Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support

Course Code HLT47515

Operating Theatre Technician play an important part in the setup, checks and maintenance of operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associate ed equipment.

The number of Operating Theatre Technicians have grown very strongly over 5 years with most workers working full time in the health care and social assistance industry.

Operating theatre technicians:

  • Transport patients to and from the theatre and wards
  • Assist in preparing operating rooms for surgery
  • Set up, check, connect and adjust surgical equipment
  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses and anaesthetists
  • Clean and restock the operating room, arranging instruments, supplies and equipment according to instruction
  • Position patients for surgical and anaesthetic treatments.

Delivery Method

The Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support is delivered through a blended delivery method.

Students are provided with learner resources for each unit of competency.  Theory assessment is submitted through our online assessment management system.  Student will also complete any practical skills through work placement.  

Practical Placement

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Practical placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment where you can practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.

It is compulsory for students to undertake practical placement for the Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support.

Securing Practical Placement

As a student it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations. Practical placement must be sourced prior to enrolment in this qualifcation.  

Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss practical placement requirements.


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


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

  • National Criminal History Clearance

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 / Reports
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Observation of practical skills

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL considers previous formal study and work experience 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 credit transfer.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support 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 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 LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.

Funding for South Australia residents

WorkReady Funding

Health Industry Training is proud to be a preferred supplier for the South Australia government’s WorkReady initiative. You may be eligible for government subsidised training if you live or work in South Australia and you are:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • an eligible visa holder

and you are:

  • 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in an identified course

Eligible participants can access:

  • one foundation skills course (if assessed to need it)
  • up to five bridging units at every qualification level (if assessed to need them)
  • unlimited priority courses.

To check your eligibility for funding visit

JobTrainer Funding

The South Australian Government is providing additional support for young people to help them to successfully transition from JobTrainer into work, further training or education. JobTrainer will provide young people, school leavers and job seekers access to training they need to get a job or to develop new skills in growth sectors and to create pathways to future careers

Around 15,000 training places will be provided through qualifications and micro-credentials tailored to industry need and aligned to a career pathway. Low fee training will be available for eligible students in courses.

For more information on JobTraining Funding please visit:


To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance by allowing students to take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information)

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

Trainer support: You will be provided with a team of dedicated trainers who are there to support and guide you through.  You may contact our trainers via phone and e-mail for assistance. Our trainers will also contact you on a regular basis to ensure you are on track to finish your qualification within your timeframe. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey.

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

The Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support has been packaged to include:

15 units are required to be awarded the qualification including:

  • 10 core units
  • 5 elective units

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

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

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Courses Duration

Maximum 18 months

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Course Fees


Concession - N/A

Non-concession - N/A

South Australia

WorkReady - $800

Traineeship - N/A

Full Fee Paying


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Delivery Method


Individual needs approach to learning
Practical Placement

Career Roles

Operating Theatre Technician

Enrolment Method

Open enrolment