Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support

This qualification covers senior operating room workers who provide a range of varied assistance functions to operating theatre personnel. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Senior theatre technician

Senior theatre wardsperson



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

8 core units

7 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A 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 NTIS or other public listing

Core units

add topic HLTHIR402C Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry

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

add topic HLTIN403C Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTMS207C Handle medical gases safely

add topic HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

add topic HLTTH404C Provide routine care and handling of equipment within the operating suite

add topic HLTTH405C Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures (Note pre-requ: HLTAP401B )

add topic HLTTH406C Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support

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 - 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. 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 identified workplace needs.

Client support

add topic HLTAH302C Assist with the application and removal of a plaster cast

add topic HLTCSD208C Transport clients

Operating Theatre Support

add topic HLTHSE204C Follow safe manual handling practices

add topic HLTMS203C Undertake routine stock maintenance

add topic HLTMS208C Handle waste in a health care environment

add topic HLTSTE301C Clean reusable medical equipment (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )


add topic BSBMGT403A Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic HLTAMBPD401C Manage personal stressors in the work environment


add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

add topic CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

Training and development

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic TAEASS402A Assess competence

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


    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:

BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

HLTTH301C Provide theatre support services

HLTTH302C Provide equipment support in an acute care environment

HLTTH303C Identify and move to maintain a sterile field (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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