Diploma of Mortuary Theatre Practice

This qualification covers workers who have role in the maintenance of, or who undertake a supervisory or senior role in a hospital or forensic mortuary or are involved with a tissue banking service

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Senior mortuary technician

Senior mortuary assistant



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

6 core units

4 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 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 BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

add topic CHCORG619C Manage quality of organisation's service delivery outcomes

add topic HLTIN504C Manage the control of infection (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTMT515B Manage compliance with mortuary standards and regulations

add topic HLTOHS456B Identify, assess and control OHS risk in own work

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 sample of relevant electives may facilitate selection. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

add topic BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic HLTHIR501B Maintain an effective health work environment

add topic HLTMT412B Receive, store and track evidence

add topic HLTMT514B Procure and store tissues

add topic MSL975003A Perform histological tests * * MSL974006A Perform biological procedures, MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination and MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques are pre-requisites for this elective unit

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction


    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 IV in Mortuary Practice:

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

HLTHIR402C Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry

HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

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

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

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

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

MSL934002A Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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