Health & Nursing Courses

HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance


13 weeks

On Campus | Blended

Domestic Students
International Students
No 093198M
15 15
Ongoing intakes


This certificate 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 more important information, please read our Student Handbook.

Important note:  For important information, please read the Extended Course Information section and review our  Student Handbook.

Subsidised Training

If you want to study a course that will give you skills employers need, the South Australian Government pays part of your course fees for you.

Your eligibility for government subsidised training may be based on your employment status and any training you’ve already completed.

Check your eligibility here.

Subsidy available


Traineeship available


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115 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 and knowledge. 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.

Study Units

Core Units

  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • 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

Domestic Study Mode

On Campus | Blended

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning is not a requirement for this qualification.

Optional work integrated learning placements are available with one of our industry partners and subject to availability.

Nationally Recognised Training


National Recognition (Credit Transfer) and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have related prior education and experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please follow this link for more information on applying for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have successfully completed units of competency from this qualification previously, you may be eligible for National Recognition, please follow this link for more information on National Recognition (Credit Transfer).

International Study Mode

On Campus

Domestic VET Student Loans Eligible