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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance


This qualification reflects the role of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

Health Services Assistants are employed in a variety of settings. They may be employed by a specific health care provider or by an organisation that specialises in provision of general health services, storage, transport and client assistance. A wide variety of employment opportunities exist for Health Services Assistants across government, agencies, community and private industry.  Employment is typically available on a full time or part time basis and suits a range of individuals with a variety of employment needs.

Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible to continue further study at Diploma level in Community Services, Nursing, Mental Health or other related human services fields.

For other important information, please read our Student Handbook. You can access it here.
Alternatively, you may request to have the handbook emailed to you by contacting


Standard Delivery Mode:

Additionally, this course includes an optional industry placement of 80-400 hours in an approved industry setting. The optional placement is included as part of the course duration. Students choosing to undertake a placement will be supported by our Work Integrated Learning Team.




This qualification requires assessment in the work context, which will be completed during intensive weeks (see below).

Additionally, this course includes an optional industry placement of 80-400 hours in an approved industry setting. Students choosing to undertake a placement will be supported by our Work Integrated Learning Team.




January, April, July and October intakes.


Standard Delivery Mode

Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.





Self-Paced/Blended Delivery Mode

Domestic applicants have the option to apply to commence in a self-paced/blended mode comprising two study blocks (A and B) of 10 weeks duration each.

Self-paced/blended mode includes weekly online/optional on-campus sessions with an educator. The 10th week of both Block A and Block B is a compulsory, full-time, on-campus intensive week where students will complete a range of practical simulation learning and assessment for the units studied in that block. Students can commence with either Block A or Block B. This mode will suit students who are equipped to study autonomously and need flexible learning options.


Entry requirements for the Certificate III in Health Services HLT33115 Assistance qualification are:


Standard Delivery Mode

• Adequate English language skills and numeracy skills to communicate safely and effectively in study and work environments. Domestic applicants are required to complete relevant internal LLN skills testing and/or are required to successfully demonstrate exit level 2 in reading and numeracy through the CSPA test (refer EQUALS LLN Policy). International applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum 5.5 overall band score in IELTS (or equivalent) prior to course commencement.
• Physical fitness to meet industry requirements

Students are encouraged to obtain the following in preparation for employment:

• Successful completion of theory and simulated practical assessment, including Hand Hygiene Certificate, and
• Valid DCSI Clearances for working with Aged, Vulnerable and Children, and
• Applicants must show adequate evidence of competency in communication skills. In particular, applicants need to be able to read, comprehend, interpret, apply, write and share information to standards that will ensure the safety of clients in their care.

Self-Paced/Blended Mode

As per Standard Delivery Mode.

Admissions staff will consult with applicants to determine suitability for undertaking the course in self-paced/blended mode study. All applicants must demonstrate adequate digital literacy skills to be able to engage with online materials reliably and effectively.














Please view the English requirements for international students on this page.


Core Units

  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development

Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • BSBOPS203 Deliver a service to customers
  • BSBLDR414 Lead team effectiveness
  • HLTHSS003 Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service
  • CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support

Subsidised by the Government of South Australia for eligible participants.  Eligibility and subsidy criteria applies.  Check your eligibility at

  • WorkReady Co-Contribution Fee: $295.00
  • Job Trainer Co-Contribution Fee: $150.00
  • Fee for Service: $2,295.00
  • Duration:  34 weeks
  • Study Modes: On Campus (Full-time) or Self-Paced/Blended
  • Intakes: Contact us for information
  • Qual Code: HLT33115
  • RPL: Yes
  • VET Student Loans Eligible:
  • Resources Required:  
  • Qual Status: Current
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $4,500

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Study Mode: On Campus,

  • Qual Code: HLT33115

  • CRICOS Course Code: 093198M
  • RPL: Yes
  • Resources Required: –

  • Qual Status: Current

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