Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)

This qualification covers workers employed by State Ambulance authorities and non-emergency transport companies to provide emergency and non-emergency client care and transport services.

Occupational titles for this role may include:

Ambulance officer

Ambulance paramedic

Ambulance transport attendant



14 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:

7 core units

7 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 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 NTIS or other public listing

Core units

add topic HLTAMBAE501C Implement safe access and egress in an emergency

add topic HLTAMBAS501B Conduct clinical assessment (Note pre-requs: HLTAP401B , HLTAMBCR401B )

add topic HLTAMBCR502B Deliver standard clinical care (Note pre-requs: HLTAP401B , HLTAMBCR401B )

add topic HLTAMBFC402C Communicate in complex or difficult situations (Note pre-requs: HLTAMBFC301C )

add topic HLTAMBPD401C Manage personal stressors in the work environment

add topic HLTHIR402C Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry

add topic HLTOHS456B Identify, assess and control OHS risk in own work

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

Elective units of competency may be selected in line with the Packaging Rules outlined above. The following groups of electives may address the needs of specific work environments.

Emergency work

add topic HLTAMBAE504C Follow procedures for safe extrication of clients in life threatening situations (Note pre-requs: HLTAMBAS501B , HLTAMBCR502B )

add topic HLTAMBSC503B Contribute to managing the scene of an emergency

add topic HLTAMBT402C Transport emergency clients (Note pre-requ: HLTAMBT301B )

Rescue work

add topic PUASAR001B Participate in a rescue operation (Note pre-requ: PUAEME001B )

add topic PUASAR002B Undertake road accident rescue (Note pre-requ: PUEME002C )

add topic PUASAR003B Undertake technical rescue (Note pre-requ: PUASAR002B )

add topic PUASAR004B Undertake vertical rescue (Note pre-requ: PUASAR001B )

add topic PUASAR005B Undertake confined space rescue (Note pre-requ: PUASAR001B )

add topic PUASAR006B Undertake trench rescue (Note pre-requ: PUASAR001B )

add topic PUASAR007B Undertake structural collapse rescue (Note pre-requ: PUASAR001B )

add topic PUASAR008B Search as a member of a land search team (Note pre-requ: PUAFIR201B )

add topic PUASAR009B Participate in an aquatic rescue operation (Note pre-requ: PUAEME001B )

Management and administration

add topic BSBINM301A Organise workplace information

add topic BSBITU306A Design and produce business documents

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic HLTAMBC403C Coordinate resources (Note pre-requ: HLTAMBC401C )

add topic HLTAMBSC502C Manage the scene of a special event (Note pre-requs: HLTAMBAS501B , HLTAMBCR502B )

add topic HLTHIR501B Maintain an effective health work environment

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

Training and mentoring

add topic BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic HLTAMBCR504C Provide clinical mentoring in the work environment (Note pre-requs: HLTAMBAS501B , HLTAMBCR502B )

add topic TAEASS301A Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEASS401A Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402A Assess competence

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this qualification, candidates must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency:

BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

HLTAMBAE403C Follow procedures for routine safe removal of client

HLTAMBCR401B Deliver basic clinical care (Note pre-requ: HLTAP401B )

HLTAMBFC301C Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care

HLTAMBSC401B Manage routine scene and promote public safety

HLTAMBT301B Transport non-emergency clients under operational conditions

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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