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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)

Support occupational therapists to help patients get back to work, take care of themselves, and enjoy their hobbies and social events.

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Build a rewarding career assisting physiotherapists to improve the wellbeing and mobility of patients 

Occupational therapy assistants play a key role in one of the most rewarding professional pursuits: helping patients live fulfilling and enjoyable lives. In this role, you will aid occupational therapists as they devise programs to help their patients participate fully in life – from working and volunteering to self-care and pursuing their personal interests. 

The HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) ensures you have the real-world skills and theoretical understanding to thrive in this career. As part of this occupational therapy assistant course, you will complete 120 hours of practical work placement alongside online theory (study anytime from anywhere). This combination of hands-on experience and knowledge-based learning will equip you to step confidently into your first job as an occupational therapy assistant. 

In this rewarding role, you will get to help people of all ages with injury, illness, or disability live life to the fullest and get back to doing the things they love. This line of work provides new challenges every day – you might be assisting an elderly patient with their fine motor skills one day (e.g. handwriting or using scissors), then helping a child with their organisational skills the next (e.g. packing their backpack). 

The HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) is a nationally recognised 12-month qualification that will prepare you for a successful career in allied health, ensuring you have the necessary practical skills and theoretical knowledge to work with an occupational therapist. If you’re unsure if an occupational therapy qualification is right for you, we also offer this allied health qualification with specialisations in nutrition/dietetics and physiotherapy

Not ready for the HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance? You may want to study another allied health assistant qualification first, such as the HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. 

The HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) is a Nationally Recognised course. 

Course Outcomes

After completing your HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy), you will have the skills and qualification to work with an occupational therapist, helping them improve the wellbeing of patients. You will know how to support them with the fitting of assistive equipment and assist them with developing and maintaining a client’s functional status. You will also have general skills that can be applied to other allied health settings. 


Allied Health Assistant

Working directly with allied health professionals, you will help develop programs and conduct therapeutic activities to identify, treat, and prevent various conditions and illnesses in patients. 


Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants partner with occupational therapists to develop and deliver programs for patients, helping them perform day-to-day tasks more comfortably and confidently. Regular tasks include fitting assistive equipment as directed by the occupational therapist.

Please note: this course is currently in a transition period (superseded due to Government-mandated updates), with our updated course due for release in the next few months. Rest assured, completion of this course version with us before 30 October 2024 will still provide you with a valid and quality outcome. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Career Advisor on 1300 616 197.

Course snapshot

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)

Delivery structure

Theoretical Elements: 

Study the theoretical elements of this course anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform. 

Practical Elements: 

120 hours of work placement with an allied health professional sourced by the student. 


Up to 12 months

Study load
  • 120 hours of practical work placement.
  • 16 course units to complete.
  • Complete 1.5 course units every month to graduate in 12 months. 
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Delivery Structure

Studying the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) with Foundation Education is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs. The course is broken down into two parts: 

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1. Theoretical

Study the theoretical elements of this course, anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.


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16 units to complete.
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Completed online, at your own pace.

Resources Required

For the online part of the course, you’ll need regular access to:

Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points.

Internet: High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended).

Windows: Operating system – Windows 8 or above.

MAC: Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later.

Internet Browser: Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.

Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download).

Office Equipment:  Printer and scanner to print and upload some of your assessments.

Mobile Phone with Video Capability or Video Camera: Some assessments in your course may require you to take and submit videos of you undertaking tasks for assessment.

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2. Work Placement

120 hours of work placement with an allied health professional.


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Students will need to source work placement with an Allied Health Professional.
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Where required, we may assist you in identifying work placement options.


Achieve your qualification by completing the following units of competency:

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)

Cost and payment

You can pay for your course upfront via VISA/MasterCard or a bank deposit. Alternatively, we offer instalment plans that can be paid over several weeks or fortnights.

Your course fee includes

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Delivery and assessment of your qualification

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Study materials (including all resources)

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Ongoing support from our Education Team

We offer two payment methods

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Full fee upfront

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Instalment plans

For more information about the course costs, please call us on 1300 616 197.

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