How to become a sterile services technician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
Courses which may give you an advantage when applying for trainee roles include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
- A level Biology or Chemistry
- T Level in Healthcare Science
You may need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- A levels or equivalent qualifications
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could start by taking a Healthcare Science Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship or a Healthcare Science Associate Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You might have an advantage when looking for jobs if you have volunteering experience in a healthcare setting.
You can apply directly for jobs if you've got some of the relevant skills and experience needed for this role.
There are no set requirements but you'll usually need good literacy and numeracy skills. Some employers may ask for GCSEs, or equivalent, in English and maths.