The Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport is one of the most popular entry-level qualifications to get a job in the health care industry. The theory studied with give you essential knowledge required to start transporting non-critical patients. On any given day, you could be picking up a patient from home and taking them to a hospital or day surgery; and your next job could be assisting a patient who has collapsed at a sporting event and needs off-site medial attention; and even taking patients to a waiting plane where they will be flown back to their remotely located home.
This is the appeal of the patient transport sector. Every day is different from the next. You get to meet new and interesting people every day, travel to and from different locations and enjoy a varied working day to keep you interested, stimulated and challenged. Throughout a typical working week, you’ll meet some wonderful patients and get a really good feeling about how your actions make someone else smile and feel 100% safe in your care.
The course is delivered for the most part online, with a 3 day clinical workshop.
Whilst the Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport doesn’t provide the same level of knowledge as the HLT41115-Certificate IV in Health Care or the HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedic Science; what you will study helps you become good at your job, and creates the opportunity to keep on learning. One of the great positives about working in health is there are so many different jobs you can do. On top of that, the way training qualifications are structured; when you study a Certificate III qualification, you can be sure the next level up (in a health care course that is), will contain some of the theory you already learned – so there’s no need to learn it again.
In fact, you’ll be more than likely to receive credits towards the new course. This is called ‘credit transfer’ and is designed to also fasttrack you into the next level of learning without being charged to complete the same unit of competency again. Potentially, you could save $100’s if not $1000′ your training over the course of your career.
The HLT31115-Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transfer can be completed in around 6-12 months if you apply yourself and follow the recommended study program.
Completing this nationally accredited course will allow you to confidently apply for these entry-level jobs within private sector:
Click here to view the current job opportunities for this qualification.
Practical experience driving real patients around is not included in this level of course. However, you will be driving an ambulance during the 3 day clinical workshop. To get as much experience as you can, we recommend doing voluntary work experience to build your confidence. This is the perfect way to meet companies and organisations who provide patient transport services.
Doing so can build your personal and job network and dramatically improve your chances of securing work when you complete the course.
There are various organisations responsible for coordinating and providing basic First Aid officers through to Intensive Care Paramedics at events and public gatherings.
The 3 day face-to-face workshop gives you the opportunity to learn directly from industry experts and qualified paramedics. You’ll also meet other students, work in teams as well as take part in practical demonstrations and be active around the skills stations, where you’ll learn many procedures such as IV insertion, how to use and dispose of needles safely. You will have your questions answered by trained clinical instructors who are available to take your calls and answer any questions you may have as you progress through the training.
One of the biggest considerations in deciding to enrol in this course is the finding a job at the end of it. One thing is for sure, patient transport is a fast-growing sector. More and more private companies like NPT in Victoria are expanding their services to NSW and WA, as well as developing new opportunities in Queensland. No matter where you live in Australia, if you are dedicated to developing a career in the sector, the opportunities to succeed are immense.
With this in mind, we have added links to real Patient Transport and Ambulance Attendant jobs that have been advertised on SEEK and other online jobs boards. Some of them may be out of date, however, they do show the requirements of the job as well as how much you can earn.
The HLT31115 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transfer will ensure you develop the base skill set required to enter the health care industry.
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