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HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

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Next intake February 2023
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months
TraineeshipFull-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

Allied Health (AH)  is a term that is often unfamiliar to those who do not work in the health industry. It encompasses the health professionals who are not nurses or doctors. These professions work with people to identify and assess issues and provide treatment and to support recovery and rehabilitation.

You may be familiar with the more common AH professional such as physiotherapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and social workers. The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance provides the theoretical and hands-on training for graduates to work under the supervision of these health professionals. They are trained to work within a certain scope of practice, and undertake tasks that are delegated to them by allied health practitioners.  These task are wide and varied and may include:

  • Delivery of individual therapy programs
  • Delivery of group programs
  • Administrative duties
  • Health equipment management
  • Assisting clients with activities of daily living

 Just as the allied health industry is diverse, so is the work of allied health assistants (AHAs). You may work with a specific health discipline or work across a team supporting a number of AH professions. AHAs are employed in a wide variety of sectors including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, community health centres, schools, residential aged care services, private practices and in the disability sector.

The course is offered in two study modes.

  • The full-time course covers the Physiotherapy specialisation, with classes delivered at the Geelong City Campus and East Geelong Campus. Work placement is completed as part of your study, in the workplace.
  • The traineeship format includes the Physiotherapy specialisation. If you are not currently employed an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider may be able to assist you in finding an employer in the allied health industry, and can also start your application and enrolment process.

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Gordon VCE/VCAL students

This course is offered to Gordon VCE/VCAL students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE/VCAL student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE/VCAL studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE/VCAL Students, see Fees section below.

Work placement/industry experience

120 hours of work placement is required in this course, organised by The Gordon. Placement hours will vary. You will be required to obtain both a current police check and approved Working with Children’s Check. You may be required to obtain a flu vaccination prior to commencing placement. Uniform is suitable neat attire (black pants and flat non-slip shoes) and will be purchased by the student. *Please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne. As per worker vaccination requirements , all applicants for this course must be triple vaccinated (boosted) against COVID-19 prior to undertaking placement which is a requirement for completion of this course. Students are required to provide evidence of full vaccination status, including booster dose, as part of their placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities. Students that cannot provide valid evidence will not be able to complete placement and therefore unable to complete this course.

How often do I attend?

How often do I attend?

Full time - 3 days per week | Monday, Wednesday and Thursday | 9.00am - 4.00pm
Blended attendance is a timetabled combination of remote and face to face class delivery.
Traineeship - as arranged with employer

Possible career outcomes

  • Allied Health Assistant

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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Applications & attendance

2022 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2021
Close: 15 Dec 2022 
Traineeship:Full-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)    
2023 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 1 Feb 2023 
Class DayStart: 30 Jan 2023
Mon, Tue & Wed - 9am to 4pm
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  
2023 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 15 Dec 2023 
Traineeship:Full-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be aged 17 years or over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2 
  • A current working with Children Check for applicants 18 and over & Police Check required for industry work placement
  • Students must be capable of meeting the physical requirements of the job role
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Applicants must be aged 17 years or over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2 
  • A current working with Children Check for applicants 18 and over & Police Check required for industry work placement
  • Students must be capable of meeting the physical requirements of the job role

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Confirm physical health status HLTAAP002 90
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002 25
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301 60
Manage legal and ethical compliance CHCLEG003 80
Recognise healthy body systems HLTAAP001 70
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Assist with an allied health program HLTAHA001 65
Assist with movement CHCCCS002 25
Assist with the rehabilitation of clients HLTAHA009 90
Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes HLTAHA011 60
Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program HLTAHA003 85
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability CHCDIS007 100
Plan and monitor continuous improvement BSBMGT406 50
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern CHCCCS020 20
Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility HLTAHA005 70


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Job Trainer and Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Job Trainer opportunity or their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.65 per hour 960 AUD $624.00 AUD $12,862.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.24 per hour 960 AUD $3,110.00 AUD $12,862.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $16.10 per hour 960 AUD $15,456.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $320.00
Education Levy AUD $144.00
Administrative AUD $250.00 once
Equipment Levy AUD $100.00 once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees only. The current years maximum loan cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 9/08/2022 6:00:46 PM