HLT33115 – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Acute Care)

HLT33115 – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care) (Supersedes HLT32512 – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance)

OVERVIEWCourse StructurePrerequisiteCareer Pathway

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.

Please note that all courses are delivered and assessed by Capital Careers (2194). Care Training is not an RTO.

Career Outcomes
• Assistant in Nursing
• Nursing Assistant
• Nursing Support Worker
• Patient Service Attendant
• Patient Support Assistant
• Patient Care Assistant

Licensing/Regulatory Information
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, all students will be required to have a working with vulnerable people and police check before commencing work placement.

Entry Requirements

  • Good understanding of English
  • School certificate or equivalent (Grade 10)
  • 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid USI
  • Reading and Writing Skills (L)
  • Oral Communication skills (L)
  • Numeracy and Mathematics skills (N)


Packaging Rules
Total number of units = 15

7 core units plus
elective units, of which:

  • All electives from Group B must be chosen for acute care specialty.
  • if not listed below, up to 2 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome

Core Units
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development

Elective Units
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCDIS007  Facilitate the empowerment of people with
HLTAIN001 Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCCCS026 Transport Individuals
CHCCCS015 Provide Individualised Support

Note: Electives listed are what is usually offered by Capital Careers, however, if these are not suitable for your target or current work then alternative electives are available. The list of alternative electives can be found at http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC33115

Work Placement
All students must complete a minimum of 80 hours of work experience in a regulated aged care facility to be deemed competent for this qualification.

How long will it take?
Duration is dependent on training delivery mode, individual experience and skills. Students are required to complete a volume of learning of 1200 hours comprising of guided learning, individual study assessments and work placement. Generally the course will take anywhere between 6 months and a year to complete.

Delivery Options
Face to face (Sydney only)
Distance education (Australia wide)
Combination of face to face and distance education (Sydney only)

Course Cost

Face to Face: $1600

Please see administration fee table under policies and procedures for any additional administration fees that may be applicable to your study.

What we provide you

  • Well written and easy to follow resources
  • Air conditioned class rooms
  • Practical sessions conducted in a simulated working environment using equipment associated with Health Care facility.
  • Trainers who care very much about your studies and about you!

There are no such formal requirements for this course. You must have a good understanding of the English language as course material is only available in English.
You must be of a mature age (at least 18 years of age).
To enroll in this course, you should hold at least NSW school certificate or an equivalent qualification.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

As of 1 January 2015 all students enrolled into a nationally recognized VET course will need to register for a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI will make it easier for students to find and collate their VET achievements. Creating a USI is free.
To create your USI, please follow the link below: www.usi.gov.au

Opportunities for Further Study
There is no direct pathway for further study for this qualification, however, successful completion of this program will allow participant to articulate into a number of qualifications including:
• Other Certificate IV level programs from HLT Training Package
• Diploma level programs from the HLT Training Package

Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows a person to receive recognition and credit for the knowledge and skills they have, no matter how and where they were attained, including overseas. This can include skills from previous study, work experience and life experience.

Credit Transfer
Capital Careers has an obligation to recognise Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other registered training organisations

The course will be presented in competency-based mode and the student’s competency will be assessed at all levels according to competencies and performance criteria. The training package for each competency specifies the conditions and method of assessment. Assessment methods range from completing set tasks and activities, class attendance and participation and completion of assignments / projects.

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