HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

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Next intake Ongoing 2021
Geelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months
TraineeshipFull-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

Would you like to enter the allied health industry in a support role, working with professionals in a variety of workplace settings such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, speech therapy or podiatry? The course has been designed in consultation with industry and includes both theory and hands-on learning. If you are employed in the allied health industry you can also undertake this course as a traineeship where you will learn to provide therapeutic and program-related support under the guidance of allied health professionals.

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.

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.

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

Changes to delivery due to COVID-19
While The Gordon is permitted to deliver face-to-face teaching in compliance with current Government guidelines and COVIDSafe restrictions, many courses will utilise a blend of remote and on-campus learning. Find out more about delivery changes here.

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

Applications & attendance

2021 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2020
Close: 15 Dec 2021 
Workplace  Traineeship:Full-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)    
2022 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2022 
Class DayMon, Tue & Thurs - 9am to 4pm
Full-time: 12 months    
2022 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2021
Close: 15 Dec 2022 
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 electives listed are those delivered by The Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check https://training.gov.au/Home/Tga. If you have completed any units previously, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. Find out more about RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.51 per hour 980 AUD $500.00 AUD $12,600.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.57 per hour 980 AUD $2,519.00 AUD $12,600.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $16.10 per hour 980 AUD $15,778.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $320.00
Education Levy AUD $147.00
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

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

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Date published: 14/10/2021 8:01:17 AM

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