Certificate III in Health Service Assistance

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Certificate III in Health Service Assistance

Studying the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Service Assistance qualification can be a transformative step towards a rewarding healthcare career.

Job prospects

+ Nursing Assistant

+ Operating Theatre Technician

+ Acute Care Assistant

+ Support Worker (aged care, disability, home care, community services)

+ Patient Care Assistant

+ Patient Service Assistant (PSA)

+ Ward Assistant

+ Health Administrator


+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: 90 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus with some units assessed at the student’s host employer.

  • (Operating Theatre Technician)
  • (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care)


National code: HLT33115

Units: 7 core + 8 elective

Location: Classes are conducted at Level 8 and Level 9, 250 Collins St Melbourne, 3000 or via Microsoft Office Teams.

Program delivery: Classroom based blended training delivery

Total duration: 52 weeks (3 weeks work placement – 4 days per week for 30 hours for a total of 90 hours)

Delivery weeks: 47 weeks

Holiday weeks: 5 weeks

Government Funded: $150 ($30 concession)

Traineeship: $250 ($50 concession)

Full Fee: $6,000

Tshirt: $40


* Eligibility criteria applies.
^ Eligibility criteria applies. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.
Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges. For information about additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

  • Nursing Assistant

  • Operating Theatre Technician

  • Acute Care Assistant

  • Support Worker (aged care, disability, home care, community services)

  • Patient Care Assistant

  • Patient Service Assistant (PSA)

  • Ward Assistant

  • Health Administrator

Education/Core Skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.


Credit transfer

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here [https://www.mcie.edu.au/rpl/] for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.


Age at Commencement

It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.


Special Needs

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to the candidate being able to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustment where applicable.



All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Digital Technology

Students are required to have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal or the learning management system.


Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, work placement journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are submitted online via an LMS.


Program structure

Delivered over 12 months with 7 core plus 8 elective units and 80 mandated work-placement hours. 46 weeks of delivery 4 weeks if delivery is over summer holidays and 80 hours work placement. Total course duration can vary depending on the individual’s existing knowledge, experience and commitments.

There are no formal prerequisite qualifications or units for entry to this qualification. However, there are detailed entry requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

Candidates may be required to provide evidence of the following for work (requirements vary according to the workplace policies of the trainee’s employer):

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Working with Vulnerable People Registration
  • Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test

BSBMED301        Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriate

BSBWO301       Organise personal work priorities and development

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

CHCCCS002         Assist with movement

CHCCCS020         Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

CHCCCS026         Transport individuals

HLTAIN001          Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment

HLTAIN002          Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment

HLTTHE001          Handle and care for operating theatre equipment

HLTTHE002          Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures

HLTTHE003          Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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