Certificate III
in Health Services


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. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

Health Services Assistants are employed in a variety of settings. They may be employed by a specific health care provider or by an organisation that specialises in provision of general health services, storage, transport and client assistance. A wide variety of employment opportunities exist for Health Services Assistants across government, agencies, community and private industry.  Employment is typically available on a full time or part time basis and suits a range of individuals with a variety of employment needs.

Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible to continue further study at Diploma level in Community Services, Nursing, Mental Health or other related human services fields.


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Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.


Entry requirements for the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance qualification are:

• Adequate English language skills and numeracy skills to communicate safely and effectively in study and work environments. Domestic applicants are required to complete relevant internal LLN skills testing and/or are required to successfully demonstrate exit level 2 in reading and numeracy through the CSPA test (refer EQUALS LLN Policy). International applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum 5.5 overall band score in IELTS (or equivalent) prior to course commencement.
• Physical fitness to meet industry requirements

Students are encouraged to obtain the following in preparation for employment:

• Successful completion of theory and simulated practical assessment, including Hand Hygiene Certificate, and
• Valid DCSI Clearances for working with Aged, Vulnerable and Children, and
• Applicants must show adequate evidence of competency in communication skills. In particular, applicants need to be able to read, comprehend, interpret, apply, write and share information to standards that will ensure the safety of clients in their care.


Core Units

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

Elective Units

  • CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service
  • CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds
  • HLTMS208D Handle waste in a health care environment
  • HLTFSE002 Provide ward or unit based food preparation and distribution services
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): Subsidised through Work Ready for eligible participants
  • Amenities Fee (AUD): 
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Study Mode: On Campus,
    Blended Learning (combination)
  • Intakes: See Brochure
  • Qual Code: HLT33115
  • RPL: Yes
  • VET Student Loans Eligible:
  • Resources Required:            
  • Qual Status: Current
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $2495

  • Amenities Fee (AUD):

  • Duration: 10 weeks

  • Study Mode: On Campus,
    Blended Learning (combination) 

  • Qual Code: HLT33115

  • RPL: Yes

  • Resources Required: –

  • Qual Status: Current