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Begin your career in the health care sector

Designed as a transition from school to employment this study program gives students a taste of what it’s like to work in hospitals and the health care sector. Students will be taught to recognise healthy body systems, comprehend basic medical terminology, understand infection control, provide client services and manage challenging behaviour. With double awards, graduating students will be able to apply for entry-level work at aged care facilities, hospitals and other health care organisations. Course details

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Gold Coast - Southport

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Blended: 16 months

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  • Full Fee $800

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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

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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 16 Jul 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

Students should contact their School Careers Officer.

Enrolment is dependent upon candidates meeting pre-entry criteria as follows:

  • Must be a minimum 15 years of age
  • Students must be in Year 11 with a sound achievement in English
  • Students must have access to a computer and the internet
  • Applicants should also possess basic 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.

Funding options are available for students that have not currently enrolled in a VET in Schools qualification.  It is important that you carefully consider your course choice before applying. Please speak to your Careers Officer at school for further information.


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

Resources required

Students will be required to purchase a polo shirt for practical classes and clinical placement (Certificate III in Health Services Assistance only) approximately $35.00 and wear long black pants with enclosed black leather or vinyl shoes.  Ordering will be available during your first on-campus class (prices are correct at time of printing and are subject to change).

Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.

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 has a mixed mode of delivery (online study with scheduled practical skills days each semester) for 16 months.
  • Scheduled face-to-face monthly workshops on Friday from 8.30am-2.30pm at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Southport.
  • 10 practical sessions (which may incorporate field trips) to be attended at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Southport throughout the program.
  • This course carries a part-time study load.  Along with allocated school time, some self-directed study at home will be required.

First Aid training
First Aid training will be held at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Southport.

Vocational Placement
The vocational placement requirement for this program is 80 hours.  This will be completed in June/July or September/October school holidays in 2018 - this may change depending on industry and availability of placements.

IMPORTANT: Students are required to organise their own transport to and from the facilities, be available to attend nominated shifts and may be required to undertake placement in the Gold Coast and Tweed areas.

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.


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.  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.

Immunisation Documentation:

4.  You must provide a full vaccination history for all of the following vaccination regimes, including serology evidence of immunity where indicated. If you have a copy of your childhood vaccinations please email a scanned copy of these to  If you require further immunisation you will be advised.

  • Hepatitis B - you must commence or have undertaken an age appropriate course of vaccination.  Students must not undertake an accelerated course of vaccination. To prove immunity you will need to have a blood test (serology) after the completion of the full vaccination course.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) - provide serology or evidence of completed vaccinations.
  • MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) - provide serology or evidence of completed vaccinations.
  • dTpa (Adult Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) - provide evidence that you have received a booster within the last 10 years.
  • Influenza vaccination is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Completion of the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Tuberculosis Screening form.


  • 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.
  • Vaccination and serology evidence requirements may alter during your studies, in accordance with changes to industry requirements and/or Australian Immunisation Guidelines.


M00VPC80 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Core
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Elective
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness Elective
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Elective
CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds Elective
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals Elective
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

This program receives VET in Schools funding, therefore is fee free for eligible secondary school students.  Please visit for further information or speak with one of our Customer Service Consultants on (07) 5581 8300.



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Full fee

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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.


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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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


Job opportunities in a range of settings such as aged care facilities, hospitals and community organisations include:

  • HLT23215 Certificate II in Health Support Services: Domestic Assistant, Food Service Assistant, Kitchen Hand, Assistant Cook, Food Service Worker, Orderly, Support Services Worker, Ward Assistant.
  • HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance: Assistant in Nursing, Nursing Support Worker, Patient Service Attendant, Patient Care Assistant, Wardsperson and Orderly.

Successful completion of this course will allow students to obtain 12 points towards their QCE.

Job prospects

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Podiatry Assistant
  • Therapy 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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A face-to-face orientation will be held from 8.30am-2.30pm on Friday 20 July 2018 at Southport, Level 3, Room 303 and an online orientation from 9.00am-10.00am on Friday 27 July 2018.


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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 7 March 2018

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