Offering Info

Certificate III in Pathology Collection

  • National Course Code: HLT37215
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT37215-01V01-21CHE-058

Location – Coffs Harbour Education CHEC

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

22 Apr 2021

Study Commitment

17.7 Hours per week


31 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

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.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 35 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
Meet NSW Healths - Criminal Record Check requirements;
Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Healths requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:

  1. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:


Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Childrens Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.



With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to have basic computer skills and have internet access to complete online components of study.
  • Students must be able to undertake work placement in an allocated 35 hour block week of placement, at a Pathology North Collection centre. This cannot be modified to suit the learner due to Pathology Norths capacity.
  • Students are required to complete HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, and must be physically able to compelte CPR to an adult mankin on the floor.
  • 35 hours of work placement as set by Pathology North. Work placement will be completed as a block over 1 or 2 weeks at Pathology North,, with starts as early as 8:00am. Travel is at student's expense. Students will need to have all required immunisations, Working With Children Check (WWCC) and criminal records check to be eligible for placement with NSW Health. This is also at student's expense.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part-time day blended course. You will need to attend approximately 7.4 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 31 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5.1 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation, practical and theory review.

Blended delivery includes structured onsite attendance for the first 19 weeks of the course, plus online study via the Moodle platform.
The following 12 weeks of the course are conducted offsite during placement blocks and via online sessions.
First Aid will be scheduled ouside of these course hours, on a Saturday.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have an interest in health and science, have an inquisitive nature, are detail driven and analytical. As parts of this course are delivered on a Moodle platform, a basic level of computer skills is required.

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is aimed at both those individuals seeking work in the field of phlebotomy (pre-employment and those looking to change professions) and existing workers wishing to develop their skills and receive a qualification in the field. The target group are participants who are changing careers or advancing careers and want to add skills to their career skills set. Students have the ability to work independently and are motivated by gaining employment outcomes and improving career prospects.

The target group will attend an enrolment session where they will be required to complete an LLN assessment to help guide them into the correct course for their skills level. They will also be required to complete an application interview and provide evidence of previous educational and employment experience and achievements. The 12 most suitable applicants will gain a place in the program
Existing workers with relevant experience can apply for RPL


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Education Support Officer (ESO) available 5 days per week for Moodle support on demand, and assistance with understanding the course content. Students may book up to 1 hour per week with the ESO.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Thursday from 9.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
Students completing the First Aid unit will need to purchase a First Aid Bookpack from Student Central at an additional cost of $25.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTPAT003 Perform capillary blood collections
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
BSBWOR204 Use business technology

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Coffs Harbour Education CHEC
363 Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour
Phone 131 601

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