x
  • MSL30118

Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

At a glance

At a glance

Kick start your career in science with this entry-level course that qualifies you to work as a laboratory assistant in food technology, pathology, schools or trades.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Testing Technical Assistant
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Field Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Get Started Today
Enquire nowApply now
Course overview

Course overview

Begin your career in science with this entry-level course. This course is perfect for people already employed in the industry and are looking to gain a qualification while working, or those looking to make a start. Your skills will be highly transferable across a diverse range of industries such as mining, food technology, and in the health sector.

This course will give you the practical skills and knowledge to plan and conduct laboratory and field work, perform simple scientific calculations, present information, and record and store data. You'll also develop effective interpersonal skills, learn how to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, and comply with environmental regulations. Our highly experienced staff are still strongly embedded in the industry and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a laboratory assistant in food technology, pathology, schools or trades. It will also give you the foundation knowledge you need to undertake further studies in the field.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSL913003
Communicate with other people
MSL913004
Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL922001
Record and present data
MSL933006
Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL943004
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
Existing workers
MSL914002
Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
MSL924003
Process and interpret data
MSL924004
Use laboratory application software
MSL933005
Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933008
Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL934006
Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL934007
Maintain and control stocks
MSL952001
Collect routine site samples
MSL953003
Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL954004
Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL973013
Perform basic tests
MSL973014
Prepare working solutions
MSL973015
Prepare culture media
MSL973016
Perform aseptic techniques
MSL973019
Perform microscopic examination
MSL973020
Perform histological procedures
Non-existing workers
MSL904002
Perform standard calibrations
MSL954004
Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL973013
Perform basic tests
MSL973014
Prepare working solutions
MSL973015
Prepare culture media
MSL973016
Perform aseptic techniques
MSL973019
Perform microscopic examination
TAFE at School
MSL933005
Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL973016
Perform aseptic techniques
MSL973019
Perform microscopic examination

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

Get Started Today
Enquire nowApply now
Ways to study

Ways to study

Get Started Today
Enquire nowApply now

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
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.

Money IconUpfront payment

This is the total amount you need to pay when you enrol. This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

Learn more

Money IconPayment plan

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

Learn more

Get Started Today
Enquire nowApply now
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.

Get Started Today
Enquire nowApply now
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.

Learn more

test

Get started with TAFE Queensland

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