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Certificate III in Pathology HLT37215

This qualification reflects the role of pathology collectors. Workers in this role follow known routines and procedures, taking responsibility for their own work under general supervision. They combine communication, customer service and technical skills, and use discretion and judgment to adapt and transfer their skills to different situations.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 35 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

 Important Note: 

  • All Certificate III in Pathology courses must be completed via workshops in a face to face , classroom environment.  
  • It is not possible to obtain a cert 3 in Pathology without completing the practical workshops. 




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Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Specimen collection officer
  • Pathology assistant
  • Laboratory aide
  • Specimen reception assistant
  • Pathology collector
  • Operational officer


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

9 core units + 5 elective units, including:

  • Electives which are required for work in pathology collection   
  • 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 TGA or other public listing


    Core units for Cert 3

    CHCCOM005   Communicate and work in health or Community Services
    CHCDIV001       Work with Diverse People
    HLTINF001 Comply with Infection Prevention and Control Policies and Procedures
    HLTPAT001  Identify and Respond to Clinical Risks in Pathology Collection
    HLTPAT002 Perform Venous Blood Collections
    HLTPAT004 Collect Pathology Specimens Other Than Blood
    HLTWHS001 Participate in Workplace Health and Safety
    BSBCUS201      Deliver a Service to Customers
    BSBMED301  Interpret and apply Medical Terminology Appropriately

    Elective Units 

    • CHCCS027        Visit Client Residence
    • HLTAAP001       Recognise Healthy Body Systems
    • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
    • HLTCAR001       Perform Electrocardiography (ECG)            
    • HLTCAR002       Perform Holter Monitor
    • HLTHPS001       Take Clinical Measurements
    • HLTHPS002       Support Health Professional in the Delivery of Care
    • HLTHPS004       Measure Spirometry

    • HLTPAT003        Perform Capillary Blood Collections
    • HLTPAT005        Collect Specimens for Drugs of Abuse Testing
    • HLTPAT006        Receive, Prepare and Dispatch Pathology Specimens  

    1. Immunisation

    While not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that students participating in the Pathology stream qualifications be immunised for Hepatitis A and B, prior to enrolment. The National Centre for Immunisation (NCIRSO) advises that adults should be vaccinated when there is an increased risk due to occupational exposure.