The future of sterilising qualifications in New Zealand is here. Toi Ohomai have opened the qualifications for applications for 2019.
The qualifications are (click on the title to be taken to the Toi Ohomai page):
This qualification is for anyone wanting to know about safe reprocessing of reusable medical devices. This qualification is ideal for people working in small practice environments such as dental, tattoo studios, beauty therapy, General Practice, podiatry or someone who is not currently working in this field and considering a change of career.
This is the required qualification for technicians working in hospital settings and replaces the previous Level 3 Certificate in Sterilising Technology. People working in small practice environments may also complete this Certificate.
This qualification is for technicians in, or aspiring to, a leadership role in a reprocessing environment. If you have already completed the Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology see the information on what courses can be cross credited towards the Diploma.
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Qualification Update
OP3400 Achievement Award in Sterilising Practice Level 3 and
OP3171 Certificate in Sterilising Technology Level 3
These two qualifications are now closed for enrolments for new students.
If you were already enrolled in OP3400 Achievement Award in Sterilising Practice or OP3171 Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3) prior to, and including, the June 2019 block, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.
Please note you must be enrolled in your last course by November (Block 11), 2019 and successfully complete all courses in the programme by 31 May 2020 to be awarded the qualification. If you need help with a study plan to complete your certificate in this timeframe, please email Open Polytechnic.
A replacement level 3 programme is being developed. If you wish to register your interest in the new programme, please fill in the expression of interest form on the Open Polytechnic website, and we will contact you when the programme is open. Click here for the expression of interest link
OP5171 Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology Level 5
The Open Polytechnic is no longer taking new student enrolments for OP5171 Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology (Level 5). If you are currently enrolled, please visit Open Polytechnic’s website for further information.