Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Course Code HLT37215
Campus Shepparton - Fryers Street, Wangaratta - Docker Street
Duration 623 hours

Course Overview

These courses are co-delivered and offered as a dual qualification. Upon successful completion you will be awarded the HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection and the HLT37415 Certificate III in Pathology Assistance.

The dual Certificate III in Pathology Collection and Certificate III in Pathology Assistance are the recognised qualifications to become a qualified Pathology collector.

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in the health sector as a pathology collector. Students are provided with accredited training in areas that include phlebotomy, infection control, first aid, customer service and medical terminology.

HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection
The HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Specimen Collection Officer, Pathology Collector and/or a Specialist Specimen Collector (Pathology).
Demand for trained pathology staff is growing across hospitals, medical centres and general practice. Studying with GOTAFE gives you access to industry-experts and the latest equipment.

HLT37415 Certificate III in Pathology Assistance
The HLT37415 Certificate III in Pathology Assistance is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Biomedical Laboratory Assistant, Specimen Collection Officer and/or a Specimen Reception Assistant.
Put your analytical and research skills into practice, with a job-ready qualification. Studying HLT37415 Certificate III in Pathology Assistance gives you career opportunities in the growth areas of Pathology and Specimen Reception Assistance in laboratories, hospitals and medical centres. Studying with GOTAFE gives you access to industry-experts and the latest equipment.

This course is delivered on campus as a dual qualification. You will be enrolled into current qualifications.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection and Certificate III in Pathology Assistance is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Pathology industry.
Working in this industry may involve shift work, split shifts and home visits.

Further studies
After gaining the Certificate III in Pathology Collection and Certificate III in Pathology Assistance you might wish to undertake further study in the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing, or could gain employment as

  • Specimen collection officer
  • Laboratory aide
  • Pathology collector
  • Pathology assistant
  • Specimen reception assistant
  • Operational officer
Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Mon 4th Feb, 1 Day a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Mon 1st July, 1 Day a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Wangaratta – Docker Street Starts Mon 1st July, 1 Day a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments. Students may need to complete studies outside their normal training sessions.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.

Student wills be required to undertake practical placement to meet course requirements.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Jen woods
Location: Fryers street Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 623 $5.15 $3,208.45 $8.50 $5,295.50
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 623 $1.03 $641.69 $8.50 $5,295.50
Full Fee 623 $6.66 $4,149.18 N/A N/A
Course Materials 623 $0.35 $218.05 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no Training Package entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document your previous work experience and qualifications and assess your suitability for the course
  • Complete a CSPA test to ensure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy levels required for the course
  • Applicants require a Working With Children Check, Police Check (in the current year), and must provide evidence of receiving the following Immunisations prior to attending placement:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)Boostrix
Units of Competency

HLT37215 – Core Units
HLTPAT004 – Collect pathology specimens other than blood
CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTINF001 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
BSBCUS201 – Deliver a service to customers
HLTPAT001 – Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTPAT002 – Perform venous blood collections
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

HLT37215 – Elective Units
CHCCCS020 – Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
HLTCAR001 – Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
MSL953003 – Receive and prepare samples for testing

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may involve:

  • Short answer questions
  • Quizzes
  • Simulation
  • Workbooks
  • Practical demonstrations
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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