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HLT37015 Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

National ID: HLT37015 State ID: AWK3
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Are you ready for a spotless career that makes a real difference? 

When you complete the Certificate III in Sterilisation Services you will be ready for a career in a sterilisation service or department as an assistant, technician, or instrument technician.

This course covers a range of varied activities performed in a sterilising service or department.

Gain these skills:

  • comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • clean and disinfect reusable medical devices
  • inspect and pack reusable medical devices
  • sterilise loads
  • manage sterile stock
  • care for reusable medical devices

This course is delivered by online study after a 3 day compulsory orientation. Computers are available in SM TAFE libraries to assist those who don't have internet or a computer access.

Students in this course will need to complete a 3 week compulsory work placement arranged by SM TAFE.

This course requires vaccination prior to work placement. See the important information tab for instructions. 

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

Students must be at least 18 years old to commence this course.

Is this the right course for you?

Have you got what it takes to be successful in this career? Our Core Skills guide lists the skills and attributes necessary to study and work in this field.

See the Core Skills Required 

Core Skill Requirements (Inherent Requirements) 

To work in the industry area identified, the following skills needs to be considered; 

Observational skills – this includes the ability to: 

  • notice changes in people’s behavior, ability and the environment 
  • identify safety hazards and risks 
  • observe and understand non-verbal cues (e.g. facial expressions, body language) 

Communication skills – this includes the ability to: 

  • communicate effectively with a range of people (e.g. clients, co-workers) 
  • use appropriate language and respect when working with people from different cultures 
  • listen attentively to what is being said 
  • read and understand written information 
  • understand and follow written and verbal instructions 
  • understand and respond to verbal and non- verbal communication 
  • write comprehensive communication appropriate to the situation 
  • use technology to communicate (e.g. computer for reports, emails, documents) 
  • communicate and work with other people as a team 

Technical and / or Motor skills – this includes the ability to: 

  • deal with physical demands of manual tasks (e.g. bending, squatting, kneeling, crouching, repetitive movements, carrying, reaching) 
  • be on your feet for extended periods of time, both walking and standing 
  • grasp, push, turn and manipulate objects 
  • use equipment and other technology (e.g. computers, sterilisation machines, instruments and washing areas) 
  • have sufficient vision to safely perform the required range of skills 
  • hear and differentiate sounds that may alert you of a problem (e.g. alarms ) 
  • deal with body fluids (e.g. urine, faeces, blood) 

Cognitive / intellectual skills – this includes the ability to: 

  • gather, understand, organize, recall and communicate information 
  • use own judgment / basic problem solving skills (e.g. to respond to immediate safety risks) 
  • understand other people’s perspectives / opinions and respect their choices 
  • maintain a sufficient level of concentration to complete an activity / task 
  • perform tasks in a safe manner and within reasonable timeframes 

Behavioural and social skills – this includes the ability to: 

  • demonstrate patience and willingness to work with a variety of people 
  • able to work under pressure 
  • demonstrate professional behaviour (e.g. punctuality, maintaining confidentiality and respect personal boundaries) 
  • tolerate close proximity with individuals 
  • interact with all genders 
  • adapt to change 
  • take responsibility for own actions – including use of social media 
  • comply with legal requirements of industry (e.g. criminal history check)

Attendance on campus

You will be expected to attend a 3 day compulsory orientation (non contact week) on campus.

At-home study

This course runs for one semester and requires you to access and complete the written assessments online, submit health department clearances within the first four weeks of enrolment and attend a 3 week full time clinical placement, organised by South Metropolitan TAFE. You will also be expected to attend 15 (half) day simulation sessions. 

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

To study online and on campus, you should be prepared to commit to independent study and to attend our campuses. To help you understand what it takes to study online and on campus at SM TAFE, download our info pack below.

Online and on campus study info pack (337 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

Work placement

A 3-week full-time work placement in a sterilisation department within a hospital is required as part of your assessment for all the units in this qualification. A clinical placement will be arranged for you, once we have received the following:

  1. National Police Clearance
  2. Working with Children Check
  3. Medical Clearance with your full vaccinations/serology results

Optional attendance at simulation sessions are available for all sterilisation students. These will be offered throughout the semester, held after hours (most Monday evenings during the semester 4-8pm) in our simulation lab for those students who require further practical training. Any students who require additional assistance to complete written assessments for the second and third cluster of units are strongly encouraged to attend. Transport to placement and parking costs are at the students own expense.

What you need 

Students do not require a uniform as uniform scrubs are supplied on placement by the hospitals.

Mandatory vaccination requirements

This course includes work placement or live works in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy.  For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit our COVID-19 update page.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application.

All year round

Details
Duration 12 Months
When All year round
How Traineeship

Indicative fees and charges

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. . 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

2021 Apprenticeship/Traineeship fees list 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is available in the list in the document linked above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Fees for apprenticeships and traineeships are charged at a rate per nominal hour of study. This means that your fees will vary depending on the units you study as part of your training plan. Lower Fees, Local Skills indicative fees do not apply to existing worker trainees. 

Apprentices and trainees are liable to pay for their own fees but some industrial agreements (awards) dictate that employers are required to reimburse their apprentice upon receipt of satisfactory progress. An employer may also opt to pay on behalf of the apprentice or trainee. 

For more information visit our Apprenticeships and traineeships page. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

Semester 1

Details
Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1
Where Murdoch
How Online and On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,413.75 $748.50 $2,162.25
Concession $421.95 $748.50 $1,170.45

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

Semester 2

Details
Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2
Where Murdoch
How Online and On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,413.75 $748.50 $2,162.25
Concession $421.95 $748.50 $1,170.45

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

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