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HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Pathology specimen collectors (Phlebotomists) are vital members of a pathology laboratory team. They need considerable technical expertise, along with good interpersonal skills. Their role includes collecting blood and other specimens from both hospital patients and external clients for pathology testing.

This course provides valuable skills, knowledge and practical experience to anyone who wants to pursue a career in the interactive, flexible and challenging world of pathology specimen collection (phlebotomy).
The course covers:

  • procedure for collecting blood specimens by venipuncture
  • procedures for handling and transporting pathology specimens
  • standard additional precautions
  • communicating in the workplace
  • complying with infection control policies and procedures
  • collecting pathology specimens other than blood
  • identifying and responding to clinical risks associated with pathology specimen collection
  • quality assurance, including accreditation to ISO 15189:2013.


Learning Outcome

On successful completion of the course you’ll receive a HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection that will carry the Nationally Recognised Training logo. Should you leave the course before you complete it, you’ll receive a Statement of Attainment for any units of competence you’ve completed.

Duration & Cost


Classes are held on Mondays, Thursday and either a Tuesday or Wednesday for skills practice. Vocational experience will be 35 hours acquired over a two-week period. Part of the course involves self-directed study, but tutorials will be available to help you with your learning.
See an example course program and timetable here. 


Full Fee-paying student—$3700
Certificate III Guarantee—$1152 * 
Certificate III Guarantee with Concession—$660*

* Certificate III eligibility requirements

This course is Centre link approved.

Additional costs:

As part of your enrolment you may need to buy:

  • closed-in black shoes
  • black tailored pants or a knee-length black skirt (preferably with pockets). You will be provided with a Mater Education student polo shirt

You’ll also be responsible for any expenses relating to demonstrating immunity or vaccination.

Cancellation and refund policy

Certificate replacement fees
You’ll need to pay a $25 fee to replace certificates or statements of attainment, if required.


We welcome two intakes per year.

9 February 2017—23rd June 2017 (Orientation 2 February 2017)
13 July 2017—8 December 2017 (Orientation 10 July 2017)


This course is held onsite at Mater's South Brisbane campus (specific location to be advised on enrollment). 

Entry Requirements 

Mater Education wants everyone enrolled into the program to have every opportunity to succeed at their study. Our program is dynamic, and delivered in a way that caters to all learning styles.

When applications are open, you will need to complete an online application including:

  1. 1. a cover letter addressing the following three criteria within one page:

  • What motivates you to pursue a career in healthcare at this time?

  • Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?

  • How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the Pathology collection program?

  1. 2. your Curriculum Vitae (CV) (maximum of two pages), detailing your education, work and voluntary experience

  2. 3. copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.


Applicants with cover letters that address the defined criteria as published and whose CV is clear and informative will progress to the next stage. 

  2. 1. To set you up for success, we'll ask you to undergo a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation before starting the program. The LLN evaluation will give us an insight into your reading, writing and numeracy skills, and help us plan any extra support you may need to succeed in the program. 

  3.  2. Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will be invited to an interview, and complete a writing assessment at Mater Education. 

Immunisations and  blue card:

As a Pathology Collection Student you’ll need to obtain a criminal history check when you start the program. 
You also need to  provide proof of immunity (or that you’ve started vaccination) for:

  • hepatitis B

  • influenza (seasonal)

  • varicella (Chicken pox)

  • MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella)

  • pertussis (whooping cough).

    You need a Blue Card for all clinical placements, which is free to students. We will discuss this with you if you progress to an interview, but if you have any questions about these requirements simply contact us for more information.

Vocational Placements

Vocational placement consolidates your knowledge within the real or simulated healthcare environment by giving you the opportunity to apply theory to practice. It happens at the end of the semester at one of Mater’s collection centres.

Expression of Interest July 2017 intake


Where is the course held?
The course is delivered onsite at Mater Education’s South Brisbane campus.
You’ll need to attend vocational placement, which means you will be learning in the workplace as a part of your training. This will be at either Mater Pathology (Mater Hospital Brisbane) or a Mater Pathology Collection Centre, along with a week at an off-site private pathology company.

While Mater Pathology will try to arrange a vocational placement as close to your residential address as possible (after consulting with you), all placements will be at its discretion.
Placements will be in Queensland only.

Is the course available part-time or online?

No. You must attend all lectures and vocational placement to successfully complete the course. However, there are online self-directed learning modules.

Is there a course program?
Yes. Here’s an example of a course program, along with the timetable.
How difficult is the course. Do I need any previous experience or skills?
No, you don’t need any previous experience or qualifications. However, you must have conversational English and a sufficient level of literacy and numeracy to work in a pathology environment.
You’ll need to be able to:

  • complete forms accurately
  • read and follow instructions
  • write reports
  • calculate portions and
  • estimate costs.

For this training program you’ll also need to be able to use the Internet, complete assignments using word processing software, and be able to learn data entry programs.
Will I get a job?
While Mater Pathology gives you the skills and knowledge to obtain a job at the end of this course, it doesn’t provide an employment placement service.
How do we practise taking blood?
It’s all done with "manikin" (artificial) arms.
What should I do if I have any other questions?
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us