Certificate IV in Cast Technology

This qualification covers workers who undertake a range of tasks related to the application, modification, and removal of various orthopaedic devices.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Cast technician

Plaster orderly



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

11 core units

5 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

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

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 HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

add topic HLTCT401C Apply casts

add topic HLTCT402C Modify casts

add topic HLTCT403C Remove casts

add topic HLTCT405C Apply orthopaedic devices (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTAP401B )

add topic HLTCT406C Modify orthopaedic devices

add topic HLTCT407C Remove orthopaedic devices

add topic HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

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

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following list of relevant electives is intended to facilitate selection. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

add topic BSBCUS301A Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBINM301A Organise workplace information

add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBMKG413A Promote products and services

add topic BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic HLTCT404C Apply and remove traction

add topic HLTFA301C Apply first aid

add topic HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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