Pathology Collector

HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection

This Nationally Recognised Qualification provides you with skills, knowledge and practical experience to become a Pathology Collector. During the course, you will gain in-depth knowledge and receive individualised training using the greatest simulation technologies in a collaborative learning environment that supports you throughout the entire program. This course is designed for individuals who have a passion for the health industry and want to devote their careers to contributing to patient care and treatment.

Nationally recognised training Logo- Riversource Training

Enrolment dates

Name Course Start Date Location
Start studying now- Practical Training April 30/04/2024 Oxenford (Gold Coast)

A need for more Pathology Collectors

The Pathology industry is experiencing rapid growth, offering abundant job opportunities with a projected increase of 14.4% and 25,000 openings in the next five years.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes in healthcare, with widespread use of PCR samples in Australia. Pathology Collectors play a crucial role in collecting these specimens. Moreover, the demand for skilled professionals in this field is rising due to the focus on preventive healthcare and advancements in diagnostic methods.

This presents an exciting opportunity to join a high-demand field and contribute to the important work of detecting and managing diseases. Enrolling in a pathology collection course can equip you with the necessary skills for a rewarding career in this thriving industry.


Full Fee: $3490

This course has been approved for Centrelink student payment. For further details, please contact Centrelink.

Additional costs:

As part of your enrolment, you will need to purchase the following:

  • Riversource Training Uniform polo shirt $45
  • A criminal history check ‘Fit2Work’ ($24-$50)


 Standard Course – Blended studies (Online + Practical Training+ Work placement)

  • Online: The online component of the course can be started at any time and from any location.
  • Practical Training: 4 weeks of Face-to-Face Classroom Training (Every Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Work Placement: 35 hours of vocational placement with one of Australia’s top laboratories.

Express Course (Healthcare professionals- Enrolled Nurses, Individual support workers, Health service assistance, etc)

  • Reduce the fees and the duration of your course by applying for a credit transfer.
  • Send us an email explaining your situation. Include your previous qualifications. Our team of experts will evaluate your circumstances and you will be provided with an Individualised learning plan that fits in with your schedule.

There is a maximum 12-month duration to complete the course.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum age: 18 years of age or older
  • Completion of Year 10 schooling
  • Competent English level (written and oral)
  • Criminal history check
  • Immunisation record:  To be immunised, or in the process of being vaccinated, for the following diseases:
    • Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), dTPa (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis–Pertussis).

Required resources:

In order for the student to successfully complete the course, the following is required: 

  • Access to a reliable internet connection 
  • Access to a computer and/or Laptop- Basic computer skills
  • Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.

Course Outline

HLT37215 – Cert III Pathology Collection

The Cert III in Pathology Collection includes 14 units and 35 hours of work Placement.

The course is based on blended learning and combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on training using first-class simulation equipment and realistic, in-depth scenarios to help students’ skills and knowledge grow to their fullest potential.



CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety

BSBCUS201– Deliver a service to customers

BSBMED301– Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

HLTINF006– Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

HLTPAT001 – Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection

HLTPAT002– Perform venous blood collection

HLTPAT004 – Collect pathology specimens other than blood



BSBPEF202– Plan and apply time management

BSBTWK201– Work effectively with others

HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems

HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid  & (Optional: HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR))

HLTPAT006 – Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens



Students are required to undertake an unpaid work placement for 35 hours, completed over approximately  1-2 weeks.

Vocational Placement is organised by Riversource Training.



Recognition of prior learning and credit transfer are available for eligible students. Please email to receive further information.

Study Location

  • Oxenford, Gold Coast

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