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HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection


Next intake To be advised
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Werribee Watton Campus
DurationFull-time: 6 months

Course description

If you want to work as a pathology collector, this is the course for you. We will teach you how to take blood samples, various swabs and electrocardiograms for patients requiring pathology tests. The course includes performing live bleeds in class and on work placement, giving you the hands-on skills to succeed in industry. You will learn infection control, first aid, WHS principles, how to prepare samples for testing, as well as communication and customer service skills, enabling you to commence work in a growing industry. 

As part of this course you will participate in reciprocal blood collection with fellow students to develop your skills in venepuncture. You are required to successfully collect blood in class on a minimum of 25 occasions over 15-week course, prior to completing a 35 hour placement in industry. This will require the participation in around 40-45 bleeds for each student as a collector and volunteering as a patient for fellow students. This is a small quantity of blood over the period, but students with health conditions that may not allow them to volunteer for this procedure should contact The Gordon to discuss their condition and seek medical approval to participate prior to applying for this course. 

Work placement/industry experience

Gordon TAFE organises the student’s practical placement. 35 hours of work placement is required to successfully complete this qualification. Placement is not paid work and students will not receive payment for undertaking practical placement. A current Police Check is required; it must be in the year you attend your placement. Students will also need Hepatitis B immunisation and must be triple vaccinated against COVID-19 to undertake the work placement component of the course that is delivered in the industry. Evidence of this is required as part of the student placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities. Students that cannot provide valid evidence will not be able to complete placement and, therefore, unable to complete this course. *Please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne.

Possible career outcomes

  • Pathology specimen collector (Phlebotomist)
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Various positions within the Healthcare industry

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 4 Jun 2024 
Class DayStart: 16 Jul 2024
Wed, Thu, Fri 9 am to 4 pm
Full-time: 6 months    
2024 July
Werribee Watton Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 4 Jun 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Mon, Tue, Wed 9 am to 4 pm
Full-time: 6 months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Work placement requirements

  • Applicants are required to undergo a Police Check for work placement.
  • Applicants must provide Covid vaccination, Hepatitis B vaccination and yearly Influenza vaccination evidences.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

We receive a high number of applications for this course, with only limited places available. When submitting an application you are not guaranteed an offer. Make sure you submit your application on time and aim to make your application really count! Applicants are assessed individually and offers extended accordingly.

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control HLTINF006 35
Collect pathology specimens other than blood HLTPAT004 45
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Deliver a service to customers BSBCUS201 40
Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection HLTPAT001 35
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301 60
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001 20
Perform venous blood collections HLTPAT002 100
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Perform electrocardiography (ECG) HLTCAR001 90
Provide First Aid HLTAID011 18
Receive prepare and dispatch pathology specimens HLTPAT006 15
Recognise healthy body systems HLTAAP001 70
Visit client residence CHCCCS027 50


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Verbal/oral testing
  • Short answer online test
  • Simulated role play
  • Practical demonstration
  • Work placement

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.78 per hour 648 AUD $505.00 AUD $5,850.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.90 per hour 648 AUD $2,527.00 AUD $5,850.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.80 per hour 648 AUD $8,942.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $535.00 Once
Resources AUD $280.00
Education Levy AUD $97.20
Admin AUD $400.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 5/06/2024 10:01:36 AM