Take our phlebotomy training course

Phlebotomy training course Our Phlebotomy Department now offers a full training programme to give people the opportunity to become a professional phlebotomist.

Classes take place monthly and the course itself lasts for two days - one covering theory and a second on practical aspects.

  • In the theory session you will learn all the fundamentals and regulations around blood tests' procedures
  • On the same day, you will start your first practical lessons on dummy arms and begin looking at other basic practices
  • Please note: You must complete your practical session within 28 days after the theoretical class.

A practical session, with patients coming in for their blood tests will be the final step, in our outpatients' department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. This session will be scheduled directly with you when we close the general admissions.

On passing the course you will have a certificate of competency (practical) and a certificate of conclusion (theory). These are qualifications recognised by the CPD Certification Service that would allow you to apply for roles and start a new career as a Phlebotomist.

The course costs £600 and all the information you need on booking a place and payment can be found on our Eventbrite page .

Bookings will be taken at least two weeks in advance to allow time for DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and other admin.

If you have any questions please email: lg.phlebotomycourse@nhs.net.

Some FAQs about our phlebotomy course

How long it takes to complete the course and get my certificate?

The course will take 2 days of your time.

The first day will be a pre-booked date that students will come and have the theoretical class + practice with a dummy arm. 

On the second day you'll do some 1-to-1 practical sessions and bleed patients under supervision. After you have your booking confirmed, we’ll provide you a list of dates to choose from. This will give you a whole day to bleed 20 candidates successfully to get your certification.


Is there any guarantee that I’ll have a job in your department after finishing the course?

Passing this course will mean you are a trained professional phlebotomist. We can’t guarantee that you’ll get a job here or on with any other employer. If you apply for a job here in our Trust we’ll of course consider your application as we do with all the other candidates. Our available vacancies can be found in our website.


 Is this course accredited and recognised by any certification service?

We have our materials approved and certified by a CPD Certification Service. CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. CPD is a holistic approach towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout a professional’s career. The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996, and is the world's leading and largest independent CPD accreditation institution operating across all industry sectors.


Do I need to have any experience in a healthcare role to take this course?

This course was designed for anyone interested in becoming a phlebotomist. You don't need any previous experience in phlebotomy, nursing on anything related to healthcare.


Can I get work experience, or do voluntary work, in your department after I complete my training?

We have lots of different roles for volunteers but none of them are in clinical. Find out more.