Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
A career in Allied Health Assistance
This qualification reflects the role of 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. The worker may be engaged to work in a specialty area or work generically across the organisation in delivery of allied health assistance services. The worker, in conjunction with the allied health professional, may have responsibility for supervising other allied health assistance workers.
6 to 12 months depending on mode of delivery
Classroom or Online
Total Number of Units
120 hours (mandatory requirement)
Nutrition Assistant, Occupational Assistant, Physiotherapy Assistant, Therapy Assistant, Speech Pathology Assistant, Diversional Therapy Assistant.
Please note that students are required to organise their own work placement and Breakthru College is not responsible to ensure that you have a placement. If you are having trouble securing a placement, please contact your Trainer/Assessor for help as soon as possible.
Students will also be required to obtain a number of clearances as listed below. However, it is the student’s responsibility to check with their work placement host organisation regarding what screening is required as organisations may each have slightly different requirements.
National Police Certificate
Working with children check
Vaccination record check
Code of Conduct check
Students who complete this course may wish to progress to any other HLT Qualification at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.
Breakthru College has the following entry requirements:
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Have the required level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills required by the course by completing a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment conducted by Breakthru staff members which includes a written test and interview to complete the verbal component of the test. The LLN test assists Breakthru to identify whether students’ LLN skills are at a level suited to the course requirements. It also assists our trainers to prepare individual learning plans for each successful applicant where skills weaknesses are identified.
Participants will need to have a reasonable level of fitness as the role may involve a variety of physical tasks such as providing personal care, assisting clients with mobility, transfers and there can be considerable time standing and walking.
All students are required to bring their own laptop / computer installed with Microsoft Office or similar, to participate in our classes.
Delivery and assessment
Classroom delivery 2 days a week, plus 80 hours of work placement.
Breakthru College will use the following delivery methods:
Face to face classroom (theory and practical sessions) – includes classroom-based delivery for knowledge and practical teaching in a simulated environment
Self-paced study (structured and mandatory) - students are required to undertake self-study to complete a range of structured activities such as reading, research, completing case studies, and quizzes to reinforce your learning.
Unsupervised study hours – students will be required to do research, private study and/or assignment work in their own time. The nature of this unsupervised study hours is unstructured.
Breakthru College will use the following assessment methods:
Oral or Written Questions
Observation / Demonstration / Role-play
Portfolio of Evidence
Journal / Log
Third Party Report
You will be required to complete a range of activities throughout the course depending on the requirements of each unit of competency. You will also be provided with the assessment and delivery plan at the commencement of your course which outlines the topics to be covered, duration, resources and due dates.
Online study options are also available. Please contact us for more information.
In New South Wales you may be eligible under this qualification for Smart & Skilled funding.
In Queensland, you may be eligible under this qualification for Higher Level Skills funding.
Locations are available upon request. Please speak to our friendly training team for more information
Cost and pricing
Please contact our friendly training staff on 1800 767 212 for our course fee.
Units of competency
The course consists of 16 units of competency and is delivered within a period of 6 months (for face to face mode) or 12 months (for online delivery mode). A work placement of 120 hours is also required.
Core or Elective
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Recognise healthy body systems
Confirm physical health status
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Assist with movement
Assist with an allied health program
Facilitate Individual service planning and delivery
Support client independence and community participation
Elective (Group E)
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
Work within a community rehabilitation environment
Elective (Group E)
Assess co-existing needs
Facilitate responsible behaviour
Assist in the rehabilitation of clients
Jacky | Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant - Brisbane
I completed my training with breakthru in January 2018. The course was a Certificate III in Individual Support. The trainer was the best I have ever had, as she made the course so interesting and hands on. The trainer's visits and feedback while on practical work placement was super supportive and by the end of the course, I was employed!.
What may be surprising to people reading this is I am in my 60’s!! and have found my dream job!
The three R’s - The Right course, the Right Trainer and the Right Company!! Thankyou breakthru! Life can begin in your sixty’s!