Certificate III In Pathology Collection


Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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

Start Date(s): 25th July 2022
End Date(s): December 2022
Days and Time: 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 (HLT37215) course is the ideal choice for you.

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

Our nationally accredited Certificate III in Pathology Collection (HLT37215) 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 (HLT37215) 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 Essendon campus, incorporating state-of-the-art training rooms, equipment and facilities for health as well as nursing. 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.

Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirements:

• A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)

• A satisfactory National Police Check – National Police checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using the student's name and the Kangan Institute issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.

• An up to date immunisation/vaccination record as per course requirements

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Kangan Institute's Vaccination Policy


If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First (eligible) student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enroll in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer, even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement.

No ‘two at level in a lifetime’ limit
Even if you’ve studied at a certain level before, you can still be eligible for a second course at the same level with JobTrainer

No upskilling requirement
You may be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBCUS201Deliver a service to customers (BSBCUS201)40
BSBMED301Interpret And Apply Medical Terminology Appropriately (BSBMED301)60
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services (CHCCOM005)30
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)40
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures (HLTINF001)25
HLTPAT001Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection (HLTPAT001)35
HLTPAT002Perform venous blood collections (HLTPAT002)100
HLTPAT004Collect pathology specimens other than blood (HLTPAT004)45
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety (HLTWHS001)20


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
HLTAID011Provide First Aid (HLTAID011)18
CHCCCS027Visit client residence (CHCCCS027)50
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems (HLTAAP001)70
HLTCAR001Perform electrocardiography (ECG) (HLTCAR001)90
HLTPAT006Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens (HLTPAT006)15

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 Essendon 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.

For information on disability support at Kangan Institute, click here.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

To you check your eligibility click here.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2022 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).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
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. 

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

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
638 638 $4.47 $0.89 $8.22

^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 2022. 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 us 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?

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

You must be over the age of 18 to undertake this course.

Please note: this course includes blood collection and students are required to have immunisation against hepatitis B and a current flu vaccination. 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 Essendon 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 Diploma of 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