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Certificate IV in Pathology (with Cert III Pathology pre-requisites)

This course is designed specifically to train people wishing to pursue a career in the Pathology Specimen Collection Industry.

HLT41812 : Certificate IV in Pathology (with Cert III Pathology pre-requisites)

Course Introduction:

This is a National Training Package and is designed specifically to train people wishing to pursue a career in the Pathology Collection Industry.  The course includes the Cert III Pathology pre-requisite units as part of this course.

The modules within Certificate IV Pathology provide the participants with training and skills development in a range of areas including Customer Service, Pathology Collection Techniques, Phlebotomy (blood collection) Infection Control, Occupational Health & Safety and knowledge of the disease processes associated with clients of all ages who may require Pathology Collection.


The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Costs for Government Funded Students:
Certificate IV Pathology with Cert III prerequisite units – enrolment fee & tuition = $425
If you also hold a Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Vet Gold Card = $85
If a Job Services Provider (JSA) is paying for your fees (regardless of if you have a HCC) = $425
Resources fee = $355

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding.  You are eligible for a government subsidised training place if you:

Meet one of the following citizen/residency status:
   • Australian citizen
   • Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
   • New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:
   • a young person under 20 years (as at 1st January 2014); or
   • an applicant seeking a higher qualification than the highest qualification already held

Please note - Eligible students can only commence two (2) subsidised training courses in at the same qualification level (ie. Cert III, Cert IV, etc) in their lifetime.

Costs for Fee for Service Students:
Certificate IV Pathology with Cert III prerequisite units – enrolment fee & tuition = $2365
Resources fee = $355

Please ask us about a Payment Plan

Student prepayments

We will only accept student pre-payments of no more than $1000 prior to the course commencement. You may then go onto a payment plan for the balance of the fees.

Prerequisite requirement:

There are 9 units from the Cert III in Pathology which are a prerequisite for Certificate IV in Pathology.  These units are covered first during the course and then students complete the Cert IV in Pathology. The student must be able to read, comprehend, discuss and analyse printed information in English and write statements.

National Recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - is a means of measuring skills acquired through work or life experiences or through qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. All Health Training can only assist Fee for Service students with RPL. If you are a funded student we can assist you to find an Approved Provider to assist you further.

Credit Transfer (CT) - is the recognition of previous study for the exact module/unit by other nationally registered training organisations. All Health Training can assist both Fee for Service and Funded students with CT.

When must this be done?

Any student who believes they may be eligible for RPL or CT must apply for this prior to the course commencing, so that your training plan provided in week one is accurate. If you apply after the course commences it may not be accepted.

Method of study:

The program is run on campus at our Blackburn, Narre Warren & Preston training rooms and students attend classes 1 day week from 9.30am to 2.30pm for day classes; or 5.30pm to 9pm for night classes for a total course duration of 19 weeks. Some workbooks are required to be completed off-campus. Extensive practical experience is undertaken in the All Health Training clinical laboratory.

Course Structure:

There are 10 units of competency that must be completed for this qualification including 3 core units and 7 electives (see below). 

The program offers:

  • Industry consultation in development of curriculum
  • A large practical component to the curriculum including phlebotomy (blood taking) Electrocardiograph (ECG)
  • Specific focus on customer service and client care


Course Units: Unit Code Units of Competency  
HLTHIR405B Show leadership in health technical work  
HLTHIR402D Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry  
HLTHIR506C Implement & monitor compliance with legal & ethical requirements  
HLTPAT410D Collect pathology specimens other than blood for specialised testing  
HLTPAT411D Perform blood collection for specialised testing  
HLTCA402D Perform holter monitoring  
HLTCA401D Perform electrocardiography (ECG)  
HLTRAH302C Undertake home visits  
BSBCUS301B Deliver & monitor service to customers  
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context  


Competency is assessed through a combination of practical application and demonstration of skills, oral and written presentations, group activities, observation, role plays, research and analysis. Completion of workbooks for some units

Job Prospects:

Pathology collectors work extensively in the private and public pathology collection environments. Certificate IV streams into supervisory and training roles. It is advantageous to those already completed Certificate IV in Health (Nursing). At present there is a high demand for this health care worker.

Course timetable:

For information on our course timetable click here

Application process:

Complete the on-line Student Application Form or submit your completed application to All Health Training in person, by email or mail with the required supporting documentation and payment to ensure your place in the course.

Student Application Form

 Access & Equity:

AHT is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment. Principles of access and equity for all students are applied in all programs. People with disabilities may be able to apply.