Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

CRICOS Code: 107183K
National Code: HLT33115


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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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 10 or overseas equivalent.

Work Placement Duration:   80 hours

The Work Placement will occur in the last 2-3 weeks of the semester and will be across a range of clinical settings including, but not limited to, residential aged care, primary health and acute medical and surgical areas. Prior to placement students will be required to have a National Police Clearance and clearances for working with children, disability, aged and vulnerable persons. Students will also need to have up to seven vaccinations, including COVID-19, prior to commencing their placement.

Course Notes

  • Graduates from this Certificate III will receive 6 units of credit into the Diploma of Nursing. Details will be outlined in the Letter of Offer and fees will be adjusted accordingly.


These course fees are for international students only.

Total course cost
AUD $8500
Incidental Fees*
AUD $1000*
Total Fees
AUD $9500

* International students will be required to pay for their own screenings, checks, vaccinations, site uniforms and shoes at approximately $A800-$A1000. For studies on campus students will need to purchase a TAFE SA T-shirt at a cost of $A30 each

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2022 have increased and are published on this site. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Nursing assistant, nursing support worker, patient service attendant, patient support assistant, patient care assistant, orderly, theatre support, ward assistant, wardsperson, ward support.

    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 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

    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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