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MSL40118 | 0101065

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Take the next step in your career with this mid-level course designed to enhance laboratory skills and broaden scientific knowledge in your chosen technical field.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Starts anytime Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$5,760
Subsidised
$6,810
Full Fee
$11,715
International
$14,000
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Course overview

Take the next step in your career with this mid-level course designed to enhance laboratory skills and broaden scientific knowledge in your chosen technical field. This qualification is perfect for people looking to enhance their laboratory skills and increase their employment opportunities in industries experiencing steady growth.

This course will teach you how to work effectively, meet quality standards, and perform a range of tests for use across a variety of industry sectors. Learn how to log samples, check sample documentation, prepare samples for testing, perform scientific calculations, interpret results, and maintain laboratory equipment. Specialist subjects include chemistry, biology, histology, microbiology and tissue culture. Our highly-experienced staff are available every step of the way to provide the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a technician or technical assistant in a range of fields including biotechnology, environmental science and food technology.

What can I do?

  • Biological Technical Assistant
  • Food Testing Technical Assistant
  • Environmental Technician
  • Laboratory Technician

Course outcome:

MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Industry-experienced teachers

Our teaching staff are at the top of their game and are still heavily involved in the industry. This means you're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where the sector is headed.

Job-ready training

We put theory into practice, which is why you will spend more time training in our laboratories than in a classroom. Our strong industry partnerships mean you'll graduate with confidence, knowing you have employee sought after skills and be industry ready to hit the ground running.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 10 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSL924003
    Process and interpret data
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL924003
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to retrieve data, evaluate formulae and perform scientific calculations, present and interpret information in tables and graphs and keep accurate records. The unit requires personnel to solve problems of limited complexity where the information may be less obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Process and interpret data

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  • MSL934004
    Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL934004
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to check the serviceability and calibration of laboratory/field instruments and equipment and perform routine maintenance, such as cleaning and replacement of consumables and minor components. Personnel are also required to perform basic troubleshooting and repairs consistent with warranty and service agreements.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment

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  • MSL934006
    Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL934006
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to exercise good laboratory practice (GLP) and effective participation in quality improvement teams. Personnel are required to ensure the quality and integrity of their own work, detect non-conformances and work with others to suggest improvements in productivity and quality.
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  • Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

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  • MSL944002
    Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL944002
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to monitor and maintain work health and safety (WHS) within a work area where the person has supervisory responsibility for others.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSL953003
    Receive and prepare samples for testing
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL953003
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to log samples, check sample documentation, and schedule and prepare samples for testing in accordance with workplace procedures. This unit does not include testing, tissue processing or similar techniques.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Receive and prepare samples for testing

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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118)

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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

COURSE CODE: MSL40118
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Convera Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Convera and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
Full-time delivery: Applicants for full-time delivery can study without being employed. If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

Due to the high-level content of this qualification competency in Mathematics and Science are highly desirable but not a requirement.


International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.
  • Due to the high-level content of this qualification competency in Mathematics and Science are highly desirable but not a requirement.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Transition statement

Replacement qualification
This qualification has been replaced by MSL40122 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, as of 19 December 2022. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 18 December 2023.  If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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