HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide therapeutic and program-related support to allied health professionals. The worker is required to conduct therapeutic and program-related activities under the guidance of allied health professionals. Supervision may be direct, indirect or remote and must occur within organisation requirements.

Occupational titles include:

  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Speech Pathology assistance
  • Diversional Therapy Assistant
  • Nutrition Assistant
  • Occupational assistant
  • Therapy Assistant


Course code HLT43015
Start date View Intake Dates
Delivery mode
  • Blended delivery: Face to face training, Virtual Classroom ( Zoom) and Practical Placement.

***Please note that the assessment methods for this course include a Theory component and a mandatory practical placement component of 120 hours. You must complete placement hours to be able to achieve the competency in the units and successfully complete the course.

Duration Domestic: 56 weeks maximum including placement
International: 56 weeks including break and placement
Nationally Recognised Training

RTO requirements

Domestic students

Training and assessments are conducted in English. Applicants must possess sound written and spoken English skills. You will be required to complete a Language Literacy, Numeracy test paper as part of an enrolment interview.

  • Applicants are required to attend a Pre- Training Interview as part of the enrolment process
  • Training and assessments are conducted in English.
  • Applicants must possess sound written and spoken English skills.
  • Applicants may be required to complete a Language, literacy and numeracy test paper as part of a selection interview.
  • Obtain a valid Police Check (required for practical placement purposes) and Working with Children Check if required

Some assessment tasks are completed using a computer and internet, and it is recommended that students have these available before or at enrolment.

Training Package

There are no pre-requisite or any other training package entry requirements to enrol in this course.

For Domestic students, it is recommended this program be scheduled to be delivered over a 56 week period framework inclusive of 4 (three) weeks of Practical placement. For international students, the duration is 56 weeks including breaks and placement.

i.e. 8 hours a day – 2 days per week of Direct learning, for 30 weeks followed by 3 weeks, or 120 hours of practical placement.

Classes will be delivered face to face, direct learning, in a Blended Learning format. In practice, this means delivery is a combination of classroom, self-paced learning, and practical placement.
This approach will mix the learning experience.

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Participants are provided with advice on employment and training options during enrolment.
This is developed from the Career Pathways in the HLT07 V5.0 Health Training package. Certificate III represents a qualification that is based on technical applications involving competencies requiring theoretical knowledge applied in a non-routine environment.

Pathways from the qualification

  • Certificate IV Operating Theatre Technical support

Employment or occupational pathway

The students can also enrol in the Operating Theatre Technician work Skill set.

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Common positions that may be suited with this qualification are:

  • Assistant in nursing
  • Nursing assistant
  • Nursing support worker
  • Patient service attendant
  • Patient support assistant
  • Patient care assistant
  • Orderly
  • Operating theatre technician
  • Theatre support
  • Ward assistant
  • Wards person
  • Ward support
  • Environmental services

ETEA uses a range of assessment methods which may include:

  • Written assessment (open book)
  • Projects
  • Case study
  • Observation

You can apply for recognition of prior learning, academic credit and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer

Please note: dates are subject to change due to holidays and availability.

If the dates provided do not suit, please contact us at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500 via phone, or through our contact page, as we will accommodate dates to suit student’s needs.

Intake Dates For 2023
Offshore International Students  9th 24th 17th 9th
Domestic Students Please Call us on 131389 or +61 03 94500500 for the intake Dates

To achieve HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, a total of 16 units must be completed. This includes:


Total number of units = 16

  • 7 core units
  • 9 elective units

Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.


All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.


CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health and Community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
HLTAHA001 Assist with an allied health program
HLTAHA009 Assist in the rehabilitation of clients
HLTAHA004 Support client independence and community participation
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
CHCDISOO7 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

** Please note: electives may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements.