Certificate IV in Pathology

This qualification covers workers who undertake the collection of blood and other pathology specimens for routine and specialised testing. Workers at this level are expected to have an in depth knowledge and may work with clients with complex needs.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Experienced specimen collector

Specialist specimen collector

Advanced testing and collection officer

Team leader / supervisor

Pathology collector


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

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

3 core units

6 elective units, including:

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which must be selected for specialisation in pathology collection

Group B electives which must be selected for specialisation in pathology assistance

Group C 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 HLTHIR402C Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry

add topic HLTHIR405B Show leadership in health technical work

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

Group A electives - must be selected for specialisation in pathology collection

The following two (2) electives must be selected for work involving a specialisation in collection:

add topic HLTPAT410C Collect pathology specimens other than blood for specialised testing (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTPAT304C )

add topic HLTPAT411C Perform blood collection for specialised testing (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTPAT306C )

Group B electives - must be selected for specialisation in pathology assistance

The following three (3) electives must be selected for work involving a specialisation in pathology assistance:

add topic HLTPAT419B Perform pathology tests

add topic MSL924002A Use laboratory application software

add topic MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination

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 C 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

Additional electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of electives is intended to facilitate selection. Electives may be selected from one or more groups and employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

Specialist collection

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

add topic HLTCA402C Perform holter monitoring (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTCA401C )

add topic HLTPAT407C Perform electrocardiography (ECG)

add topic HLTPAT409C Perform intravenous cannulation for sample collection

add topic HLTPAT412C Collect arterial blood samples

add topic HLTPAT414C Measure spirometry/flow volume loop

add topic HLTPAT420B Perform specialist and technically difficult collections (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTPAT411C )

add topic HLTRAH302B Undertake home visits

Pathology assistance

add topic HLTPAT413C Assist with pathology procedures

add topic MSL925001A Analyse data and report results

add topic MSL935001A Monitor the quality of test results and data

add topic MSL974006A Perform biological procedures (Note pre-requs: add topic MSL973004A and add topic MSL973007A )

add topic MSL975001A Perform microbiological tests

add topic MSL975002A Perform haematological tests

add topic MSL975003A Perform histological tests

add topic MSL975004A Perform chemical pathology tests

add topic MSL975006A Perform immunohaematological tests

add topic MSL975013A Perform tissue and cell culture techniques

add topic MSL975014A Perform molecular biology tests and procedures

Team leadership and supervision

add topic BSBCUS401A Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBMGT403A Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

add topic FNSRETA309B Balance cash holdings

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

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes

add topic MSL934002A Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

add topic SITXHRM003A Roster staff

Workplace training and assessment

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic TAEASS401A Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402A Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403A Participate in assessment validation

add topic TAEASS502A Design and develop assessment tools

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL402A Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


Pathways...

    Not Applicable


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into the HLT41807 Certificate IV in Pathology, candidates must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following 14 units of competency from HLT32607 Certificate III inPathology. These units comprise the core and elective groups required for collection and assistance at the Certificate III level.

Core units from HLT32607 (6 units):

BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

HLTFA301C Apply first aid

HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

HLT32607 electives required for collection (3 units)

HLTPAT305C Operate efficiently within a pathology and specimen collection environment

HLTPAT306C Perform blood collection

HLTPAT308C Identify and respond to clinical risks associated with pathology specimen collection

HLT32607 electives for pathology assistance (5 units)

BSBCUS301A Deliver and monitor a service to customers

HLTPAT305C Operate efficiently within a pathology and specimen collection environment

HLTPAT317B Operate effectively within a pathology testing environment

MSL953001A Receive and prepare samples for testing

MSL973002A Prepare working solutions


Licensing Information

Not Applicable


Employability Skills

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