Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting

Course Reference


Maximum 24 months

Delivery Method

Flexible including clinical work placement and block training

Enrolment Method
Open enrolment

Prospective Career Roles

Medical Assistant

Assessment Methods

Short answer questions
Case studies
Workplace portfolio
Research reports
Work placement
Clinical log book


The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting is delivered through a blended delivery method. Students may need to undertake block training as part of their qualification. Students will undertake both theoretical and practical assessment. The practical assessment will take place through clinical work placement which will provide you with the necessary clinical skills and workplace experience.

Course Information

Delivery Method

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting is delivered through a blended delivery method. You will be provided with a ‘Learner Resource’ and ‘Assessment Booklet’ for each unit of competency.  Assessments are to be completed in normal word document attached to an email and sent directly to your trainer for all theoretical assessments.

It is a requirement of this qualification that you will undertake clinical work placement. This will provide you with the necessary clinical/practical skills and workplace experience.  Demonstration of performance will be provided through a clinical logbook to ensure students are fully equipped to enter the workforce after the completion of the qualification.

Clinical Work Placement

Duration: The clinical work placement duration is determined by the activities performed. Students are required to complete a clinical log book during their work placement. The log book requires student to complete the clinical activities on a number of occasions to demonstrate consistency of performance.

Work placement outline

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the clinical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply clinical and practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.

It is compulsory for students to undertake clinical work placement for the Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting.

Health Industry Training will work with you to find a suitable organisation for your work placement.  As a student it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations.  Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will be responsible for contacting them on your behalf to discuss work placement requirements.


Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification. Insurance covers Public Liability and Volunteer Workers insurance.


As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to clinical work placement’ activities listed below before clinical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance
  • Student Disclosure Statement
  • Working with Children blue card
  • Immunisations and screening

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate you can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Reports
  • Workplace portfolios
  • Work placement logbook
  • Research reports
  • Presentations

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many of our students already have a high level of skills, knowledge and expertise that can be recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

RPL takes into account any previous formal study, work and life experience and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine if you can receive credit toward a qualification. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment into a qualification or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Medical Practice Assisting student must:

  • provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number; and
  • complete the Clinical work placement pre-requirements prior to clinical placement.

IT Requirements

To complete the course you will need access to a computer and the Internet.

In addition you will need basic computer skills to conduct research on your current topics and complete your assessments. In particular, you will need skills in word processing and PowerPoint presentations.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Literacy, Language, Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by completing an appropriate level LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.  For additional information and support contact the Reading Writing Hotline at www.readingwritinghotline.edu.au


Queensland residents only

Higher Level Skills: Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV or higher qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not affect eligibility. The cost for students is $5/unit or $20/unit if paid by a third party.


To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to students by allowing student to either:

  • Pay the cost of the course in full and receive a 10% discount on the full cost of the course; or
  • Take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information)

Student Support

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

One-on-one trainer support: You will be provided with a trainer that has extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey where you can contact them via phone or email.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, assisting with accessing your online assessment system, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

Peer support

Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.

Financial support

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting is Austudy / Abstudy approved. Please contact your local Centrelink office for eligibility requirements and application.

Course Structure

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting has been packaged to include:

23 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 19 core units
  • 4 elective units

The course combines theoretical and practical clinical work placement experience. The theoretical component of the course provides the student with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.

The practical clinical placement experience provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills for students to work in a clinical setting on completion of the qualification.

View the course outline, including the recommendation for the order in which you should complete your units, by clicking on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the bottom left hand side of this page.