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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

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.

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/Course)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

NSC or NC(v) is required. Entry requirements differ for each institution, but recommended school subjects include:

Duration of Study

Phlebotomy Technicians in South Africa typically study for 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. 

Employment Opportunities

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

Potential places of employment include:

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