You'll learn about effective communication strategies, anatomy and physiology and workplace health and safety, when you study the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.
This course will enable you to seek work as an allied health assistant. You'll learn about preparing for and assisting with therapy sessions, providing relevant information to clients, using therapy equipment correctly and safely and completing administrative tasks.
This course is delivered as part of the VET in school (VETis) program.
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Completion of this course will open up career pathways for:
- therapy assistant
- podiatry assistant
- physiotherapy assistant
- speech pathology assistant
- occupational therapy assistant
- allied health assistant.
To be awarded HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, a student must successfully complete a total of eleven (11) units of competency, comprising of:
- eight (8) core units, and;
- three (3) elective units, of which:
- at least two (2) units must be selected from the electives listed in the HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance qualification, and;
- up to one (1) unit may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course - the unit must be relevant to the work outcome.
Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of allied health assistants who provide assistance to allied health professionals under pre-determined guidelines. Depending on the setting, work may include following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular direct, indirect or remote supervision of an allied health professional.
This qualification forms part of the credit suite specified by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and may contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
The literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant secondary school.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following is a suggested site you could visit to obtain this check:
- Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.