Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of varied activities in a sterilising service or department. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Sterilisation assistant

Sterilisation technician

Instrument technician



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 elective which is required for work in sterilisation services

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 3 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 HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTHSE204D Follow safe manual handling practices

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes

add topic HLTSTE301D Clean reusable medical equipment (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTSTE302D Inspect and pack items

(Note pre-requs: add topic HLTIN301C , HLTSTE308C )

add topic HLTSTE303D Sterilise loads (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTSTE306D Manage sterile stock (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTSTE307C Disinfect re-usable medical devices

(Note pre-requs: add topic HLTIN301C , HLTSTE301D )

add topic HLTSTE308C Care for surgical instruments (Note pre-requ: HLTSTE301D )

Group A elective - required for work in sterilisation services

The following unit or a unit with equivalent competency outcomes is required to work in sterilisation services.

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

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.

The following list of electives may facilitate selection.

Other sterilisation functions

add topic HLTTH303D Identify and move to maintain a sterile field

(Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic LMTLA2009A Inspect, fold and pack theatre linen

Work relationships

add topic BSBCUS301B Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBFLM312C Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour

add topic CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment

add topic HLTAMBPD401C Manage personal stressors in the work environment

add topic HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

Support function

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

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