Build a career in the healthcare sector with the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.
This is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Allied Health Assistant. Students will gain the skills to provide therapeutic and program-related support to allied health professionals, becoming an important part of the healthcare industry. Graduates of this course may find work in specialty areas, or work generally across a range of healthcare services.
This course is currently available as part of the Free TAFE scheme but is subject to eligibility requirements and may change in the future.
Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 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 you to work in the health sector. Roles you may be eligible for include:
- Physiotherapy Assistant
- Speech Pathology Assistant
- Diversional Therapy Assistant
- Nutrition Assistant
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
Working in this industry may involve shift and weekend work.
After graduating, you might like to undertake further study at the university level, in a field such as Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, or Speech Therapy.
Course Dates & Times
Shepparton - Fryers Street
Traineeship - Open from 21st February - 2022
Traineeship - Open from 7th Feb - Varied Days / 2023
Public - FT Blended - Starts on 7th Feb - 2 days week (Mon,Tue) - 9am-4pm / 2023
Wangaratta - Docker Street
Public - FT Blended - Starts on 10th Feb - 2 days week (Thu,Fri) - 9am-4pm/ 2023
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 2023 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 three 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:
a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
c) 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, induction 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 qualification.
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 and 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 need to apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with their employer to organise their apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Prior to starting placement, applicants must also have:
- A current Working with Children Check.
- A current Police Check with no disclosable outcomes.
- Students may also be required to have the NDIS screening check, depending on host employers for placement.
- All students will be required to show evidence of immunisation/serology, including boosters of the following prior to placement:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Triple Antigen - tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
- Hepatitis B (may have Hepatitis A)
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Covid -19
- You may be required to assist patients with therapy programs.
- Ability to read and comprehend therapy plans and prescriptions.
- Some lifting may be required.
- This industry can involve weekend work.
- Dealing with speech disorders will require good hearing/speech.
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Simulated demonstration
- Placement tasks
- Knowledge questions
- Case studies
Attendance & Commitment
It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments that may need to be completed outside normal training sessions.
Textbooks: the recommended textbook list is given at the beginning of the semester.
Blended delivery mode:
- Duration is one year full-time.
- Students attend on-campus face to face one day per week for six hours, and attend a virtual webinar conducted on MS Teams, for six hours a second day each week.
- Students will work through their learning and assessment materials between classes, for around 12 hours per week.
- In addition, students are expected to attend mandatory work placement totaling 120 hours in various health care environments which may include hospitals, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational and chiropractic private practices.
- This placement is undertaken in a three-week block and is scheduled within the timetabled study year.
- GOTAFE organises placement and aims to place students as close to home as possible. Some travel may be involved.
- Students are required to purchase a uniform top for placement.
- It is compulsory to attend 100% of the prescribed practical placement.
- In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning.
- Students can access their trainer for one-on-one support for up to two hours each week as required by email or phone.
- Students need to be employed in an allied health environment and complete the qualification over the duration of 12 - 24 months.
- Host supervising organisations are obligated to give trainees around three hours a week to devote to their TAFE studies.
- GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace four times per year over the duration of their course.
- Students attend a weekly virtual webinar for six hours and are provided with a timetable of face to face workshops scheduled at varying times throughout the day.
- Up to one hour per week of online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training and students can schedule a one-on-one phone call outside of working hours if required.
- Students will also be expected to complete some online research and self-directed learning and assessment.
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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