Certificate III in Pathology

Southern Cross Education Institute

Program Description

Certificate III in Pathology

Southern Cross Education Institute

This qualification covers workers who undertake the collection of blood and other pathology specimens under supervision. It should be noted that this qualification does not cover collection of a range of specimens for specialised testing, collection of arterial blood gases or team leadership and training. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.


28 Weeks

Entry Requirements:

To ensure an appropriate learning opportunity, participants would need to demonstrate a capacity to undertake study at Certificate III level, this can be demonstrated via the following:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 or the equivalent level of study or mature aged entry. For further information, see PP02 ASSESSING STUDENT'S QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.
  • Minimum English level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Learners originating from student visa assessment levels 1 and 2 without the required IELTS score can undertake SCEI’s English Proficiency Test. For information on student visa assessment levels, refer to Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or above.

Additional Requirements:

Successful applicants must be adequately vaccinated.


There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.

Pathways Options

Pathways into the qualification:

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • with vocational experience assisting in a range of support roles without a formal qualification

Pathways from the qualification:

After achieving HLT32612 Certificate III in Pathology, participants may undertake:

  • HLT41812 Certificate IV in Pathology

Employment Opportunities

  • Specimen collection officer
  • Pathology assistant
  • Laboratory aide
  • Specimen reception assistant
  • Pathology collector
  • Operational officer

Teaching Methods/Mode of Study

Classroom and self-directed learning, practical application in a simulated work environment, as well as work placement.


Students will be assessed through Written Assessment, Workplace Simulation, Case Study, Report, Work placement, Project and Activities throughout the course.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer is a term used to identify a process of gaining recognition gained through a previous course or a unit of study. To be eligible for credit transfer the unit code of the unit already held needs to be exactly the same as the unit for which credit is being requested. A certified copy of an Academic Transcript would need to be supplied by the student.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning provides students with an opportunity to have their current skills and knowledge recognised.These skills and knowledge may relate to units they are intending to study and as a result may exempt them from studying these units. However there is a cost related to RPL.The process requires students to gather evidence confirming their skills and knowledge and submitting to an assessor for assessment.

If a student is granted RPL or credit transfer, it may impact on student visa conditions through a shortening of the student’s course.


  • BSBFLM303C: Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBMED301B: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • HLTAID003: Provide first aid
  • HLTHIR301C: Communicate and work effectively in health
  • HLTIN301C: Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS300A: Contribute to WHS processes

Group A Elective Units

  • HLTPAT305D: Operate efficiently within a pathology and specimen collection environment
  • HLTPAT306D: Perform blood collection
  • HLTPAT308D: Identify and respond to clinical risks associated with pathology specimen collection

Group B Elective Units

  • BSBCUS301B: Deliver and monitor a service to customers

Other Elective Units

  • HLTPAT304D: Collect pathology specimens other than blood
  • HLTPAT407D: Perform ECG
  • BSBWOR301B: Organise personal work priorities and development
  • HLTAP301B: Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

Delivery Modes

Delivery modes include classroom/ facilitator lead training sessions, self paced learning activities, theory with written assessments, simulated workplace practice activities carried out in a SCEI Pathology Collection Centre and workplace observation in the actual work environment.


  • Course Price: AUD$6,000
  • Promotional Course Price: AUD$6,000
  • Material Fee: AUD$500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2017
34 weeks
Full time
6,000 AUD
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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Duration 34 weeks
Price 6,000 AUD
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