The course applies to individuals who are involved in collecting specimens for drugs of abuse testing. It will provide individuals with 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 in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice. The skills and knowledge gained by completing this course would be beneficial for individuals working in collection centres, in hospitals, in other health care environments and workplaces where drugs of abuse testing take place.
Students will be required to complete additional supervision of work activities by a person currently working in a collection role for at least 18 hours in a fortnight time period.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
Participants must have the physical capacity to use the appropriate equipment and complete assessment tasks
Participants must be able to complete activities in a workplace under the supervision of a person currently in a collection role for at least 18 hours in a two (2) week time period
Pre-course study: Students may be required to undertake online pre-course work prior to attending the face to face session depending on the course delivery mode.
Online study: Students must have access to a computer, smartphone, tablet or other electronic device with access to the internet to complete the online/ pre-course studies.
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
Students will also be required to complete additional supervision of work activities and submit a third-party observation report.
- Collect a urine sample for drugs of abuse testing (non-compliant client)
- Collect an oral fluid sample for drugs of abuse testing (tampered sample - problem-solving)
- Collect a breath sample for drugs of abuse testing
- Chain of custody forms for a urine sample, oral fluid sample, and a breath analysis sample
Theory assessment - A written assessment consisting of short-answer and multiple-choice questions
Third-party Observation Reports – Complete supervised work activities. A third-party observation report must be completed by a person currently working in a collection role for at least 18 hours in a fortnight time period.