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

  • National Course Code: HLT33115
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT33115-03V02-21TAM-069

Location – Tamworth


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

33 Hours per week


28 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) is the ideal course for those looking to begin or explore the fast-paced health industry. This hands-on course will provide you with the skills and experience to play a key role in supporting front-line healthcare workers.


Through theory and practical course work learn to:

  • Interpret and apply medical terminology
  • Work with diverse people
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this industry:

  • An interest in helping others
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Strong communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong starting point for a rewarding career or further study

Career opportunities:

Our graduates move into job roles like:

  • Health service assistant
  • Personal care assistance
  • Nursing assistant
  • Patient support assistant


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma 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 (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol in the course 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 will need to meet other requirements. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • NSW Healths Criminal Record Check requirements
  • A signed copy of the NSW Health code of conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health
  • An occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases
  • 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.

During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 80 hours of work placement in acute care with a suitable industry employer.

TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.


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

  • An interest in helping people
  • The ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good organisation and time management skill
  • Patience and empathy
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

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.

The learner has the ability to work independently and have the physical ability for the work role. The learner is required to complete a minimum of 80 hours Work Placement in an acute care facility, with another additional 40 hours which can be completed in another care facility. A current National Police Check and vaccination record is required before the learner can participate in their Work Placement.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • attend classes
  • complete your at-home learning activities set by your teachers
  • stationery such as pens/notebook/folder
  • access to computer and internet (students can access computer, internet and printing at the TAFE Campus)
  • complete all assessment tasks to a Satisfactory outcome.
  • You will also need to complete a minimum of 80 hours Work Placement.
    For completion of the HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, it is important that all qualified first aiders have the physical ability to provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid to an expected standard. Certain aspects of assessment in this unit will rely on students physical ability to:
  • Perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin.
  • Perform CPR at floor level on an adult manikin.
  • Respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life.
    Students who are physically unable to meet all assessment requirements will be unable to successfully complete this unit of competency.

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 course. You will need to attend approximately 13.5 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 28 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 19.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including at-home learning activities to compliment their in-class learning. Learners will be provided with tasks to complete each week which will include readings, activities and research.


This course offering is designed for people who are seeking to obtian their first qualification for working in the industry, those wishing to change thier career direction, and people who jabe recently gained employment in an entry level work role and wish too complete the course to develop their skills and knowledge for thier first job.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Access to the Library
  • Participation in study hubs provided by the Career Pathways Skills Team, and being linked with TAFE Counsellors as needed.
    Learners with specific needs and barriers to successful study may apply for additional support through the organisations range of services including:
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

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 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. 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?


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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
CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
HLTAIN001 Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

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

13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone 131 601

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