HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection


Find out more at our weekly info sessions

If you're interested in a phlebotomy career, come along to an information session - 10am every Wednesday at our South Brisbane training centre (28 Russell Street) - we're just a six minute walk from the South Brisbane train station.



This qualification is delivered by LTT Group Pty Ltd (RTO 51621) 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 prior to employment, 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.


Classes are held 2 days a week over 8 weeks. Class times are 8.30am-3pm on either Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays (depending on intake) at our South Brisbane training centre. Classes are occasionally held on different days of the week due to public holidays.

Classes are followed by a guaranteed 35 hours of clinical work placement with one of our partner pathology providers (typically completed over a 1 week period).

Students are required to return their completed work placement records within 14 days of finishing placement.

Although we endeavour to schedule placements to begin as soon as classes are complete, timing is dependent on the availability of positions with our industry partners and delays may result in the duration of the course being extended.

We encourage students to make every effort to be available and attend the placement booked for them, and to treat their time in the workplace as an extended job interview (as providers often recruit from the pool of students on placement in their clinics).


Course fees depend on individual eligibility for government support. If you are unsure whether you qualify for a government supported training place, please contact our team on 1300 588 588. Credit transfers may reduce the course fee payable.

For students eligible for government support

The HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection is partially funded by the Queensland Government for students who meet the eligibility criteria under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.

  • $550 - concession student co-contribution fee, payable upon enrolment

  • $650 - non-concession student co-contribution fee, payable upon enrolment

Co-contribution fees represent the total cost to the student to enrol in, undertake training, and be awarded the qualification. Students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee once they complete a certificate III level vocational qualification.

For students not eligible for government support

  • $3,500 - fee for service student tuition fee

To secure your place in class, a $300 deposit is payable upon enrolment (cash and EFT facilities are available). This amount is deducted from the total course fee. Fortnightly direct debit payment plans are available to distribute payments of the remaining balance ($3,200) over an 8 week period (4 x fortnightly payments of $800).

Our refund policy can be viewed here.


Students are assessed on their performance in practical and written assessments; online learning modules; and a minimum of 20 live blood collections conducted in simulated and actual clinical work environments (work insurance cover is provided and paid for by LTT for the duration of work placement). Students practice venepuncture on volunteers during classes prior to work placement. The informed consent of a person must be sought before treatment or medical treatment is given to a person in accordance with the Mental Health Act.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer processes are available for eligible students. Please contact our team on 1300 588 588 to discuss these options further if you believe you may be eligible for RPL or credit transfer (for equivalent units of competency completed previously). A copy of the original transcript must be provided if applying for a credit transfer.

Should you withdraw before completing the course and / or your clinical work placement hours, a Statement of Attainment will be issued for any units of competency achieved.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive the HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection, which will carry the Nationally Recognised Training logo.


No prior qualifications are required to study the HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection.

On the basis of industry recommendation, and to improve employment prospects, students must be at least 18 years old at the time of work placement.

To be eligible to commence work placement, students must provide evidence of vaccination and / or immunity for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), varicella (chicken pox), and hepatitis B; and evidence of vaccination for diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis (serology test results will not be accepted). Students are responsible for arranging and covering the cost of these requirements.

Please note: There are significant timelines associated with certain vaccinations (e.g., 7 months for hepatitis B), so it is important to commence any outstanding vaccinations in a timely manner. To avoid enrolment delays, please see your doctor as soon as possible to commence any required vaccination courses.

Students are required to wear a blue polo shirt (supplied by LTT) and black pants or skirt during work placement, closed-in shoes throughout the course and work placement, and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as instructed during practical training.

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 styles and any support services that may be required so that training delivery can be tailored accordingly.

International students, please note that we are not registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Please visit the CRICOS website to view education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas.


There are 14 total units of competency in this qualification.

9 core units:

  • BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers

  • BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

  • HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection

  • HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections

  • HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood

  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

5 elective units:

  • BSBWOR204 Use business technology

  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

  • HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

  • HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens

How to enrol

Attend an information session (10am Wednesdays at 28 Russell Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101) or contact the team on 1300 588 588 to speak with one of our Enrolment Officers and book an appointment.

Attending an information session is a great, no-pressure way to find out more about the course, ask questions, meet the team, see our training centre, and hear about career pathways. You are welcome to stay and enrol in the course following the information session.

Please note: If you are planning to enrol on the day, please bring photo identification (e.g., driver's licence), eligibility evidence (e.g., Medicare card, concession card etc.), and any prior qualifications you hold. Our team can help assess your eligibility for government support, which will determine the course fee payable.