Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Course Code
Study Area(s)
Health and Nursing, Pathology
Course Length
Full-time(23 weeks)

Start Date(s): February 2020
End Date(s): July 2020
Days and Time: 3 Days per week - Monday
Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00am - 3.30pm

Course Overview

If your passion lies in playing a vital role in the health care system, collecting blood and other specimens, then our Certificate III in Pathology Collection course is the ideal choice for you.

We understand how important the world of Pathology is. That’s why we have the best teachers and facilities to guide you in the practice of pathology.

Our nationally accredited Certificate III in Pathology Collection course provides training in areas including phlebotomy, infection control, ECG, work health and safety, customer service, work organisation and medical terminology.

Offered as day classes, and running for 23 weeks (this includes 1-2 weeks placement), the Certificate III in Pathology Collection is the entry-level qualification to work as a Pathology Collector. 

You will acquire the essential techniques, skills and knowledge including:

  • Sample and blood collection and testing
  • Medical terminology
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Legal and ethical requirements
  • Standard operating procedures

Pathology is a wonderful career with many options for advancement and qualified Pathology Collectors are highly sought after in both public and private pathology collection environments.

There’s more good news too! You’ll be studying your pathology course at our Moonee Ponds campus, incorporating state-of-the-art training rooms, equipment and facilities for health as well as nursing, aged care, integrated health and disability areas of study. The campus is perfectly located, close to public transport and shopping precincts.

Our course experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBCUS201Deliver a service to customers40
BSBMED301Interpret And Apply Medical Terminology Appropriately60
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services30
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures25
HLTPAT001Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection35
HLTPAT002Perform venous blood collections100
HLTPAT004Collect pathology specimens other than blood45
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety20


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCCCS027Visit client residence50
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically55
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems70
HLTCAR001Perform electrocardiography (ECG)90
HLTPAT006Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens15

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will be advised in advance about the type of assessment and how it will be conducted. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be provided with this information.

Additional comments

This course is offered as day classes delivered at our Moonee Ponds campus.

Please apply online and ensure you include a current email address as initial communication will be via email.

If you require further information before the session, please contact 13 TAFE (13 8233)

What will I study?

Please refer to the course modules link in the Course Overview section above.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

Click here to find out more about our Online Service Standards.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2019: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
675 675 $5.00 $1.00 $8.90

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2019. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Call the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

We are now accepting applications for our April 2019 intake.

A minimum requirement of Senior First Aid (Level 2) - HLTAID003 is a prerequisite for this course, along with basic computer skills.

A current police and working with children check is also required. It is also recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are of mature age.

Please note: this course includes blood collection and students are required to have immunisation against hepatitis B. Vaccinations MUST COMMENCE ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED into the course.

Where and how can I study?

This course runs for 23 weeks at our Moonee Ponds campus. 1-2 weeks of practical placement is scheduled in the last two weeks of the course timetable.


What employment opportunities will I have?

Employment opportunities include: working in hospitals, pathology collection clinics, home visiting and general practice medical clinics.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in pathology collection techniques, phlebotomy, infection control, customer service and work organisation.


What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III In Pathology Collection (HLT37215). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Graduates may apply for further studies in nursing.

How do I apply?

Entry is via direct application. Apply online by clicking on the 'Apply Here' tab above. You may also request an application form by calling us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. If applying online, please ensure you include a current email address as initial communication will be via email.

All applicants must attend an information session and complete a Literacy and Numeracy assessment and a written questionnaire. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview at a later date.

Information will be provided via email once your application is received.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will need to attend an information session and complete a Literacy and Numeracy assessment. You may be required to attend an interview.

To be selected for this course you will demonstrate:
•Reasonable standard of numeracy and literacy
•Good interpersonal and communication skills