Study the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance to become a health services assistant, specialising as an operating theatre technician.
Career opportunities, include:
- Operating theatre technician
Pathways to further study:
- HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
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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.
For the February and July intakes, students will need to be on campus:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8am - 4.30pm some Saturdays,
For the October and April intakes, students will need to be on campus:
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 8am - 4.30pm and some Saturdays.
Operating Theatre Technician Skill Set units
HLTTHE001 Handle and care for operating theatre equipment
HLTTHE002 Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures
HLTTHE003 Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support.
||Work with diverse people
||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
||Maintain a high standard of service
||Communicate and work in health or community services
||Assist with movement
||Participate in workplace health and safety
||Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
||Recognise healthy body systems
||Organise personal work priorities and development
||Handle medical gases safely
||Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
| Code || Name |
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|CHCCCS010||Maintain a high standard of service|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCCCS002||Assist with movement|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety|
|HLTHSS003||Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting|
|BSBMED301||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development|
|HLTHSS007||Handle medical gases safely|
|CHCCCS020||Respond effectively to behaviours of concern|
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.
In order to register in this 12-unit implementation, you must also be enrolled in the three-unit skill set HSSHLT0006, comprising the Operating Theatre Technician electives in order to receive the qualification HlT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Operating Theatre Technician).
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training students will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment (BKSB test) and a pre-training interview.
These will assist with determining the prospective student suitability for the course and identify any learning support needs.
Prior to undertaking 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.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of 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
Upon successful completion of the 12 unit partial qualification and the three-unit operating theatre technician skill set, students will qualify for the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Operating theatre technician).
Connections with industry
Our Department of Allied Health Services and Science has strong partnerships with a number of health services in Victoria, providing quality clinical placement experiences for our students that are hands-on and meaningful.
Placements provide you with the opportunity to practice your newly gained skills in a range of settings.
All placements are well supported by fully qualified clinical staff to produce graduates who are work ready for a career as an health services assistant.
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.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
|JobTrainer eligible student||FREE|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
Tuition fees (GST exempt)
Full fee $6,500
Government subsidised $5,060*
*Please note that Free TAFE does not apply to the three Theatre Technician Skillset units delivered as part of this course. Students accessing Free TAFE will need to pay the full $3,900 (GST exempt) for those three skillsets.
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables 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 may apply to your 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
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