Introduction to Working in the Health Industry - Northern Beaches Community College

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Introduction to Working in the Health Industry

Thinking about a career as a nursing assistant or an allied health assistant but not quite ready to commit to a full qualification? This fee free nationally accredited short course will provide an introduction to understanding and working in the health services industry. Upon successful completion of this short course you may choose to immediately continue your studies to complete either a nursing assistant (HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance) or allied health assistant course (HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance). Both courses are also funded under Skilling for Recovery for eligible applicants and available as daytime or evening courses. You will receive credit for the units you have already completed during this course.

How will I Learn?

The course comprises five classroom based sessions over a two week period and additional self study hours. The training will be delivered in the College’s fully equipped nursing training room by our qualified and industry experienced trainer/assessor. If you choose, you can continue at the end of this short course, to complete either Certificate III in Health Services Assistance or Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, both of which are fully funded under Skilling for Recovery/Jobtrainer funding.

Course entry requirements

  • Telephone or personal meeting with our Training Coordinator who will provide course information and answer your questions to ensure this is the right course for you before you enrol.
  • Unique Student Identifer (see information below).
  • Completion of an online NBMC English language, literacy and numeracy quiz to determine that you have appropriate skills to successfully complete the course.

What you need to know about this course

  • The course is delivered using a blended learning model which includes timetabled classroom attendance over 5 days in a two week period and weekly flexible directed self study hours.
  • Students will need to allow time during the course for directed self study for the completion of learning and assessment tasks.
  • The course is delivered in the College’s fully equipped training room by our qualified and industry experienced trainer/assessor.
  • 3 units of competency will be studied during this short course. These are listed in the pop up list located above the class options below.
  • A timetable will be provided on course commencement.
  • On Campus study during COVID-19 – please click here to learn about the additional safety measures being taken at College Campuses to help protect everyone on site.

Are there Assessments?

  • Competency based assessment of the two units of competency in this course will be conducted through a mix of assessment methods including case studies, theory tasks and practical demonstration.
  • You will receive clear assessment instructions and an opportunity will be provided for resubmission of assessments if required.

Pathway to Further Training and Employment

This short course provides a pathway to completing the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115 or Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance HLT33015. Completion of Certificate III in Health Services Assistance will allow you to work as a nursing assistant in a variety of health care settings including hospitals and other care facilities. Completion of Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance HLT33015 will allow you to work in a role supporting physios, podiatrists or speech pathologists in a range of settings like hospitals, medical practices, mental health clinics, schools, aged care facilities or in a community health organisation.


This course is fully funded for many Australian citizens; permanent residents; New Zealand citizens and Humanitarian Visa Holders under the NSW Government’s Adult & Community Education funding. See ACE Community Service Obligation Funding page for details or contact Susan Wilkinson on 9970 1000 or email to check eligibility or for further information.

College Trainers

All NBMC Trainers/Assessors are current industry professionals with the required qualifications to deliver and assess this course. Trainers draw upon and share their own experiences in the industry to ensure that the training delivered to you is current and relevant. For information about individual trainers, please click on the trainer name in the class details below for the trainer’s bio.

Student Support

Please advise our Training Coordinator at your initial telephone or personal meeting if you require additional support in your learning. This will allow a support plan to be devised before you commence your course.

Why study at Northern Beaches & Mosman College?

Enjoy smaller class sizes, a personalised relationship with your trainer, face-to face teaching sessions and qualifications that include real life work experience, when you choose to study at the three-campus Northern Beaches & Mosman College (NBMC).

With classes available across the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore in Narrabeen, Brookvale and Mosman, the College offers increasing numbers of accredited and vocational qualifications. Students include those looking to upskill, to change career direction and school leavers keen to step onto a career pathway. Courses on offer can lead directly to employment and/or go towards future learning opportunities.

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 (eg passport or driver’s licence) used 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. Please contact the College on 9970 1000 if you require assistance.

To Enrol or for Further Information

  • For more information on course content contact Nadia Louw on 9970 1008 or email
  • To commence the enrolment process click the ‘Enrol Now’ button below, or if you would like to enrol under ACE funding (see above) contact Susan Wilkinson on 9970 1000 or email Limited places available.

This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government.

Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Communicate and work in health or community services (CHCCOM005)
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately (BSBMED301)

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