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  • MSL40116

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

At a glance

At a glance

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

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Technical Assistant (Mineral Assay)
  • Technical Assistant (Manufacturing Testing)
  • Technical Assistant (Environmental Testing)
  • Technical Assistant (Construction Material Testing)
  • Pathology Laboratory Technical Assistant
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MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

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Course overview

Course overview

Take the next step in your career with this workplace based intermediate-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.

Based in your own workplace, and with the support of a qualified workplace supervisor, you will further develop laboratory techniques relevant to your industry. The course content includes core units to develop the practical skills and knowledge to collect and prepare samples, carry out experiments, and present results for critical analysis.

With many industry specific electives to choose from, such as use of laboratory application software, performing biological procedures, or environmentally sustainable work practices, this course can be tailored to your learning needs. 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 in roles such as a laboratory technical assistant, technician, or instrument operator in a range of relevant fields including pathology, manufacturing, environmental testing, mining, and biotechnology.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 11 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSL913001
Communicate with other people
MSL913002
Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL924001
Process and interpret data
MSL934002
Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL943002
Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
MSMENV272
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSMENV472
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
HLTPAT317C
Operate effectively within a pathology testing environment
HLTPAT419C
Perform Pathology Tests
MSL904001
Perform standard calibrations
MSL914001
Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
MSL915001
Provide information to customers
MSL915002
Schedule laboratory work for a small team
MSL924002
Use laboratory application software
MSL933001
Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933001
Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933002
Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL933003
Apply critical control point requirements
MSL933004
Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL934001
Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans
MSL934003
Maintain and control stocks
MSL935001
Monitor the quality of test results and data
MSL935002
Assist in the maintenance of reference materials
MSL935004
Maintain instruments and equipment
MSL944001
Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL953001
Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL954001
Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL954002
Prepare mineral samples for analysis
MSL973001
Perform basic tests
MSL973002
Prepare working solutions
MSL973003
Prepare culture media
MSL973004
Perform aseptic techniques
MSL973007
Perform microscopic examination
MSL973008
Perform histological procedures
MSL973009
Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials
MSL973010
Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
MSL973012
Perform site investigation activities
MSL974001
Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL974002
Conduct geotechnical site investigations
MSL974003
Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL974004
Perform food tests
MSL974005
Perform physical tests
MSL974006
Perform biological procedures
MSL974007
Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
MSL974008
Capture and manage scientific images
MSL974009
Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring
MSL974011
Prepare tissue and cell cultures
MSL974012
Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

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.

Workplace/TAFE delivery: Applicants for this workplace based qualification are required to be currently employed in a laboratory or testing environment with support from a suitably qualified workplace supervisor. The scope of work based tasks available to the applicant must be sufficient to fulfil the practical requirements of this program.

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.

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.

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.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland