Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Course Code HLT37215

  • Full Time
  • 5 months
  • On Campus
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students


The Certificate III in Pathology Collection will give you the knowledge and skills to work as a pathology collector in the private pathology sector, medical clinics and hospital settings.

Career Opportunities

  • pathology collector

Pathway to further studies

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Studying the Certificate III in Pathology Collection at Holmesglen

You will be trained in areas including phlebotomy (blood collection), infection control, ECG, first aid, customer service, work organisation and medical terminology.<p>The course is delivered at Holmesglen's specialised pathology and biotechnology education facility, where emphasis is placed on practical training. You will practise your newly acquired skills in our fully operational clinical skills laboratory, giving you opportunities to refine your skills so you feel confident entering the workforce.<p>For information on healthcare workers and students living with blood-borne viruses and performing exposure-prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood-borne viruses, please refer to the<a href= "https://holmesglen.edu.au/Holmesglen/media/PDFs/cdna-national-guidelines-healthcare-workers.pdf"> Australian national guidelines (PDF 895KB)</a>.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age at course commencement. <br> <br>Applicants must provide documented evidence of serology results for Hepatitis A, B, C & HIV prior to commencing the course. <br> <br>Applicants will be required to meet all clinical placement requirements by providing evidence of a valid national police record check, a valid working with children's check, and up-to-date immunisation requirements, including but not limited to COVID-19 vaccinations.<br> <br>Applicants should have the ability to interact, communicate, and work in small teams. Comprehend technical reading material (Instrumentation Manuals, Standard Operating Procedures, Material Safety Data Sheets, etc.). Problem solving, such as identifying when data is outside expected results and identifying possible causes, Apply basic digital literacy. A physical ability to stand for long periods and fine motor control are recommended.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment online.<p>Applicants will then complete a pre-training interview at Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, where these requirements are discussed and assessed to ascertain the suitability and learning needs of the applicant.

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


To receive this qualification you must complete 9 core units and 5 elective units. Holmesglen has chosen elective units based on industry feedback around the skills required for the job. If you have already completed other eligible units, they may be counted towards this program.<p><strong>February Intake:</strong><br>Group A: Monday 9am-4pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-5pm<br>Group B: Monday 9am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm<p><strong>July Intake:</strong><br>Group C: Monday 9am-4pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-5pm<br>Group D: Monday 9am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm<p>Delivery occurs over 16 weeks which includes teacher led face-to-face classes, blended delivery, and industry placement of a minimum 35hrs conducted at the end of course delivery. Learners engage in face-to-face training 3 days per week.
Unit code Unit name
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Unit code Unit name
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence


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, you will receive the HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $9,170
Government subsidised $3,176
Concession $636

Additional Course Cost

Uniform - $60 (Blank business pants or knee length skirt, White collared button shirt (no polo), Black closed toes shoes, Black knitted cardigan, vest or jumper if needed ) Textbook: McCall R. (2020) Phlebotomy Essentials. 7th Edition. Wolters Kluwer - $145 <br>Textbook: First Aid Training Manual; Everyday Learning 2019 - $12.99 <br>Stationary - $30 (Staedtler Permanent lumor colour Black fine F, Post it notes & Flags, Snap lock retractable card holder, Plastic identification card holder, A6 Index book, A4 Display Book 20 Pocket refillable) <br>Immunisation confirmation - $100 - $500 National Police Records Check - $50 Reusable Tourniquet - $22

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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