Phlebotomy (venepuncture) course - six hours

£120 (no VAT) per person

This one day course will take place in a purpose built clinical skills area at Cardiff Medicentre. In a small group of 6-8 people, you will be instructed in how to take venous blood samples ensuring that you adhere to strict infection control principles.

Your tutor will be a nurse with over 20 years experience in venepuncture and cannulation.

After practicing the skill on a manikin and upon completion of the course, we will provide you with a Certificate of Attendance and a progression to competency booklet to take away with you.

We recommend that you are then provided with supervised practice by either a phlebotomist, competent nurse or doctor in your workplace. You can use this card to record these events and once you have returned this back to us, we will provide you with a Certificate of Competency.

This course is attended by a mixture of health professional, occupational health technicians, Occupational health nurses and research scientists. Members of the public who are exploring a career in phlebotomy may find it useful, however, we urge you to look at this website before signing up:

Please note:

1. You will NOT receive a certificate of COMPETENCE immediately after attending the course. You will receive a certificate of Attendance. You cannot claim that you are competent in phlebotomy after only one successful attempt on a real person.

We will provide you with a Certificate of Competence upon completion of a competency booklet following supervised practice from a competent person. We require you to provide us with the details of your practice supervisor for identification purposes. Ultimately, your competency will be deemed by your future employers and can vary between institutions.

2. We are unable to organise any voluntary work for you to gain further experience. You will be required to arrange this yourself.

Course Objectives

By the end of the session, candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the safe steps in a safe venepuncture
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the veins
  • Demonstrate appropriate infection control principles when performing phlebotomy / venepuncture
  • Use both the butterfly system and the vacutainer system to collect a blood sample
  • List the potential complications during and after taking blood.
  • Recognise safe practice for venepuncture
  • Take blood from a real person under supervision.

Course Outline

The session will begin with a theoretical component followed by demonstrations and then practice.
The participants will practice on simulation arms – never more than 2 participants per arm.
You will be given ample opportunity to practice on the manikins.

Supervised phlebotomy in the clinical setting on real people is required by most employer`s policies to achieve full proficiency at this skill.

Equipment and Guidelines

You will have the opportunity to use butterfly needles and vacutainer blood sampling systems.

It may be worthwhile checking which system is more commonly used at your facility so that we can concentrate on that.


This course is designed for any healthcare professional or research scientist who is required to tyake blood samples from people in a clinical or research environment. We also accept members of the public who are planning to pursue a career as a hospital phlebotomist. Maximum number of participants per course is 8.

The course is designed, written and taught by nursing and medical clinicians, all of whom have many years of experience teaching and performing practical venepuncture and cannulation.


The course will be held at Cardiff Medicentre at The Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy on:

Cardiff Medicentre
Heath Park
CF14 4UJ