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Pathology Collection, Transportation and Preparation for Testing

In Australia there are approximately 24,000 people who work in the pathology industry.  They collect, process and report on 500 million pathology tests every year.  These tests assist the medical profession in diagnosing and determining the most effective treatments for patients.

Pathology Collectors

Collectors are trained to collect blood and other specimens such as urine, swabs from wounds etc. which are then carefully labelled and sent to the laboratory for testing.

Collectors are usually the only pathology staff a patient will see; they are the face of the pathology industry.  Therefore, it is vital that they have empathy, great communication and customer service skills, in addition to well developed collection skills and knowledge.

In Australia most collection centres require staff to hold HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection, once this is achieved there are many employment opportunities available.


Couriers are the people you see driving cars with logos of the main pathology collection companies.  They collect samples from collection centres and deliver them to laboratories for testing.

Laboratory Assistants

Laboratory Assistants are trained to handle the different specimens correctly so accurate test results are achieved.  They cross check labels, carry out preliminary processing and sometimes divide specimens into smaller batches for various tests to be carried out.  Assistants direct the specimens to the appropriate areas of the laboratory for testing.  The qualification that is beneficial for this role is HLT37415 Certificate III in Pathology Assistance.


Both HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection and HLT37415 Certificate III in Pathology Assistance can be studied at Adept Training and there is Smart and Skilled funding available for both courses. (This training is subsidised by the NSW Government)

Courses are scheduled either one day a week for 16 weeks or 2 days a week for 8 weeks, the Pathology Assistance training is completed in a laboratory so you are experiencing a real work environment while training.

The exciting news is that if you study one of these qualifications, you only need to complete a few additional units of competency to also gain the second qualification, doubling your employability in this exciting industry.

Call today to discuss your study and funding options 1300 366 044.