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Certificate III in Pathology

This course is designed to be an entry level for those wishing to pursue a career in the Pathology Specimen Collection Industry.

HLT32612 : Certificate III in Pathology

Course Introduction:

This is a National Training Package and is designed specifically to train people wishing to pursue a career in the collection of blood and other pathology specimens under supervision. Certificate III in Pathology is a prerequisite to Certificate IV in Pathology and is run concurrently.


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

Costs for Government Funded Students:

Certificate IV Pathology with 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.

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 & Mornington 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.   This course is run concurrently with the Cert IV in Pathology 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 14 units of competency that must be completed for this qualification including 6 core units and 8 electives (see below).

The program offers:

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


Course Units: Unit Code Units of Competency  
BSBMED301B Interpret & apply medical terminology appropriately  
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes  
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies & procedures  
HLTAID003 Provide first aid  
HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health  
BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships  
BSBCU301A Deliver and monitor a service to customers  
HLTPAT305C Operate efficiently within a pathology & specimen collection environment  
HLTPAT306C Perform blood collection  
HLTPAT308C Identify & respond to clinical risks associated with pathology specimen collection  
HLTPAT304C Collect pathology specimens other than blood  
HLTPAT317B Operate effectively within a pathology testing environment  
MSL953001A Receive and prepare work samples for testing  
MSL973002A Prepare working solutions   


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. Occupational titles for those who successfully complete the course may include Specimen Collection Officer, Pathology assistant, Pathology collector, Laboratory aide, Specimen reception assistant, Operational officer.

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 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.