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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care)

  • National Course Code: HLT33115
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT33115-03V02-19TAM-067

Location – Tamworth Campus

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

24 Jul 2019

Hours Per Week



21 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience your fee may decrease from the maximum shown.
Payment by instalment may also be available. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

Additional costs related to this course include:
The costs related to meeting the vaccination requirements for NSW Health. These will vary from person to person.
A National Police Check which may be applied for once you are enrolled in TAFE NSW at a cost of $16.
A Textbook is recommended "Health Services Assistance- Supporting nursing in acute care", Kathryn Austin and Geoff Arnott. Copies are available from the library or you may choose to purchase your own.
A shirt with the TAFE Logo is required for workplacement so that learners are clearly identifiable in their workplacement role. The shirts will be ordered through the TAFE Bookshop and cost $35. (Prices may be subject to change, please check with your teacher closer to the course start date)

Number Title
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
HLTAIN001 Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
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
CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
There are no entry requirements for this qualifications

Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
• Meet NSW Health’s - Criminal Record Check requirements;
• Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
• Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Health’s requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:

2. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:


Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children’s Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.

Attend an information session with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

Date: 27 June 2019
Time: 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Location: Tamworth, TG.21
Teacher: Scott Sears

There is a group study day on Tuesday and classes are conducted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm. It is expected that you will undertake self-directed research and written assessment preparation in addition to the time spent in the classroom and workplace.This would be a minimum of 1 additional day each week. There is a requirement to complete 80 hours of workplace experience to demonstrate and assess the skills learned throughout the course. It is recommended that work placement be completed in blocks of 2 weeks following the rostered times of the workplace. Work placement is mandatory but the times and days may be negotiated.

This course is an entry level qualification for those who wish to work in the acute care environment. The course includes face to face training over 6 months and 80 hours of workplace experience to complete additional experience and demonstration of the skills learned throughout the course. It is expected that you will undertake self-directed research and written assessment preparation in addition to the time spent in the classroom and workplace. This qualification contains a number of units that are also part of the Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate III in Pathology Collection. If you have completed common units in one of these qualifications you will be eligible for credit transfer and your fees will be adjusted accordingly.
WORKPLACEMENT: 80 hours: You will require a National Police Check prior to workplacement. Workplacement will be completed in a Department of Health Facility and therefore you must meet the workplace requirements of NSW Health Policy Directive PD2018_009: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases. To meet this you will need your vaccination history recorded on the "Vaccination Record Card for Health care Workers and Students".
The course is offered over 4 days each weekfor 6 months and then completion of workplacement requirements.
Please contact the TAFE Region Hotline 131 601.

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Course Location

Tamworth Campus
13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone 131 601

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