Course Description

This course will give you broad-based health knowledge and includes topics that focus on the provision of nutrition advice and pre-screening of dietary requirements. It is self-paced and online and would be the ideal foundation for working as a skilled assistant to a nutritionist, dietitian or other health professional. The course comes with bonus 12-month complimentary Nutrition Australia membership.

The certificate covers meal and menu planning, nutrition education support and case management as well as how to deliver effective client service, having been developed by a leading accredited practising dietitian.

In 18 months or less you could gain a nationally recognised qualification and be ready to pursue a variety of roles in allied health, or nutrition. Alternatively, you may choose to build your career with further qualifications in nutrition and dietetics, allied health or nursing.

Study Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics) Online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. You will learn your theory, knowledge and initial skills online while your practical skills in nutrition are gained through a work placement.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Dietetic Assistant
  • Nutrition Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant
Course number E1167
Qualification name HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Practical assessments, Presentations
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)


You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Physical requirements

  • Students will be required to undertake the tasks of an Allied Health Assistant during work placement which involves providing direct personal assistance.
  • Learners undertaking the unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid, will be required to undertake Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor as indicated in the assessment requirements for the unit.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.


Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Provide relevant information to clients
  • Prepare for therapy session
  • Provide assistance with therapy session
  • Use therapy equipment correctly and safely
  • Feedback appropriate therapy information to supervising allied health professional
  • Assist in the design and construction of simple therapy materials and equipment
  • Complete required administrative duties
  • Work with a primary health care approach
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
  • Communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Address communication needs
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

Module 2

  • Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
  • Carry out routine tasks
  • Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

Module 3

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 4

  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities 
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures 
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Module 5

  • Identify the nutrients and food group serves recommended for good health for client groups
  • Plan and develop menus in accordance with relevant dietary guidelines
  • Identify food-related cultural and religious needs of client groups
  • Evaluate meals and menus
  • Identify conditions and specific needs of client groups
  • Modify meals and menus according to individualised plan
  • Monitor and report on client status and acceptance of individualised plan
  • Distribute and collect general menus and/or meal orders for clients
  • Implement nutrition support services
  • Prepare and deliver nutrition supplements
  • Comply with personal hygiene standards and food safety program
  • Communicate changes in meal order, including meals for clients receiving diet therapy or nutrition support
  • Monitor client satisfaction with food services
  • Assist with basic nutrition risk screening
  • Use screening results to determine nutritional risk according to organisation protocol
  • Provide nutrition support services for at risk clients under supervision of a dietitian and organisation protocol
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store materials and equipment
  • Document client information

Module 6

All units in Module 6 are to be undertaken by an external provider.

  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Perform CPR procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance

Open Colleges does not offer this Unit of Competency. You will be required to undertake the Unit of Competency with an external provider at your own cost. 



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

Lucinda Zammit

Lucinda has been involved in the health and wellness arena for over 10 years. She has a background in fitness and is now an accredited nutritionist. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, a Certificate IV in Fitness, a Certificate IV TAE and a Bachelor of Arts. Lucinda works with nutrition clients from all backgrounds, is involved in course writing, menu design, training and assessing and is also a regular contributor to women’s magazines.  

Mary Bennett

Mary is a practising Nutritionist and Herbalist working in a private clinic. Mary has over 10 years of experience working in private clinics and facilitating nutrition and healthy cooking workshops for both adults and children.

Mary is working towards her Masters of Public Health Nutrition. She has a keen interest in how nutrition can support health and wellbeing. Mary is looking forward to expanding beyond private practice to include the new public health modality and to work on a larger scale within the health promotion field.

Mary has also assisted in developing course materials and reviewing assessments used at Open Colleges.

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

The workplace will need to be involved in the delivery of professional allied health services, including nutrition and dietetics services, to clients.

During your work placement, you will need access to a range of different clients who are receiving nutritional and dietary support, including: nutritional screening / assessment, nutritional supplements, and the development of meal / menu plans to meet identified nutritional / dietary needs. 

You will also need exposure to a food service system for the provision of meals to clients, including access to relevant meal ordering systems, food safety program and processes to monitor client meal/menu satisfaction.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

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