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HLT41312 – Audiometric Assessment Certificate IV

TAFE NSW Course Number: 16114
National Course Code: HLT41312
Training Package: HLT07 Health

We are just finalising the details regarding enrolment under the Smart and Skilled reform and should have this course ready from November 2014.

If you would like to discuss other options that are available please call us on 1300 362 346, otherwise check back with us in November for enrolment into this course.

Course description

Our Certificate IV in Audiometric Assessment provides you with the skills needed to work as an audiometrist or screening audiometrist who perform hearing screenings and assessments to identify hearing impairment and take appropriate action. This action may include referral for further audiological or medical assessment; coordinating programs for the prevention of hearing loss; and/or care management and education programs.

People in this area work in medical or industrial provision of audiometric assessments. You may work in ear, nose and throat specialist clinics, audiology or audiometry practices, industrial settings or community and regional health settings.

At this level you do not prescribe or dispense hearing aids and you are not qualified to work as an independent practitioner.

You will also learn how to contribute to work effectiveness in health care settings by acquiring skills in infection control, occupational health and safety, and how to work independently, and as part of a broader hearing health team. In your preparation for work you will also develop awareness of the need to maintain confidentiality, and in other ways work within ethical frameworks that underpin audiometry practice.

To complete this course, you will need to complete audiometry training in audiometry practice settings where you will engage with a wide range of people, including the young, the elderly, and people with communication difficulties.

Before you can commence this aspect of the course you must successfully complete specified units to demonstrate your capacity to engage appropriately with people who are paying for service in the practice you are visiting. Before seeking enrolment, interested people are advised to speak with relevant campus staff about audiometry placement requirements.

ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY
If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency such as HLTFA311A Apply first aid, you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE FOR STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN WORK PLACEMENT.

Some or all of the following advice will apply to you, depending on your courseand the type of organisation where you will be undertaking work placement.

1 NSW HEALTH WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE
National Criminal Record Check
Before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police service or through the Australian Federal Police. If you have any criminal records, you will be subject to a risk assessment and must obtain an authority to undertake clinical placements from the Department of Health, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Branch.

You will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if you are under 18 years of age at the commencement of your course.

NSW Health Student Undertaking
In addition, you will be required to sign the NSW Health Student Undertaking, agreeing to notify NSW Health if you are charged or convicted of any criminal offence after the date of issue of your National Police Certificate or during the completion of your course.

Volunteer/Student Declaration
Before commencing each clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you will be required to sign and provide a NSW Commission for Children and Young People Volunteer/Student Declaration. This form declares that you are not prohibited from working with children and young people.

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Disease NSW Health also requires students to undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases. Before commencing work placement you will have to provide evidence of protection against infectious disease as specified in the current NSW Health policy and submit a Form 2:TB Assessment Tool and Form 3: Student Undertaking/ Declaration, to your teacher as soon as possible after enrolment. TAFE NSW will forward your evidence of protection and Form 2 and 3 to the health service to assess the evidence and issue a Certificate of Compliance if you fully comply with requirements. You will be required to present the Certificate at the commencement of each new clinical placement and have the Certificate available for inspection at other times if requested.

Please note that these requirements may take several months to complete and you will be required to pay for your Criminal Record Check screening and any necessary immunisations.

NSW Health Code of Conduct.

Finally, before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility, you will be given the NSW Health Code of Conduct and be required to sign a form stating that you have read and understood it.

For more information visit the NSW Health website at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ and type 'clinical placement' in search area.

2 AGED CARE WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE
National Criminal Record Check
Before you undertake a work placement in a federally funded Aged Care Facility (or NSW Health facility) you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police service or through the Australian Federal Police.

Anyone whose Police Certificate shows that they have been convicted of murder or sexual assault, or convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for any other form of assault, is not permitted to work within an aged care service if they are reasonably likely to have access to care recipients. For all other types of convictions and work roles, it is up to approved providers to determine whether the individual is suitable to be hired or to continue in their current roles.

Students will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if they are under the age of 16 or full-time students under the age of 18 years.

Please note that these requirements may take several months to complete and you will be required to pay for your Criminal Record Check screening and any necessary immunisations.

For more information visit the Department of Health and Ageing website at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Home 3 COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE
Volunteer/Student Declaration
Before commencing each work placement where you will come into contact with children, you will be required to sign and provide a NSW Commission for Children and Young People Volunteer/Student Declaration. This form declares that you are not prohibited from working with children and young people.

NSW Working with Children Check
Depending on the organisation's work placement policy and procedures, you may also be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check.

For more information visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website at: http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/ 4 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN WORK PLACEMENT
To help you understand your responsibilities in the workplace, you will be given a Student Code of Conduct which indicates expected standards of behaviour in the workplace. Students who have committed a breach of discipline or who are assessed as presenting a significant risk to themselves or others during work placement may be prevented from undertaking or continuing work placement. This may mean they will not complete the course. If you require any further information talk to your teacher.

5 STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT
Generally, work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact. Wherever possible, an assessment event will be undertaken by students to determine work placement readiness. Based on the evidence provided, the teacher will form a judgement as to the student's readiness to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties with: the required level of expertise due regard to ethical conduct avoidance of behaviour posing an unacceptable level of risk to themselves, workplace employer/employees or clients/customers, including those in vulnerable circumstances.

If you require any further information about any work placement requirements, talk to your teacher.

We highly recommend you complete a personalised career and study profile to confirm this course is right for you, you will find the Career Voyage link under Need Help Deciding below.

Course related resources

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...
If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

What are the entry requirements? (including Recognition of Prior Learning)

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Are there any additional local entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

Applicants must be 18 years old, have completed year 12 or equivalent, and have access to a suitable placement for clinical work that is supervised by an appropriately qualified person.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. For more information on Credit for this course please refer to 'If you have the skills, get credit for a unit or this course' below.

Please note: Some industries have their own legislative or licensing requirements. TAFE NSW recognition does not apply to these.

Under 17 and wanting to leave school?

If you are under 17 and want to leave school, your options have been affected by a recent change in NSW law. From January 2010 you must complete Year 10 and then continue in either full-time education, training, paid employment or a combination of these options until you’re at least 17 years of age. More information about options for school students under 17 is available from the NSW Department of Education and Communities - The new school leaving age.

What kind of work could I do?

Audiometrist, screening audiometrist.

What further study is available once I finish this course?

When you finish this course you can gain articulation into HLT51307 Diploma of Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation (18273).

Pathway to university or higher education

Thinking of studying next year? Not sure if you should go to TAFE or uni? Let us help you decide. At TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute we offer you the flexibility to fast-forward your career with Pathways.

Choosing to study at TAFE before going on to uni can see you graduating and entering a competitive workforce sooner — and not with one, but two, nationally recognised qualifications! For more information visit oten.tafensw.edu.au/uni

What are the units I am required to complete?

  • CHCPROM401C – Share health information
  • HLTAP401B – Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAU402D – Conduct screening hearing tests for industrial hearing loss
  • HLTAU403D – Conduct hearing assessments
  • HLTFA311A – Apply first aid
  • HLTHIR301C – Communicate and work effectively in health
  • HLTIN301C – Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  • BSBCUS301B – Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • BSBWOR301B – Organise personal work priorities and development
  • HLTAU501D – Conduct screening hearing tests for children
  • HLTHIR403C – Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • HLTWHS300A – Contribute to WHS processes

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN and that are required to complete this qualification. Other TAFE NSW colleges may offer different elective options. If licensing in another State other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant State.

There are 11 units of competency in this qualification (7 compulsory core electives and 4 elective units) Contact the Audiometry Teaching section for further information.

Students who do not have a current first aid certificate at the time they complete the course will need to complete HLTFA311A Apply First Aid through TAFE NSW or a private provider at an additional cost.

If you have the skills, get credit for a unit or this course!

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit – Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence. Submit these documents to your teaching section via OTEN.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, look through the relevant unit of competency forms below. Attach your evidence to a completed yellow Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit to OTEN for assessment. Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

Recognition for Unit of Competency forms

Your learning materials will be provided in:

OTEN will provide learning materials in this qualification in the form of:

• Four CDs
• On-line tutorial

This qualification is completed by:

The qualification is completed by

• Submitting assignment work
• Attendance at compulsory on-the-job training of approximately 100 hours (duration)
• Optional attendance to on-line tutorials
• Submitting a video for assessment of practical competency
• Sitting written and on-line tests

I would like to talk to someone before I enrol

The Health Services - Audiometry Teaching section: oten.audiometry@tafensw.edu.au (02) 9715 8399 or 1300 122 205

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Important information for 2015

From 2014 there will be a staged implementation of Smart and Skilled, including the introduction of an entitlement to government subsidised training from 1 January 2015. For more information on Smart and Skilled and how it may affect the fees you pay in 2015, please visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/smartandskilled/index.html.

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