Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3)

Qualification code OP3171

If you use sterilisation procedures within a health service organisation, the Certificate in Sterilising Technology is the qualification you need. Recognised by the New Zealand Sterile Services Association (NZSSA), you will learn practical skills for reprocessing reusable medical devices, from receipt and cleaning through to high level disinfection, sterilisation and storage.

  • Level 3  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $714 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • describe processes used to control infection
  • safely transport and handle contaminated surgical instruments and materials
  • clean and decontaminate instruments and equipment
  • pack and store sterilisation supplies
  • safely load, unload and use sterilisers according to best practice.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career as a sterilising technician in hospital or office-based sterilising environments. You may also be able to progress into senior technician roles or other related roles and occupations.

Study Pathway

Graduates who wish to continue their knowledge and skill development in reprocessing of reusable medical devices may enrol in the Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology (Level 5).

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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