Certificate III in Mortuary Theatre Practice

This qualification covers workers who maintain a mortuary service and assist in autopsies in a hospital or forensic mortuary. Some workers may also be involved in receiving and storing tissues as part of a Tissue Bank role.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Mortuary technician

Mortuary assistant

Pathology technician

Post mortem assistant

Mortuary attendant


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

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

Core units

add topic HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

add topic HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTMS208D Handle waste in a health care environment

add topic HLTMT303D Maintain a mortuary service

add topic HLTMT304D Assist with autopsy

add topic HLTMT306D Maintain, clean and store autopsy equipment

add topic HLTMT307B Clean location to achieve low bacteria status

add topic HLTMT310D Collect, preserve and store post mortem samples

add topic 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.

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic 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.

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic 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.

add topic 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.

add topic 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.

add topic HLTMT411C Screen tissue donors

add topic HLTMT412B Receive, store and track evidence

add topic HLTPAT302D Assist with microbiology testing

add topic HLTPAT303D Transport specimens and blood products

add topic MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques

add topic MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination

add topic MSL974006A Perform biological procedures

(Note pre-requs: add topic MSL973004A and add topic MSL973007A )

add topic MSL974011A Prepare tissue and cell cultures


Pathways...

    Not Applicable


Entry Requirements

Not Applicable


Licensing Information

Not Applicable


Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries