Certificate of Achievement

Achievement Award in Sterilising Practice

Qualification code OP3400

The Achievement Award in Sterilising Practice is an ideal programme to study if you use sterilisation procedures in office based health service organisations, such as podiatry clinics, general medical practices, dental clinics or tattoo parlours. You will gain skills in the reprocessing of reusable medical devices from decontamination through to sterilising and storage.


  • Level 3  
    Credits 21 
  • Workload

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

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $377 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 complete this achievement award you’ll know about:

  • the processes used to control infection
  • decontamination and care of instruments
  • packaging, handling and storage of sterile supplies
  • steam sterilisation
  • monitoring and testing of sterilisers.

Career opportunities

This achievement award will give you the knowledge to support sterilising practice in an office-based environment. You may also find employment in sterile service departments or be able to undertake further education and training in sterilising technology.

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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