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Collect Specimens for Drugs of Abuse Testing Skill Set

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Gain further skills to broaden your employment scope in the field of pathology collection

If you are currently employed as a pathology worker in a collection centre, hospital or other health care environment where drugs of abuse testing takes place, successful completion of this skill set will give you the unit of competency, HLTPAT005 Collect specimens of drug of abuse testing.
This unit is required to conduct National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited drug testing.

This skill set will only run with sufficient enrolments.

You'll learn how to

•    collect breath alcohol specimen for screening and testing of alcohol
•    collect oral fluid (saliva) specimen collection of the screening of drugs.
•    collect urine specimen for the screening of drugs
•    prepare and despatch oral and urine specimens to an authorised laboratory for further screening or analysis

to the standard required for drug testing according to Australian and NZ standards and industry code of practice.

I have the following attributes:

  • attention to detail
  • ability to work under pressure

You must be employed in a pathology collection setting for at least 18 hours per week and provide a letter of support from your employer to enrol in this skill set.

This one day workshop will take place on campus, face to face in the classroom and simulated laboratory. In addition, you'll need to complete 18 hours of supervised practice in your current workplace within a 3 week period to demonstrate competency in preparing and collecting specimens for drugs of abuse testing.

Overview of full day workshop
8:00am - 8:15am Welcome

9:15am - 10:15am

Introduction to Drugs of Abuse
Legal & ethical considerations
Infection control
Confirm collection procedures

10:15am - 10:30am Morning tea (not provided)
10:30am - 12:15pm Theory assessment
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch break (not provided)
1:15pm - 2:30pm Practical simulation
Prepare collection environment and client
Equipment used for urine, oral fluid or breath specimens
Post collection procedures
2:30pm - 2:45pm Afternoon tea (not provided)
2:45pm - 4:00pm Practical assessment
4:00pm - 4:30pm Reflection and Q&A


Study options and next steps

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Continuous enrolment, 2022

Joondalup (McLarty Avenue) - Combined (Online and On Campus)

Duration 3 Weeks
When Continuous enrolment, 2022
Where Joondalup (McLarty Avenue)
How On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $40.50 $25.00 $65.50
Concession $12.00 $25.00 $37.00

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

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