HLT37415 Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

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Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

Pathology Collection 2

Course Overview

Have you ever wanted to work in a Pathology Laboratory? Have a keen eye for accuracy and precision with specimens?

Are you an analytical, inquisitive person with an interest in science? Are you known for being reliable and responsible? Our Certificate III in Pathology Assistance could be the perfect course for you. This course will set you on the path to becoming a pathology assistant or a specimen reception staff member in a laboratory.

Through this course, you will develop a strong, foundational knowledge base which will include skills in; working with diverse people; delivering service to customers; interpreting and using medical terminology; complying with infection control measures; and receiving, preparing and dispatching pathology specimens. You will also have the opportunity to select from a range of electives where, depending on your selection, may cover skills such as performing tests, preparing samples for testing, presenting data, performing biological procedures, and aseptic techniques.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • A written application form
  • Over 18 years old at the time of enrolment
  • Successful completion of LLN assessment
  • Identification Documents
  • A Photo ID
  • Students must be able to provide evidence of immunisation protection against Hepatitus B, in order to undertake practical work placement.
  • Police checks are required prior to commencing practical placement.

Why should I study this course?

Do you find the idea of pathology testing and sampling exciting? Are you looking for a rewarding and demanding career in health? Then this course is designed for you! The Certificate III in Pathology Assistance is the starting point to kick start your career in to the exciting world of Pathology Laboratory.

Learn how to prepare and process pathology samples for testing in the laboratory. Develop practical technical skills, background knowledge of specimen collection, transport requirements, preparation and processing of samples. This qualification could include students working in different areas of the laboratory such as specimen reception area, haematology, biochemistry, microbiology and histology.

What is the Course Structure?

This course consists of 14 units of competence, 8 units of competence which are core and 6 units of competence which are elective. Students must successfully complete all units to gain their qualification.

Training delivery consists of formal structured training and assessment of the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired through the structure training over the duration of the training program.

Minimum 20 hours weekly study which comprises of 12 hours of classroom based study & 8 hours of home study.


Full time: 26 Weeks
Part Time: Up to 52 weeks


This course can be delivered in number of ways, please contact IETS to discuss your preferences.


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Units of Competency

Career Choices

  • Specimen Collection Officer
  • Pathology Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Aide
  • Specimen Reception Officer

Course Pathways

On completion candidates may enrol and study higher qualification such as Diploma of Advanced Diploma qualifications.

The course includes 35 hours of mandatory practical placement in Industry, which IETS organise on our students behalf. This will be completed at the end of the course as students must have done at least 20 “successful” live bleeds before placement can be commenced. Placement may take between 1 - 3 months to coordinate with industry.

The start and finish times are determined by the partnership organisation and non-negotiable. Students cannot request an alternative location or timings.

What Units am I gaining knowledge in?

Core Units
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBWOR204 Use business technology
Elective Units
MSL953001A Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL973003A Prepare culture media
MSL973001A Perform basic tests
MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques
MSL933001A Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

Assessment Method

Assessment is based on competency (the ability to demonstrate specific skills) and is undertaken through a combination which may consist of classroom observation, discussion, case studies, role plays & written assignments and the work placement.All assessments are to be submitted electronically unless otherwise stated by your trainer.

Funding Opportunities

Course fees can vary by state and are based on a number of different factors. Please refer to our Funded Courses pages for more information, or call us to discuss the most appropriate funding or payment option for you.

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