With a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) you can make a real difference in peoples’ lives by helping them rehabilitate and recover from injury, illness and accident, or disability to enable them to participate in activities that are meaningful to them or that they are required to do.

Why study this course?

  • The HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) is a gateway to a career in healthcare, and will prepare you to step into an entry-level position as an Occupational Therapy Assistant when you graduate.

  • Designed to immerse and engage you in the world of occupational therapy, the HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)'s online learning materials include a mix of podcasts, video tutorials, readings, quizzes and assessments, as well as a virtual allied health clinic, the CareShore Health Centre. 

  • Offering the best of both worlds, the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance combines the convenience of online learning with the practical experience of a work placement.

Course number E1164
Qualification name HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Recommended hours per week 15.0
Qualification level Certificate IV
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)

About the course

Who this course is for

If you are wanting to get started in healthcare, or are seeking a career change, but attending classes is not convenient for you, then Open Colleges’ HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) is an ideal solution. There are no classes to attend and no deadlines. You set the pace of your studies, learning where you want, when you want.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant

What you'll learn

During your study you will learn:

  • How to work and communicate effectively in a healthcare setting.
  • The skills to understand and apply medical terminology.
  • The main human body systems and how they apply to occupational therapy.
  • How to assist in the rehabilitation of clients.
  • How to use assistive equipment to maximise your clients' independence so that they are able to go about their daily activities

Learning materials

Your learning materials are accessed through OpenSpace. These include:

  • Online learning content
  • Online forums and discussion boards
  • Online learning activities
  • Rich media
  • Glossary of terms
  • Access to relevant Legislation and examples of workplace policies and procedures
  • News forums - giving industry up-to-date news
  • Weblinks to relevant articles and information source
  • Gale Library accessed via OpenSpace

University articulations

If you wish to study further, this course is a great starting point. Open Colleges has formalised articulation with Charles Sturt University. After graduation from this course you can receive credit for 1 elective subject (a total of 8 credit points) for any of the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science

Hoping to go to uni?

If you plan to enrol in a health of community services degree with Charles Sturt University when you complete this course, you’d be entitled to apply for the Open Colleges $2,000 scholarship to spend however you like. You could use it to assist with your tuition fees, to buy textbooks or to stock up on supplies for your new course. The scholarship is sponsored by Open Colleges and is awarded exclusively to four Open Colleges students per year.

RTO partnership information

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care & Management Training (provider Number 90197)

Course trainers

Maryanne Roland

Maryanne is a registered Occupational Therapist, with over 30 years’ experience. She has worked in many settings, including hospitals, outpatient departments, schools and community programs. 

She now works as a private practitioner as well as an educator. Maryanne contributes to the undergraduate Occupational Therapy program at the University of Newcastle. She is also a Problem Based Learning Facilitator with the School of Medicine.

An experienced Trainer and Assessor, Maryanne enjoys her role as an Assessor with Open Colleges.

Phil Casey

Since receiving his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Phil has held a number of specialist posts in both hospital and community settings, including roles in pediatrics and working with diabetics. He has also worked as a chiropractic assistant in Sydney’s CBD for five years, a role which saw him perform exercise rehabilitation sessions for clients.

Also qualified in sports/remedial massage and personal fitness training, Phil has 20 years fitness industry experience including personal training, facility management and sales.

As an educator, Phil has over six years’ experience teaching a range of face-to-face and online courses across anatomy and physiology, Certificate III and IV in Fitness and the Diploma of Fitness.

Vaishnavi Umashankar

Vaishnavi has been working in the industry as a Physiotherapist for over 8 years and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) from the University of Sydney. She has been exposed to a variety of areas of Physiotherapy having held positions as a Physiotherapist in Hospital setting, Private Practice setting, Aged Care setting and Return to Work.

She brings a wide range of experience having worked in senior roles as a Physiotherapist and Manager working together with Junior Physiotherapists and Allied Health Assistants; providing them with training and mentoring. Vaishnavi is passionate about facilitating students to reach their career goals.

Academic information

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.

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

  • Plan to deliver a daily living skills program based on identified goals
  • Assist with developing daily living skill and maintenance program based on identified goals
  • Deliver daily living skill development and maintenance program
  • Assist with evaluating daily living skill development and maintenance program
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment and materials
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for fitting of assistive equipment
  • Fit assistive equipment
  • Support client to use assistive equipment
  • Complete basic assistive equipment construction and modification
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store assistive equipment after use
  • Report and document information
  • Plan to deliver a rehabilitation program
  • Assist with the development of a rehabilitation program
  • Assist with the delivery of a rehabilitation plan
  • Assist with the evaluation of a rehabilitation plan
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment and materials
  • Document client information

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. 

Assessment details

  • Case studies
  • Demonstrations
  • Knowledge tests
  • Practical assessments
  • Presentations

Recognition of Prior Learning

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Open Colleges has developed an RPL application kit for this course.

The Student Handbook, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options. 

Course duration

The duration for the course is maximum 24 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.

Qualification awarded

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) from Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197).

Work placement

What is a work placement?

A work placement is the part of your course where you learn and are assessed in a place of work related to your course which has been approved by Open Colleges.

At your work placement, you'll get practical, hands on experience under the guidance of your supervisor. Your supervisor will be someone with involvement in industry, who can mentor you during your placement.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice.
  • You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate.
  • Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.

How do I find a work placement?

You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:

  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
  • If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation.

What support will I get?

It’s your responsibility to find a suitable work place to carry out your work placement, however, there is a Work Placement Team available to give you a hand if you find that you are struggling.

Work placement hours

This course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement.

Host organisation

The workplace will need to be involved in the delivery of professional allied health services, including occupational therapy services, to clients.

During your work placement, you will need access to a range of different clients who are receiving occupational therapy programs, including at least 3 different clients who require occupational therapy programs to assist them with their activities of daily living. 

You will also need exposure to clients who require initial and/or ongoing occupational therapy assessments and/or screening, as well as access to clients who require assistive equipment to be measured and fitted.

Supervisor requirements

Students must be supervised by an appropriately qualified Allied Health Professional. For the Occupational Therapy specific units, you will need to be supervised by a qualified Occupational Therapist.

Recommendation

Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.

Requirements

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. The Open Colleges website has information on the individual statutory requirements for each state and territory.

Some host organisations may also require you to have up-to-date vaccinations and be able to show proof of your immunisation status prior to commencing work placement. It is important that you discuss any immunisation requirements with your potential host employer prior to commencing work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements.

More information can be found in the Workplace Assessment Guide.

Insurance

Open Colleges provides insurance cover for the mandatory work placement you undertake as part of your course. This insurance coverage includes Public and Products Liability Insurance as well as Student Personal Accident Insurance.

Additional

Prior to commencing work placement and after the completion of an application form you will receive a laminated Clinical Placement Identification card and 2 polo shirts embroidered with the Open Colleges logo to wear to placement.

Requirements

Education

  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent OR
  • A nationally recognised qualification at the Certificate II level or higher OR
  • At least two years of relevant vocational experience

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course requires you to read learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online 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 12 level.

If you have not successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency with one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III 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. To help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills required to study this course, you can undertake the online Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool available on the Open Colleges website. This assessment tool can also help you determine your learning level and plan your future studies.

Computing

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 need to be fit to:
    • Stand or stoop for long periods of time
    • Undertake light physical labour 
    • Manage exposure to blood, chemicals, and other bodily fluids
  • 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.

University pathways

If you wish to study further, this course is a great starting point. Open Colleges has formalised articulation with Charles Sturt University. After graduation from this course you can receive credit for 1 elective subject (a total of 8 credit points) for any of the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science

Hoping to go to uni?

If you plan to enrol in a health of community services degree with Charles Sturt University when you complete this course, you’d be entitled to apply for the Open Colleges $2,000 scholarship to spend however you like. You could use it to assist with your tuition fees, to buy textbooks or to stock up on supplies for your new course. The scholarship is sponsored by Open Colleges and is awarded exclusively to four Open Colleges students per year.



Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an Australian multi-campus public university, and is the University with Australia's highest graduate employment rate. CSU has more than 350 courses on offer that can unlock your potential to create a better life for you, your family, your community and the world.

Charles Sturt University courses:

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy 1 elective subject to a total of 8 credit points 3% of the course
Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine 1 elective subject to a total of 8 credit points 3% of the course
Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science 1 elective subject to a total of 8 credit points 3% of the course

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, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to ZipMoney over a period of agreed time with them. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free* payment plan (dependant on which course you are enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before. 

Payment Plan

Pay for your 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.

Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly or keep to a steady pace, and with no deadlines or schedules to stick to, fitting your learning around your everyday commitments is easy.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our purpose-built online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors, upload your assessments and find all the support and motivation you need to keep going from the OC community.

OpenSpace

Your online community

What is OpenSpace?

Open Colleges offers you a custom-designed online-learning platform called OpenSpace.

Your learning platform is the heart of your study experience. This is where you'll navigate through your course materials, contact your trainers and assessors, and connect with other online students.

 

 

What can you do in OpenSpace?

OpenSpace provides you with a secure, interactive learning environment that allows you to access a wealth of learning resources. In OpenSpace you can:

  • Access all your course materials, including videos and other digital resources
  • Complete the learning activities related to your course
  • Get the latest news about Open Colleges and your course
  • Get to know your fellow students by posting in the course forums, and find a 'Study Buddy'
  • Connect with your Trainers and Assessors
  • Access extensive online libraries for research
  • Upload your assessments, view feedback, and access your grades 

It’s just like a real campus – but it’s available anywhere and anytime.

How to get support

Academic support

Your experienced trainers are available in OpenSpace to answer any questions you may have regarding the learning materials or assessments.

Your training operations manager can also provide you with advice and support regarding the overall course. 

Student support

The student support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the student support team in OpenSpace or by email or phone

Online Community Support Officers

Your friendly in-platform support officers help students make the most out of their OpenSpace learning experience through managing the discussion forums, providing orientation and study skill webinars, and one-to-one support calls.

Peer support

As a student of Open Colleges you will join a community of over 65,000 people who are also studying online. Through OpenSpace you can connect and collaborate with others to share study tips and advice. 

Our students find this is a great way to keep motivated and build lasting friendships and networks. 

Work Placement Support

If your course contains work placement, the work placement support team can provide you with support, advice and resources if you encounter difficulties in securing a workplace for your work placement.

You can access the work placement support team via your trainer and assessor or the student support team.

About Open Colleges

Our history and heritage

Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 100 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become Australia’s leader in online learning.

We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.

So far, we have helped over 700,000 people gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

All of us at Open Colleges put the student at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s helping you find the right course, designing a new course, making improvements to our online campus or giving the support you need to reach your goals.

Commitment to quality

December 2013 saw Open Colleges Australia (the holding company of Open Colleges Pty Ltd) become part of Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Being part of Apollo gives Open Colleges access to the expertise, experience and educational resources of the University of Phoenix (USA), Institute of Professional Development (USA), BPP University (UK) and other institutions in the Apollo global network.

Our ongoing partnerships and place within the Apollo family ensure we continue to deliver a student experience that’s best in class.

 

With Open Colleges you can:

  • Study nationally recognised qualifications
  • Choose from over 100 online courses
  • Fit study around your family or work commitments
  • Enrol 365 days of the year
  • Find a payment option that works for you
  • Get academic and student support – online or over the phone
  • Join a community of thousands of like-minded students

Get in touch

Still got a question?

Call an Education Advisor on 1300 161 345 for more details about this course and the enrolment process.

It’s our priority to ensure you enrol in the perfect course so an Education Advisor will be in touch shortly to discuss your specific goals and what you want to achieve through studying online. They’ll clearly explain the course options that would suit you best and why they would work for you and talk you through how online learning with Open Colleges works.