Course Overview

Are you a sterilising technician wanting to move up the ladder to a leadership role? This diploma is ideal for you!

You'll have the key skills and knowledge to lead a team and manage the operational requirements of a sterilisation unit. You'll build on your research and critical thinking skills to develop and implement quality management processes that support safe, patient-centred healthcare in health service organisations.

We offer this course fully online and you can study either full-time or part-time to work in with other commitments.


Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Sterilising Technology (Level 5)
Locations Online
Next intake Jun 2024 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Study fully online

Part-time study available

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $6,570 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Leadership/Senior roles within a sterilisation unit.

Topics you'll cover

  • Quality Management Systems for Reprocessing Facilities
  • Continuous Improvement of Reprocessing Services
  • Validation for the Sterilisation Reprocessing Cycle
  • Monitoring for the Reprocessing Cycle
  • Leadership Skills for Sterilisation Management
  • Evidence Based Practice for the Sterile Sciences

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $6,570 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Domestic applicants under 20 and all international applicants must:

  • have NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori, or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3;
  • have completed the Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3) (Open Polytechnic), or New Zealand Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 4), or equivalent;
  • have access to the internet that will enable them to meet the directed learning hours; and 
  • be able to demonstrate access to sterilisation technology, either by employment, or the ability to complete work experience, in a relevant business with access to these facilities.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For Levels 5, 6 and 7 certificate or diploma, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

English language requirements

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Online Online 24 Jun 2024 Apply Now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Study fully online
  • Part-time study available

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