Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Course Reference


Maximum 24 months

Delivery Method

Flexible including clinical work placement and block training

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
Work placement
Clinical log book


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.

Course Information

Delivery Method

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is delivered through a blended delivery method. Students will need to undertake block training as part of their qualification.

Training will take place for one week which is held in Brisbane.  It is at the students expense to attend this training.

Students will undertake both theoretical and practical assessment.

All theoretical assessments are to be completed to a normal word document attached to an email and sent directly to your trainer.  The practical assessment will take place through block training using a simulated environment using observation checklists.

Clinical Work Placement

Duration:  Clinical work placement is to be completed with QML in your area or as close as possible to where you live. A placement fee of $500.00 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.

Work placement outline

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 students to apply and gain competence in the many different skills required across various health care settings.

Once you have completed all of the units within the course, Health Industry Training will arrange your placement with QML.  You will be required to complete an online induction as well as sign a confidentiality agreement.


Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification. Insurance covers Public Liability and Volunteer Workers insurance.


As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to clinical work placement’ activities listed below before clinical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance
  • Student Disclosure Statement
  • Working with Children blue card
  • Immunisations and screening

Assessment Methods

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

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Reports
  • Workplace portfolios
  • Work placement logbook
  • Research reports
  • Presentations

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many of our students already have a high level of skills, knowledge and expertise that can be recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

RPL takes into account any previous formal study, work and life experience and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine if you can receive credit toward a qualification. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment into a qualification 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 students must:

  • provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number; and
  • complete the Clinical work placement pre-requirements prior to clinical placement.

IT Requirements

To complete the course you will need access to a computer and the Internet.

In addition you will need basic computer skills to conduct research on your current topics and complete your assessments. In particular, you will need skills in word processing and PowerPoint presentations.

Minimum Age Requirements

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

Literacy, Language, 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 completing an appropriate level LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.  For additional information and support contact the Reading Writing Hotline at www.readingwritinghotline.edu.au


Queensland residents ONLY.

Certificate 3 Guarantee: Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Certificate 3 Guarantee. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate III qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not affect eligibility. The cost for students on a Centrelink concession is $20 per unit.  For non-concession students or payments made by a third party, the cost is $60 per unit.


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

Pay the cost of the course in full and receive a 10% discount on the full cost of the course; or

Take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (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 that has 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 including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, assisting with accessing your online assessment system, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your 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.

Financial support

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is Austudy / Abstudy approved. Please contact your local Centrelink office for eligibility requirements and application.

Course Structure

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection has been packaged to include:

14 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 9 core units
  • 5 elective units

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

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

To view a list of the units of competencies offered by Health Industry Training, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.