Collect Specimens for Drugs of Abuse Testing

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to confirm collection requirements, prepare client and equipment and collect specimens via urine and/or oral and breath testing following the special procedures that apply for drugs of abuse testing.

This course applies to individuals working in collection centres, in hospitals, in other health care environments and workplaces where drugs of abuse testing takes place.

Course Code


Course Duration

8 hours face-to-face

Award Issued

Successful participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

  • HLTPAT005 – Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

Recertification Requirements

There is no re-certification requirement with this course. However, undertaking an annual refresher program is recommended by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).


There are no prerequisites for this course although it is advised that those taking this course are working in a position where drug and alcohol testing is a requirement of their role.

Course Contents

  1. Confirm collection requirements:
    • Greet client courteously and identify self
    • Identify client following organisation and regulatory procedures
    • Confirm that client meets pre-testing criteria for required collection
    • Obtain, interpret and accurately record personal and clinical information in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
    • Explain collection procedure to client
    • Obtain consent for collection procedure from client
  2. Prepare for collection procedure:
    • Ensure collection environment is prepared according to requirements of standards
    • Confirm method of collection based on correct interpretation of clinical request
    • Select equipment and ask client to select collection kit according to organisation procedures if applicable to standard
    • Prepare client for procedure by removing excess clothing and other possessions, and store these securely if applicable to standard
    • Provide accurate advice to client about procedure
  3. Collect specimen:
    • Follow procedures for sample collection according to standard and organisational procedure
    • Adopt standard and additional infection control guidelines and precautions according to organisation documented procedure
    • Observe client during and after collection for potential tampering and respond according to organisation procedures
    • Assure sample integrity by testing and securing sample immediately following collection and for duration of time that sample is responsibility of the collector
  4. Follow post collection procedures:
    • Dispose of waste in accordance with infection control protocols and organisation policies and procedures
    • Accurately label specimens in accordance with standards requirements and organisation procedures
    • Confirm information accuracy and sample security with client
    • Complete other collection documentation in accordance with standards and organisation procedures
    • Prepare and secure collected samples for transit or storageaccording to standards and organisational requirements, ensuring chain of custody is maintained

Is a USI (Unique Student Identifier) Required?

Yes, a USI must be obtained in order to receive a Statement of Attainment as this is a nationally recognised unit of competency.


$550.00 per person.

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