Certificate II in Population Health

This qualification covers workers who provide basic support in Population Health work. Workers at this qualification level apply competencies within a limited scope of operation and highly defined range of contexts, where the choice of actions required is clear. These workers implement directives of superiors and work under routine guidance with intermittent checking. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Indigenous support worker

Support officer

Peer educator



12 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

3 core units

9 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Group B electives - at least 3 units required from this group

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCORG201B Follow policies, procedures and programs of the organisation

add topic HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes

add topic HLTPOP301C Work effectively in the population health sector

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Group B electives at least 3 units required

At least 3 electives are to be selected from the following units.

add topic CHCCD413D Work within specific communities

add topic CHCNET301D Participate in networks

add topic CHCPROM401B Share health information

add topic HLTPOP213C Support community processes for ongoing repair and maintenance of health hardware

add topic HLTPOP214D Provide basic repairs and maintenance to health hardware and fixtures

add topic HLTPOP216D Monitor and maintain septic or on-site systems

add topic HLTPOP217D Monitor and maintain sewerage or effluent systems

add topic HLTPOP218D Monitor and maintain water supply

add topic HLTPOP220C Monitor and maintain rubbish collection and disposal systems

add topic HLTPOP306C Establish agent of disease transmission and mode of control

add topic HLTPOP307C Provide information and support on environmental health issues

add topic HLTPOP406C Utilise an interpreter

add topic AHCCCF414A Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity

Other relevant electives

Additional electives may be selected in line with the packaging Rules.

Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs. Selection from the following list is recommended.

add topic CHCAOD201D Prepare for alcohol and other drugs work

add topic CHCCD401E Support community participation

add topic CHCCH225A Prepare to work in social housing

add topic CHCCOM201C Communicate with people accessing the services of the organisation

add topic CHCCOM302C Communicate appropriately with clients and colleagues

add topic CHCDIS220B Prepare for disability work

add topic CHCGROUP201C Support the activities of existing groups

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCORG525D Recruit and coordinate volunteers


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries