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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 Career

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 become qualified as a Phlebotomy Technician (learning path)

  1. NSC or NC(v)
  2. 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:

  • Physical and/or life sciences

Duration of study

2 + Years


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. 

Potential places of employment include:

  • Community clinics,
  • Government institutions,
  • Pathology laboratories
  • General practitioners.

Further Information



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