This qualification covers workers who provide a range of varied activities in a sterilising service or department. It provides graduates with a nationally recognised qualification. Training combines both theoretical study and practical experience in the industry.
Commencement Dates and Intakes
February and July
There are no formal academic requirements; however basic written communication skills are required.
Compulsory attendance at an information night, completion of a written task and participation in a group interview. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a police check.
Direct to Health and Aged Care
HLTHIR301A Communicate and work effectively in the health industry – 20 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in a health setting with clients, staff, visitors, suppliers and others to meet established work requirements.
HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work – 20 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to comply with infection control policies and procedures. All procedures must be carried out in accordance with current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards for maintaining infection control and the policies and procedures of the organisation. This unit acknowledges the importance of complying with an effective infection control strategy that ensures the safety of the client (or end-user of health-related products/services), maintains personal protection and prevents the transmission of infections from person to person All tasks must be carried out in accordance with State or Territory legislative requirements that affect work practices of the organisation
HLTOHS200A Participate in OHS processes – 20 hours
This unit specifies the workplace performance required for an entry level employee to participate in OHS processes in the workplace, in order to ensure their own health and safety at work, as well as that of others in the workplace who may be affected by their actions.
BSBFLM303B Contribute to effective workplace relationships – 40 hours
This unit specifies the outcomes required to gather information and maintain effective working relationships and networks, with particular regard to communication and representation.
HLTSTE302B Inspect and pack items – 30 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required follow correct procedures for the preparation, inspection, assembly and labelling of items for sterilisation.
HLTSTE303B Sterilise loads – 30 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow correct procedures to choose and operate sterilisation equipment, interpret steriliser function and parameters in the provision of sterilised medical equipment, appropriately load items for sterilisation and release of sterilised items for distribution.
HLTSTE306B Manage sterile stock – 30 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required apply procedures for handling, storage and maintenance of sterile stock. The range of functions is prescribed around known standards, guidelines, policies and procedures.
HLTSTE307A Disinfect reusable medical devices – 30 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to correctly and safely apply and monitor disinfection processes, including thermal and chemical disinfection.
HLTSTE308A Care for surgical instruments – 30 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to care for surgical instruments following relevant standards, guidelines, policies and procedures and manufacturer’s instructions.
BSBCMN204A Work effectively with others – 15 hours
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to work in a group environment such as promoting team commitment and co-operation and supporting team members.
BSBCMN203A Communicate in the work place – 40 hours
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to communicate in the workplace. It covers the activities of gathering, conveying and receiving information together with completing routine written correspondence.
BSBCMN302A Organise personal work priorities – 40 hours
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to organise own work schedules, monitor and obtain feedback and work performance, and maintain required levels of competence.
HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes – 20 hours
This unit covers general OHS requirements according to legislation and codes of practice, including duties and responsibilities for all parties under the general duty of care.
HLTSTE301B Clean reusable medical equipment – 30 hours
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow the correct procedures for handling reusable medical equipment including collection of soiled items, identification, inspection, cleaning operation and the monitoring and maintenance of associated cleaning equipment.
Simulated workplace assessment, written assignments, classroom participation, on-the-job assessments and project workbook.
Guest speakers from industry specialised training in infection control, linen management.
Students who complete this course will have the gained the skills and knowledge to participate and work in a sterilisation unit in both private and public hospitals. With further education and career prospects students can further their knowledge to a department manager of a sterilisation department.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/RCC
There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
• Previous study; Knowledge; And/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the