Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology) HLT43015


Our nationally recognised HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology) is designed to prepare you for work in the rapidly growing speech pathology industry. You’ll graduate with the skills to assist and help treat those with hearing problems and speaking difficulties.

Course Breakdown


HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology)

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 24 months

Recommended hours per week: 15h

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Delivery method: Online with Work Placement

Awarded by: Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)


Is this course for you?

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’ Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology) 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. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

During your study you will learn:

  • How to work and communicate effectively within the allied health setting.
  • How to understand and apply medical terminology.
  • The fundamental mechanisms of speech and hearing.
  • How to deliver and monitor individual speech pathology programs.
  • How to work safely, legally and ethically in the allied health sector.
  • Support clients in the management of dysphagia.
  • How to support the development of speech and communication skills.
  • How to assist and support the development of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.

Learning Material

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

Your trainer

Natalie Albores
Natalie is a Sydney based speech pathologist. She has worked with children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in a number of non-government and government organisations.

Academic Information

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.

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology)

Assist with an allied health program
  • 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 and work in health or community services
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
Use communication to build relationships
  • Communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Address communication needs
  • Facilitate meetings
Work with diverse people
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
  • Carry out routine tasks
  • Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, 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.


Work Placement

This course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work 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.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement, including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or Open Colleges), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation, and uniforms are the responsibility of the student. These fees will vary and are dependent on your location within Australia.

  • Costs for statutory checks will range between $0 - $100 dependent on the type of check you select and your state.
  • Costs for vaccinations will very between practitioners, please refer to your GP for approximate costs.
  • Placement fees will vary, please discuss this with your intended host organisation for approximate costs.

Host organisation

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

Students will need access to a range of different clients and speech pathology programs for assessment purposes, including clients requiring speech and language support, clients with dysphagia and clients who are being supported by Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. 

Whilst on your placement, you will also need to assist the Speech Pathologist in the initial and/or ongoing assessment/screening of clients, as well as assisting in the preparation and provision of Texture Modified Foods and Fluids to clients.


Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation.

It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement.

Supervisor requirements

Students must be supervised by an appropriately qualified Allied Health Professional. For the Speech Pathology specific units, you will need to be supervised by a qualified Speech Pathologist.


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


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$5,789.00 Save $2,481.00
was $8,270.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 24%
Pay in 88 instalments over the length of your course.
$68.40 Weekly
Total course cost: $6,220.00
was $8,270.00
Full course breakdown

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. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

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 online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

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 by email or phone