If you are interested in nutrition, food and working with people, the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance can increase your knowledge and career opportunities within the nutrition and dietetic specialisation.
Career opportunities, include:
- Dietitian assistant
- Nutrition assistant
- Lifestyle assistant
- General Allied Health assistant
Pathways to further study:
- May assist with entry to the Bachelor of Nutrition and Bachelor of Dietetics at Deakin University.
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Studying the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance at Holmesglen
Our unique combination of nutrition theory, plus 30 hours of face-to-face simulated clinic which makes up part of the 120 hours' practical placement, will set you up for an exciting career in this field.
During your studies, you will gain a detailed understanding of nutritional needs, understand how the body works and metabolises food, and develop skills to evaluate meal plans and adjust them for individual requirements.
Learn about different cultures, how food needs may change when illness arises, or if a person is diagnosed with allergies or intolerances.
Apply your new knowledge and skills in our Wellness Centre and out in the health industry such as Aged Care facilities, where you will complete up to 120 hours assisting dietitians and nutritionists where possible, and working and liaising with chefs to meet the dietary needs of clients.
Practical placement is a key component for this qualification. It is a structured program designed to give all students of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, a true ‘hands on’ experience prior to entering the industry. Practical placement is designed to bridge the gap between study and employment.
This comprehensive course also includes study of chronic disease to help you understand the whole person and their health needs. You will also learn how to screen clients for malnutrition and dietary assessment.
This program has compulsory activities/materials as part of the learning experience. The department will confirm the cost of these activities/materials prior to your enrolment.
3 days per week, Wednesday – Friday: 9am to 4pm
Classes are both practical and theoretical in nature, and are delivered as a combination of
on-campus face-to-face lessons and off-campus live online classes, at which attendance is mandatory.
||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
||Follow safe work practices for direct client care
||Communicate and work in health or community services
||Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
||Support food services in menu and meal order processing
||Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
||Assist with screening and implementation of therapeutic diets
||Support the provision of basic nutrition advice and education
||Reflect on and improve own professional practice
||Recognise healthy body systems
||Confirm physical health status
||Work with diverse people
||Manage legal and ethical compliance
||Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
||Address the needs of people with chronic disease
||Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
| Code || Name |
|BSBMED301||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCPRP001||Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships|
|HLTAHA020||Support food services in menu and meal order processing|
|HLTAHA019||Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans|
|HLTAHA021||Assist with screening and implementation of therapeutic diets|
|HLTAHA023||Support the provision of basic nutrition advice and education|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
|HLTAAP002||Confirm physical health status|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCLEG003||Manage legal and ethical compliance|
|CHCLAH001||Work effectively in the leisure and health industries|
|CHCCCS001||Address the needs of people with chronic disease|
|HLTAHA018||Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
You must be at least 18 when you complete your studies to enable placement. You will also be required to provide a Police check, Working with Children Check and proof of vaccination.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training review at an interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Please refer to our coronavirus update page to view current vaccine requirements.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will attain the HLT43015 Certificate IV of Allied Health Assistance.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
|JobTrainer eligible student||FREE|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
*Mandatory Materials and Activities fees are still payable by all students including students who may be eligible for Government subsidised fees or a Free TAFE course.
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession