HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

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VU course code: HLT33115 | Level of study: TAFE
0.5 years full time
Face to Face with eLearning


No tuition fees for eligible students

Footscray Nicholson, Industry, Sunshine, Werribee
15 July 2024
15 July 2024


Develop a meaningful career helping to care for patients in hospitals, with the Certificate III in Health Service Assistance HLT33115 at Victoria University.

This healthcare-assistant course provides a strong foundation for support roles in health settings. You’ll learn to work with patients under supervision of professional health staff.

You will graduate with practical skills in a range of healthcare tasks and hospital duties, including:

  • transporting patients
  • preparing and maintaining beds
  • following basic food safety practice
  • infection control and prevention
  • recognising healthy body systems
  • basic medical terminology
  • workplace health and safety.

This course includes a work placement in a healthcare environment to help you further develop your skills and gain direct industry experience.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

COVID-19 vaccine requirement

All students must have any COVID-19 vaccine before beginning placements. 

You need to provide evidence of having had the COVID-19 vaccine to undertake a placement and progress within the course. 

You must be willing to undergo any additional checks and immunisations as directed by the University. 

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, a total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;

  • eight (8) elective units, consisting of:

  • at least six (6) units from the electives listed in the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance qualification;

  • up to two (2) units from any endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




With this practical qualification, you’ll be ready to work in support roles in hospitals, community services and other health care settings. Job prospects are good, with employment for nursing support and personal care workers expected to grow strongly (Jobs and Skills Australia).

You’ll be ready to provide a range of assistance to professional staff for the care of patients or clients. You’ll have the communication skills and technical and procedural knowledge to work in areas such as:

  • health services
  • patient support
  • food services
  • patient transport.

Example job titles include:

  • orderly
  • nursing assistant
  • nursing support worker
  • operating theatre technician
  • patient service assistant (PSA)
  • ward assistant
  • patient support assistant
  • wards person
  • patient care assistant
  • ward support.

Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to see annual employment growth and average salaries for nursing support and personal care workers.

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