Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Course Reference


Maximum 18 months

Delivery Method

Individual needs approach to learning
Practical placement

Enrolment Method
Open enrolment

Prospective Career Roles

Specimen collection officer Laboratory aide
Pathology collector
Pathology assistant
Specimen reception assistant Operation officer

Assessment Methods

Short answer questions
Case studies
Workplace portfolio
Research reports
Practical placement
Practical logbook


Pathology Courses

Pathology is the collection of blood and other specimens for analysis. In today’s society, where we need to undergo tests to determine our health and wellbeing, there is an increased demand for pathology services, which in turn improves service delivery to clients.

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection allows the worker to perform routine extractions of blood and other pathology specimens. They may also prepare and process pathology samples for testing in a laboratory.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics “Almost half of persons aged 15 years and over in Australia (48%) had a pathology test in the previous 12 months. Women were more likely to have had pathology tests (55% compared with 42% of men).”

It should be noted that this pathology course qualification does not cover collection of a range of specimens for specialised testing, collection of arterial blood gases or team leadership and training.

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Course Information

Delivery Method

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is delivered through a blended delivery method.

Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency.  The assessment handbooks provide students with instructions on submitting assessments. Please note: All pathology course students are required to attend mandatory block training held in Brisbane.

Clinical Placement

Clinical work placement is compulsory for the Certificate III in Pathology Collection qualification.

Clinical work placement provides an important opportunity for Certificate III in Pathology Collection students to apply skills and theory in‘real-life’ situations, in a variety of clinical settings. Experiencing ‘real-life’ situations enables studentsto apply and gain competence in the many different skills required across various health care settings.

Duration: Minimum of 35 hours.

Clinical placement can be completed with Sullivan Nicolaides or QML Pathology in your area or as close as possible to where you live. A placement fee is required to be paid as a separate cost to your training. This is to be paid to Health Industry Training prior to your placement being arranged.


Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification.


As a student of our pathology courses, you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance
  • Immunisations and screening

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects/ Reports
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Workplace portfolios
  • Work placement logbook

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency.  Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Certificate III in Pathology Collection, it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.

In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this pathology course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by emailing info@www.healthindustrytraining.org and completing an LLN test.


Funding for Queensland Residents

Certificate 3 Guarantee: Health industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification.  Qualifications undertaken at school do not affect eligibility.

It is a requirement under the Queensland Government funding that all students contribute to the cost of training and assessment services.  The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party, including an employer, but cannot be paid by Health Industry Training.  The contribution fee is different for students classed as concession and students classed as non-concession.

The contribution fee for concessional students is $280 per qualification.

For non-concessions students or payments made by a third party, the cost is $840 per qualification.

User Choice (Traineeship): The Certificate III Pathology Collection is available through the Queensland User Choice program which funds Health Industry Training for the provision of service to eligible trainees.  Training under the User Choice program is fully funded.

Other States

This pathology course is also available to be delivered as a traineeship in other states.  Training is available for new and existing employees.  Please contact your preferred apprenticeship centre to arrange sign up of your apprenticeship.


To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to by allowing students to either:

  • pay the cost of the course in full; or
  • take advantage of our affordable payment plan options to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments (see enrolment form for additional information).

Student Support

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

One-on-one Trainer Support

You will be provided with a trainer with extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey where you can contact them via phone or email.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support regarding your enrolment and study plan, changes to contact details, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your pathology course.

Peer Support

Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.

Course Structure

14 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 9 core units
  • 5 elective units

The pathology course combines theoretical and practical work placement experience. The theoretical component of the course provides students with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.

The practical placement experience provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills to work in a practical setting on completion of the qualification.

To view the pathology course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.