Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Code
Study Area(s)
Allied Health, Free TAFE, Health and Nursing
Course Length
Full-time(7 months)

Start Date(s): 4 February 2020
End Date(s): August 2020
Days and Time: Tuesday
Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am - 3:30 pm

Course Overview

An Allied Health Assistant has a hands-on role, assisting Allied Health professionals (Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, and Community Rehabilitation Therapist) with the health care plans of their clients.

A treatment plan is set out by the Allied Health professional to support the diagnosis of the client/patient. Then the primary role of the Allied Health Assistant is to follow up the treatment plan with the client/patient to assist with their recovery and to support the patient/client with their health care to increase mobility, independence and their ability to care for themelves.  

In this collaborative role, the Allied Health Assistant will work to provide a high standard of patient therapy and support in order to improve the client’s quality of life and wellbeing.

Allied Health Assistants can also help reduce the risk of complications in chronic conditions or following illness or injury. 

This qualification covers workers who provide therapeutic and program related support to allied health professionals. The worker is required to conduct therapeutic and program related activities under the guidance of an allied health professional.

Supervision may be direct, indirect or remote and must occur within organisation requirements.

The worker is required to identify client circumstances that need additional input from the allied health professional

There is a mandatory placement component for successful completion of the course. This will be carried out over a four week period.


You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.  To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services30
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance80
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems70
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status90
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25
BSBMED301Interpret And Apply Medical Terminology Appropriately60


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
HLTAHA001Assist with an allied health program65
HLTAHA003Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program85
HLTAHA004Support client independence and community participation70
HLTAHA005Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility70
HLTAHA010Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status90
HLTAHA011Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes60
HLTAHA016Support the fitting of assistive equipment70
HLTAHA024Work within a community rehabilitation environment55
CHCCCS002Assist with movement25

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved competency in the skills and knowledge required by the course. To achieve competency, assessment will include classroom participation, attendance, written and online tasks and practical placement. Assessment is a necessary part of this course to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge set out in the competency standards. You will be advised in advance about the assessment procedure and criteria.

Additional comments

By completing this 26 weeks course,  graduates can have the opportunity to work across a large range of allied health areas. Our learning facilitators are all qualified and bring with them current work practices in these specialist areas.

  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Community Rehabilitation Assistant

It is emerging as the preferred qualification in hospitals and 'super clinics' and rehabilitation centres.

What will I study?

if you are selected for this course and would like information on Skills Recognition, please contact 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

Click here to find out more about our Online Service Standards.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
985 985 $2.85 $0.57 $8.01

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule.

Can I apply?

Anyone can apply for this course however all students must be of 18 years of age to complete placement/professional work experience requirements. We are now accepting applications for our February 2020 intake - Classes will be held at the Essendon Campus . Register your details online.

Where and how can I study?

The course is held at the Essendon campus centrally located near public transport.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge, and professional attributes to work in public and private hospitals, clinics and the rehabilitation in a Health Care environment.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills and knowledge enabling you to assist and work with Specialist Clinician in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Community Rehabilitation as Allied Health Assistants in a Health Care environment.

What qualifications will I receive?

When you successfully complete this course, you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework, this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Students completing the course can undertake further studies including diplomas in specialist key therapy areas as well as the Diploma of Nursing at Kangan Institute's Moonee Ponds Campus.

Students can also undertake the Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe University's Bundoora Campus.


How do I apply?

Applications are now being taken for the next intake - February 2020. To register your interest please apply online. Please include a current email address as initial communication will be via email.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment as part of your application.

Practical placement will be carried out over a 4 week period. As part of your practical placement, you will be required to have an Australian National Police Certificate issued by the Australian Police, a Working with Children Check, and the recommended vaccinations. This will be discussed during Orientation.