Certificate III in Pathology Assistance - HLT37415


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification is part of the Health Training Package. It reflects the role of pathology assistants and specimen reception staff in laboratories. Workers in this role follow known routines and procedures, taking responsibility for their own work under general supervision.


  • 14 units: 8 core
  • 6 elective


  • Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
  • Communicate and work in health or community services
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
  • Prepare working solutions
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Work with diverse people
  • Record and present data
  • Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • Perform microscopic examination
  • Prepare culture media
  • Deliver a service to customers
  • Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous materials requirements
  • Perform aseptic techniques
  • Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • Create and use databases
  • Produce spreadsheets
  • Perform basic tests
  • Perform biological procedures
  • Use business technology

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