HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection


The healthcare industry relies on the support of pathology collectors in order to test and respond to individual health concerns.

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is a professional accreditation that focuses on the factual, technical, and procedural knowledge of the concepts required to undertake personal visits to collect specimens from patients at home or at institutions.

Because this work requires discretion and judgement, our approach to teaching will prepare you to confidently communicate and provide customer service and technical skills. Your learning will blend theoretical with relevant practical knowledge so that you’re ready to enter the healthcare industry.

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Course Details

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RPL or CT RPL : Recognition of Prior Learning
CT : Credit Transfer

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Amount of Training:  670 Hours
AQF Level :3
Course Delivery : Blended
Campuses : Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Cochin (India)
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“This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding”

Certificate III in Pathology Collection
  • Amount of Training is 670 Hours
  • On campus (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Cochin (India)) and Blended
  • Available to domestic and international students
Unit code Unit Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence

With the Certificate III in Pathology Collection in hand, you’ll be able to work professionally as a:

  • Pathology Assistant (Laboratory Aide)
  • Pathology Collector (Visiting)
  • Pathology Specimen Collector

Career pathway

  • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology)

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection is:

State Funding
Victoria If the student is eligible, for Government funding, student pays: $0
Western Australia If the student is eligible, for Government funding, student pays: $1271.70
If holds valid concession student pays $376.80
New South Wales No state funding available, check with our team for Scholarships.

Over 50 years of age? Speak to our team to avail 50% course fee scholarship.

*The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

Pay upfront and Save 10%.

Applicable for International (1 year fee) and full-fee students. Not applicable for funding students.

Melbourne (CBD) Campus
Level 5 & 6, 131 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC – 3000, Australia
Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus
597-599, Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg Heights, VIC – 3081, Australia
Perth Campus
Level 2, 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA – 6000, Australia
Sydney Campus
Level 7, 33 Argyle Street, Parramatta, NSW – 2150, Australia
Cochin Campus
37/1989 A, Bhattathiripad Road, Kaloor, Kochi – 682 017, India



(Blended: online real time theory tutorials with on campus skills training in a simulation environment)

20 contact hours will be delivered through synchronised online learning which includes on- campus simulation based training and Professional experience placement.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured self-learning.

The delivery mode is subject to your eligibility to access state funding requirements and other conditions, please contact our admissions consultants to know more.

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification, however following IHNA admission criteria will be applicable:

  • 18 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 qualification or equivalent.
  • In addition to meeting the academic requirements applicants must demonstrate their competence in literacy and numeracy levels in an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) at exit Level 3 and participate in a pre-training review when enrolling into the course.

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders’ students are encouraged to apply.

Additional Requirements:

Digital literacy
  • Should possess basic computer skills covering the most common usages of a computer, including managing computer files, word processing, using spreadsheets and databases; creating presentations; finding information and communicating using computers; and being aware of social and ethical implications of Internet use.
  • Students should be in possession of their own laptops to facilitate the training and assessment. Recommended Laptop requirements: Core i3 Processor, 4 GB of RAM, Operating system; Windows 7 or later version, Screen; 10” or higher, Microsoft Office or Open Office Program, Adobe Reader and Antivirus Program.
Professional Experience Placement Requirements
  • A National Police Clearance or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  • Immunisation is required prior to undertaking ‘Professional Experience Placement’(PEP) in healthcare facilities.
  • Please declare in your application if you have a disability, disorder, or if you’re on any medication that’ll require reasonable adjustments to fulfil these requirements.
  • Working with Children Check: Student may have the opportunity to work with patients under the age of 18. However, before Student can be allowed contact with these minors Student needs to obtain a Working with Children (WWC) Check.
  • Physical requirements that are necessary to pass the course objectives are:

    • Strength:To assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
    • Mobility:To bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined spaces
    • Hearing:To hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages
    • Vision:To make physical assessments of client and equipment
    • Communication:To communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors

Our approach is to collect evidence on whether the student can perform to the standards of the workplace. This is based on the relevant unit of competency, and you’ll find these tools being used:

  • Theory Assessments (TA)
  • Knowledge Based Assessments (KBA)
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course.

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.

What is a L – Portfolio?

L – Portfolio is a collection of work, skills and interests (evidence) in an electronic format that showcases learning and experience over time.

When you think about your L-Portfolio and the types of evidence that it contains, it is important to think carefully about its purpose and intended audience.

Your L-Portfolio may contain all or some of the following:

  • Files of various formats (text, pictures, video, etc.)
  • Evidence related to courses taken, programs of study, etc.
  • Writing samples (which might include several drafts to show development and improvement)
  • Projects prepared for class or extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of creativity and performance
  • Evidence of extracurricular or co-curricular activities, including examples of leadership
  • Evaluations, analysis and recommendations

Uses of L-Portfolio

Recognition of Prior Learning application:

Our RPL tool is in the form of an L-Portfolio, and allows students to put on record all their life experiences, interests and skills. Not only will their academic achievement be listed out, but also any life experiences that could potentially be taken into account for extra credit as Recognition of Prior Learning. For instance, an individual who has taken care of his or her bedridden parent has already gained valuable caregiver experience, which could be chalked up against practical expertise and added to their resume.

This L-Portfolio could be sent to employers when applying for work, to universities while applying for extra credits through RPL, or in any other ways to market their expertise.

Showcase/Professional L Portfolios

These L-Portfolios are used as a way to demonstrate (showcase) the highlights of a student’s academic and professional career.

Learning Portfolios

These portfolios are typically created by a student as part of a course as a way to demonstrate learning and the learning process. These portfolios are often shared with other students to elicit peer feedback. Learning portfolios support the idea of formative feedback as an essential part of the learning process.

  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

  1. How long it will take to complete this course?

    The course will take 6-12 months to complete depending on you finishing your classes/ assessments on time and completing the placement.

  2. Can I study at my own time?

    Yes you can study at your own time, however you must attend all online Theory sessions and either Online or In class for all SBA’s, Wednesdays is used for self study day, although there is a educator online when needed.

  3. Do I need to visit campus for any session? 

    Yes, students must visit our campus to complete simulation Based Training, for us to transfer the skills training, because as phlebotomist you need to know how to perform venous blood collection

  4. How many days I must visit campus for SBA? 

    There is 9 units that SBA (Simulation Based Assessments) is done in class and there are 15 live bleeds to be completed. (Students themselves will undergo in the presence of a trainer, live blood collection in a simulation environment).Usually 1 day a week will be the In class SBA’s you can attend more days when we are doing the live bleeds, this is up to each student

  5. Is there any flexibility in attending SBA? 

    IHNA’s on campus simulations will give you enough experience on the duties you are required to perform in your role as phlebotomist. So it’s encouraged to make use of our high simulated labs and training sessions.NO flexibility all SBA’s need to be attended to complete each unit

  6. How long it will take to complete the professional placement? 

    IHNA’s national placement cell will happily help you to find a suitable placement for you, in a registered pathology collection centre. 1 week or 35 hours of professional experience placement is included in the course delivery.

  7. Are the SBA and PEP (Professional Experience Placement) mandatory? 

    Yes. It’s mandatory.

  8. How many days I must attend class? Is there any flexibility in attending class? 

    Yes, all the theory classes are delivered online,The first 5 units SBA’s are online as well, then 9 units SBA’s will be delivered IN class

  9. How long it will take to get the certificate? 

    After submitting the practical placement book, certificate will be issued within 30 working days.As long as all assessments and documentation is completed eg: Police check, Working with children check and your Immunisation form.

  10. Can I get RPL or credit transfer?

    Yes, Credit transfer and RPL is available for eligible students. Please get in touch with our team.

  11. Can I complete the course fully online? 

    No, it is blended.

  12. Is there any pre-recorded session? 

    Yes, it’s available.

  13. Is it mandatory to attend full day class? 

    Most classes are not full days, our educators will ensure all students get the full delivery of the unit and any questions and answers are completed then the Educator may decide to finish up and allow students to do self study, Although the educator will be online from the time period for any further questions if needed.

  14. Is there any problem, if I missed 01 – 02-hour session?

    It is not encouraged on a regular basis, as your attendance will be affected and you will not be marked for the unit

  15. Classes are either

    Monday, Tuesday and half day Wednesday or Thursday, Friday and half day Wednesday – depending on which intakes.
    Times are – 11am to 7pm for Vic and NSW and WA will be 2 hours behind in winter 9-5 and 3 hrs behind in summer – 8-4

  16. Campuses

    Melbourne – Heidelberg and CBD
    WA – CBD
    NSW – CBD

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