Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

National Code: HLT33115
TAFE SA Code: TP00868


Gain the skills to provide safe, high-quality care to clients, under supervision. You could work in a range of settings, including hospitals and aged care facilities. This course provides an excellent foundation for studies in allied health, aged care, disability and nursing.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    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 III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115)
    This course covers communication, working with diverse people, healthy body systems, infection prevention and control, workplace safety, medical terminology and organisation. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 8 elective units plus at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency must be completed.

    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
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
    Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60
    Organise personal work priorities and development 30
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Recognise healthy body systems 70
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist with movement 25
    Facilitate the empowerment of older people 50
    Follow basic food safety practices 30
    Maintain a high standard of service 30
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
    Prepare and maintain beds 15
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety 25
    Provide First Aid 18
    Provide support to people living with dementia 65
    Transport individuals 20
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