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HLT37015

Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

Kick start your career in the health sector with this entry-level course that will qualify you to work as a sterilisation assistant.

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NEXT START DATE 11 Jul 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY On Campus Online
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$0
Concession
$660
Subsidised
$660
Full Fee
$3,990 - $4,945
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Course overview

Begin your career in health services with this entry-level qualification. This course will qualify you to work in the growing health sector as a sterilisation assistant.

This course will give you the skills to chemically disinfect equipment, comply with infection prevention and control policies, manage sterile stock, and inspect and pack reusable medical equipment. Our highly experienced team of industry professionals will give you the support and one-on-on guidance you need to successfully transition into the health sector.

Successful completion of this course will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work in central sterilisation services.

What can I do?

  • Sterilisation Technician

Course outcome:

HLT37015 Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

JobTrainer funded course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be free for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Experienced vocational experts

Enter the vocational training sector and learn from industry experts. At TAFE Queensland, we have been delivering vocational and education to Queensland's communities for more than 130 years, and were winners of the 2016 Queensland Training Award - Large Training Provider of the Year.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 120 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCOM005
    Communicate and work in health or community services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCOM005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Communicate and work in health or community services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTINF001
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTSTE001
    Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTSTE001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow procedures for the sorting, inspection, cleaning and thermal disinfection of soiled reusable medical devices, including the effective use of equipment and completion of quality checks and documentation.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTSTE002
    Inspect and pack reusable medical devices
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTSTE002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare, assemble and package cleaned reusable medical devices according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Inspect and pack reusable medical devices

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTSTE003
    Sterilise loads
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTSTE003
    Unit description :

    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow correct procedures to select and operate sterilisation equipment, interpret steriliser function and parameters in the provision of sterilised reusable medical devices, appropriately load items for sterilisation, and to release sterilised items for distribution. This competency unit does not deal with ethylene oxide sterilisation.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Sterilise loads

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTSTE004
    Manage sterile stock
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTSTE004
    Unit description :

    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply procedures for handling, storing and maintaining sterile stock.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage sterile stock

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTSTE005
    Care for reusable medical devices
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTSTE005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow procedures for preparing, handling and inspecting of reusable medical devices during the reprocessing process.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Care for reusable medical devices

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in workplace health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others. The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in workplace health and safety

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS005
    Conduct manual tasks safely
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks, and then to prepare for and complete those tasks in a safe manner.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Conduct manual tasks safely

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Non-Existing Worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,945
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Existing Worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $3,990
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Non-Existing Worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,945
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Existing Worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $3,990
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Non-Existing Worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,945
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Existing Worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $3,990
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Non-Existing Worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,945
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Existing Worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $3,990

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Certificate III in Sterilisation Services (HLT37015)

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Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

COURSE CODE: HLT37015
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Selection criteria
  • Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds must be able to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and have comprehension skills that would be required to fulfil a job role; and,
  • Applicants will require a standard of basic computer literacy skills and must have access to a computer and the internet as learning resources, assessments and exams will be issued and conducted online through our Learning Management System; and,
  • Industry-based applicants must be able to nominate a Workplace Supervisor to observe and record competencies within the workplace. As a minimum, the Workplace Supervisor must have a Certificate III in Sterilisation Services or higher relevant qualifications in Sterilisation; and,
  • Interstate, non-industry applicants will be accepted providing you can supply the contact name and details of a hospital who is prepared to host you for your 120-hour vocational placement and have a Workplace Supervisor with a Certificate III in Sterilisation Services or higher relevant qualifications in Sterilisation; and,
  • Non-industry applicants must be prepared to undergo a series of vaccinations to prepare you for placement; and
  • Non-industry applicants must be able to prove (via an immunization statement or letter from your GP) that you have had at least the first two (2) of three, Hepatitis B vaccinations prior to applying for this program.
  • Must be over 18 years of age due to placement requirements
  • Need to be physically fit for heavy lifting up to 25kg maximum.
Placement

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and subsequent restriction of access to some health care facilities during this time, may cause delays with vocational placement and completion of this course.

Future students are advised that access to public and private health facilities or organisations in your State for vocational placement assessment will require evidence of commencement or full vaccination for COVID-19.

 

Depending on the placement hospital, non-industry applicants may be required to undergo a Criminal History Check prior to vocational placement. Applicants who are not currently employed in a sterilising department (hospital or office-based) are required to complete a 120 hour (3 consecutive weeks) vocational placement in a hospital sterilisation facility. Vocational placement is conducted Monday – Friday between 6:00 and 23:00 hours. The hospital will give you a shift roster at the time of placement. Vocational placement occurs around month 7 or 8 depending on your progress.

TAFE Queensland  will negotiate with hospitals in your local area (where possible) to find a placement position for you. Please note, due to the high number of students completing placements, you are required to be flexible and may have to travel outside your immediate area to attend placement. It is also understood that students may have preferences for specific hospitals and/or periods of times, however there is no guarantee this is possible and is determined by industry availability.

 

Non-industry applicants  are required to meet the following specific vaccination criteria prior to being accepted for placement.

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Two doses
  • Hepatitis B: Full course. Note: a full course (i.e. 3 doses) of Hepatitis B vaccinations takes approximately 9 months
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): Two doses
  • Pertussis (Whooping cough): One dose

 

Tuberculosis: The Mantoux Test is required by some hospitals if you have lived anywhere other than Australia for more than 3 months. You will be advised if this is required prior to the commencement of your placement.

Note: some hospitals also request immunisation for the annual influenza vaccine.

Prior to the commencement of vocational placement, applicants will need to provide evidence of immunity to the above vaccine-preventable diseases by producing results of a blood test or a statement from a GP.

Applicants who have been previously immunised will need to provide evidence of having sero-converted by producing results of a blood test. This is a high risk industry; those who are unable to sero-convert for Hepatitis B should seek advice from a medical practitioner prior to enrolling. Cover for HepatitisB is mandatory for all Queensland Health staff and students.

 

Need to know

For all students who are undertaking courses that include Vocational Placements in a high risk workplace, Queensland Health has directed that students must declare your COVID-19 Vaccination status and evidence to either TAFE Queensland or the placement provider. 

This may require you providing us or the placement provider information on:

  • Your vaccinate status
  • Last date of vaccination
  • Evidence of vaccine status

Where this information will be collected as part of your application and / or enrolment process.  Any data collected will be managed under the TAFE Queensland Privacy Policy.

This requirement is in place for all students in affected courses, including TAFE at School students.

Those students who have a medical contraindication may be unable to complete the vocational placement component of their course. This means you may not be able to meet all of the requirements of your course and may not be able to graduate or receive your qualification.

If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact our COVID hotline on 07 3307 4789.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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