Pay rates for sterilising technicians varies depending on experience and qualifications.
Sterilising technicians who are working and training usually start on minimum wage.
Qualified sterilising technicians usually earn $48,000 a year.
Mid-level sterilising technicians can earn between $49,000 and $56,000.
Senior sterilising technicians and those with extra skills or responsibilities usually earn $57,000.
Source : '2015 to 2017 Allied, Public Health and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA)', 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Sterilising technicians may do some or all of the following :
clean and disassemble surgical equipment and instruments
load, operate and empty washing and sterilising machines
reassemble and repackage equipment and instruments for different operations
ensure sterile instruments and equipment are clean and working properly, and are distributed to hospital surgical wards as ordered
answer customer requests for information about the sterile service
keep records of sterilised equipment.
Skills and knowledge
Sterilising technicians need to have knowledge of :
sterilising techniques, and surgical equipment and instruments
safe working practices including appropriate protective clothing.
Sterilising technicians :
usually work rostered shifts and may work weekdays, nights and / or weekends
work in the sterilising units of public and private hospitals and clinics.
To become a sterilising technician you need to :
gain a position as a trainee sterilising technician
register with the New Zealand Sterile Services Association
study for a Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3), from New Zealand Open Polytechnic. Most sterilising technicians study by correspondence while working and training on the job.
Trained sterilising technicians can do a Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology (Level 5) from the Open Polytechnic.
No specific secondary education is required to enter this job, but English, maths, health education and biology to at least NCEA Level 3 are useful.
Sterilising technicians need to be able to :
pay attention to detail
communicate effectively with different types of people
work as part of a team with other health professionals.
Useful experience for sterilising technicians includes work in health administration or health services.
Sterilising technicians need to have good hand-eye co-ordination.
The New Zealand Sterile Services Association recommends that sterilising technicians register with them.