Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

National Code: HLT43015
TAFE SA Code: TP00871


This qualification is suitable for workers who provide therapeutic and program-related support to allied health professionals. The allied health assistant conducts therapeutic and program related activities under the guidance of an allied health professional. Supervision may be direct, indirect or remote and must occur within organisation requirements.

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18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Face to face and online. Full time is 4 days a week . Part time is 2 days a week .

Industry Conditions and Skills
Meet the physical demands of the course including manual handling. Have an interest in working with people, good communication, collaboration and teamwork skills, basic computer skills and multitasking ability.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs

  • National Police check, Working with Children check, Manual Tasks Refresher $101.00
  • CPR Update $56.00
  • TAFE SA polo shirt $33.00.

Vocational Placements
You will need to complete vocational placement in a health care setting for a minimum of 120 hours to complete this course. If you are not currently employed in a health care facility (including hospitals), you will be placed by TAFE SA's Placement unit. To make sure that you are able to be placed, you will need to provide the required clearances and checks by the date advised.

Mandatory Requirements
Many health care facilities including SA Health, residential aged care, and dental clinics require students and other health care workers to provide a National Police check and evidence of immune status. If you do not comply with any of these requirements, you may not be able to take your vocational placement and complete this course.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Therapy Assistant, Physiotherapy Assistant, Speech Pathology Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Allied Health Assistant.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43015)
    This course covers communication, working with diverse people, legal and ethical compliance, healthy body systems, medical terminology and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 9 elective units plus you must complete at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate and work in health or community services 30
    Confirm physical health status 90
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
    Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60
    Manage legal and ethical compliance 80
    Recognise healthy body systems 70
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist with an allied health program 65
    Assist with movement 25
    Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status 90
    Conduct group sessions for individual outcomes 60
    Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program 85
    Follow basic food safety practices 30
    Organise workplace information 30
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide First Aid 18
    Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility 70
    Support the fitting of assistive equipment 70
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