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HLT37015 Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

nrt-logoThis course is a nationally recognised qualification under the Australian Qualification Training Framework and is offered by the Cunningham Centre, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. (Registered provider number: 1627). The accrediting authority for this course is the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

The Main Game

According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, there are around 200,000 healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Australian acute healthcare facilities each year. This makes HAIs the most common complication affecting patients in hospital. As well as causing unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and their families, these adverse events prolong hospital stays and are costly to the health system. Watch this video to see how vital the role of the sterilisation worker is in a health care facility.

What is this course about?

This qualification contributes to the development of knowledge and skills required to comply with the Australia/New Zealand Standards (4187:2014 and 4815:2006). Team skills and workplace health and safety requirements are also covered. In order to gain the qualification, you will be required to complete 14 units of competency, including ten core and four elective units.

Our course has been built around 'The Main Game'. Our goal for 'The Main Game' is to encourage sterilisation workers to focus on each stage, in every phase of reprocessing, to ensure that the device legitimately meets the release criteria 100% of the time. 'The Main Game' starts with governance and infection control. It's about patient safety.

Our focus over the last six years has been Queensland Health Central Sterilising areas and Oral Health staff, however we are also happy to receive applications from private organisations. Our program is a blended delivery of high quality interactive online learning and formative assessment, practical workplace log book tasks and a final workplace assessment by a qualified Trainer and Assessor from Cunningham Centre conducted onsite using your facility workplace procedures. Feedback we have received in the past has shown this blend to be a great ongoing benefit to the organisation; and we regularly hear that our graduates are able to affect change in their workplace by instantly applying what they have learnt to their workplace procedures under the guidance of their supervisor and a qualified industry expert. Our students tell us that they love the video content that we’ve included in our new online education platform, and that it helps them to understand why they do what they do. People are more likely to follow a procedure if they fully understand why they are doing it, and what will happen if they don't.

Core units

  • HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTSTE001 Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices
  • HLTSTE002 Inspect and pack reusable medical devices
  • HLTSTE003 Sterilise loads
  • HLTSTE004 Manage sterile stock
  • HLTSTE005 Care for reusable medical devices
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Elective units

  • BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
  • BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
  • PSPGEN010 Contribute to workgroup activities

Who should enrol?

HLT37015 Certificate III in Sterilisation Services has been designed for employees working within a sterilisation environment (e.g. in a central sterilising department, oral health, theatre or similar) for a minimum of six months or if you can guarantee that you will be working in this environment while undertaking the course. This course is not suitable if you are not currently working in this environment.

Pre-requisites or admission requirements?

You should apply for this qualification if you meet the following criteria:

  • you are currently working in a central sterilising department (CSD) or an oral health facility, and
  • you are currently undertaking the full process for reprocessing reusable medical devices (RMD).

Course duration and delivery

The course is self-paced over a maximum of 40 weeks duration. Depending on your experience and workplace flexibility, it may take between 24 - 40 weeks to complete. The course is comprised of online learning and assessment, as well as log book and skills assessment activities in your workplace. You will be required to successfully complete the online components prior to undertaking the practical activities in your workplace. Workplace log book activities must be completed under observation from suitably qualified individuals in your workplace.

To successfully complete this program you will need to be able to set aside a minimum of three hours per week to complete online activities. In order to complete all practical activities for assessment, you will need to coordinate rotation through the different work stations in your Sterilising Service/Central Sterilising Department (SS/CSD) and arrange for a supervisor, or suitably qualified colleague from your workplace to observe you completing tasks in the log book. Your final workplace skills assessment will be observed by Cunningham Centre assessor. If you work from a mobile unit/small community centre, this may require you to work several shifts in a SS/CSD to ensure access to required equipment.


Prices as at 1 May 2022
Tier 1 Payment by Queensland Health work unit $3,170
Tier 2 Payment by self-funded Queensland Health employee $3,170
Tier 3 Payment by participant or private organisation (Queensland) $3,990

Please refer to our fees and payments page for more detail on our pricing model and payment options.

New scholarship opportunity for health professionals working in the primary health sector and providing services to Modified Monash Model (MMM)3 - 7.Read more under 'Are there any scholarships or funding I can apply for?'

Course commencement dates and application

Cohort Applications close Commencement
62 25 Jul 2022 5 Sep 2022
63 29 Aug 2022 - apply now 3 Oct 2022
64 19 Sep 2022 - apply now 7 Nov 2022
65 17 Oct 2022 - apply now 5 Dec 2022

Entry to this course is subject to a selection process. You will be required to complete an online application and upload the following documents to support your application (please ensure you have these available prior to commencing your application):

  • your resume
  • role description.
We recommend that you read the Cunningham Centre academic guidelines prior to enrolment to ensure that you are making a fully informed decision.

Further information

Sterilisation Services | Nursing Education and Training
t. 07 4699 8041

Last updated: 30 August 2017