Certificate IV In Allied Health Assistance

Course Code: HLT43015
Study Area:
Allied Health

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of online/face-to-face practical assessment. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements - where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our combination model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Practical Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Bendigo TAFE will make efforts to secure an appropriate placement. Due to the current environment and circumstances outside our control, placements may be delayed. This may then impact the completion dates for this course and deferment of graduation.

Start date: 12 July  2021 

End date: February 2022

Days & Time: 2 days per week, Monday & Wednesday 9 am-3.30 pm

This qualification is aimed at workers who provide therapeutic and program related support to Allied Health Professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

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. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. Job Trainer is only available till June 2021.  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).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don’t meet the upskilling requirement.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • This course is conducted as Blended delivery (e.g class room, simulation workshops and online learning). There is a 120 hour practical placement attached to this course.


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
    Allied Health Assistants may work across a range of disciplines, or be employed to work specifically in one area which may include working as a:
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Community Rehabilitation

  • Police Check and WWC
  • Literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Interview

Course overview

This qualification is aimed at training workers who support allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Participants undertake physiotherapy and occupational therapy skill sets, as well as a cluster of units to cover strength training and recreational programs for older persons. Course duration is 2 evenings on campus per week over one year, full-time. Course includes a minimum of 120 hours of mandatory work placement.

Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirements:

    A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)
    A satisfactory National Police Check - National Police checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using the students name and the Bendigo TAFE issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
    An up to date immunisation/vaccination record as per course requirements

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
    Attend an information session
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment & Pre Training Review

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Demonstration
  • Case Study
  • Assignment
  • Practical Assessment
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Blended
  • Online
  • Traineeship
  • Classroom (Delivery Method)

Key study areas

Communication and diversity Workplace health and safety Legal and ethical compliance Anatomy and physiology Assisting with an allied health program Supporting physiotherapy programs Assistance with Occupational Therapy Community rehabilitation

Further study opportunities
  • Students completing this course can take advantage of the guaranteed entry offer to the Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, Bendigo.


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,807.25
Concession - average total course fee*$561.45
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,889.85
B.   Materials average fee**$51.50
C.   Consumables average fee**$584.50
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**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. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 3/03/2021 12:44 PM

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