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):



Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

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. You will be enrolled into both courses.

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.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Blended - Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tues & Wed - 9am to 3.30pm/2021

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thurs & Fri - 9am to 3.30pm/2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Tuesday 6th Oct, 2 days a week (Mon,Tue), 9am-4pm / 2020

Blended - Starts on 13/07/2021 - Tues & Wed - 9am to 3.30pm/2021

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
HLTAID003 - 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

Jen Woods
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.

Where to From Here

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

Student Support

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.

Learn more about support services

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.