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HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology

National ID: HLT57915 State ID: AWM7
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Be part of a vital health care team

This qualification will equip you to work alongside an anaesthetist undertaking the work tasks required of an anaesthetic technician. This includes preparing patients for anaesthesia and then monitoring them during and after surgery.

You are likely to be exposed to a wide range of surgeries with differing needs as well as to unexpected occurrences and allergic reactions requiring you to respond quickly. 

The Diploma course is a very practical, hands-on course, delivered in a face to face classroom format as well as in the simulated anaesthetic technology laboratory. The course is delivered over 18 months and includes a full time clinical placement in a hospital or clinic, organised by North Metropolitan TAFE.


This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills program, through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession.

^ You will pay half price for the tuition fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as Resource fees that are specific to your course. For full details see our Half price courses page.

This course may require you to undertake a placement or live works activity in a workplace associated with the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. This means that you may be required to be triple dose vaccinated before commencing your course and/or placement. Please follow instructions/advice provided to you during enrolment/orientation.

  • Set up theatre and associated equipment
  • Prepare and monitor patients 
  • Assist with airway management
  • Comply with infection control procedures
  • Be prepared for unexpected events and allergic reactions where you will need to think and respond and act quickly
  • Order and maintain essential supplies

I have the following attributes:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work closely with other members of the team
  • Ability to take direction
  • Show initiative
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to set aside between four and five days/week for attendance at classes, work placement and study
  • Ability to work in a high pressure environment and respond to emergency situations
  • Able to travel to various hospital sites as required for work placement
  • Available for shift work
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Prior to enrolment you will need to undertake a pre-entry assessment, to ensure you have an appropriate numeracy and literacy background.
A Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) Support Skill Set is available if you think you need help preparing for the BKSB literacy and numeracy assessment.

Anaesthetic technicians play a critical role in supporting the anaesthetist and the role requires a wide range of complex skills and extensive knowledge to perform safely and effectively in the workplace.

Additional Costs

Other costs in addition to course fees  and a uniform may include costs associated with clearances:

  • Police Clearance prior to commencement of work placement and employment
  • Working with Children’s Check (WWC) prior to commencement of work placement and employment
  • First Aid Certificate and CPR
  • Department of Health Screening Card
  • Medical Clearance

and including vaccinations - you will need to provide proof of immunisation against:

  • Chicken Pox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza (annual)
  • MRSA test
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • COVID-19
  • TB test results

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

Study options and next steps

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Semester 2, 2022

Mount Lawley - On Campus

Duration 18 Months
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Mount Lawley
How Combined (Online and On Campus)
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $340.00 $1,540.00
Concession $400.00 $340.00 $740.00

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822


*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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