HLT33115 - Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Experienced in health assistance? You deserve recognition.

If you already have skills and experience in health assistance, including the provision of theatre support and nursing assistance in acute care, then you could achieve formal recognition as a qualified Assistant in Nursing (AIN) or other health-related support worker with a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, achieved via RPL.

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Total number of units = 15

  • 7 core units
  • 8 elective units, consisting of:
  • at least 6 units from the electives listed below,
  • up to 2 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome

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

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

Packaging for each specialisation: 

  • All Group A electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.Operating theatre technician)
  • All Group B electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance(Assisting in nursing work in acute care). To achieve this qualification with this specialisation, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the unit of competency.

Core units


Communicate and work in health or community services


Work with diverse people


Recognise healthy body systems


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Participate in workplace health and safety


Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


Organise personal work priorities and development

Elective units

Group A electives – OPERATING THEATRE TECHNICIAN specialisation


Handle and care for operating theatre equipment


Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures


Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support

Group B electives



Assist with movement


Respond effectively to behaviours of concern


Transport individuals


Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment


Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment

Other electives


Facilitate the empowerment of older people


Provide support to people living with dementia


Work in an alcohol and other drugs context


Work with clients who are intoxicated


Facilitate responsible behaviour


Maintain high standard of service


Prepare and maintain beds


Provide individualised support


Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Work with people with mental health issues


Provide or assist with oral hygiene


Engage with health professionals and the health system


Work with forced migrants


Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness


Contribute to client flow and client information management in medical imaging


Support the medical imaging professional


Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation


Provide basic emergency life support


Provide first aid


Transport non-emergency clients under operational conditions


Distribute meals and refreshments to clients


Apply cook-freeze processes


Provide ward or unit based food preparation and distribution services


Perform kitchenware washing


Carry out cafeteria operations


Follow basic food safety practices


Transport food


Prepare foods suitable for a range of food service settings


Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace


Apply and monitor food safety requirements


Develop food safety programs


Conduct food safety audits


Handle and move equipment, goods, mail and furniture


Handle medical gases safely


Handle waste in a healthcare environment


Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices


Contribute to team effectiveness


Promote innovation in a team environment


Organise and monitor cleaning operations

Qualification Mapping Information

No equivalent qualification.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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