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HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care)

Working in the health industry is rewarding, flexible and motivating. Every day is different, with a vast array of patients and health professionals working together with each other. The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115 has no entry requirements and is a nationally recognised qualification that will open up the opportunity for you to gain entry level employment working as an assistant in nursing, nursing support worker or patient support worker. This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to support professionals such as doctors and nurses in ensuring that health services function effectively when delivering care to patients and clients.

As a nursing assistant you’ll provide support to clients according to their care plan and under the supervision of a health professional. You’ll learn how to perform patient observations, how to work effectively with culturally diverse clients and how to use medical terminology. After completing this course you could work in aged care facilities, hospitals, clinics, private medical practices and home and community care services. The program offers electives to cater to specific work functions including assisting in nursing and working in acute care.

Potential Career Outcomes

  • Assistant in nursing
  • Nursing support worker
  • Patient service attendant
  • Ward assistant
  • Ward support

How will I Learn?

The daytime course comprises two days per week classroom training, one day per week flexible learning and 80 hours of work placement. The practical component of the first aid training will be delivered on a Saturday – date to be advised. Competency based assessment will be conducted through theory tasks, projects and practical demonstration. The training will be delivered in the College’s fully equipped nursing training room by our qualified and industry experienced trainer/assessor.

The evening course will be held two evenings per week plus three Saturdays (including First Aid) plus 80 hours of work placement. Students will be required to complete self study hours as well as written assessment tasks in their own time.


Prospective students must have a competent level of language and literacy to enrol in this course.

Compulsory Checks

Students will need to obtain the following prior to commencement of work placement:

Work Placement

80 hours of work placement is a requirement of the course and can be arranged by the College. Work placement hours will differ from the class hours and will take place on nominated days within the timetable for the daytime course and will include two Wednesdays. The College will discuss work placement individually with evening students on enrolment as work placement hours will be in addition to the classroom hours.

Are there Assessments?

You will be required to complete self study and assessment work in your own time. There is usually a short answer question sheet and project associated with each unit of competency. Some units of competency require training and assessment of practical skills – this will occur in either the College’s simulated workplace or during work placement.

Pathway to Further Training

There are many pathways you can follow into more specified fields of nursing once you gain this entry level qualification. The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance provides a clear pathway to the Diploma of Nursing which can then lead to a Bachelor Degree in Nursing.

National Recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - is a means of measuring skills acquired through work or life experiences or through qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. Any student who believes they may be eligible for RPL must apply for this at least two weeks prior to the course commencing.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015 it is a requirement of the Federal Government that all students undertaking nationally recognised training will need to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This involves an easy online application. See USI Fact Sheet for information on how to apply for a USI – go to the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Website for additional information.

Please ensure when completing your enrolment information, that the details relating to your name are identical to those on the identification evidence used (eg passport or driver’s licence) when creating your USI eg no abbreviations or nicknames should be used.

Once created, it is important that you keep a record of your USI and access to your accredited training records in a safe place. You will need this information for any future enrolments into accredited training in Australia.


This qualification can be completed through a traineeship pathway. Please contact Fran Butterworth at or call 9970 1007.


This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

See Smart & Skilled Funding page for details of the range of eligible benefits.

Limited fee free scholarships are available for eligible students who are 15-30 years of age and either a Commonwealth Welfare recipient or the dependant of a Commonwealth Welfare recipient. Students with a disability or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are also eligible for a fee exemption. Evidence of eligibility for a fee exemption will be required.

Course cost

If you meet the above eligibility criteria for the Smart & Skilled Program, the course cost is as follows:

Exempt: Fee-Free
Concession: $240
No prior qualification: $1600
Prior qualification: $1930

Course cost includes course resources but students are responsible for the cost of obtaining a police check and immunisation records.

Payment options

Pay by two instalments (half on enrolment and half midway through the course) or $240 on enrolment followed by fortnightly direct debit payments.
By Cash, Cheque, Visa or MasterCard

Not Eligible for Subsidised Training: $4900 – contact the College for payment options

Further Information

Contact Nadia Louw on 9970 1008 or email to enrol or for further information.

Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115.
  • Communicate and work in health or community services (CHCCOM005)
  • Transport individuals (CHCCCS026)
  • Provide first aid (HLTAID003)
  • Respond effectively to behaviours of concern (CHCCCS020)
  • Prepare and maintain beds (CHCCCS012)
  • Participate in workplace health and safety (HLTWHS001)
  • Organise personal work priorities and development (BSBWOR301)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Maintain a high standard of service (CHCCCS010)
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately (BSBMED301)
  • Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment (HLTAIN002)
  • Recognise healthy body systems (HLTAAP001)
  • Assist with movement (CHCCCS002)
  • Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment (HLTAIN001)
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures (HLTINF001)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Being able to apply the theoretical skills learnt in the class room to the workplace through the practical component of the course & then subsequently discuss further with my trainer Jo Neophyton
  • We had a great trainer and she supported all her students. Thank you! I enjoyed the practical work-placement at a nursing home and in hospital.
  • The teacher was great and the timetable was awesome.

Additional information

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113