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Certificate III in Pathology Collection


Certificate III in Pathology Collection HLT37215

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is the recognised qualification to become a Pathology Collector.

Demand for qualified pathology staff is growing across hospitals, medical centres, and general practice. You'll learn skills in phlebotomy, infection control, first aid, customer service, and medical terminology, and will train using the latest equipment and technology.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in Pathology in a range of roles. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Specimen Collection Officer
  • Laboratory Aide
  • Pathology Collector
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Specimen Reception Assistant
  • Operational Officer

Working in this industry may involve shift work, split shifts and home visits.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further studies in:

  • HLT43015 Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Blended - Starts on 28th July - Thu On Campus, Fri Virtual - 9am to 4pm / 2022

OnCampus - FT - Starts on 6th Feb - 2 Days a week (Mon & Tues) - 9am-4pm / 2023

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Blended - Starts on 28th July - Thu On Campus, Fri Virtual - 9am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fee (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Applicants require a Working With Children Check and Police Check
  • Provide evidence of receiving the following Immunisations prior to attending placement:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)Boostrix
    • Psychological stamina:
      • empathy and resilience required for working with vulnerable patients
      • required to carry out collection of blood and other bodily fluids

Technical requirements

Students will be required to have access to the following in order to complete this blended course:

  • Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • Access to digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
  • Media player


  • Textbook McCALL & TANKERSLEY. Phlebotomy essentials. 7th ed
  • McCALL & TANKERSLEY. Student workbook for phlebotomy essentials. 7th ed
Core Units
Deliver a service to customers
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
Perform venous blood collections
Collect pathology specimens other than blood
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
Recognise healthy body systems
Provide First Aid
Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens

Assessment methods may include:

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

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Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars, with 80% on-campus attendance required.


  • are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure.
  • are required to complete 40-hrs of placements, organised by GOTAFE.
  • are given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students attend on-campus face-to-face classes one day per week for 6-hrs and attend a virtual webinar conducted on Microsoft Teams, for 6-hrs a second day each week.
  • In the final term of study (10 weeks), students will attend two days face-to-face to complete practical applications of live bleeds at their respective campuses.
  • will work through their learning materials between classes, for around 8 hours per week.
  • will complete their skills assessments during scheduled class hours and complete their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.
  • 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.

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Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

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Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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