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body or mind



Medical Field

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Own Boss & Team, Team


Good Communicator

Work With

Both People & Animals, People

Math & Science

Maths Literacy, Neither

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years, Shorter Study


Busy Environment, Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy is the science of drawing blood. The primary function of a phlebotomy technician is to obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or micro-techniques. The phlebotomy technician aids in the collection and transportation of other laboratory specimens, and may be involved with patient data entry. A phlebotomy technician also draws blood for transfusions, donations, and analysis.

How to be a Phlebotomy Technician in South Africa

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

Get the Required Qualifications

To become a Phlebotomy Technician in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate or NC(v))
  2. Learnership (Phlebotomy Technician learnership or Phlebotomy Technician course)

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Studying and training to become a Phlebotomy Technician in South Africa typically take more than 2 years.

Please note that upon completion of your studies, you will need to be assessed by the Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists of South Africa as well as register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work in this field. 

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Phlebotomy Technicians in South Africa often work in the following places:

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about Phlebotomy Technicians in South Africa, contact the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA)


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