HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection – 103326K

HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection


This qualification reflects the role of pathology collectors. Workers in this role follow known routines and procedures, taking responsibility for their own work under general supervision. They combine communication, customer service and technical skills, and use discretion and judgment to adapt and transfer their skills to different situations.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 35 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


This course is delivered in a structured classroom environment which includes the ACFE purpose built workshop and computer laboratory.

The program will be delivered over 39 weeks (holiday inclusive, and 2 days (7 hours each) per week Online learning) and 1 day (6 hours – self-paced structured e-learning).

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication, work based skills, management skills and to undertake other assessments e.g. project(s), presentation etc.

You will find the hands-on practical simulation training interesting and beneficial, so that you are able to perform tasks efficiently and effectively in an actual workplace which will build your confidence and competence.

2021 2022
11/10/21 3/10/22
2021 2022
11/10/21 3/10/22
Melbourne Campus
Level 5 & 9, 341-345 Queen Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Sydney Campus
Level 1, 37 George Street,
Parramatta NSW 2150

Total number of units = 14

9 core units and 5 elective units, consisting of: at least 2 units from the electives listed below up to 3 units from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome. All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
Core units – 9
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 – 5
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
BSBMED401 Provide first aid
HLTHPS001 Take clinical measurements
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
  • International Students: $7000 (Includes Placement, Materials & Administration Fee)
  • 18 years or older upon application
  • All applicants are required to have successfully completed an LLN test and demonstrate competence for all indicators to enrol for this qualification
For international students, ACFE accepts following proof of a level of English proficiency:
  • IELTS Overall 5.5 band (no band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) 69-79 with no band less than 14
  • TOEFL Paper 523 (with a min. TWE 3.5)
  • TOEFL CBT (Combuted-based) 193 (with a min.TWE 3.5)
  • PTE Academic 46 with no communicative skill score less than 40
Note: Some assessment tasks are completed using a computer and internet, and it is essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.  

After successfully completing Certificate III in Pathology Collection, students may apply for the:

  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Diploma of Emergency Health Care

Employment opportunities resulting from the completion of this course may include following job roles:

  • Pathology Collector
  • Pathology Specimen Collector
  • Specialist Specimen Collectors
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Pathology Laboratory Technical Assistant

Course Fees

$7,000 (includes materials + Administration Fee)



Mode of Study

Face to Face
Blended / Online learning


39 weeks