Certificate IV in Mortuary Theatre Practice

This qualification covers workers who undertake a senior mortuary assistant or technician role in a hospital mortuary or who maintain a forensic mortuary. Some workers may also be involved in receiving, tracking and storing tissues as part of a Tissue Bank role.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Mortuary technician

Mortuary assistant

Pathology technician

Mortuary attendant

Post mortem assistant


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

12 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

8 core units

4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A elective which is required for work in mortuary theatre practice at this level

Group B electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

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 NTIS or other public listing

Core units

add topic HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

add topic HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

add topic HLTMT407C Assist with special autopsy techniques (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTMT304C )

add topic HLTMT408C Assist with forensic autopsy techniques (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTMT304C )

add topic HLTMT409C Assist in the development of procedures for mortuary services (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTMT303C )

add topic HLTMT416B Collect pathology specimens

add topic HLTPAT302C Assist with microbiology testing

add topic MSL934002A Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

Group A elective - required for work in mortuary theatre practice at this level

The following unit or a unit with equivalent competency outcomes is required to work in mortuary theatre practice.

add topic HLTHIR402C Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry

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 B electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is 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

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.

add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic HLTMT411B Screen tissue donors

add topic HLTMT412B Receive, store and track evidence

add topic HLTMT514B Procure and store tissues

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction


Pathways...

    Not Applicable


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this qualification, candidates must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency from the Certificate III in Mortuary Practice:

BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

HLTAMBPD401C Manage personal stressors in the work environment

HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

HLTMS208C Handle waste in a health care environment

HLTMT303C Maintain a mortuary service

HLTMT304C Assist with autopsy

HLTMT306C Maintain, clean and store autopsy equipment

HLTMT307A Clean location to achieve low bacteria status

HLTMT310C Collect, preserve and store post mortem samples

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes


Licensing Information

Not Applicable


Employability Skills

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