15 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:
10 core units
5 elective units
A wide range of elective units is available, including:
Group A electives for culturally aware and respectful practice - at least one unit required
Group B electives which are required for work in mortuary theatre practice
Group C elective which is recommended for mortuary technicians with pathology museum duties
Group D elective which is recommended for mortuary technicians who need to operate sterilisers
Other relevant electives listed below
Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages
Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the TGA or other public listing
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTMS208D Handle waste in a health care environment
HLTMT303D Maintain a mortuary service
HLTMT304D Assist with autopsy
HLTMT306D Maintain, clean and store autopsy equipment
HLTMT307B Clean location to achieve low bacteria status
HLTMT310D Collect, preserve and store post mortem samples
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice
All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.
Group A electives - at least one unit required for culturally aware and respectful practice
At least one of the following units is required for this qualification. Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, both units are recommended.
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Group B electives - required for work in mortuary theatre practice
The following units or units with equivalent competency outcomes are required to work in mortuary theatre practice.
BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships
HLTAMBPD401C Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Group C elective - recommended for mortuary technicians with pathology museum duties
The following unit is recommended for mortuary technicians who are required to undertake pathology museum duties.
HLTMT305D Maintain and record tissue sample collection
Group D elective - recommended for mortuary technicians who operate sterilisers
The following unit is recommended for mortuary technicians who are required to operate sterilisers.
SIFMWK003A Clean and sterilise mortuary items and equipment
Other relevant electives
Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs. Relevant electives may also be identified in the Health, Laboratory Operations, Funeral Services, Business Services and/or Public Sector Training Packages.
HLTMT411C Screen tissue donors
HLTMT412B Receive, store and track evidence
HLTPAT302D Assist with microbiology testing
HLTPAT303D Transport specimens and blood products
MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques
MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination
MSL974006A Perform biological procedures
(Note pre-requs: MSL973004A and MSL973007A )
MSL974011A Prepare tissue and cell cultures