Offering Info

Certificate III in Pathology Collection

  • National Course Code: HLT37215
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT37215-01V01-21NEW-055

Location – Newcastle

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

17.3 Hours per week


36 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 be enrolled in this course:

  • The CIII in Pathology Collection HLT37215 is a high demand course with limited places (maximum of 28 students per enrolment) in order to aid the selection process the students will be given a Pre-selection application and skills check form to complete at a face to face session, an offer in the course is dependent on the quality of the completed application. In order to complete the pre-selection form you must book into and attend a face to face information session in the Riddell Theatre on Newcastle campus, booking information will be given in an email on application. There will be a maximum of 30 students in each session. These sessions will be run over a two week period from 28/11/21 to 1/12/21.

To successfully complete this course, you must:

  • be able to complete the required delivery of First Aid HLTAID003 this is outside this delivery schedule with 6 hours directed online study and under normal delivery parameters this would be followed by 6 hour face to face workshop and 2 hours assessment, however in order to maintain social distancing, infection prevention procedures and to follow COVID-19 delivery directives first aid will be delivered as follows: delivery will be in 3 parts: Part 1 is online study and self-assessment which must be completed before the other required components; Part 2 is comprised of 3 compulsory 2 hour connected learning sessions using MS Teams and finally Part 3 is a face to face 2 hour assessment workshop which will be negotiated with the First Aid section on enrolment into first aid and is outside your normal class delivery times. In order to be competent in First Aid you must be able to demonstrate "two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on a resuscitation manikin placed on the floor" and be able to assess for danger and visually and verbally assess the patient

  • You will be required to complete at least 35 hours of work placement.

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!

Delivery for this course occurs over 2 evenings a week Tuesday and Wednesday evenings where students should be available from 5pm until 9pm for three terms, to allow for the restricted delivery required by COVID-19 social distancing and infection prevention guidelines; including connected delivery through MS Teams and small group skills delivery and assessment. Term 4 will be used for work placement giving a total enrolment period of 36 weeks.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time evening course. You will need to attend approximately 7.5 hours of class, over 2 evenings a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 9.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 2 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, private study, reading, assessment preparation and scenario practice.


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.

In order to be eligible to complete work placement for this course students will be required to adhere to the NSW Health Pathology Clinical Placement Requirements. This includes a National Criminal records check (students may be excluded from work placement in NSW Health Pathology centres depending on the outcomes of this report). Students are also required to comply with the NSW Health Pathology Immunisation requirements and may be excluded from work placement. Please see Attachment 4 Checklist: Evidence required from Category A Applicants (this includes students) in the NSW Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases for details of immunisation requirements.

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 Tuesday and Wednesday, from 5.00pm to 9.00pm with attendance only required on Wednesday evenings after week 18 for 4 weeks. 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:

  • Saftey glasses: $15.00
  • Laboratory coat or gown: $35.00
  • USB approximately: $10.00
  • Students must also have access to a computer and the internet to participate in the connected delivery of the theory matetrials and tutorial sessions.


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

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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
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing
HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
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

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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