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Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology

At a glance

At a glance

Take the next step in your career in health with this advanced-level course that will qualify you to work as an anaesthetic technician.

  • Anaesthetic Technician

HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology

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Course overview

Course overview

Advance your career in healthcare with this higher-level qualification. The health sector is experiencing strong job growth and this course will give you the specialised skills you need to gain employment as an anaesthetic technician.

You will be able to confidently assist the anaesthetist in preparing the client for their anaesthetic, this will include checking and maintaining the anaesthetic machine, preparing anaesthetic medications, monitoring clinical measurements, assisting with airway management techniques and anticipating and responding to any anaesthetic emergency.

Our highly-experienced industry health professionals will guide you every step of the way to ensure your transition into the health sector is a success.

We have our own designated learning space with state-of-the-art anaesthetic machines, vital signs monitors, difficult intubation equipment, and simulator mannequins, which will prepare you for real-world situations while under the supervision of industry professionals.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 2 elective units from the list below.  You will also be required to undertake 360 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Analyse and respond to client health information
Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Prepare clients for anaesthesia
Monitor clients during anaesthesia
Assist with airway management
Respond to anaesthesia related emergencies
Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
Assist with clinical procedures used in anaesthesia
Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Maintain work health and safety
Work legally and ethically
Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Note: For some courses, 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.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • 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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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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Money IconVet Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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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Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Existing workers - must have the following:

  • a minimum of 3 years perioperative experience;
  • be currently supporting anaesthetist as an Anaesthetic Technician / Nurse Practitioner;
  • have the opportunity to be exposed to multiple anaesthetic specialities; and
  • be supported by a suitable qualified workplace supervisor.

Domestic students
There are no selection criteria requirements for domestic students, however it is recommended that students have completed Year 12 or equivalent.

International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other. View a list of all English Language tests accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. View more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).


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.


Domestic and International students
The below placement requirements apply to both Domestic and International students:

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You'll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete up to 360 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Prior to placement you will need to complete a Criminal History Check and apply for a Blue Card (Working with Children Check).

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application. For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements, which may include travel and/or accommodation costs as well as an additional cost of approximately $45 for a Criminal History Check.


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

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Minimum two doses. You must provide evidence of immunity (provide a serology/blood test result indicating immunity) or evidence of a minimum of two documented doses (vaccinations) of MMR at least one month apart.
  • Hepatitis B: A full course required – three doses.  These vaccinations take approximate 9 months. You must provide evidence of immunity against Hep B (provide a serology/blood test result) indicating immunity or if you have not been previously been vaccinated for the full course (3 doses) provide evidence of a minimum of two doses of Hep B and in addition provide a serology/blood test report showing where your immunity levels sit after the minimum two doses.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two doses. You must provide documented history of vaccination or evidence of immunity (serology/blood test report).
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough: One dose. You must provide documented history of one adult dose of 
  • Influenza vaccination is required as is seasonally available.


International students
The below placement requirements apply only to International students:

TAFE Queensland will work with you to arrange your clinical placement, however it is your responsibility to provide your own transport and be prepared to accommodate residential blocks at an approved regional facility, which may be outside of the Brisbane metro area, including regional Queensland.

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.

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.

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Replacement Qualification
This qualification has been replaced by HLT57921 - Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice as of 6 December 2021. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 5 December 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into a replacement qualification.

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.


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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Get started with TAFE Queensland

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
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland