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Certificate III in Pathology Collection


All Health Training is a Registered Training Organisation (TOID 22066) and provides individuals the opportunity to update their skills to perform at an optimum level and provide professional excellence. We deliver a variety of courses with a major focus on health, aged care and pathology collection - growth industries with significant staffing shortages.


Course Introduction:

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection gives graduates the skills and knowledge to work in all areas across pathology collection, for example private sector, hospitals and doctors clinics. The units address the areas of Customer Service, Pathology Collection Techniques, Phlebotomy (blood collection), Infection Control, Work Health and Safety, Medical Terminology, Visiting clients in their place of residence and Electrocardiography (ECG).

Course entry requirements:

  • Students must provide evidence that they have a health/medical background or be studying a related course such as nursing, medical science, etc
  • This is an open entry program of study with participants needing to read, write and communicate in English to a level to perform the job.  Students will be required to complete a LLN evaluation to determine suitability.
  • Students must be over 18 years of age to conduct practical placement. 
  • The student must have documented Hep B protection which students must undertake at their own cost and provide to AHT by week 5 of the course in preparation for placement
  • Police checks are required prior to commencing practical placement which we will organise on our students’ behalf.  If a student has a Disclosable Court Outcome registered against their name, we are unable to assist with placement as industry will not accept students without a clear record.  This requirement is not negotiable.  Please note, in Victoria this includes any offence that may have occurred up to 10 years ago and will show offences that state they are “without conviction”.
  • Students are required to obtain a volunteer Working with Children’s check (WWC) to commence placement.
    • Students are required to be able to access a computer which will allow use of a USB in order to complete assessments and read information for units of competency.

Practical Placement information

The course includes 35 hours of mandatory practical placement in Industry, which All Health Training organise on our students behalf, which must be completed in one block, being Monday to Friday with a start time of 8am – 9am and a finish time of 3.30pm - 5pm. This will be completed at the end of the course as students must have done at least 20 “successful” live bleeds before placement can be commenced.  Placement may take between 1 - 3 months to coordinate with industry.

Collection centre locations and the start and finish times are determined by the partnership organisation and non-negotiable.  Students cannot request an alternative location.

Students will be required to wear an All Health Training polo shirt and name badge (both provided) on placement.  In addition, long black pants & black closed in shoes will be required which students will either need to provide or purchase at their own cost.

Other course information

Students are required to complete the written assessments outside of class time, which depending on a students underpinning knowledge, may be approximately 20 hours per week.  Assessments are hardcopy but will require access to a computer for research on the internet, accessing a USB for course materials and weekly emails from the trainer.

Credit Transfer:

If students have already successfully completed units within the qualification, credit can be granted within our program.  Credit Transfer can only be granted when the exact unit code has been studied elsewhere.  Credit Transfers must be processed prior to course commencement.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

Competencies gained through other formal study or experience may be acknowledged through a recognition process for fee for service students only.  RPLs must be processed prior to course commencement.

Job Prospects:

Pathology collectors work extensively in the private and public pathology collection environments.

Opportunities for Further Study:

Articulation may be possible into other health qualification courses, eg. Diploma or Bachelor of Nursing

Next Courses Commencing: 

Please refer to our website at for upcoming course dates.

Course Length & Delivery:

The program is run at our Blackburn training facility as follows:

  • 3 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) from 9:00am to 4:30pm commencing Monday 25th November 2019
    • One week being Monday Jan 20th – Friday Jan 24th Jan where classes run for 5 days in the week from 9:00am to 4:30pm

Extensive 1:1 practical experience is undertaken in the All Health Training simulated collection centre environment with trainers who are experts in their field and maintain currency in the industry.


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

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding under the Skills First Program 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 person under 20 years as at 1st January 2019; or
  • an applicant seeking a higher qualification than the highest qualification already held

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

If you are unsure if you are eligible for government funding, please either call the office on 9894 3900 to discuss your circumstances.  Alternatively, you can use this online survey that will ask questions to help determine if you are Funded or Fee for Service.


Total fee

Breakdown of Total fee

Registration fee


Tuition fee

Resources fee


Placement fee

Student Paying

Fee for Service






Government Funded






Government Funded

With Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Vet Gold Card






Student payments

Minimum payments required prior to the course commencement:

  • $500 for a Fee for Service student.  $250 is non-refundable after application
  • $250 for a Government Funded student – non-refundable after application
  • $250 for a Government Funded & HCC or PCC student – non-refundable after application

Please ask about our payment plan for the balance of the fees which must be paid by regular payments over the duration of the course by EziDebit only.  Should you not return an Ezidebit form your enrolment will not be confirmed.  If a payment defaults, the student must rectify the payment before the next scheduled payment.  If 2 consecutive payments default, or 3 in total across the agreement, this will result in the total amount being due immediately.

Student prepayments

We will only accept student pre-payments of no more than $1500 prior to the course commencement.  You must then go onto a payment plan for the balance of the fees.

Additional fees that may be applicable

Please refer to the Student Handbook available on for a comprehensive list of additional fees that may be applicable.  Fees include failure to attend practical sessions; failure to attend placement orientation, assessment visit or placement; requesting placement at an alternative employer, fee payment charges, reprinting a Certificate/Statement of Attainment.

Course Units:

Certificate III in Pathology Collection – Core units


Unit Code

Units of Competency



 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 



Communicate and work in health or community services



Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures



Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection



Perform venous blood collection



Collect pathology specimens other than blood



Participate in workplace health and safety



Deliver a service to customers



Work with diverse people


Elective units


Perform electrocardiography (ECG) 


Recognise healthy body systems


Visit client residence


Provide first aid


Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens



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

Application Process:

Complete the on-line Student Application Form on our website –

Alternatively, we can send you a paper-based enrolment form for you to complete and submit to All Health Training in person, by email or mail. Once we receive an application, we will contact you to organise the required supporting documentation and payment to ensure your place in the course.


Should you have any questions regarding the course, please contact us as follows:

P: 03 9894 3900


Access & Equity:

All Health Training 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.

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