Diploma of Clinical Coding

Course Code HLT50321

The role of the Clinical Coder is to assign codes for conditions (including certain health status and circumstances of injury and poisoning) and health interventions, in accordance with recognised classifications and associated directives, that have been documented by clinicians in relation to patient health care events.

In accordance with Australian Coding Standards, Clinical Coders are expected to analyse all areas of the clinical record relevant to the episode and seek clinical clarification regarding any areas that are unclear or where more information is required prior to code assignment (refer to ACS excerpt Attachment A).

Once codes have been assigned, Clinical Coders can be expected to enter these codes into the hospital’s patient administration system and ensure that an AR-DRG group is allocated.

Delivery Method

The Diploma of Clinical Coding is delivered through a blended delivery method. Students are provided with learner resources for each unit of competency. Theory assessment is submitted through our online assessment management system.

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
  • Research reports
  • Analysing patient records

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL considers previous formal study and work experience and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment 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 aapplying for credit transfer.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Diploma of Clinical Coding it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent. In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

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)

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 LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.


To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance by allowing students to take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information).

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

Trainer Support

You will be provided with a team of dedicated trainers who are there to support and guide you through. You may contact our trainers via phone and e-mail for assistance. Our trainers will also contact you on a regular basis to ensure you are on track to finish your qualification within your timeframe. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey.

In addition to our trainers, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

The Diploma of Clinical Coding has been packaged to include:
8 units are required to be awarded for this qualification. To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the right hand side of this page.

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Courses Duration

Maximum 12 months

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Delivery Method


Individual needs approach to learning

Career Roles

Clinical Coder

Enrolment Method

Open enrolment