Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services

Course Code HLT47015

Sterilisation Technicians clean, sterilise and package surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen, in a sterilisation service facility. The tasks of a Sterilisation Technician includes:

  • Identifying equipment to be sterilised
  • Cleaning and sterilising surgical instructions and other hospital equipment
  • Operating a variety of sterilisation machines
  • Complying with infection control policies and procedures
  • Preparing and packing medical items

The number of people working as Sterilisation Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years from 4,100 in 2016 to over 6,000 in 2020.

It is anticipated that the Sterilisation Technicians workforce will continue to see a very strongly growth, particular with the changing environment and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivery Method

The Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services 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.  Students 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 Sterilisation Services.

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 qualification. 

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 Sterilisation Services 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


Skilling South Australia provides subsidies towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Trainees and Apprentices. The program aims to assist people to get skills and qualifications to build careers and meet the workforce needs of industry through growth in Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

For more information on Skilling South Australia funding, please visit https://www.skilling.sa.gov.au/


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 Sterilisation Services has been packaged to include:

15 units are required to be awarded the qualification including:

  • 11 core units
  • 4 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 24 months

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Course Fees


Concession - N/A

Non-concession - N/A

South Australia

WorkReady - N/A

Traineeship - N/A

Full Fee Paying


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Delivery Method


Individual needs approach to learning
Practical Placement

Career Roles

Sterilisation Technicians
Senior Technicians in Sterilisation
Team Leaders

Enrolment Method

Open enrolment