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Learn how to provide support to health professionals whilst providing direct care to patients including, showering, bathing, hair washing, shaving, mouth and denture care, pressure area and skin, eye and ear care. Learn about senior first aid, infection control, occupational health and safety, manual handling and medical terminology. Course details

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Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

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Full time: 6 months / 3 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,668
  • Subsidised $1,060
  • Concession $502

Cost details

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns Full time / 3 days per week Classroom
Townsville (Pimlico) Full time / 3 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

Mature age applicants are welcome as are those wishing to return to the health industry after a long absence.  People who are working in the health care sector wanting to formalise their experience or change into health care from another area are encouraged to apply.

Completion of year 10 is essential to be able to complete this qualification.  If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

There are a number of details and requirements to consider prior to enrolling in this course.

Students will be required to have the capacity to provide assistance with moving a person in at least 6 situations in accordance to the training package requirements.

Applicants need to 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.

It is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Whilst attending TAFE you are required to wear a 'nurse' uniform comprising of TAFE uniform shirt, which included in the cost of the program, a black knee length skirt, shorts or long pants and enclosed shoes.


This is a full time blended delivery program, held over 6 months, with a combination of face-to-face and online delivery.

Cairns campus: Online with face-to-face classes every Tuesday 9:30am - 3:30pm, Thursday 9:30am - 4:00pm & Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm. (Note: Week 1 only is Monday 9.30am for Campus Orientation; then Tuesday 9.30am - 4pm, Wednesday 9.30am - 4pm, Thursday 9.30am - 12.30pm).

Townsville (Pimlico) campus: Online with face-to-face classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm.


Mandatory Documentation
Please note: The Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland, North Region 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 without these documents.

Students must provide TAFE Queensland the following documents as soon as possible.  *Certified copy - photocopy certified by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations:

  • Australian Federal Police Check (AFP) - Potential students are advised to contact the teacher 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.)
  • Records showing Hepatitis B vaccination, commencement of vaccination or blood test results showing immunity (N.B. Vaccination will take a minimum of 3 months to complete in full). Other immunisations which may be required include (but not limited to): Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
  • Blue Card (Working with Children Check Queensland) - phone 1800 113 611 or


  • TAFE Queensland North strongly recommends that students enrolling in this course consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment.
  • A Police Check is required prior to commencing Vocational Placement.  It is the student’s responsibility to undertake a National Police Check in order to obtain a National Police Certificate.  Please Note: If a student has a Disclosable Court Outcome registered against their name, it is unlikely we will  be able to access a Vocational Placement.  If this occurs the student cannot be awarded the qualification.
  • Any costs associated with these documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
  • A full list of Placement requirements will be discussed on Course Orientation
  • Students must be available for 2 week block of Vocational Placement (80 hours) within the dates specified by the teachers at Orientation.
  • In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to: attend full time placement, be prepared to travel to undertake placement, participate in a variety of shifts including morning, afternoon and evening shifts (morning shifts may start 6am, evening shifts may finish at 11pm).
  • Students are responsible for organising their own transport to and from facilities, organising leave with employers (if applicable) and planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement period.

Important Information

Police checks are required prior to commencing practical placement. If a student has a Disclosable Court outcome registered against their name, they may be unable to attend vocational placement and will be unable to complete this qualification.


Students need to successfully complete 15 units to gain the qualification; 7 core and 8 elective units.

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals Elective
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective Cairns campus only
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Elective
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Elective
CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease Elective
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service Elective
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Core
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia Elective Townsville campus only
VPC080 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme


Not all electives available at all campuses

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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.

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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. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


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Job prospects

  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient support assistant
  • Wardsperson
  • Ward Support
  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Orderly
  • Ward assistant
  • Patient Service Attendant

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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
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

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.

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Orientation:  Cairns - Tuesday 30th January 9.30am - 4pm, Wednesday 31st January 9.30am - 4pm  and Thursday 1st February 9.30am  - 12.30pm


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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 29 January 2018

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