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MSL40118 / MSL50118 | 0101065 / 098109K

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques / Diploma of Laboratory Technology

International students

Double your qualifications and career prospects with this dual award and get the skills you need to work as a laboratory technician in the clinical science, pathology pharmaceutical, or forensic science industries. 

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NEXT INTAKE International: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 18 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
International
$21,000

Course overview

Double your qualifications and career prospects with this dual qualification in laboratory techniques and technology. This high-level course will equip you with the cutting-edge science techniques you need to work in number of industries including clinical science, pathology pharmaceutical and forensic science.

You'll start by learning how to log samples, check sample documentation, prepare samples for testing, perform scientific calculations, and maintain laboratory equipment. You'll then discover how to interpret information using current scientific data analysis approaches, and record data in accordance with industry-standard protocols. 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 technical officer or laboratory technician in a range of industries including biotechnology, environmental science, mining, and food technology. 

What can I do?

  • Food Laboratory Technical Officer
  • Laboratory Technical Officer
  • Pathology Technical Officer
  • Biotechnology Technical Officer
  • Construction Materials Testing Technical Officer

Course outcome:

MSL40118 / MSL50118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques / Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Job-ready training

We put theory into practice, which is why we believe in on-the-job training. Our strong industry partnerships mean you'll graduate with confidence, knowing you have all the skills you need to get right to work.

Dual award

Take advantage of our dual award offerings and get two qualifications instead of one. In most cases you will only need to complete a few additional units to upgrade your qualification. Save time, enhance your job prospects, and add value to your skill set.

What you will study

The successful achievement of these qualifications requires you to complete all core and 13 elective units listed below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

  • 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

  • UNIT CODE
  • 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

  • UNIT CODE
  • 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.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

  • UNIT CODE
  • 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

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSL924004
    Use laboratory application software
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL924004
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to use and apply computer software for analysing and reporting in the laboratory, field and/or production plants.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Use laboratory application software

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSL925004
    Analyse data and report results
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL925004
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to perform scientific calculations, analyse trends and uncertainty in data and report results within the required timeframe.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    MSL924003
  • UNIT NAME
  • Analyse data and report results

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSL935007
    Monitor the quality of test results and data
    UNIT CODE :
    MSL935007
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to analyse a series of test results and data to detect potential or actual non-conformances, assess their significance and recommend preventative or corrective actions. The unit assumes personnel will have access to workplace quality assurance procedures based on Australian and/or international standards. This unit of competency does not cover the adaptation or development of test methods or procedures.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    MSL924003
  • UNIT NAME
  • Monitor the quality of test results and data

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 5 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $21,000

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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques / Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL40118 / MSL50118)

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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques / Diploma of Laboratory Technology

COURSE CODE: MSL40118 / MSL50118
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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 Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union 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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Entry requirements

MSL40118 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

MSL50118 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
You must have successfully completed a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (or equivalent), or can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline to any of the above qualifications to gain entry to this course.

Selection criteria
  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0), or ISLPR 2+ on all skill or other. For a list of all English Language tests 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.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

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.

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The advertised course cost and duration will be broken down as per the following:

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
  • Federation University
  • 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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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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