Training Information

You can obtain most of the information you require from the relevant web page on this website.

For any additional information or if you are unable to find an answer to your question please contact our Receptionist Phone (03) 9882 7644 or Email: studentsevices@mayfield.edu.au

The course webpage and the Student Information Handbook outline specific entry criteria relevant to the training you are interested in. Many of our programs are open-entry however some will require evidence of prior qualifications and/or experience. All applicants are required to attend an information session and this includes a pre-course assessment to ensure that you have the skills to complete the course. An interview is also part of the application process.

Not if you are applying for open entry courses. In many instances people who choose a Mayfield program are doing so for a career change and have no prior experience working in the health sector. Where a program has specific entry criteria or access to work requirements, the application form will indicate this.

Age is not a barrier. Mayfield attracts students from all age groups and cultural backgrounds. You will be informed in the information session of the physical requirements associated with specific job roles. These do assume a reasonable level of health and fitness.

Mayfield offers on-site and some distance education programs across a number of specific programs. Delivery of most courses is part-time – giving you time to work, rest, study and play. Mayfield uses a blended approach which provides access for students to a variety of learning and assessment resources. These include lectures, discussions, presentations, excursions and practical sessions. All programs involve self-directed hours which are allocated for independent learning activities which can be carried out in your own place and time. A number of programs involve clinical workplace experiences. The duration varies depending upon the qualification. Mayfield organises these workplace experiences.

The commencement dates of the program are indicated on the webpage. The configuration fo days is also listed (eg. 1 day / fortnight of class). You will need to allow additional days each weeks to complete self-directed study, completion of assessment and any clinical/workplace hours required.

Volume of learning duration of courses

Certificate IIICertificate IVDiplomaAdvanced DiplomaGraduate Certificate
1 – 2 years0.5 – 2 years1 – 2 years1.5 – 2 years0.5 – 1 year
1200 – 2400 hrs600 – 2400 hrs1200 – 2400 hrs1800 – 2400 hrs600 – 1200 hrs

All Mayfield students of accredited courses are required to be prepared to undertake placement and eventually work in health care services. This is a Department of Health and Human Services requirement even if you already work in a health facility and do not have these. Students are required to pay for the costs associated with these items.

In most circumstances the class days on site commence at 9.30am and finish at 3.30pm. Reception is open from 8.30am and closes at 4.30pm. You are able to attend campus for self directed study and to use the study hall and computers on days other than your study day.


All accredited units and courses require assessment. Typically, short courses do not require a formal assessment process.

There are a variety of assessment strategies used to ensure that you have the requisite knowledge and skills to perform the health service role. These include: online quizes, short answer questions, assignments, presentations, workbook activities and  in-class activities. As part of work placement you will be allocated to a supervisor/trainer who will be observing and assessing you.

Clinical Workplace Experience

Some short courses and most certificate courses will have a clinical or workplace component to the course. The cost of placement is covered as part of your fees.

Mayfield has a work placement Coordinator. At the commencement of the course, we ask you to undertake a survey which will guide the planning of the placement.

Students are not placed on the waiting list for placement until they have:

  • Achieved a satisfactory assessment level in a number of the units in a course
  • Completed the pre course requirements of police check, working with children check and vaccination check.

This will vary. The placement may occur throughout the program or may require a block placement at designated times. We can organise for you to do your placement full time or part time.

Work placements are arranged at a suitable location that will be accessible to you. They are usually in the metropolitan region however we can source placement in regional areas for those who reside there.