from expert trainers and gain skills to apply in a range of Health Services roles.
This course is available as a traineeship or part of the VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Schools) program. Students interested in undertaking this course through VETDSS need to enrol through their school. There is also an option to undertake this as a dual qualification with HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.
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.
This course prepares graduates to work in the health sector as an Orderly or Assistant. Roles individuals may be eligible for include:
- Nursing Assistant
- Operating Theatre Technician
- Nursing Support Worker
- Theatre Support
- Ward Assistant
- Patient Care Assistant
After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in one of the following courses:
- HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
- HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
- HLT64115 Advanced Diploma of Nursing
Students may also like to undertake further study at the university level with a Bachelors qualification in an area such as:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
Course Dates & Times
Shepparton - Fryers Street
Traineeship - Open from 3rd January - 2022
Detailed Fee Information
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:
- are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
- will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.
Course Fees consist of 3 different components:
- Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.
Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.
GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options
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:
- Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
- 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.
- Trainees: Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network OR be able to demonstrate experience in the trade.
- VETDSS students: Please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.
In addition applicants must also:
- Students will need computer skills with access to the internet
- Have or obtain a First Aid Certificate (incorporated in the qualification) to undertake placement
- Be up to date with their immunisations (Hepatitis B, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox)Boostrix)
- Hold a current Working With Children Check and valid Police Check
- Be prepared for out of class study commitments
- Have a psychological stamina, with empathy and resilience required for working with vulnerable patients
While there is a no-lift policy in Health services there is a degree of manual handling that requires workers to lift for work.
Commonly asked questions:
- Is a passion for the health sector needed?
Yes, you need to have a passion for the health sector, aged care, and disability domains.
- Will a current first aid be required?
Not essential but is an advantage.
- What stationery is needed?
A list is provided to you on acceptance of course.
- Will there be a need to work with others?
You will work autonomously and under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals teamwork is essential.
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Written exams
- Workplace practical demonstration
- Scored assessment activities
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 session.
You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.
Practical Placement of 80hrs as per Training Package requirements
Students will be required to have access to the following in order to complete this blended course:
- Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
- Access to digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
- Media player
- GOTAFE Shirt for Placement.
Please note prices are an estimate guide.
VETDSS: Students have one day per week set aside to complete the VETDSS program and complete alternate days, one day face-to-face, one day in the workplace where they receive training from a GOTAFE Trainer/Assessor.
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.
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.
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.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
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.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
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 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.
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