What they do

Phlebotomists use hypodermic needles to draw samples of blood for medical diagnosis testing purposes and blood donations.

Phlebotomists collect and process blood samples in line with strict hygiene regulations to ensure cross-contamination does not occur. They must accurately label blood samples and deliver them within set time frames. Phlebotomists are also responsible for maintaining accurate records of the tests undertaken.

Working conditions

Phlebotomists work in hospitals, suburban collection centres, and blood donation centres throughout Western Australia. Some may also travel to the homes of housebound patients.

Phlebotomists usually work standard business hours, although some roles involve weekend or evening work.

Phlebotomists use personal protective equipment and may also require certain immunisations to prevent the transmission of disease.

Tools and technologies

When drawing blood, phlebotomists use a tourniquet, tubes, a tube holder, and hypodermic needles. They use antiseptic wipes to sterilise the area they are taking the blood from and apply tape and gauze following the procedure.

Phlebotomists wear gloves when working with clients and other items of personal protective equipment as needed.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a phlebotomist you usually need to gain a qualification in pathology collection or phlebotomy/ specimen collection.

Short courses in Perform Venous Blood Collections are offered by registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Additional short courses may also be required to collect samples other than blood. Browse courses through My Skills to find a registered provider near you.

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

You can also undertake a pathology collector (level 3) traineeship. The traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete.