Sterilising qualifications

The Open Polytechnic offers the three nationally recognised qualifications for sterilising technology in New Zealand. These qualifications are the Achievement Award in Sterilising Practice Level 3, Certificate in Sterilising Technology Level 3 and the Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology Level 5.
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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 Services 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 Services 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

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.

To be admitted to the Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology (Level 5), applicants must have successfully completed the Level 3 qualification or a qualification with similar outcomes, be employed in a health service organisation providing sterile services and access to the internet is compulsory.

  • Provide evidence of having successfully completed the Open Polytechnic Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3) or a qualification with similar outcomes
  • Be employed in a health service organisation providing sterile services and be personally involved in reprocessing of reusable medical devices
  • Access to the internet is compulsory for all the courses in this qualification.

The Certificate is made up of three (3) compulsory courses and it is suggested they are completed in the order listed on the webpage. 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 the Open Polytechnic’s website.

The Level 3 programmes require the student to be a financial NZSSA member. For the Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology it is preferred that you are affiliated to a sterilising body. For information on membership and registration with the NZSSA please follow these links: