Certificate III
in Pathology


Looking for flexibility in your career choice? The Certificate III in Pathology Collection qualification can provide both flexibility and opportunity to pathway into higher qualifications within the health sector.

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection qualification reflects the role of pathology collectors. Workers in this role work independently and as part of a team, contributing to processes and procedures, taking responsibility for their own work. They possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a balanced application of customer service and technical skills, using discretion and judgment to adapt and transfer their skills to different situations.

Pathology Collectors are employed in a variety of settings. They may be employed by a specific health care provider or by an organisation that specialises in pathology collection, storage and transport.

A wide variety of employment opportunities exist for pathology collectors across government and private industry. Employment is typically available on a full time or part time basis and suits a range of individuals with a variety of employment needs.

Graduates of the Certificate III in Pathology Collection qualifies individuals to work as Pathology Collector in the health sector. This qualification offers a direct entry pathway into Diploma level programs in Nursing or other related health care fields.

Students will complete between 40 and 80 hours of industry placement in an approved industry setting. The placement is included as part of the course duration.


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Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.


Entry requirements for the Certificate III in Pathology Collection Qualification are:

• Adequate English language skills and numeracy skills to communicate safely and effectively in study and work environments. Domestic applicants are required to complete relevant internal LLN skills testing and/or are required to successfully demonstrate exit level 2 in reading and numeracy through the CSPA test (refer EQUALS LLN Policy). International applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum 5.5 overall band score in IELTS (or equivalent) prior to course commencement.
• Physical fitness to meet industry requirements

Before going on industry placement students are typically required to show evidence of:

• Successful completion of theory and simulated practical assessment, including Hand Hygiene Certificate, and
• Valid DCSI Clearances for working with Aged, Vulnerable and Children, and
• Applicants must show adequate evidence of competency in communication skills. In particular, applicants need to be able to read, comprehend, interpret, apply, write and share information to standards that will ensure the safety of clients in their care.


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

  • HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
  • HLTHPS004 Measure spirometry
  • HLTPAT003 Perform capillary blood collections
  • HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing
  • HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $2,795
  • Amenities Fee (AUD): 
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Study Mode: On Campus,
    Blended Learning (combination)
  • Intakes: See Brochure
  • Qual Code: HLT37215
  • RPL: Yes
  • VET Student Loans Eligible:
  • Resources Required:            
  • Qual Status: Current
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $3,500

  • Amenities Fee (AUD):

  • Duration: 10 weeks

  • Study Mode: On Campus,
    Blended Learning (combination) 

  • Qual Code: HLT37215

  • RPL: Yes

  • Resources Required: –

  • Qual Status: Current