Course Description

What do speech pathology assistants do?

Working under the supervision of a qualified speech pathologist, speech pathology assistants carry out a range of tasks to help clients overcome speech, understanding and swallowing difficulties caused by conditions such as stuttering, autism, cleft palate, Down syndrome and stroke.

With as many as one in seven Australians experiencing a form of communication disability, speech pathology assistants are in demand, as members of both specialist and multi-disciplinary teams.

What will you learn?

You'll begin with an orientation to the allied health sector, including medical terminology and how to recognise healthy body systems.

As you move through the course you'll study the units selected by industry for the speech pathology assistance specialisation, including support with augmentative and alternative communication methods and assistance in dysphagia management.

Study this course online

The HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology) is delivered through a combination of self-paced 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 to support a speech pathologist or other allied health professional are gained through Structured Workplace Learning 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
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant