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  • MSL40118

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
COURSE OUTCOME

MSL40118 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 10 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSL924003
Process and interpret data
MSL934004
Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
MSL934006
Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL944002
Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL953003
Receive and prepare samples for testing

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSL973019
Perform microscopic examination
MSL973020
Perform histological procedures
MSL954003
Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples
MSL973015
Prepare culture media
MSL973016
Perform aseptic techniques
MSL974021
Perform biological procedures
MSL974019
Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL974017
Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL975033
Perform tissue and cell culture techniques
MSL975035
Perform microbiological tests

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