Course Outline

This qualification reflects the role of allied health assistants who support Allied Health Professionals (AHP) such as Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists, Dietetics and Occupational Therapists under predetermined guidelines. Depending on the setting, work may include following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular direct, indirect or remote supervision of an allied health professional.

This qualification is also offered as a Traineeship and is also Government Funded under the Skilled Assure Supplier (SAS) agreement that DIVTEC Training College has with the State Government.

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National Code HLT33021 Delivery Mode Blended Learning - Classroom and online Assessment Mode Classroom and online Duration 6 – 12 months including practical placement Location Station Road Burpengary Qld


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Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements:

There are no prerequisites for this nationally recognized qualification.

Admission Requirements:

There are no barriers to entry based on age (other than post-school students over 16), gender, social or educational background. Students need to be able-bodied and have the physical capacity to undertake the practical application of the program.

The student should have foundation skills at the ACSF levels listed below.  This is tested during our Pre-training review.  Each student is required to complete the Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment to determine what level they are currently working at & if they are suitable to proceed with this qualification.  Where students do not have skills, they may be provided with additional support to develop their literacy and numeracy skills to this level if appropriate, or alternatively, they will be provided information on other more appropriate courses.

USI Requirements:

Learners are required to comply with Evidence of enrolments at the time of enrolment with DIVTEC Training and Further Education. Students are required to provide appropriate forms of IDs to confirm their eligibility to enrol in this course. Students are required to apply for unique student identification (USI) number while their study period in Australia and this information will be handed to the students at the time of orientation (

IT Requirements:

This qualification requires a basic understanding and use of computers and the internet. Support will be provided as required to develop the student’s skills.

Enrolment Documents:

To assist the enrolment process when you hit the ‘Enrol Now’ button, can please have the following documents, ready with you as you will need to upload them during the enrolment process:

  • Identification Requirements:
    • Queensland Diver’s Licence, or
    • Photo Identification Card, or
    • Adult Proof of Age Card, or
    • Heavy Vehicle or Marine Licence, or
    • Australian passport
  • Concession Requirements (if applicable):
    • Pensioner Concession Card, or
    • Health Care Card, or
    • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Australian Citizenship Requirements:
    • Australian passport, or
    • Australian Citizenship Certificate, or
    • Australian Birth Certificate, or
    • Green Medicare Card
  • Queensland Residency Requirements:
    • Queensland Diver’s Licence, or
    • Photo Identification Card, or
    • Adult Proof of Age Card, or
    • Heavy Vehicle or Marine Licence,
    • Australian Electoral Commission document, or
    • contract of property purchase, lease / rental document, mortgage / land ownership
      certificate, or
    • electricity, gas or telephone account issued the last six (6) months, or
    • Queensland local government rates notice
Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are two ways a student may obtain credit towards their program of study.

Credit transfer is an administrative process, where a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) recognises and accepts Australian recognised  qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by another RTO. There are no fees associated with a Credit Transfer.

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person’s skills and knowledge acquired through previous relevant training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject or a whole program (qualification). A student may apply for RPL after enrolling with the training provider. The student must supply evidence to substantiate the claim for credit. This may be a folio of all relevant documentation and must be assessed by the RTO for RPL to be granted. Unlike Credit Transfer the student has not previously been assessed as being competent and must go through an assessment process to be awarded RPL. For this RPL process there are fees that must be paid.

Course Structure

To successfully achieve the HLT33021 – Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, twelve (12) units must be completed which are made up of:

  • 7 core units
  • 5 elective units

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

Practical Placement - MANDATORY

The Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance has a mandatory requirement to obtain a practical placement. Students often find placements hard to source and difficult to manage.

DIVTEC Training College can solve this this for you!

Through its industry partners we can coordinate and place our students where they will complete the mandatory 120 hours.

This practical placement will not only assist in developing work-ready skills but will also help to consolidate the skills and knowledge for some units that you study.

For VET in School students, the 120 hours are usually done in school holidays.

Training Delivery

This course is delivered using a blended delivery methodology. The blended methodology employed by DIVTEC Training College includes face to face classroom training supported by online learning. Support is provided by your trainer on a needs basis through email and phone contact.

The face to face classroom sessions are important to demonstrate the practical components of the course. The practical component is conducted at DIVTEC’s simulated training centre located at 10 Station Road Burpengary Qld.

Units of Competency
Unit Code Unit Name Core | Elective
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
HLTAHA027 Assist with an allied health program Core
HLTAHA049 Recognise impact of health conditions Core
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement Specified Elective
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Specified Elective
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Specified Elective
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Specified Elective
HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation Unspecified Elective

Types of Traineeships available:

  • Fulltime
  • Part time (Minimum of 15 paid hours per week over each 4 week period throughout duration of apprenticeship/traineeship.)
  • School Based (Minimum of 7.5 paid hours per week of paid employment. This may be averaged over a 3 month period. Over the period of a year, the employer must provide at a minimum the equivalent of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment. Please see your school’s vocational guidance officer for more details.

The Student Contribution Fee:

  • Is a fee that relates to the cost of training and assessment services
  • The Student Contribution Fee can be paid by your employer or another person
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Career Opportunities

The following employment pathways are available to students who complete this qualification:

  • Allied Health Assistant.
  • Patient Services Assistant.
  • Therapy Assistant: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Dietetics

Note: Information provided as a guide only. List developed by the Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (

Payment Plan

DIVTEC Training College offers you a Payment Plan, which enables you to pay for the Full Fee For Service course over its duration. Your first instalment is required as part of the enrolment process. Following commencement, you will be debited electronically each week until the completion of your payment plan.

For more details about the Payment Plan option please contact 3855 9215 or email: [email protected]




“Completing my certificate 3 of Allied Health through Divtec in my few last years at school exceedingly helped me get my ‘foot in the door’ in the healthcare industry. When I first chose Allied Health as my elective class during school I was totally unaware what allied health actually was. However, completing the course and attending my placements I started to really understand what it was all about and quickly found out I had a passion for helping people, which has lead me on the path to my nursing career as a current studying RN. My trainers at Divtec were kind, understanding and enthusiastic. It wasn’t until my last placement with Divtec that I was offered a position on the Allied health team by Dani Cameron. She believed I had potential and saw the passion I had gained for helping people with disability needs on my placement. I am forever thankful that I was able to have the opportunity to be apart of the Allied Health team with such little experience. I’ve made many friends and gained excellent rapport with my clients. If you have the opportunity to be able to study Allied health in your last few years of schooling and are interested in a healthcare career, It’s definitely an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss”.


“Studying online in the classroom was easy to navigate.  Dani / Divtec provided opportunities to have hands on practical experiences both in the classroom and within the Community to enhance my skills and knowledge that I learnt in theory.  After completing my Cert III in Allied Health, I am now studying Physiotherapy at university”.


“I studied Allied Health with Dani / DIVTEC in year 11 and year 12, the class work was captivating and not just workbook theory.  The trainer provided engaging activities and real life stories which made learning fun and provided an easy way to comprehend what was being taught.  Practical placement at the Disability Day Centre was the highlight of my time, where it helped me apply the theory that I learnt into real life situations and gave me the opportunity to apply myself and all that I learnt.  My trainer Dani was beyond helpful in explaining how I can use my Cert III Allied Health after year 12 and commence a career in the Health / Disability Sector. I am now as Support Worker enjoying working with clients and seeking to continue my studies with DIVTEC to further enhance my knowledge and qualifications”.

Concessional Student Requirements

To be eligible for the discounted concession fee, you must meet any of the below criteria:

  • Hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
  • Provides DIVTEC Training College with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner, or the person of whom the student is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • Is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  • Has a disability; or
  • Is an adult prisoner.


All Programs (Government Subsidised and Full Fee)

Fee Type Student Fee Government Subsidised Price** $120 Full Fee Price $3,300 Staff Fee Price* $2,200 Full Fee Price for VET In Schools Only (Dual Qualification with HLT23221 - Certificate II in Health Support Services) $950 Traineeship - Student Contribution Price $867.20 (subject to Unit selection) Traineeship - Student Contribution Price (Concessional) $520.30 (subject to Unit selection) School Based Traineeship $nil

RPL available. All prices are quoted at a per unit rate and may vary depending on unit selection.

* Discount applies to staff of approved partner organisations.

** The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career via subsidised training.

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RTO ID: 32535

Nationally Recognised Training
This training course is a Nationally Recognised Certificate and meets AQF standards.

DIVTEC Training College has met the Government’s requirements to provide subsidised training. This gives vocational education and training (VET) students, parents and employers confidence that the training delivered by DIVTEC Training College will develop skills that are valued by industry and will lead to employment.