Certificate III in Pathology Collection


Course Length

Part time:

1 Year

Contact Hours

Part time:

2 Days a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):


Delivery Mode

On Campus

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.

This course is offered as a dual qualification with the Certificate III in Pathology Assistance HLT37415. You will be enrolled into both courses.

This course is available as part of the JobTrainer initiative for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

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 study in the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,320.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $663.00

3. Full Fee: $4,682.00

Course Materials: $225.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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:

  • 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 and Police Check (in the current year)
  • Provide evidence of receiving the following Immunisations prior to attending placement:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)Boostrix

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBCUS201 - Deliver a service to customers
BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
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
Elective Units
CHCCCS020 - Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid
HLTCAR001 - Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
HLTPAT006 - Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Annelize Grech
Campus: Shepparton

Romany White
Campus: Wangaratta

Attendance & 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.

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

This course is part of a dual qualification and runs over a 12 month period, 2 days a week.

The student will be required to undertake a practical placement to meet course requirements.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

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.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

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

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

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

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.