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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Course Code HLT33115

Operating Theatre Technician

  • Full Time
  • 5 months
  • On Campus
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


Looking to advance your career in healthcare? The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Operating Theatre Technician) is your perfect solution. This course provides you with the essential skills and knowledge to become a highly qualified operating theatre technician, ready to assist surgeons during operations.

Career Opportunities

  • Operating theatre technician

Pathway to further studies

  • HLT43021 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Studying the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at Holmesglen

The course is delivered at the Moorabbin campus and provides comprehensive training in assisting health professionals in an operating theatre. This involves:<br>- preparing and maintaining an operating theatre and its equipment<br>- assisting surgical team during operations<br>- providing support to patients in the recovery room<br>- learning appropriate waste management procedures<br>- maintaining cleanliness of operating theatre<p>All our units are taught by practising health professionals who are current and have a wealth of experience in the hospital and health fields.<p>Your learning will be supported through a range of classes, online activities and tutorials. Practical sessions are conducted in our state-of-the-art allied health facility, with simulated hospital and community environments.<p>At the conclusion of study, students will be offered a compulsory two week industry placement arranged through the Holmesglen Clinical Placement Office. Placements aim to give students the opportunity to complete assessments in the workplace as well as provide industry-specific work experience. This experience is an opportunity to both solidify training undertaken at Holmesglen as well as improve students' chances of finding employment upon completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

To successfully obtain the HlT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Operating Theatre Technician), you required to complete 12 core units from the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance. These core units are free if you are eligible for Free TAFE. However, in addition to the core units, you must also complete a 3-unit skill set, HSSHLT0006, which comprises the Operating Theatre Technician electives. <strong>These 3 elective units are not free, and you will need to pay a fee of $4,349</strong>.
Prior to undertaking mandatory clinical placement, students will need to provide their health and immunisation status, complete a National Police Records Check annually, and hold a valid Working with Children Check for employees. In order for this to occur, students must be aged at least 18 at course commencement.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


For the first four weeks training occurs, Tuesday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by Tuesday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the remaining 13 weeks.
Unit code Unit name
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Unit code Unit name
HLTHSS003 Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service
HLTHSS007 Handle medical gases safely


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion of the 12 unit partial qualification and the 3 unit operating theatre technician skill set, students will qualify for the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Operating theatre technician)

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $6,557
Government subsidised $1,558
Concession $312
Free TAFE eligible student FREE

Additional Course Cost

Immunisation confirmation - $0-$500* (price will vary according to individuals) <br>National Police Records Check - $50* <br>Uniform – Navy or Black medical scrubs top and pants - $60* <br>Employee Working With Children Check - $121.10* <br>Textbook: Chabner. D.(2017) Medical Terminology: A Short Course 9th Ed - $62* <br>Textbook: Goldman. M.A (2019) Pocket Guide to the Operating Room 4th Ed - $133.10* <br>Slip Resistant Shoes (if required) - $140* <br>*Please note prices are an estimate only and subject to change

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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