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Nationally Accredited
Drug & Alcohol Screening Officer
Training Course 

(HLTPAT304D Collect pathology specimens other than blood)



Learn how to conduct a breath alcohol test in a workplace environment using an Australian Standards approved breathalyser.
The module covers practical hands-on use of a breathalyser, how to effectively conduct and arrange a breath alcohol test, how to record test results for correct compliance and laboratory confirmation of %BAC results.
This course is available as a stand-alone module or as part of our Nationally Accredited Drug & Alcohol Screening Officer Course.


$149 as a standalone module




Replaced by


HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

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Does the course conform to the Australian
Standards requirements?


Onsite Diagnostics' Certified Drug & Alcohol Screening Officer training course (HLTPAT304D - Collect pathology specimens other than blood) has been developed to address legislative requirements for drug testing & alcohol testing in accordance with the following Australian Standards:


AS/NZS 4308-2008 Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine


AS 4760-2006 Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid


AS3547:1997 Breath Alcohol Testing Devices for Personal Use


In accordance with OH&S requirements all drug & alcohol testing officers are required to hold a Statement of Attainment in accordance with the Australian Quality Training Framework under the definition of 'Collector' in the relevant Australian Standards.


The unit 'HLTPAT304D - Collect pathology specimens other than blood' is a comprehensive pathology based training course provided in laymans terms, available via both distance/online learning or via classroom training.


What is the course content?


The learning program is designed to ensure correct procedures are followed when performing onsite drug tests & alcohol breath tests and preparing & packaging a drug or alcohol test specimen for laboratory testing, and specifically covers:


1       Introduction
2       Drug types and their effects
3       Review of Australian Standards
4       Drug testing methods
5       Arranging a drug test
6       Drug testing equipment types
          (urine drug test cups & saliva drug tests)
7       Confirmatory testing at the laboratory
8       Chain-of-custody requirements
9       Drug Test integrity
10     Conducting a urine drug test
11     Conducting and oral fluid drug test
12     Breathalyser basics
13     Conducting and recording a breath alcohol test

What Employment Pathways are available?


Employment pathways include working in drug and alcohol testing at mine sites, transport depots, large industrial sites, medical centres and other workplaces or environments where the need for drug and alcohol screening has been identified as a Workplace Health and Safety requirement.


Where is the training conducted?


In order to allow flexibility and convenience for work-places and their employees we offer this course via distance learning.

You will have access to a qualified drug & alcohol testing officer/assessor over the phone who will assist you with any questions you have during your training.


A comprehensive training pack will be sent to you which includes drug testing equipment, student workbook and access to our online training portal.


What are the course fees and duration?



Distance Learning - $759 per person

For training at your workplace the cost varies contact us for a quote.




Distance Learning - 7 hours private study

Classroom training - 1 day program of 6-7 hours + lunch


On completion of the course participants will be issued with a 'Statement of Attainment' allowing them to work as drug & alcohol screening officers in a workplace environment.



Call 1300 667 107 for further enrolment information.


A study kit with course materials will be sent to you upon enrolment.


Our drug and alcohol testing course is a premium level course in the drug and alcohol testing industry - beware of courses that are not prepared in line with the industry standard training unit HLTPAT304D as they are not necessarily up to date, not pathology based and may not provide you with the materials and information to gain a comprehensive understanding of drug & alcohol testing procedures.

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