Collect Specimens for Drugs of Abuse Testing

This course provides 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 or wanting to work in collection centres, hospitals, other health care environments and workplaces where drugs of abuse testing takes place

Course information:

  • there are no pre-requisites for this course

Award issued:

  • participants who are deemed competent upon completing all course requirements (theory and practical assessments, and supervised practice) will receive a Statement of Attainment in:
    • HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

Course requirements:

  • all participants must be able complete an 18 hours supervised practice within a fortnight time period as per the assessment conditions of the Unit of Competency (HLTPAT005)
  • all participants must have a moderate level of English to be able to complete the course

Course duration:

  • 8 hours face-to-face and 18 hours of supervised practice

Assessment requirements:

Participants will be provided with an assessment workbook, which contains the theory assessments and details of the practical assessments

  • the theory assessments consist of multiple-choice quizzes
  • the practical assessments consist of practical exercises, workplace-based scenarios and a supervised practice of 18 hours (to be completed within 14 days of the face-to-face training)
  • Topics included in the assessments:
    • Urine drug testing
    • Oral drug testing
    • Breath analysis
    • Integrity of samples
    • Documentation requirements
    • Duty of care, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, disclosure
    • Records management
    • Work Health and Safety
    • Chain of custody process
    • Storage and courier requirements
    • Chemistry
    • Interaction with non-compliant clients and problem-solving skills

Essential outcomes:

  • Confirm collection requirements
  • Prepare for collection procedure
  • Collect specimen
  • Follow post collection procedures

Cost: $550 per person

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