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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

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National ID: HLT43015 | State ID: AWN3


Do you want to make a difference in other people’s lives?

Allied health assistants work with a range of clients to improve quality of life.  After completing this course you could be employed as an allied health assistant, or with the growing need for specialised care you could find roles as physiotherapy therapy assistants (PTAs) or occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) supporting rehabilitation and developmental therapy programs.

You do not need to have completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance first but some students may find this beneficial especially if you are returning to study after a long break or upon leaving high school. If you enjoy working with people, have strong communication/ interpersonal skills and believe you have the ability to study at a certificate IV level it may be possible for you to enter this course.

You will learn how to work with children, adults and older people with a range of physical disabilities, mental health conditions, developmental delays, communication difficulties and/or social disadvantage
As an allied health assistant (AHA) you may find employment in both public and private health settings such as hospitals and community rehabilitation, aged care facilities, schools, mental health clinics, private practices and not for profit organisations. 

You'll also develop skills in specific therapeutic interventions, effective communication with clients and team, supporting individual client needs, managing therapy groups and the use of assistive equipment, all done with the knowledge of safe work practices, legal and ethical considerations and current industry standards.
You will have access to a team of allied health professionals who are able to share their experiences and support your learning throughout the course.

You will learn the required knowledge and skills through classroom discussions, simulation activities and workplace learning. Then you will undertake six weeks of full-time placement which North Metropolitan TAFE organises for you via our range of industry partners. Online learning makes up a small part of the course delivery but you will also have access to online resources to reinforce classroom learning.

On successful completion of the 16 Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance units and the 120 hour practical placement, students with the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance qualification are prepared for a wide range of job options. Some students have gone on to study allied health degrees at university after this course has ignited their passion.

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Allied Health Assistant; Physiotherapy Assistant; Speech Pathology Therapy Assistant; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Therapy Assistant; Nutrition Assistant; Podiatry Assistant; Dietetic Assistant

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Course Overview

WhereJoondalup (McLarty Avenue)

1 semester (6 months) full time. Classes usually run from  Monday to Friday between 9am and 3.30pm. 
A part-time option is also available.

Recognition Of Prior Learning (Rpl)
WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Available Semester 2, 2018
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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.



Core Units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Communicate and work in health or community servicesCHCCOM005AVC29
Confirm physical health statusHLTAAP002AVB18
Follow safe work practices for direct client careHLTWHS002WG739
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriatelyBSBMED301AUK35
Manage legal and ethical complianceCHCLEG003AVB80
Recognise healthy body systemsHLTAAP001AVB19
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09


Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systemsHLTAHA014AVA98
Assist with movementCHCCCS002AVC75
Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional statusHLTAHA010AVB04
Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy programHLTAHA003AVB09
Facilitate the empowerment of older peopleCHCAGE001AVC91
Provide first aidHLTAID003WG732
Provide support to people living with dementiaCHCAGE005AVC87
Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobilityHLTAHA005AVB07
Support the fitting of assistive equipmentHLTAHA016AVA96
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

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Please note, fees are subject to change.

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