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HLT47515 Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support

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Next intake Ongoing 2022
TraineeshipFull-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

This course is designed for people who are currently working in an operating theatre and are required to upgrade their existing qualifications to enable them to take on roles of leadership and responsibility.

Gordon VCE/VCAL students

This course is offered to Gordon VCE/VCAL students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE/VCAL student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE/VCAL studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE/VCAL Students, see Fees section below.

Work placement/industry experience

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Attendance is tailored to suit individual requirements. Workshops are delivered in the workplace to suit the workplace.

Possible career outcomes

  • Senior Operating Theatre Technician​

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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Applications & attendance

2022 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2021
Close: 15 Dec 2022 
Traineeship:Full-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)    


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.

  • Must be currently working in industry with at least 5 years industry experience 
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

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 .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Must be currently working in industry with at least 5 years industry experience 

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

Core Code Hours
Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures HLTTHE002 150
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Handle and care for operating theatre equipment HLTTHE001 120
Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTINF003 60
Implement continuous improvement BSBMGT403 40
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301 60
Maintain work health and safety HLTWHS003 40
Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support HLTTHE003 120
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001 55
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Conduct manual tasks safely HLTWHS005 30
Demonstrate leadership in the workplace BSBLDR411 50
Develop personal work priorities BSBPEF402 40
Handle medical gases safely HLTHSS007 20
Lead effective workplace relationships BSBLDR402 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:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks              
  • Written assignments     
  • Industry placements
  • Team projects 

This course is eligible for Job Trainer!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Job Trainer opportunity will only be charged 20% of the standard course tuition fee. 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 $0.50 per hour 905 AUD $452.00 AUD $8,969.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.51 per hour 905 AUD $2,272.00 AUD $8,969.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $16.10 per hour 905 AUD $14,570.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $300.00
Education Levy AUD $135.75
Administrative AUD $250.00 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 loan cap is $

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

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Date published: 2/06/2022 10:01:15 AM