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Collect Specimens




One (1) Day

course overview

This course applies to those who may be required to collect specimens via urine, saliva and oral breath testing, following special procedures that apply for drugs of abuse testing. Participants will confirm collection requirements and prepare clients and equipment in accordance with standards and regulatory requirements.

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

learning outcomes

The course covers the following:
• Legal and ethical requirements
• Collection procedures, urine sample, breath sample and saliva sample to meet chain of custody requirements
• Documentation requirements
• Privacy, confidentiality, and disclosure
• Effects of drugs of abuse
• Equipment and PPE
• Infection control protocols
• Collection procedures, urine sample, breath sample and saliva sample
• Securing samples for transport in line with chain of custody requirements


Participants must:
• Provide photo I.D on entry
• Unless exempt, provide a verifiable USI number
• Be physically fit and healthy with capacity to perform manual tasks
• Be able to read, write, communicate orally, and understand and interpret complex information and situations
• Be able to interact with others and work under pressure
• Dress appropriately i.e., long sleeve, long pants or overalls, safety boots/closed in shoes, safety glasses

Please ensure you read our Student Handbook for further information on our policies, procedures, terms, and program conditions.

If you are unsure if you require learning support, SDS can provide access to a LLN assessment that identifies if any learning support is needed. Please ensure you inform the training team on registration, if you fail to inform the training team at registration, learning support may not be available on the day of training.

delivery method

This course is delivered over one (1) day and consists of classroom-based theory learning with practical based activities.




$500.00 (No GST applicable). Prices subject to change.


Assessment includes written and/or multiple-choice knowledge assessment and practical based skills assessments.


On successful completion of all assessment requirements participants will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for:
• HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

skills maintenance

To ensure your skills and knowledge are maintained it is critical you undertake regular skills maintenance training. Where there is no licence or legislated expiry the industry standard for skills maintenance is every two (2) years.

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