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Duration:
0.5 years part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face & Online
Study off-campus:
Available for Industry.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Develop practical skills in cleaning services and basic food safety and learn how to provide support in the health services industry.

The course is suitable for professionals already employed in the sector and those wanting to find a basic food safety or cleaning role in the health and aged care industry.

You will learn to perform a range of tasks and duties and gain knowledge of:

  • workplace organisation and communication skills
  • working with diverse groups of people
  • infection prevention
  • workplace health and safety
  • basic food safety
  • modern cleaning methods
  • transporting patients safely.

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

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice in a 120 hours placement that gives you hands-on work experience. You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the practical training to be job-ready when you graduate.

VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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TAFE resources

Careers in health support services

On completion you'll have the skills to provide a range support in the health services industry. You may find work in an environmental services role within a hospital, but would not be delivering direct care to clients or patients within the health sector. Graduate roles are carried out under supervision and require some discretion and judgement.

Potential job outcomes include:

  • hospital cleaner
  • cleaner
  • laundry assistant/cleaner
  • patient services assistant
  • food monitor
  • housekeeping team member
  • environmental services assistant.

Course structure

To be awarded the HLT33215 Certificate III in Health Support Services, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • nine (9) elective units, of which:
  • six (6) must be selected from the elective units listed in the HLT33215 Certificate III in Health Support Services qualification, and;
  • three (3) units may be selected from the elective units listed in the HLT33215 Certificate III in Health Support Services qualification, or any endorsed training package or accredited course.  The units must be relevant to the work outcome.

Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

This qualification covers workers who provide support for the effective functioning of health services. These functions are carried out under supervision and require the use of some discretion and judgement. These workers may also provide a team leadership, workplace training or leading hand function. These workers do not deliver direct care to clients.

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: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll 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, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

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.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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