Course Description

This comprehensive and practical certificate might allow you to work in a wide variety of roles in allied health assistance.

You will learn the specialist skills needed to deliver exercise programs and support physiotherapy treatments for your clients. A work placement will help you build your contacts and allow you to gain real, practical skills in a clinic (or similar) environment.

Learn how to deliver and monitor exercise and mobility programs and assist in client movement and rehabilitation. Connect with other students online via the OpenSpace learning portal, where you can share knowledge, questions and resources.

Study Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy) Online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in physiotherapy are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace. 


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
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant
Course number E1163
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

  • Prepare for delivery of a client-specific physiotherapy program
  • Deliver physiotherapy program based on treatment plan
  • Assist with programs for clients with varying abilities to participate
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for mobility and movement program
  • Conduct mobility and movement programs to restore optimum movement
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment
  • Report and document information
  • Prepare to assist a person with movement
  • Assist with movement
  • Complete assistance with movement

Module 6

  • Collect and assess information
  • Organise information
  • Review information needs

Module 7

All units in study period 7 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. 



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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.

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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

Rania Matta

Rania is a physiotherapist with over 10 years’ experience. Rania has worked in acute wards, Rehabilitation, and Emergency. Rania has also assessed and treated patients in residential aged care facilities and in the community.

Currently, Rania is a facilitator of the "Stepping On Program" which is a falls prevention program for older people living in the community.  

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Rania worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant which allowed her to gain an insight into not only the requirement of the job, but also the great satisfaction that comes from attending to patients' needs and helping make their lives easier and more fulfilling. 

Vanessa Sutherland

Vanessa is an enthusiastic and passionate Senior Physiotherapist with over 12 years of experience working in private clinics. Having a Masters in Physiotherapy and Bachelor qualifications in Exercise and Sports Science, she has a desire to assist, educate and encourage aspiring students to achieve their goals and redefine the level of quality care offered to clients by Allied Health professionals.

Vanessa has been the Australian Team Physiotherapist for the Acrobatics World Championships, and was the developer, Trainer and Assessor for the Fitness Industry Training package for the NSW Police Force. She has also developed a physiotherapy-specific Breast Cancer Recovery package.

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 physiotherapy services, to clients.

During your work placement, you will need access to a range of different clients who are receiving physiotherapy treatment programs, including mobility and movement programs. 

You will also need exposure to some specific physiotherapy management techniques during your placement, including 24-hour posture management, respiratory care management and limb oedema management.

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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