National code: HLT43015

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)

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Overview About this course

Specialise in occupational therapy and build a rewarding career supporting the important work of allied health professionals. Help patients of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to recover and improve their everyday skills for happier, more productive lives.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Assist with the development of an allied health program

  • Recognise healthy body systems

  • Interpret and apply medical terminology accurately

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status

  • Support the fitting of assistive equipment

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Complete 120 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer

  • Work with real clients delivering real-world support during work placement

  • Gain the option to pursue a generalist or specialist allied health career of your choice

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • National Police Check

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

  • NSW Health has additional requirements including: agreement of the NSW Health Code of Conduct and any other forms, complete mandatory online modules and take an occupational assessment and provide your health care worker/student vaccination record

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A keen interest in community health

  • A genuine interest in the well-being of people

  • Good listening skills

  • The ability to work as a team

  • The ability to follow instructions

  • Respect for timeliness and deadlines

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Allied health assistant, Occupational therapy assistant and Therapy aid

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 7 core and 9 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002

  • Confirm physical health status HLTAAP002

  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301

  • Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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