Looking to advance your career in healthcare? The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Operating Theatre Technician) is your perfect solution. This course provides you with the essential skills and knowledge to become a highly qualified operating theatre technician, ready to assist surgeons during operations.
Career opportunities, include:
- Operating theatre technician
Pathways to further study:
- Talk to us about further study pathways
Studying the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at Holmesglen
The course is delivered at the Moorabbin campus and provides comprehensive training in assisting health professionals in an operating theatre. This involves:
- preparing and maintaining an operating theatre and its equipment
- assisting surgical team during operations
- providing support to patients in the recovery room
- learning appropriate waste management procedures
- maintaining cleanliness of operating theatre
All our units are taught by practising health professionals who are current and have a wealth of experience in the hospital and health fields.
Your learning will be supported through a range of classes, online activities and tutorials. Practical sessions are conducted in our state-of-the-art allied health facility, with simulated hospital and community environments.
At the conclusion of study, students will be offered a compulsory two week industry placement arranged through the Holmesglen Clinical Placement Office. Placements aim to give students the opportunity to complete assessments in the workplace as well as provide industry-specific work experience. This experience is an opportunity to both solidify training undertaken at Holmesglen as well as improve students' chances of finding employment upon completion of the course.
February and July Intakes 2023
Monday and Tuesday 8am -3pm
October Intake 2023
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8am - 3pm
||Organise personal work priorities and development
||Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
||Participate in workplace health and safety
||Assist with movement
||Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
||Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
||Handle medical gases safely
||Work with diverse people
||Communicate and work in health or community services
||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
||Recognise healthy body systems
||Maintain a high standard of service
| Code || Name |
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development|
|HLTINF006||Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety|
|CHCCCS002||Assist with movement|
|HLTHSS003||Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting|
|CHCCCS020||Respond effectively to behaviours of concern|
|HLTHSS007||Handle medical gases safely|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|BSBMED301||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
|CHCCCS010||Maintain a high standard of service|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, students will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment (BKSB test).
Applicants will then be asked to attend a face-to-face interview or pre-training review where they will be asked a number of questions, including some contextualised questions regarding the course. The results of their literacy and numeracy assessments will be used in conjunction with the interview to determine the applicant's suitability for the course and to identify any learning support needs.
To successfully obtain the HlT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Operating Theatre Technician), you required to complete 12 core units from the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance. These core units are free if you are eligible for Free TAFE. However, in addition to the core units, you must also complete a 3-unit skill set, HSSHLT0006, which comprises the Operating Theatre Technician electives. These 3 elective units are not free, and you will need to pay a fee of $4,134.
Prior to undertaking mandatory clinical placement, students will need to provide their health and immunisation status, complete a National Police Records Check annually, and hold a valid Working with Children Check for employees. In order for this to occur, students must be aged at least 18 at course commencement.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
operating theatre technician
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession