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 40 hours. You must complete placement hours to be able to achieve the competency in the units and successfully complete the course.

Duration Domestic: 33 weeks without breaks
International: 38 weeks including 5 weeks break
Nationally Recognised Training

RTO requirements

Domestic students

Training and assessments are conducted in English. Applicants must possess sound written and spoken English skills. You will be required to complete a Language Literacy, Numeracy test paper as part of an enrolment interview.

  • Applicants are required to attend a Pre- Training Interview as part of the enrolment process
  • Training and assessments are conducted in English.
  • Applicants must possess sound written and spoken English skills.
  • Applicants may be required to complete a Language, literacy and numeracy test paper as part of a selection interview.
  • Obtain a valid Police Check (required for practical placement purposes) and Working with Children Check if required

International Students

In addition to all the above requirements, International students must meet the following requirements as well:

  • Must be 18 years old or over
  • Completed Year 11 or equivalent
  • Minimum score of 5.5 – IELTS, 46 – TOEFL, 42 – PTE, 47 – CAE score or equivalent

Assessment tasks are completed using a computer and internet, and it is recommended that students have these available before or at enrolment.

Training Package

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

For Domestic students, it is recommended this program be scheduled to be delivered over a 33 week period framework inclusive of 40 hours of Practical placement. This duration does not include any breaks.

For international students, the duration is 38 weeks plus 40 hours of Practical placement.

Classes will be delivered face to face, direct learning, in a Blended Learning format. In practice, this means delivery is a combination of classroom, self-paced learning, and practical placement.
This approach will mix the learning experience.

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:


  • HLT33015 – Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT37415 – Certificate III in Pathology Assistance


or upskill by attaining:

  • HLT43015 – 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 uses a range of assessment methods which may include:

  • Written assessment (open book)
  • Projects
  • Case study
  • Sim Lab assessments
  • Observation

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 2023
Offshore International Students  9th 24th 17th 9th
Domestic Students Please Call us on 131389 or +61 03 94500500 for the intake Dates

Students will need to complete 14 Units of Competency, consisting of 9 core and 5 electives. (NB: Elective units will be selected for delivery by ETEA and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirement)

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
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
Elective Units
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.