Certificate III in Population Health

This qualification covers workers who are operational in a range of Population Health projects/programs. Workers at this qualification level apply competencies normally used within established routines, methods and procedures in the fulfilment of work likely to be allocated by a Population Health professional. These workers contribute to the work of others through teamwork and coordination. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Registry officer, cancer surveillance

Outreach worker, needle and syringe exchange program

Disease control officer

Indigenous support worker

Assistant project officer

Allied health assistant/community worker

Team support worker



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

6 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 5 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 3 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 NTIS or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment

add topic HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

add topic HLTPOP301C Work effectively in the population health sector

add topic HLTPOP302C Contribute to working with the community to identify health needs

add topic HLTPOP303C Contribute to population health project planning

add topic HLTPOP304C Contribute to evaluating a population health project

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 5 units required

At least 5 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 CUFWRT301A Write content for a range of media

add topic CUFWRT403A Write narration and current affairs material

add topic CULMS410A Provide research assistance

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 HLTPOP310C Monitor and maintain dog health in the community

add topic HLTPOP311C Identify land care issues as they relate to health

add topic HLTPOP315C Ensure provision of functional, durable health hardware items in home and community

add topic HLTPOP319C Conduct testing and interpretation of results of community water supply

add topic HLTPOP321C Assist with monitoring food storage and handling procedures in the community

add topic HLTPOP322C Implement a disaster plan

add topic HLTPOP401C Maintain a population health database

add topic HLTPOP402C Assess readiness for and effect behaviour change

add topic HLTPOP403C Provide information on smoking and smoking cessation

add topic HLTPOP404C Provide interventions to clients who are nicotine dependent

add topic HLTPOP406C Utilise an interpreter

add topic PSPPM402B Manage simple projects

add topic RTD4802A Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs.

Selection from the following list is recommended.

add topic CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

add topic CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

add topic CHCCD307C Support community resources

add topic CHCCD401D Support community participation

add topic CHCCH301B Work effectively in social housing

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS403B Provide brief intervention

add topic CHCDIS301B Work effectively with people with a disability

add topic CHCGROUP302D Support group activities

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

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

add topic CHCMH301B Work effectively in mental health


add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

add topic CHCOHC303A Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCORG322B Contribute to implementation of service delivery strategy

add topic CHCORG525D Recruit and coordinate volunteers

add topic CHCTC302A Provide client-centred telephone counselling


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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