Sterilising qualifications

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):

New Zealand Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3)

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.

New Zealand Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 4)

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.

New Zealand Diploma in Sterilising Technology (Level 5)

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.

Open Polytechnic

OP3400 Achievement Award in Sterilising Practice Level 3

This qualification is for people living and working in New Zealand using sterilisation procedures in smaller health care facilities such as tattooists, GP practices, beauty therapists. It provides training and assessment in reprocessing of reusable medical devices. The Achievement Award is recognised by the New Zealand Sterile Sciences Association (NZSSA).

The Achievement Award is made up of five (5) compulsory courses and they are to be completed in the order listed on the webpage. It is recommended that you enrol in all the courses and complete them in a single block of study.

If you wish to break up your study you need to contact the programme leader to discuss the best way to achieve this. If you do not pass a course you can re-enrol in that individual course.

The courses are open for admission all year. Each block starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment.

Information and fees about the programme is located on Open Polytechnic’s website.

OP3171 Certificate in Sterilising Technology Level 3

This qualification is for people living and working in New Zealand using sterilisation procedures in health care facilities. It provides training and assessment in reprocessing of reusable medical devices. The Certificate is recognised by the New Zealand Sterile Sciences Association (NZSSA).

The Certificate is made up of seven (7) compulsory courses and they are to be completed in the order listed on the webpage. It is recommended that you enrol in all the courses and complete them in a single block of study.

If you wish to break up your study you need to contact the programme leader to discuss the best way to achieve this. If you do not pass a course you can re-enrol in that individual course.

The courses are open for admission all year. Each block starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment.

Information and fees about the programme is located on Open Polytechnic’s website.

OP5171 Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology Level 5

Qualification update

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.

https://www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/adv-sterilising-tech-level-5

This qualification builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the Level 3 Certificate in Sterilising Technology. It is an advanced qualification for senior technicians who are involved in or responsible for the decontamination and sterilisation of reusable medical devices. The programme is designed to equip you with advanced sterilising knowledge and the skills to use quality management processes, leadership, training and verification of others providing sterile services.