PART 1 - Online (E-learning) - complete this course in the comfort of your own home or at work.

PART 2 - Classroom - this course is available in selected locations throughout the UK and Ireland.

Please See Booking Page for current availability.


Please note:

You must complete Part 1 online before attending Part 2 classroom.

This course is divided into two parts:

PART 1 - ADVANCED PHLEBOTOMY & CANNULATION - online (eLearning) - home study



When booking this course you will receive a link to complete your eLearning modules (emailed to you within 1-2 working days) and your course location with joining instructions.


PART 1: Complete the online easy-to-follow Advanced Phlebotomy & Cannulation Course on your computer or tablet and in your own time. The course can be completed in stages - you have up to 8 weeks to complete the course in full. Once completed you will immediately be able to download your pass certificate. (Your new accredited certificate will be posted to you within 8 weeks.)

Part 1 must be completed before attending Part 2
The nationally recognised and accredited certificate (awarded by the Open College Network) can be added to your existing certificate credit value (cumulative credits), and these may also count towards other similar college or university courses.

This course is designed to supplement our Introduction to Phlebotomy Course and is a natural progression route for both trainee as well as practicing and experienced phlebotomists wishing to expand on their existing phlebotomy qualifications. The course is also open to anyone completing another (approved) provider's phlebotomy training course.


At the end of each e-learning section you have between 4 and 6 multiple choice questions to answer, with a passmark of 65%. You can re-sit each section up to 2 times.


PART 2: Once you have completed Part 1 you will attend your chosen classroom location (1 full day) where you will consolidate your theory and focus on developing your cannulation skills.

Although we will cover some theory in the classroom the majority of your day will be spent developing your cannulation skills.



Advanced Phlebotomy & Cannulation (eLearning) - Certificate (OCN Credit4Learning)

Advanced Cannulation techniques (classroom) - Certificate of Completion (Geopace Training)


This course is suitable for you if:

You currently work (or have recently worked) as a phlebotomist and wish to add an accredited validity to your competency.


You have completed the Introduction to Phlebotomy Course (GPT001, GPT002 or GPT003) or a similar course from an approved supplier.

Add to your CPD (continual professional development) or if requested by your employer as part of your CPD or Induction Programme.

(Completion of this course adds to your existing credit value and awards an Advanced Level Three Certificate)



  • Existing Geopace students (complements our Introduction to Phlebotomy Course)
  • Phlebotomists (both trainee and experienced)
  • HCAs and Carers
  • Nurses
  • Dental Assistants
  • ODP
  • Clinical Researchers (trials)
  • Overseas students and medical professionals

A hybrid modular course awarding an OCN Accredited Level Three Certificate

(3 credits) AND Certificate of Attendance (Advanced Cannulation Techniques)


Parts 1 (A & B) - online (eLearning) +

Part 2 - Cannulation in the Classroom (one day)



M01 - Introduction:

Learning outcomes, Assumptions and Overview.

M02 - Basic Phlebotomy - revision:

Recap of basic phlebotomy theory and practice - precursor to the advanced course.

M03 - Specialised Advanced Phlebotomy Equipment:

Equipment and practices in unusual situations.

Patients with special needs and requiring specific attention.

Equipment preparation for blood samples that are collected at

0 degrees, 37 degrees C and other non-standard conditions.

A look at advances in technology and how to use the latest devices.

M04 - Point of Care Testing:

What is POC Testing? Advantages, Disadvantages and Clinical

Outcomes. Comparison of POC with lab testing. 10 common POC tests.

Roles for phlebotomists performing POC Tests.

M05 - Neonates and Children:

Sample collection from new-born to pre-adult.

A detailed overview of legal principles of law including child consent and

child protection for phlebotomists. Neonatal and child blood collection equipment.

A comprehensive look at heel and finger-prick procedures.

M06 - Geriatric Patients:

The challenges of phlebotomy in older people. Understanding skin changes

and venepuncture implications. A profile of common

geriatric blood tests. Age related problems. Procedural precautions.

M07 - Special Procedures:

Special procedures relating to patient handling and sample

handling. Drug trials and research projects.

M08 - Special Tests and Sample Handling:

A look at sample collection at specific times of day and night,

samples that are protected from light, collected on ice and

collected at body temperature. Procedures for each group.

M09 - Associated (Advanced) Phlebotomy Tasks:

A detailed look at advanced roles within a clinical environment

including group leadership, data management, QA procedures

and training.

M10 - Alternative Environments:

A step-by-step look at non-clinical phlebotomy environments.



M11 - Peripheral IV Cannulation - Introduction:

Definitions - understanding terminology relating to PIVC.

IV Therapy and NMC guidelines.

M12 - Legal & Professional Responsibilities:

Legal Obligations and Accountability. Criminal, Civil and

Contractual law in Healthcare. Vicarious Liability and your

Duty of Care.

M13 - Anatomy & Physiology:

Sites appropriate to IV cannulation. Hand vs. arm.

Advantages and disadvantages of relevant veins.

An overview of Homeostasis and Fluid Balance.

M14 - Hygiene and Infection Prevention & Control (IPC):

Reducing healthcare-associated infections.  Keeping Safe.

Bloodborne Pathogens and Work Practice Controls.

Standard Precautions. Waste Disposal. Needle-stick injuries.

M15 - Indications and Advantages:

When to cannulate, infusion types and benefits over

alternative infusion routes. Continuous and intermittent infusion.

Prophylactic use before procedures and in unstable patients.


M16 - Equipment:

Cannula types, sizes and colour coding. How to select appropriate

size. Equipment overview for total procedure.

M17 - Vein choice for cannulation:

Correct vein selection. Which veins to avoid.

How to manage an unsuccessful cannulation.

M18 - Procedures:

Full procedure for cannulation including correct documentation.

M18: Guide to cannulation - revision

M18: Video - Recap with full procedure

M19 - Contraindications:

When inappropriate to cannulate including patients with specific health conditions.

M20 - Complications:

A detailed look at potential complications during and after

cannulation, including phlebitis, infections, petechiae and haematomas.

Clinical signs and corrective actions.




1 - Welcome, introductions and overview:

Objectives and learning outcomes

2 - Legal & Professional Responsibilities:

Overview and discussion.

3 - Anatomy - key points (appropriate to PIVC):

Arteries and veins. Selecting an appropriate site. Sites to avoid and

“first choice” sites.

4 - Cannulae - selection and types:

A detailed look at different types of cannulas, respective benefits and

attributes. Selecting an appropriate pVAD.

5 - Complications:

Complications of pVAD insertion including examples of infiltration,

haematoma, extravasation and transfixation.

6 - VIP Score:

Understanding and using the Visual Infusion Phlebitis score.

7 - Equipment - overview:

We take a look at all essential equipment required for PIVC.

8 - PRACTICAL SESSIONS: Multiple practical sessions throughout the day.

9 - Fluids:

The importance of understanding fluids. Includes detailed overview

of: maintenance fluids, Hartmann’s solution, Colloids (and risks), blood products.

10 - Infusion Rates:

Calculating infusion rates and drops per minute.



A home study pack (HSP) is provided to you and is an integral part of your total learning programme for this course.

Your HSP should be completed before starting the online course and is designed to provide you with a basic knowledge of several fundamental subject areas.

Completion of the total programme will enable you to reach your target “learning time” to achieve an award of 3 credits.


Parental Consent Form, Instalment Payment Options, Funding Information and Guide

and Terms & Conditions can be found on our GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION page.

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