This qualification reflects the role of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

Career Outcomes
• Assistant in Nursing
• Nursing Assistant
• Nursing Support Worker
• Patient Service Attendant
• Patient Support Assistant
• Patient Care Assistant

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, all students will be required to provide a national police check at enrolment and complete your first aid certificate before commencing work placement. You will also be required to get proof of vaccination or obtain relevant vaccinations.

To obtain a police check go to the following website.

ANTS will organise your first aid class for you with our preferred provider that attends the ANTS office to deliver the training.

Entry Requirements

  • Good understanding of English
  • School certificate or equivalent (Grade 10)
  • 15 years of age
  • Must have a valid USI
  • Reading and Writing Skills (L) – ACSF Level 3
  • Oral Communication skills (L) – ACSF Level 3
  • Numeracy and Mathematics skills (N) – ACSF Level 3
  • Police check
  • Be prepared to obtain any required vaccinations as per NSW Vaccination record card

You will be required to complete an initial assessment of your language, literacy and numeracy skills to see if you meet the ACSF level 3 requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, you may be required to complete additional foundation skills training with an approved provider prior to commencing this qualification.

Packaging Rules
Total number of units = 15

core units plus
elective units, of which:

  • All electives from Group B must be chosen for acute care specialty.
  • if not listed below, up to 2 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome

The electives that are delivered by ANTS are listed below:

Core Units
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development

Elective Units
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCDIS007  Facilitate the empowerment of people with
HLTAIN001 Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS026 Transport Individuals
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

For more information on this course please see

Work Placement

All students must complete a minimum of 80 hours of work experience in a regulated aged care, disability or home and community organisation to be deemed competent for this qualification. ANTS will organise this work placement for you or for other options and a list of available locations please contact us directly.

Along with your police check you will also need to obtain HLTAID003 Provide first aid prior to commencing your placement.

Some facilities may also require you to obtain a flu vaccination.

How long will it take?

Duration is dependent on training delivery mode, individual experience and skills. Students are required to complete a volume of learning of 1200 hours comprising of guided learning, individual study, assessments and work placement. Generally the course will take up to a year to complete.

Please contact us for the class timetable.

Delivery Options

Blended – Combination of face to face and distance learning

Course Cost

Subsidised government subsidy may be available for eligible students under the Smart and Skilled initiative. See our Smart and Skilled funding page for more details

Full fee paying students:


Please see refer to the student handbook for any further administration fees that will be applicable to your studies.

Additional Costs

Police Check – $27.50 – $49.50

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid – $65

Flu Vaccination – $10 – $150 – this depends on the location you obtain the flu vaccination from and any costs associated with visiting a medical practitioner

General Vaccinations – $50 – $500. The cost of vaccinations will vary dependent on your eligibility for medicare rebates and the cost of your medical practitioner

Opportunities for Further Study

Successful completion of this program will allow participant to articulate into a number of qualifications including:

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Diploma level programs from the HLT Training Package

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows a person to receive recognition and credit for the knowledge and skills they have, no matter how and where they were attained, including overseas. This can include skills from previous study, work experience and life experience.

Credit Transfer

Australian Nursing and Training Services has an obligation to recognise Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other registered training organisations


The course will be presented in competency-based mode and the student’s competency will be assessed at all levels according to competencies and performance criteria. The training package for each competency specifies the conditions and method of assessment. Assessment methods range from completing set tasks and activities, class attendance and participation, completion of assignments / projects and practical demonstrations in a simulated or workplace environment.