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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115

Working in the health industry is rewarding, flexible and motivating. Every day is different, with a vast array of patients and health professionals working together with each other. The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115 has no entry requirements and is a nationally recognised qualification that will open up the opportunity for you to gain entry level employment working as an assistant in nursing, nursing support worker or patient support worker. This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to support professionals such as doctors and nurses in ensuring that health services function effectively when delivering care to patients and clients.

As a nursing assistant you’ll provide support to clients according to their care plan and under the supervision of a health professional. You’ll learn how to perform patient observations, how to work effectively with culturally diverse clients and how to use medical terminology. After completing this course you could work in aged care facilities, hospitals, clinics, private medical practices and home and community care services. The program offers electives to cater to specific work functions including assisting in nursing and working in acute care.

Potential Career Outcomes

  • Assistant in nursing
  • Nursing support worker
  • Patient service attendant
  • Ward assistant
  • Ward support

How will I Learn?

The daytime course comprises two days per week classroom training, one day per week flexible learning and 80 hours of work placement. The practical component of the first aid training will be delivered on a Saturday – date to be advised. Competency based assessment will be conducted through theory tasks, projects and practical demonstration. The training will be delivered in the College’s fully equipped nursing training room by our qualified and industry experienced trainer/assessor.

The evening course will be held two evenings per week plus three Saturdays (including First Aid) plus 80 hours of work placement. Students will be required to complete self study hours as well as written assessment tasks in their own time.


Prospective students must have a competent level of language and literacy to enrol in this course.

Compulsory Checks

Students will need to obtain the following prior to commencement of work placement:

Work Placement

80 hours of work placement is a requirement of the course and can be arranged by the College. Work placement hours will differ from the class hours and will take place on nominated days within the timetable for the daytime course and will include two Wednesdays. The College will discuss work placement individually with evening students on enrolment as work placement hours will be in addition to the classroom hours.

Are there Assessments?

You will be required to complete self study and assessment work in your own time. There is usually a short answer question sheet and project associated with each unit of competency. Some units of competency require training and assessment of practical skills – this will occur in either the College’s simulated workplace or during work placement.

Pathway to Further Training

There are many pathways you can follow into more specified fields of nursing once you gain this entry level qualification. The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance provides a clear pathway to the Diploma of Nursing which can then lead to a Bachelor Degree in Nursing.

Further Information

Contact Fran Butterworth on 9970 1007 or email for further information.

National Recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - is a means of measuring skills acquired through work or life experiences or through qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. Any student who believes they may be eligible for RPL must apply for this at least two weeks prior to the course commencing.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015 it is a requirement of the Federal Government that all students undertaking nationally recognised training will need to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This involves an easy online application. See USI Fact Sheet for information on how to apply for a USI – go to the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Website for additional information.

Please ensure when completing your enrolment information, that the details relating to your name are identical to those on the identification evidence used (eg passport or driver’s licence) when creating your USI eg no abbreviations or nicknames should be used.

Once created, it is important that you keep a record of your USI and access to your accredited training records in a safe place. You will need this information for any future enrolments into accredited training in Australia.


This qualification can be completed through a traineeship pathway. Please contact Fran Butterworth at or call 9970 1007.


This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

Course cost

The subsidised course cost under the Smart & Skilled Program is from $1600 ($240 for Commonwealth Welfare recipients). An interest free payment plan is available. Limited fee free scholarships are available for eligible students who are 15-30 years of age and either a Commonwealth Welfare recipient or the dependant of a Commonwealth Welfare recipient. Students in receipt of a Disability Support Pension or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are also eligible for a fee exemption. Evidence of eligibility for a fee exemption will be required.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Smart & Skilled program, you can still enrol in this course. Please contact Jo Hawes on 9970 1000 or email for further information.

Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115.
  • Communicate and work in health or community services (CHCCOM005)
  • Transport individuals (CHCCCS026)
  • Provide first aid (HLTAID003)
  • Respond effectively to behaviours of concern (CHCCCS020)
  • Prepare and maintain beds (CHCCCS012)
  • Participate in workplace health and safety (HLTWHS001)
  • Organise personal work priorities and development (BSBWOR301)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Maintain a high standard of service (CHCCCS010)
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately (BSBMED301)
  • Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment (HLTAIN002)
  • Recognise healthy body systems (HLTAAP001)
  • Assist with movement (CHCCCS002)
  • Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment (HLTAIN001)
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures (HLTINF001)
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115

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Course cost from $1600 ($240 concession). Payment plan available. Click “apply” or call us on 9970 1000 to start your enrolment process or for further information. Please note: The dates listed are the face to face classroom hours only, there will also be self directed learning and work placement involved to complete this qualification.

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Community College Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113