Surgery technology assistant

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What are my activities in this job?
Surgery technology assistants are an integral part of the surgery team. They prepare the instruments and devices in the operating room before and after a procedure (e.g. resetting the instruments after the operation), are responsible for ensuring that work is done hygienically and antiseptically and provide physical and emotional care for the patient during their time in the operating room. During the surgery, they assist the doctor, handing them the surgical instruments (for example) and monitoring the patient's respiration and circulation. They are also responsible for follow-up work in the operating room and maintaining and sterilizing the equipment.
Where can I work?
Surgical technology assistants work primarily in hospitals, outpatient surgery centres and specialised medical practices that perform outpatient surgeries.
What requirements must I meet?
  • Secondary school certificate; first general education school leaving certificate and a completed two-year course of training/education; successful completion of ten years of schooling that extends the first general education school leaving certificate; other general schooling.
  • General medical fitness
How much will the training cost?
Subject to certain costs, such as school fees or admission/examination fees.


More information on training


Information on training & education programmes

Location of the training provider


Type of training/education

Dual training: Academic and practical


3 years


Surgery technology assistant


The training & education programme includes 1,600 educational hours as well as 3,000 practical hours in a hospital.

Student stipend/allowance

A salary is generally paid to trainees.

State recognition