HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

This qualification reflects the role of pathology collectors. Workers in this role follow known routines and procedures, taking responsibility for their own work under general supervision. They combine communication, customer service and technical skills, and use discretion and judgment to adapt and transfer their skills to different situations.

Occupational titles include:

  • pathology collector
  • pathology assistant
  • specimen collector
  • pathology team leader


Course code HLT37215
Start date View Intake Dates
Delivery mode Blended delivery: Face to face training, Virtual Classroom ( Zoom) and Practical Placement.


***Please note that the assessment methods for this course includes Theory component and mandatory practical placement component of 35 hours. You must complete placement hours to be able to achieve the competency in the units and successfully complete the course.

Duration Domestic: 38 weeks
International: 38 weeks (All the courses for International students are run over 2.5 days for a minimum of 20 hours per week) 


** Please note: Duration in weeks may vary depending upon the amount of contact days per week. Duration may vary depending on the cohort and industry requirements

Nationally Recognised Training

RTO requirements

Training and assessments are conducted in English. Applicants must possess sound written and oral English skills. You will be required to complete a Pre-training and Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. For inquiries regarding additional requirements, international and domestic students are encouraged to reach out to us either by phone at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500, or by visiting contact page.

A current Police Check and Working with Children Check are required before the commencement of practical placements for those specific courses which include practical placement component.

Training Package

There are no entry requirements for this qualification (contextualised with no specialisation) as per the Health Training Package

Currently there is no funding available for this course. The Funding and Fees page will be updated once it becomes available.

Visit our funding and fees page for more information.

Students will be advised of further vocational pathways and articulation into concurrent or higher levels of training during the delivery of the course or at the time or pre-training review and enrolment.

Students are further provided with advice on employment and training options throughout the delivery of the program.


While ETEA may not offer all the qualifications indicated within the pathway, the organisation advises relevant progression that may be attained such as:

  • HLT33021 – Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT37415 – Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

or upskill by attaining:

  • HLT43021 – Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance


If a qualification is only partly achieved, a Statement of Attainment is issued for successful achievement of a single or multiple unit of competency. At a later date, an individual may undertake further skills development or training and be assessed against additional competencies until they have achieved all of the competencies required for the full qualification. Student may exit this program at any point and receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) provided all the components required to achieve the competency have been successfully completed. This includes theory, simulations and practical component to be completed as required before issuing the SOA.

ETEA utilises a range of assessment methods to assess student skills and competencies. These are as outlined below:

  • Question and answer/written assessment tasks
  • Role play/practical demonstration and observation of skills (as applicable)
  • Practical demonstration and observation of skills in a simulated environment (as applicable)
  • Practical demonstration and observation of skills in a workplace environment (as applicable)

Assessment will be either a Recognition of Prior Learning pathway or a Training and Assessment pathway. For a Training and Assessment pathway, participants are advised of the assessment requirements at the start of each training session. Students not achieving competency in any of the assessments will be required to undertake another assessment under the terms and conditions of ETEA’s reassessment policy.

You can apply for recognition of prior learning, academic credit and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer

Please note: dates are subject to change due to holidays and availability.

If the dates provided do not suit, please contact us at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500 via phone, or through our contact page, as we will accommodate dates to suit student’s needs.

Intake Dates For 2024
International Students  8th 15th 15th 7th
Domestic Students Please Call us on 131389 or +61 03 94500500 for the intake Dates

To be awarded this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 14 units,

consisting of 9 core and 5 elective units

(NB: Elective units will be selected for delivery by ETEA and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirement).


Unit Code Unit Name
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
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
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
HLTAAP001 Recognise health body systems
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens


 ** Please note: electives may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements.