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  • HLT37015

Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

At a glance

At a glance

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

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Sterilisation Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

HLT37015 Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

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Course overview

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.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCCOM005
Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTSTE001
Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices
HLTSTE002
Inspect and pack reusable medical devices
HLTSTE003
Sterilise loads
HLTSTE004
Manage sterile stock
HLTSTE005
Care for reusable medical devices
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTWHS005
Conduct manual tasks safely
VPC120
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBFLM312
Contribute to team effectiveness
BSBINM301
Organise workplace information
CHCCCS020
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
HLTSTE006
Chemically disinfect reusable medical devices

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


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; and,

• Non-industry applicants must be prepared to apply for a Working with Children, Blue Card (this is free for students and will be organized after enrolment)

Vocational placement

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.

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.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland