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Start a rewarding career caring for others

This could be your first step to a challenging and fulfilling career in the health industry. This qualification 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. Course details

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Workplace/TAFE: up to 18 months

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Unique Student Identifier (USI) - Student Information

From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking a nationally recognised program at TAFE Queensland you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learn all about the USI and how to get your USI for your study.

Key dates

Bundamba Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Cnr Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304

Resources required

  • personal stationery (pen and paper)
  • closed-in shoes
  • clothing appropriate and acceptable for your workplace
  • a valid email address

You will also require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.


The nominal term for full-time trainees is 12 months. School-based trainees will generally complete their training over a duration of 18 months. Training will include both theoretical and practical components. The practical components will be experienced in the workplace.

As a trainee, you will have access to a trainer/assessor via phone and email during business hours to support your studies. Some school-based cohorts may also attend face-to-face classes during school holiday periods.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 15 units in total, including 7 core units and 8 elective units.

BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
HLTAIN001 Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment Core
HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment Core
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Core
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Elective
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs Elective
CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds Core
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Eligible apprentices and trainees who meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland Student Fees Policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Job prospects

  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Patient support assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Ward assistant

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 26 July 2017

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