HLT31120 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport

VU course code: HLT31120 | Level of study: TAFE
0.5 years full time
Face to Face with eLearning
Industry, Sunshine, Werribee
08 July 2024
30 June 2024


Kickstart your emergency services career and get job-ready to work as a patient transport officer with a Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport (NEPT) at Victoria University.

Get the skills to safely assess, transport and care for patients via pre-arranged, booked transport service and in some cases 000 calls.

With this non-emergency patient-transport-driver course, you’ll be ready to help patients who are injured, older, or have a chronic illness or disability, to access essential medical facilities.

You’ll also be job-ready to assist patients and work closely with ambulance attendants and other paramedicine professionals.

Learning from our expert staff through our award-winning interactive e-learning model, you will gain healthcare skills such as:

  • interpreting and applying medical terminology
  • recognising healthy body systems
  • providing first aid
  • infection prevention and control procedures
  • providing advanced resuscitation
  • assessing and delivering basic clinical care
  • procedures for routine safe removal of a patient
  • transporting non-emergency patients.

You’ll also gain essential people skills to help you communicate with health care and community services staff and support patients from diverse communities. 

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.

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 the HLT31120 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport, a total of thirteen (13) units must be achieved, comprising of:

  • Eleven (11) core units
  • Two (2) elective units, consisting of:

- at least one (1) unit from the electives listed from the qualification HLT31120 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport

- up to one (1) unit from the electives listed below or from any other current endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

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.




As Australia’s strong need for health care and social assistance workers continues to grow, you’ll be well-placed to start your career in this important industry.

With a Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport, you’ll have the high skills to set yourself up for a strong future and be ready for employment as a:

  • patient transport officer (PTO)
  • first aid officer. 

Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to see the employment growth and average earnings for health care and social assistance workers.

VU Stories

Andrew Kaminski
Catering for career change
Diploma of Paramedical Science HLT51015
"The professionalism the teachers have shown throughout my course has been amazing to witness. They are constantly encouraging and guiding students, and address every question – no matter how trivial it may seem."
Andrew's career change to paramedic