Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

The course is named: HLTPAT005 – Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing. The course is designed to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to confirm collection requirements, prepare clients and equipment, collect specimens via urine and/or oral and breath testing, and lastly, instruction on the special procedures that apply for drugs of abuse testing. This course is ideal for individuals working in collection centres, hospitals, health care environments, and all other workplaces where drugs of abuse testing takes place.

Tailored Course

Each training course is tailored around the clients requirements. Please complete the contact form below if you are interested in a proposal for your organisation.

Prior to the training, the Customer and APAC will discuss:

  • How many personnel should be trained? We try to keep each class to a maximum of 15 candidates, so if  there are more people to train, our team will spend more days on site.
  • What collection paraphernalia is the organisation using? An important aspect of the course is providing in-depth instruction on best practice use of the particular products used by the the organisation. We aim to ensure each candidate has a thorough understanding of how to use different devices, so we will tailor make the product training to ensure it aligns with any nuances of the devices to be used at the organisation.
  • Which application should the APAC Trainer & Assessor focus on? If the Client mainly carries out oral fluid testing, we can focus on saliva testing, while still including urine and breath testing methodologies as a secondary focus.

The course takes a full day and is delivered by an APAC staff member.

Download Unit of Competency
Confirm collection requirements
  • Greet client courteously and identify yourself
  • Identify client following organisation and regulatory procedures
  • Confirm that client meets pre-testing criteria for required collection
  • Obtain, interpret and accurately record personal and clinical information in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
  • Explain collection procedure to client
  • Obtain consent for collection procedure from client
Prepare for collection procedure
  • Ensure collection environment is prepared according to requirements of standards
  • Confirm method of collection based on correct interpretation of clinical request
  • Select equipment and ask client to select collection kit according to organisation procedures if applicable to standard
  • Prepare client for procedure by removing excess clothing and other possessions, and store these securely if applicable to standard
  • Provide accurate advice to client about procedure
  • And maybe most important – start preparing the chain of custody documentation.
Collect specimen
  • This  training module is configured around the APAC screening devices that the client is using e.g.
  • Urine screening devices
  • Oral fluid screening devices
  • Specimen confirmation kits
Follow post collection procedures
  • Dispose of waste in accordance with infection control protocols and organisation policies and procedures
  • Accurately label specimens in accordance with standards requirements and organisation procedures
  • Confirm information accuracy and sample security with client
  • Complete other collection documentation in accordance with standards and organisation procedures
  • Prepare and secure collected samples for transit or storage according to standards and organisational requirements, ensuring chain of custody is maintained

The training includes a written and several practical tests. Upon completion, each student will receive a Statement of attainment issued by the RTO (Registered Training Organisation).

Download Example of a Statement of Attainment
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