Certificate III in Pathology
(Specialising in Specimen Collection)
Participants who successfully complete this program will be
awarded a national qualification in Certificate III in Pathology
This nationally accredited program covers the underpinning theory,
practice and legislative elements required by persons working in
the area of pathology specimen collection. Practical and industry
focused, this program explores the role of the pathology collector
and the knowledge and skills required. It also examines the
critical areas of workplace safety and care. Successful completion
of this program and the relevant formal assessment entitles the
participant to a Certificate III in Pathology HLT32612, a
nationally recognised qualification.
There is no need for past experience in the medical field to enter
this course. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate at
interview effective communication skills, appropriate English
language skills (written and spoken), as well as be able to
communicate to the interviewer their motivation for training. They
will be asked to complete a basic literacy numeracy test to assess
Some modules are not available under flexible delivery due to the
extensive practicals skills requirements of the specialised
Pathology units. To complete the certificate students must attend
the practical workshops.
If you work in the health industry and have HLTIN301C or
HLTWHS300, please note that infection control procedures specific
to Pathology Collecting are demonstrated and assessed in this
You may choose to study the course:
Face to face full time over three week with the following units
studied as distance education:
BSBFLM303C - Contribute to effective workplace relationships
BSBMED301B - Interpret and apply medical terminology
HLTHIR301C - Communicate and work effectively in heatlh
HLTFA311A - Apply first aid (please note practical for this unit
is assessed at the workshop)
Distance education with a one week practical
The workshops are held at our specifically designed training
centre with simulated work areas as well as practical on-site
training. The student has the choice of studying the course
on line or can study the course via distance learning receiving the
modules by mail.
Both options include visual aids demonstrating all practical
componants of the course, and work placement experience with
The locations of the workshops are available on request. Email:
Overseas students will need to have a holiday visa and the
workshop will be Wollongong NSW.
The face to face full time classes will be run 10 times a year
with each course being of 3 week duration, Monday to Friday.
Students studying all units via distance education must complete
the following units before they can attend a practical
HLTIN301C - Comply with infrection control policies and
HLTPAT305D - Operate efficiently within a pathology and specimen
HLTPAT306D - Perform blood collection
HLTPAT308D - Identify and respond to clinical risks associated
with pathology specimen collection
HLTRAH302C - Undertake home visits
HLTPAT402D - Perform ECG
HLTPAT414D - Measure spriometry/flow volum flow loop
A one week workshop is held on a monthly basis and a timetable
is issued upon acceptance into the course.
On line and distance learning are available on demand and
practical sessions will be available at an agreeable time between
the student and the training department.
Our trainers all have vast experience in the Pathology industry
and are currently working in their fields. They all have a
Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. You will be
partnered up with senior mentors in collection centres for work
experience and feedback will be given to your trainers as to your
performance and training needs. All students are treated as
individuals and all consideration is given and effort is made to
structure a learning pattern for each student.
Assessments are competency-based and undertaken throughout the
course and at the practical workshop. You will be kept informed of
your progress. Upon completion of the training, there will be both
theoretical and practical assessments. Any student who does not
pass will have the opportunity to re-sit the assessments / exam at
a later date. This will be co-ordinated with the student and
trainer and added tuition will be provided if required.
Code of Practice
Southern.IML Pathology provides the highest standard of vocational
education and training in the field of pathology collecting. Our
code of practice outlines our operational policies and our
commitment to our clients.
- Is committed to the continuous improvement of its training
delivery and assessment services.
- Complies with all State and Territory regulatory and
- Advertises and markets its training delivery services openly,
honestly and with integrity.
- Provides accurate, relevant and up to date information on
- States its fees and charges on enquiry.
- Outlines its fees and refund policy in the Student
- Enrols applicants to its courses on the basis of access and
- Recognises qualifications issued by registered training
organisations within the Australian Qualifications Framework.
- Provides up to date facilities and equipment in a safe and
- Prohibits discrimination in any form towards any group or
- Employs suitably qualified and experienced staff.
- Conducts fair, flexible, valid and reliable competency-based
- Provides academic support to students or referral to external
agencies for additional learning support.
- Encourages feedback and evaluation from its stakeholders.
- Maintains accurate, confidential and secure training and
- Provides timely and accurate information to government agencies
and funding bodies
Practical class sizes are limited students to enable individual
attention. The practical aspect of the training will involve the
group breaking into smaller groups of 3-4 students to each
As a student at Southern.IML Pathology it is your responsibility
- Conduct yourself in a safe and healthy manner
- Behave in a manner that prevents injury and disease to you,
your trainer and fellow students.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment as
- Identify and report to your trainer any possible hazards from
equipment, facilities and environment.
- Comply with and assist with the company's emergency
- Refrain from smoking anywhere in the building.
- Refrain from eating / drinking in the workrooms.
- Attend class regularly and punctually.
- Comply with the assessment information outlined in the Student
Handbook and the Student Assessment Handbook.
- Discuss any complaints or grievances with your trainer or the
- Ensure no inappropriate, harassing or bullying behaviour at any
time to other students, staff, work placement supervisors or
visitors to the institution.
- Report any inappropriate behaviour, harassment or bullying
behaviour to your trainer, workplace trainer or the colleting
- Refrain from any unacceptable behaviour including the use of
bad language, alcohol, or drugs.
- Refrain from the use of devices that may disrupt classes e.g.,
mobile phones and pagers.
Students who choose not to comply with the code of behaviour
will be given a verbal warning in the first instance, a written
warning in the second instance and dismissal in the third and final
This course aims to provide participants with the skills and
knowledge needed to become a Pathology Collector. A collector must
be accountable for their own safety, the safety of the patient as
well as that of their co-workers and the general public. Above all
it must be remembered that Pathology is a science and it is
expected that the product of Pathology is accuracy of results.
Collectors must always be accurate and accountable in everything
that they do; and never deviate or take shortcuts in work that may
result in risks to the patient's health, or even death.