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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

  • National Course Code: HLT33115
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT33115-01V02-21MFD-421

Location – Macquarie Fields


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

24 Hours per week


24 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Health Services Assistance equips you to become an essential part of a health care team in acute or aged care facilities. You'll learn the skills and knowledge to support nurses in the care of patients with different needs and to respond to emergency health situations.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Take and record essential health markers such as temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and blood glucose
  • Record intake and output on fluid balance chart and/or food chart
  • Measure and record weight
  • Collect urine, sputum or faecal specimens
  • Understand human body functions and medical terminology
  • Practise workplace health and safety measures and infection prevention and control


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A joy for helping people
  • The ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Good organisation and time management
  • Patience and empathy
  • Effective communication


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to becoming an enrolled nurse

Career opportunities:

  • Health service assistant
  • Personal care assistant
  • Hospital orderly
  • Nurses assistant
  • Patient support assistant


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the health industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be able to undertake work placement within industry you need to meet other requirements. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A National Police Check
  • A signed copy of NSW Health code of conduct form and any other forms as required
  • Successful completion of occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases
  • Your health care worker/student vaccination record card


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practice responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

Depending on your elective units, campus location and delivery method, you may be required to undertake a mandatory 120 hours of work placement with a suitable
industry employer.

Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will either arrange your work placement for you or support you to find one.


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

  • Adequate fitness levels and mobility to deliver First Aid. You will need to perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR while kneeling on the floor
  • Your sights set on a future career in nursing
  • A passion for helping others
  • The ability to work under pressure

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence to show you have the following:

  • a current NSW Working With Children Check (for volunteers)
  • a current National Police Check. Please note having a criminal conviction may prevent you from accessing a suitable work placement.

All students are also required to demonstrate vaccination serology - record card provided at orientation.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

Learners must complete 80 hours of work placement. Any learner who has a criminal conviction recorded on their national police check, will need to obtain their own facilitated work placement.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full-time, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 24 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including online learning activities. In addition you are required to complete independent private study that will include research and assignment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are wanting to work within the Aged Care and health sectors and those wishing to pursue a career in nursing.

This course is a blended delivery program which is run over 6 months. To complete this qualification, you will be required to undertake connected theory classes via an online platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Skype and/or attend a modified practical demonstration, assessments or practical skills at TAFE College on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week. As part of this course, you may be asked to undertake role play assessments via connected technologies such as Skype or Microsoft Teams and submit your assessment events electronically to your teacher/s through either the TAFE NSW Moodle or direct email. Workplace learning continues to be an essential component of this qualification. In this course you will be required to complete 80 hours however at times access to the workplace may be disrupted due to COVID-19. TAFE NSW has implemented additional protocols to protect workplace, student and Teachers and/or Assessor health and safety. Please note: All face to face on campus delivery and assessment will comply with TAFE NSW COVID-19 Safe Guidelines. TAFE NSW-Macquarie Fields will support TAFE students with their learning whom may have computer and internet access issues. Classes are held Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week 9am until 2:30pm, there is additional online learning that you are required to complete. Work placement will be completed in two one week block sessions held during Monday to Friday with start times from 6am throughout the semester.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am - 2:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


Learners will be required to purchase a clinical uniform shirt and learning resources for this qualification. Costs will include:

First Aid Book - $15.00.
Clinical Uniform Shirt - $20.00
Student Materials fee totalling - $35.00.

Please Note: Learners are not required to purchase if they already have these items.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
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
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Macquarie Fields
32 Victoria Road, Macquarie Fields
Phone 131 601

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