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HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Become qualified as a phlebotomist

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The nationally recognised HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection is delivered by LabTech Training Victoria (RTO 22545) and equips students with practical skills in drawing blood, administering first aid, participating in workplace health and safety, implementing infection control and more.

Students gain hands-on experience and industry insights via a practical work placement, and graduate ready to work in a variety of medical environments, including pathology collection centres, GP clinics, specialist rooms, hospitals, and other public and private health settings. If you are interested in finding out more about our workplace delivery options, visit our Workplace Training in Victoria site.


Training Centre Delivery

The course is delivered in our purpose-built classrooms at 371-373 George Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065 over 9 weeks.

The course involves:

  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • 16 face-to-face classes
  • Online study
  • 35 hours of clinical work placement

Online study is delivered as outlined in our Online Service Standards document.

Please note that although we endeavour to schedule work placements to begin as soon as classes are complete, timing is dependent on the availability of positions with our pathology industry partners and work placement may be delayed in some cases, resulting in the duration of the course being extended. Students may be required on additional days to conduct extra bleeds or attend work placement interviews and/or orientation etc.


Students are required to practice blood collection on their peers during the course. Students practice on classmates, friends and family who volunteer to attend class with the student, and occasionally staff members!

In addition to online learning components, practical and written assessments are conducted in a simulated environment with a minimum of 20 successful blood collections.

Students are also assessed during work placement. In addition to successfully completing the units of competency, students must complete at least 35 hours of work placement to be awarded the HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection. If unable to complete the work placement, a Statement of Attainment will be issued for units deemed as competent.

Work placement

To be eligible to commence work placement, students must provide proof of immunology and hepatitis B vaccination or commencement of vaccination. Students are also required to hold both a current Police Check and a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). You can apply for a WWCC here.

During work placement, students are required to wear a white shirt and black pants. Work placement insurance cover is provided and paid for by LTTV for the duration of placement.



The available intakes for this course are currently:

  • Thursday, 11 July 2019



Fees are subject to change at any time before enrolment. For students who are not eligible for government support, fee-for-service fees apply.

The fee-for-service fees are calculated for the individual based on their total study hours. For more details, please call us on 1300 588 588.

For students eligible for government support

The following co-contribution fees are payable upfront.

Skills First (non-concession)

  • Tuition fee: $1,145
  • Placement fee: $350
  • Total fee: $1,495

Skills First (concession)

  • Tuition fee: $229
  • Placement fee: $350
  • Total fee: $579

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.  The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Please refer to the Skills First website for more information, including eligibility criteria.

For students ineligible for government support

The following fee includes a $500 non-refundable enrolment deposit, which is payable upfront and deducted from the total fee. Direct debit payment plans are available to spread the remainder of payments over the duration of the course. The total fee is inclusive of a $350 placement fee.

Fee for service

  • Tuition fee: $4,640
  • Placement fee: $350
  • Total fee: $4,990



Students conduct practical and written assessments in our purpose-built pathology training centre.

Units of competency

HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTINF001Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTPAT002Perform venous blood collection
HLTPAT001Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
BSBCUS201Deliver a service to customers
BSBMED301Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
HLTPAT004Collect specimens other than blood
HLTPAT005Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing
CHCCOM001Provide first point of contact
HLTPAT006Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTAID003Provide first aid



Entry requirements

On the basis of industry recommendation and to improve employment prospects, students must be at least 18 years old to undertake the HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection with LTTV.

As part of the enrolment process, a comprehensive pre-training review is conducted to capture current competencies including language, literacy and numeracy. This process also aids in identifying individual learning needs and any support services that may be required so that training delivery can be tailored accordingly.

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