Certificate IV in Pathology (with Cert III Pathology pre-requisites)

HLT41812 Certificate IV in Pathology (with Cert III Pathology pre-requisites)


This is a National Training Package and is designed specifically to train people wishing to pursue a career in the Pathology Collection Industry. The course includes the Cert III in Pathology prerequisite units as part of this course.

The modules within Certificate IV Pathology provide the participants with training and skills development in a range of areas including Customer Service, Pathology Collection Techniques, Phlebotomy (blood collection) Infection Control, Occupational Health & Safety and knowledge of the disease processes associated with clients of all ages who may require Pathology Collection.

Nationally Recognised Training

There’s more to pathology than you may think


The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment


Costs for Government Funded Students:
Tuition = $445
If you also hold a Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Vet Gold Card = $90
If a Job Services Provider (JSA) is paying for your fees (regardless of if you have a HCC) = $445
Non refundable resource fee = $355

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding under the Victorian Training Guarantee and may impact your access to further government subsidised training.  You are eligible for a government subsidised training place if you:

Meet one of the following citizen/residency status:
   • Australian citizen
   • Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
   • New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:
   • a young person under 20 years (as at 1st January 2015); or
   • an applicant seeking a higher qualification than the highest qualification already held

Please note - Eligible students can only undertake two (2) subsidised training courses at the same qualification level (ie. Cert III, Cert IV, etc) in their lifetime.

Costs for Fee for Service Students:
Tuition = $2485
Non refundable resource fee = $355

Please ask us about a Payment Plan

Student prepayments

We will only accept student pre-payments of no more than $1,500 prior to the course commencement. You may then go onto a payment plan for the balance of the fees.


There are 9 Cert III prerequisite units that must be achieved prior to commencing the Cert IV qualification, which includes  3 core units and 7 electives (see below). 

The program offers:

  • Industry consultation in development of curriculum
  • A large practical component to the curriculum including phlebotomy (blood taking) and Electrocardiograph (ECG)
  • Specific focus on customer service and client care


Unit Code Units of Competency  
Cert III Prerequiste units:  
BSBMED301B Interpret & apply medical terminology appropriately  
HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health  
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies & procedures  
HLTAID003 Provide first aid  
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes  
HLTPAT304D Collect specimens other than blood  
HLTPAT305D Operate efficiently within a pathology specimen collection environment  
HLTPAT306D Perform blood collection  
HLTPAT308D Identify and respond to clinical risks associated with pathology specimen collection  
Cert IV Core:    
HLTHIR405B Show leadership in health technical work  
HLTHIR402D Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry  
HLTHIR506C Implement & monitor compliance with legal & ethical requirements  
Cert IV Electives:    
HLTPAT410D Collect pathology specimens other than blood for specialised testing  
HLTPAT411D Perform blood collection for specialised testing  
HLTCA402D Perform holter monitoring  
HLTCA401D Perform electrocardiography (ECG)  
HLTRAH302C Undertake home visits  
BSBCUS402B Address customer needs  
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context  

Prerequisite requirement:

There are 9 units from the Cert III in Pathology which are a prerequisite for Certificate IV in Pathology.  These units are covered first during the course and then students complete the Cert IV in Pathology. The student must be able to read, comprehend, discuss and analyse printed information in English and write statements.

Method of study

The program is run on campus at our Blackburn, Mornington, Narre Warren & Preston training rooms and students attend classes 1 day week from 9.30am to 2.30pm for day classes; or 5.30pm to 9pm for night classes for a total course duration of 21 weeks. Some workbooks are required to be completed off-campus. Extensive 1:1 practical experience is undertaken in the All Health Training clinical laboratory with trainers who are experts in their field, with students expected to achieve a minimum of 30 live bleeds by the end of the course..

National Recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - is a means of measuring skills acquired through work or life experiences or through qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. All Health Training can only assist Fee for Service students with RPL. If you are a funded student we can assist you to find an Approved Provider to assist you further.

Credit Transfer (CT) - is the recognition of previous study for the exact module/unit by other nationally registered training organisations. All Health Training can assist both Fee for Service and Funded students with CT.

When must this be done?

Any student who believes they may be eligible for RPL or CT must apply for this prior to the course commencing, so that your training plan provided in week one is accurate. If you apply after the course commences it may not be accepted.


Competency is assessed through a combination of practical application and demonstration of skills, oral and written presentations, group activities, observation, role plays, research and analysis. Completion of workbooks for some units

Job Prospects

Pathology collectors work extensively in the private and public pathology collection environments. Certificate IV streams into supervisory and training roles. It is advantageous to those already completed Certificate IV in Health (Nursing). At present there is a high demand for this health care worker.

Course timetable

For information on our course timetable click here

Application process

Complete the on-line Student Application Form or submit your completed application to All Health Training in person, by email or mail with the required supporting documentation and payment to ensure your place in the course.

Access & Equity

AHT is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment. Principles of access and equity for all students are applied in all programs. People with disabilities may be able to apply.