MSL30122 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Duration1 - 2 Years
Next intakeJuly, 2024
Study modeMixed Mode
Total units13
Fee-Free TAFE course for eligible applicants in 2024

Overview

The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills aims to offer students a professional pathway towards a successful career in laboratory sciences. Helping students gain the knowledge and skills needed to work in laboratory spaces.

This qualification reflects the role of workers who perform a limited range of laboratory operations and is the entry-level qualification required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors. Job roles include laboratory technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel.

Laboratory technicians perform straightforward laboratory work involving a predictable flow of parallel or similar tasks, usually within one scientific discipline. They follow set procedures and recipes using well- developed technical skills and basic scientific knowledge. Technicians generally work inside a laboratory but may also perform technical tasks in the field or within production plants. They may also perform laboratory maintenance and office tasks.

Laboratory technicians:

  • perform straightforward technical tasks to prepare and test samples using relevant procedures, Australian Standards and readily available advice. These tasks generally require close attention to detail and to the accuracy and precision of measurements. They may require the use of manual or semi-automated techniques
  • operate test equipment and instruments and make limited adjustments to their controls
  • process and record data and recognise trends and out of control conditions
  • solve predictable problems using clear information or known solutions. Where alternatives exist, they are limited and apparent
  • work under close and regular supervision, although they may have autonomy for specific tasks and responsibility for their own outputs
  • take decisions within defined limits of responsibility
  • work as part of a team.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.



This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

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Career Opportunities

This qualification reflects the role of workers who perform a limited range of laboratory operations and is the entry-level qualification required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors. Job roles include laboratory technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel.

Structure & Availability

Standard Course

Duration:

1 - 2 Years


Cluster 1

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL913004Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL943004Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL952003Collect routine site samples

Cluster 2

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL973025Perform basic tests
MSL933008Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL904003Perform standard calibrations

Cluster 3

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL973028Perform microscopic examination
MSL973027Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
MSL934010Maintain and control stocks

Cluster 4

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBCMM211Apply communication skills
MSL933009Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL922002Record and present data

Cluster 5

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL974032Perform chemical tests and procedures

Sugar Industry Course

Duration:

1 - 2 Years


Cluster 1

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL913004Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL943004Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL952003Collect routine site samples

Cluster 2

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL973025Perform basic tests
MSL912002Work within a laboratory or field workplace
MSL933008Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

Cluster 3

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL953005Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL952004Handle and transport samples or equipment
MSL973026Prepare working solutions

Cluster 4

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBCMM211Apply communication skills
MSL933009Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL922002Record and present data

Cluster 5

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSL974032Perform chemical tests and procedures

Standard Course

IntakeLocations
February, 2024Mixed Mode
July, 2024Mixed Mode

Sugar Industry Course

IntakeLocations
February, 2024Mixed Mode
July, 2024Mixed Mode
Standard Course
Mackay - Cohort 2 2023 Continuing Students only
LocationMackay Ooralea
RoomBuilding 3/G.03-1
Start Date09/04/2024
End Date17/04/2024
Start Time9:00 AM
End Time5:00 PM
CompulsoryYes

Please check with your teacher prior to booking your travel and accommodation.  Depending on your previous completions, some students may not be required to attend for the full duration. 

Mackay - Cohort 1 February 2024 commencements only
LocationMackay Ooralea
RoomBuilding 3/G.03-1
Start Date29/10/2024
End Date06/11/2024
Start Time9:00 AM
End Time5:00 PM
CompulsoryYes

Please check with your teacher prior to booking your travel and accommodation.  Depending on your previous completions, some students may not be required to attend for the full duration. 

Requirements

There are no entry requirements for MSL30122 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.

Students are required to have completed the literacy and numeracy assessment pre-enrolment in the form of the Basic Key Skills Builder online literacy and numeracy assessment or to have completed an equal or higher level course.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$5,278
Fee for service per unit$406
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$5
Fee-Free TAFE$0
Co-Contribution Fee$1,092
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$572
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$84
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$44
RPL Fee for service per Unit$203

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

At CQUniversity, we believe that studying should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer scholarships, bursaries and stipends.

Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more.

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

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Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. You will need to provide confirmation of identity with the following documentation: 

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

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