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Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

Career Area:Science National Code:HLT37415
Certificate III in Pathology AssistanceThis qualification 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.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification

Prior Learning

For further information please refer to the Recognition area of the Hunter TAFE website.

Students with Disabilities

If you are considering studying with Hunter TAFE and are unsure what impact your disability may have on your study, please feel free to contact Disability Services to find out!

Delivery Locations, Important Dates, Study Options and Timetables

Newcastle Campus

Course Availability

Start Date Study Options How to Enrol Proposed Timetable Fees & Charges Units of Competency Important Information
Various
Thanks for visiting! We are currently taking enquiries for this course.

Depending on demand, this course may be available to study part-time day. Students can discuss options to study flexibly, on campus, with a mix of campus and online or in the workplace.

This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government.

This course is also available as a Traineeship.

We encourage you to enquire now so we can keep in touch with you on when and how to enrol.

Alternatively call us on 131 225

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The 2017 Smart and Skilled Schedule prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,450.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,750.00

The Concession Fee for this course is $240.00. You may also be eligible for a fee exemption. Your eligibility for a concession or exemption will be confirmed at enrolment.

The fees indicated above are based on students who have been approved for training subsidised by the NSW Government. If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

Students can pay their fee upfront or undertake an Instalment Plan which will commence at the time of enrolment. The Fee and Refund Policy advises students of their obligations with regards to student fees and additional costs, and eligibility requirements for refunds. A copy of the Instalment Plan Agreement and the Fee and Refund policy can be found on the TAFE NSW – Hunter & Central Coast website.

If your employer is covering the cost of your student fees, a letter or purchase order from your employer is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation will be at the student’s own expense.

Some programs at Hunter TAFE attract additional costs over and above the Student Qualification Fee and include essential equipment that is retained by you on completion of study.

If enrolling in this course, students will need to purchase the following essential equipment. Estimated costs are listed below:

Laboratory Coat or Gown: $40.00
Safety Glasses: $10.00

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • BSBCUS201 - Deliver a service to customers
  • BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • BSBWOR204 - Use business technology
  • CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTPAT006 - Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
  • MSL953001 - Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL973002 - Prepare working solutions
  • MSL973004 - Perform aseptic techniques
  • MSL973007 - Perform microscopic examination
Enquire Now
Newcastle Campus campus
Semester: Semester Various,
Study Options: , , weeks
How to Enrol: Thanks for visiting! We are currently taking enquiries for this course.

Depending on demand, this course may be available to study part-time day. Students can discuss options to study flexibly, on campus, with a mix of campus and online or in the workplace.

This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government.

This course is also available as a Traineeship.

We encourage you to enquire now so we can keep in touch with you on when and how to enrol.

Alternatively call us on 131 225
Proposed Timetable:
Information Session:
Fees & Charges: The 2017 Smart and Skilled Schedule prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,450.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,750.00

The Concession Fee for this course is $240.00. You may also be eligible for a fee exemption. Your eligibility for a concession or exemption will be confirmed at enrolment.

The fees indicated above are based on students who have been approved for training subsidised by the NSW Government. If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

Students can pay their fee upfront or undertake an Instalment Plan which will commence at the time of enrolment. The Fee and Refund Policy advises students of their obligations with regards to student fees and additional costs, and eligibility requirements for refunds. A copy of the Instalment Plan Agreement and the Fee and Refund policy can be found on the TAFE NSW – Hunter & Central Coast website.

If your employer is covering the cost of your student fees, a letter or purchase order from your employer is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation will be at the student’s own expense.

Some programs at Hunter TAFE attract additional costs over and above the Student Qualification Fee and include essential equipment that is retained by you on completion of study.

If enrolling in this course, students will need to purchase the following essential equipment. Estimated costs are listed below:

Laboratory Coat or Gown: $40.00
Safety Glasses: $10.00
Units of Competency:

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • BSBCUS201 - Deliver a service to customers
  • BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • BSBWOR204 - Use business technology
  • CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTPAT006 - Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
  • MSL953001 - Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL973002 - Prepare working solutions
  • MSL973004 - Perform aseptic techniques
  • MSL973007 - Perform microscopic examination
Important Information:

Disclaimer

Courses will run subject to resources and demand. For the latest information, check with the appropriate campus, as course availability is subject to review and change.