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HLT47015 Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services

National ID: HLT47015 State ID: AWN1
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Step into a health care supervisory role

When you complete the Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services you will be better equipped in the management of a sterilisation department.

This course covers a range of varied activities performed in a sterilising service or department and is for managers and supervisors working in a sterilising department.

  • implement and monitor 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
  • monitor quality of cleaning, sterilisation and packaging processes

In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • ability to work well with others and good communication skills
  • good time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks
  • caring, respectful attitude towards others
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • ability to follow instructions and follow work health and safety procedures
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

Prospective students must be currently (and have been) working in a sterilising department for a minimum of two years. 

There is no arranged work placement for this qualification. Students complete written assessments and submit online using theory downloaded from our online study portal, Blackboard. A workplace competency manual will be required to be completed during the year-long course.

Due dates will be assigned for units contained within 4 clusters, with half of the unit assessments due in the first half of the course.

Attendance on campus

You will be expected to attend a 1 day compulsory orientation (non contact week) on campus. 

At-home study

This course runs for two semesters 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.

Work placement

Work placement is not a requirement of this course however, a clinical workbook must be completed in the students own time. Students in this course will complete their workplace competency manual at their usual sterilising workplace. Simulation sessions on campus are available Monday evenings, 4pm to 8pm for any student requiring assistance with assessments and practical-based competencies.

What you need 

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

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

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek support from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that employment is not guaranteed by us.

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

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Semester 2, 2023

Murdoch - Online and On Campus

Duration 1 Year
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Murdoch
How Online and On Campus

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