Certificate III in Health Services Assistance


Our Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is the foundation for your career in the health industry. With this nationally recognised qualification, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to work in hospitals and healthcare settings around Australia.

In 2018 this course will be offered in conjunction with the Certificate III in EAL (Employment) , as well as a standa-alone qualification.

Establish your career with an industry preferred qualification

The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance will give you excellent industry recognised experience to work confidently and effectively with people in a range of roles in hospital settings. These include food preparation and delivery, cleaning, patient transport and hospital ward support.

Please Note: This course does not qualify you to be a nursing assistant.

Get the most from quality teaching and facilities

Your learning experience at Melbourne Polytechnic will set you up to work with a fully supervised health sector placement.

Our Health Services Assistance students are taught by enthusiastic, supportive and qualified staff in a fully equipped practical room.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Local Students






Health and Community
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 6 months

Class Schedule: *

Tue - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu - 9:00am - 4:00pm

With Certificate III in EAL:
Mon - 9:00am - 2:30pm
Tue - 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thu - 9:00am – 4:00pm
Fri - 9:00am - 2:30pm

160 hours

Selected classes held at Greensborough campus

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Workplace, Face-to-face, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Progress and performance will be evaluated by competencies demonstrated in the workplace and the classroom. A record of competency will be provided to the student on course completion.


All materials are supplied by the department

Entrance Requirements

  • Current and clear Police Check and Working with Children Check is required for placements
  • Attend an information session/s to assess your language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills and suitability for the course
  • Selection criteria includes good communications skills, enthusiasm for study

Pathways to further study

Graduates may find opportunities to further professional development in more specialist fields

Career Pathways

Graduates of the course may find work in hospitals or with agencies that supply support staff to healthcare facilities

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness 40
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development 30
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour 40
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals 20
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 80
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems 70
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices 30
HLTFSE006 Prepare foods suitable for a range of client groups 40
HLTHSS003 Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting 20
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20
HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely 30

Related Downloads

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.