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Get a head start in the health care sector with this entry-level qualification. This course is perfect for people looking for the foundation skills needed to assist in a diverse range of health care settings. Health care workers are in high demand in Australia with forecasts expecting more than 50,000 job openings in the next five years. This qualification will give you the knowledge to work as an assistant in nursing (AIN), assist in acute care, or in operating theatres.

This course will give you the skills you need to comply with infection prevention and workplace health and safety, interpret and apply medical terminology, and recognise healthy body systems. You will also learn how to transport clients and carry out nursing assistant duties in a range of settings. Our highly experienced team of industry professionals will give you the support and one-on-one guidance you need to successfully transition into the health care sector.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as an AIN, an acute care assistant, or operating theatre technician. It will also give you the foundation knowledge needed to undertake further studies in your field. Course details

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Gold Coast - Southport

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Blended: 6 months

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,675
  • Subsidised $1,071
  • Concession $513

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07 5581 8300

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Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Key dates

Gold Coast - Southport 30 Jan 2018 Blended
17 Apr 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements outlined in the Training Package however TAFE Queensland Gold Coast require the following entry requirements be met:

  • Sound literacy, numeracy and computer skills equivalent to Year 10
  • Be prepared to participate in the required hours of vocational placement and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Placement below)
  • Be prepared to participate in the required Practical Skills classes
  • Applicants should also possess computer skills including being able to operate a personal computer and printer, create and manage basic files, navigate a learning management system, perform basic tasks such as word processing, sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading and downloading documents and using web based search engines.
  • To access Certificate 3 Guarantee funding for this course the prospective student must meet all the subsidy eligibility.
  • Further funding incentives also apply to this course.  Please speak with a Customer Service Consultant on (07) 5581 8300 to check your eligibility.

For RPL enquiries students can contact the RPL Team at


Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

Students will be required to purchase a polo shirt for vocational placement approximately $35.00.  Students to purchase directly from our supplier Gold Coast Uniforms, 55 Nerang Street, Southport ph: 5591 5199Hours: Monday-Thursday 9.00am-6.00pm and Friday 9.00am-5.00pm.  (Prices are correct at time of printing and are subject to change).

Students are recommended to purchase a USB storage device.  Students will be required to access online content as part of this course so must have access to a computer and the internet.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)


This course is offered via mixed mode learning for 6 months which includes the following:

  • Theory is delivered online.
  • Optional tutorial sessions are held on Tuesdays 6.00pm-9.00pm at Southport.
  • Students should allow up to 15 hours per week for online study.
  • Mandatory Residential School for the January intake will be held on Monday 28 May, Tuesday 29 May, Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May 2018 from 8.30am-4.30pm at Southport where practical components will be delivered.
  • Mandatory Residential School for the April intake will be held on Monday 3 September, Tuesday 4 September, Wednesday 5 September and Thursday 6 September 2018 from 8.30am-4.30pm at Southport where practical components will be delivered.
  • First Aid for the January intake will be scheduled on Friday 1 June 2018 and for the April intake Friday 7 September 2018 from 8.00am-5.00pm at Southport. This day will be optional for students who hold a current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003).
  • Students are also required to complete 80 hours of vocational placement.

In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to:

  • attend full-time block placements of three weeks or more, five days per week
  • travel within 45 minutes radius of their area per Google map to attend vocational placement
  • attend the vocational placement shifts as per the facilities requirements which may commence as early as 6.00am

Students are responsible for:

  • organising their own transport to and from study and vocational placement as well as any domestic arrangements
  • organising leave with their employer (if applicable)
  • planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement
  • completing online study as per their timetable whilst on placement

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast sources and coordinates vocational placement on the students’ behalf. Our Vocational Placement Team will work in collaboration with students and facilities to coordinate vocational placement activity, and students will be provided with due notice for shift work.

With prior TAFE Queensland Gold Coast approval, vocational placement may be arranged in a student’s current workplace. Students will need to speak with the Vocational Placement Team immediately after enrolment to confirm these details.


Condition of Enrolment - privacy
Student details are provided to Health Care and Community Service organisations for the purposes of vocational placement. 80 hours of vocational placement is a core element of this program and therefore it is a condition of enrolment that you consent to the release of your information accordingly.

Mandatory Documentation
Please note: The Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland Gold Coast must ensure that all students going on placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation. Students are not eligible to attend mandatory vocational placement assessment without these documents.  There will be a strict timeframe for students to provide the necessary placement requirements. Not attending vocational placement assessment will delay course progression.

1.  Current First Aid including CPR
If you have a current Australian First Aid Certificate with current CPR, forward a JP certified copy of your Statement of Attainment with your enrolment paperwork. The CPR component will need to be updated annually and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they provide evidence of currency to TAFE Queensland Gold Coast. If you DO NOT have a current Australian First Aid Certificate, this certificate is delivered as part of this course.

2.  Working with Children Check
Queensland students - The Working with Children Check (Blue Card Application) must be completed in person for Queensland students who live less than 50 km from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Southport Campus.  Information can be viewed at   All original identification documents need to be sighted and students are requested to bring these documents with them for submission of their application.  If a student resides more than 50 km from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, the ‘Confirmation of identity’ form must be submitted with the Blue Card application.  Students may submit this by email or in person.
Interstate students - must refer to their state websites for further information on how to apply for a Working with Children Check.

3.  Vaccination
Hepatitis B vaccination, commencement of vaccination or blood test results showing immunity.

4.  Australian Federal Police Check (AFP)
Potential students are advised to contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at  Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police.  All other types of police checks will not be accepted.) Your current AFP documentation must be no older than 3 months prior to the start of study.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their documentation remains current throughout their studies.
  • Any costs associated in acquiring the above documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast strongly recommends that prior to enrolment students consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation.

Important Information

N.B. There is a high degree of physical requirement within this course (e.g. moving, showering and mobility assistance of clients).


To achieve this qualification students must demonstrate competency in 15 units, 7 core and 8 electives.

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Core
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Elective
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement Elective
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service Elective
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs Elective
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals Elective
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my financial options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a financial option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • and don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


Graduates can apply for work as: Assistant in Nursing (AIN), Nursing Support Worker, Patient Service Attendant, Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Ward Support and Orderly.

Job prospects

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Orderly
  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Operating Theatre Technician
  • Patient Service Attendant
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Ward Support
  • Acute Care Assistant

Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:


Orientation for January 2018 intake: 8.00am-4.30pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at Southport, Level 4, Room 410.

Orientation for April 2018 intake: 8.30am-11.30am on Friday 27 April 2018 at Southport (room to be confirmed)


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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 6 December 2017

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