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Cert III in Health Service Assistance International Students

RTO CODE 45542


Course Description

The course is nationally recognised training with Rural Medical Education Australia (RTO code 45542, CRICOS code 04128G) delivering HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.


What is a Health Service Assistant?

This course provides you with the qualifications to work as a Health Services Assistant (HSA or Assistant In Nursing – AIN) in an acute care or aged care setting. Typical roles undertaken by an HSA/AIN include working as an assistant in nursing, orderly, operating theatre technician, ward assistant or personal carer. Wages vary between employers from $25-35 per hour.


Who should apply for this course?

You will learn:

A work based practical placement will support you to practice your skills in a workplace setting

Course Details

Course Code HLT33115
Expected Duration 6 months
Total Course Cost $4,500 via payment plan / $6,300 International Students
Study Locations Toowoomba
Course Content International students: delivered face2face, 20 hours per week, 80 hrs industry placement
Domestic students: online content and assessment, monthly training days, 80 hrs industry placement
High school students: 1 day a week for school terms, 80 hrs industry placement

Core Units

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001 Recognise health body systems
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Elective Units

Mandatory Electives
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Mandatory Electives
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
General Elective
CHCAGE0054 Provide support to people living with dementia



Industry Placement

You are required to complete 80 hours of compulsory practical placement in a workplace where health services are delivered by HSAs. During your placement, you will work under the supervision of a registered nurse and overseen by an enrolled nurse.

Through RuralMedEd’s strong partnerships with the healthcare industry, you will have access to a range of placement opportunities, including private hospitals and Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Although RuralMedEd will attempt to find a placement that fits with your work and family commitments, you may be required to manage your schedule in order to commit to the placement requirements. Travel may be required.

Unless otherwise organised, placements will be offered in a full-time block of 40 hours per week for two consecutive weeks after completion of your study.

If you are currently employed in the healthcare sector, please discuss with the RuralMedEd team the possibility of completing your placement at your current workplace.

Eligibility Requirements

Australian citizenship, permanent residency or valid student visa

It is a requirement that students are an Australian citizen or possess permanent residency status or a valid student visa.

Knowledge and skill requirements

It is recommended that students:

Technology skills and equipment

All students will require the following technological equipment to complete the online training:

Placement requirements

Disability Worker Screening and Working With Children Check (Blue Card and Yellow Card Application)

A Blue Card must be provided by all students on enrolment. If you do not have a current Blue Card, go to http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au

National Police Certificate

A National Police Certificate must be provided by all students on enrolment. Go to the Queensland Police website to download an application form.

Please contact RuralMedEd if you have a notification or criminal history that appears on your certificate as this may affect your eligibility to complete the industry placement.


It is an RuralMedEd requirement that all health students are immunised or vaccinated against Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Seasonal Influenza, and COVID-19. 

Your immunisation and vaccination history will need to be certified by a general practitioner (GP). 

RuralMedEd will provide you with a certification document for your GP to complete.

Your Commitment

To participate in the course, you are required to commit to the following:

  • Attend all practical sessions
  • Complete all online content and assessment within the required timeframes
  • Complete all required practical tasks provided, including:
  • Standing, bending and kneeling on the floor
  • Lifting light items
  • Working in a healthcare environment with patients who may have illness and injury
  • Complete the 80-hour practical placement.

Course Trainers

RuralMedEd specialises in providing trainers and assessors with current professional experience delivering health services to patients in rural healthcare services, such as hospitals, community, disability and private practice environments. In addition to their professional industry qualifications, all trainers and assessors possess further qualifications in training and/or assessment.

Further Information

Enrolments for this course are now open, please contact us at rtosupport@ruralmeded.org.au or phone 07 4638 7999 for advice relating to you enrolment application. 

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