Qualification details

HLT51907 - Diploma of Mortuary Theatre Practice (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 25/Mar/2011

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to HLT51912 - Diploma of Mortuary Theatre PracticeUpdated in V5. Updated core WHS units. Clarification in wording of entry requirements 06/May/2012

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Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBRES401A - Analyse and present research informationAnalyse and present research information N/A
BSBWOR402A - Promote team effectivenessPromote team effectiveness N/A
BSBWOR502B - Ensure team effectivenessEnsure team effectiveness N/A
CHCCS427A - Facilitate adult learning and developmentFacilitate adult learning and development N/A
CHCORG619C - Manage quality of organisation's service delivery outcomesManage quality of organisation's service delivery outcomes N/A
HLTHIR403C - Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workersWork effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers N/A
HLTHIR404D - Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peopleWork effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people N/A
HLTHIR501B - Maintain an effective health work environmentMaintain an effective health work environment N/A
HLTIN301C - Comply with infection control policies and proceduresComply with infection control policies and procedures N/A
HLTIN504C - Manage the control of infectionManage the control of infection N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 311299 Medical Technicians Nec 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3111-79 Medical Technical Officers Nec 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0699 Other Health 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Health Technical Support 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Senior Mortuary Technician 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311299 Medical Technicians Nec 03/Sep/2007 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3111-79 Medical Technical Officers Nec 03/Sep/2007 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0699 Other Health 03/Sep/2007 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not Applicable


This qualification covers workers who have role in the maintenance of, or who undertake a supervisory or senior role in a hospital or forensic mortuary or are involved with a tissue banking service

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Senior mortuary technician
  • Senior mortuary assistant

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements 

To gain entry into this qualification, candidates must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency from the Certificate IV in Mortuary Practice:

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status 

HLTHIR402C Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry 

HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements 

HLTMT407C Assist with special autopsy techniques  (Note pre-requ: HLTMT304C)

HLTMT408C Assist with forensic autopsy techniques  (Note pre-requ: HLTMT304C)

HLTMT409C Assist in the development of procedures for mortuary services  (Note pre-requ: HLTMT303C)

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes 

MSL934002A Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes 

Employability Skills Summary

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries

Packaging Rules


10 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

  • 6 core units
  • 4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

  • Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
  • Other relevant electives listed below
  • Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages
  • Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing

Core units 

BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information 

BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness 

CHCORG619C Manage quality of organisation's service delivery outcomes 

HLTIN504C Manage the control of infection  (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

HLTMT515B Manage compliance with mortuary standards and regulations 

HLTOHS456B Identify , assess and control OHS risk in own work 

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice 

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives  - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice 

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co -workers 

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people 

Other relevant electives 

Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. The following sample of relevant electives may facilitate selection. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness 

CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development 

HLTHIR501B Maintain an effective health work environment 

HLTMT412B Receive , store and track evidence 

HLTMT514B Procure and store tissues 

MSL975003A Perform histological tests  * * MSL974006A Perform biological procedures , MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination and MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques  are pre-requisites for this elective unit

TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction 

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