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MSL40118 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Are you looking to extend your laboratory skills? Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques, and conduct tests and sampling applicable to a variety of industries by completing the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Mixed Mode

DURATION

There are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.

AVAILABILITY

Online

FULL COURSE COST

$6,239 (2020)

SUBSIDISED CO-CONTRIBUTION FEE

$1,802 (2020)

SUBSIDISED CONCESSION CO-CONTRIBUTION FEE

$476 (2020)

UNITS/CREDITS

15 units

JOB PROSPECTS

This qualification offers entry-level technical training across a range of employment outcomes including laboratory technician, instrument operator. Depending on unit selections, industry sector specialisations include environmental monitoring, food testing, mineral assaying.

This qualification reflects the role of workers who perform a range of laboratory techniques, including manual, semi-automated and fully automated, to collect and prepare samples in a laboratory. They conduct a wide range of basic, and limited range of specialist tests across a variety of industry sectors. Workers may be required to assist other personnel to solve technical problems and to adjust formulations and product mixes. They may also train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.

Workers have responsibility for their own outputs according to established procedures. Work is carried out according to established procedures often under the direction and supervision of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals. Work is normally subject to frequent progress and quality checks.

This course includes two one-week compulsory on-campus attendance (the CQU Mackay Ooralea Campus). Please see the More Details tab for further information.

Standard Course Structure

Duration:

18 months full-time

24 months part-time.

Core
MSL953003Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL934006Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL934004Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
MSL944002Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL924003Process and interpret data
Elective
MSL924004Use laboratory application software
MSS024020Recognise common geological landforms and samples
MSL904002Perform standard calibrations
MSL934007Maintain and control stocks
MSL954004Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL974017Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL973016Perform aseptic techniques
MSL974019Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL973019Perform microscopic examination
MSL973013Perform basic tests

Trainee Course Structure

Duration:

18 months full time

24 months part-time

Core
MSL924003Process and interpret data
MSL934004Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
MSL934006Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL944002Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL953003Receive and prepare samples for testing
Elective
MSL924004Use laboratory application software
MSS024020Recognise common geological landforms and samples
MSL973019Perform microscopic examination
MSL954004Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL974017Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL973016Perform aseptic techniques
MSL974019Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL904002Perform standard calibrations
MSL934007Maintain and control stocks
MSL973013Perform basic tests

Standard Course Structure

2020 FebruaryMackay
2020 JulyMackay
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.

Standard Course Structure

Practical Week
CampusMackay Ooralea
Room1/G.13 & G.14 and 3/G.03-2
Start Date07/05/2020
End Date15/05/2020
Start TimeTo Be Advised
End TimeTo Be Advised
CompulsoryYes
Additional Information

You are not required to be at the practical week for the whole time. You are ONLY required to be at the practical week for the date/s of the unit/s you already enrolled for your studying period.

The practical week is designed for you to complete the practical components of all the units in the course. 

Requirements for your attendance at the practical week:

You MUST enrol in the unitYou MUST complete and submit all theoretical assessments (assignment, workbook, exam) one (1) week before the practical dayYou MUST read your unit's learning guide, practical manual, practical book one day before your practical day

What do you need to bring with you?

Your PPE such as lab coat, safety glasses. You can purchase those items at CQU Bookshop onlineSteel cap shoes or cover toe shoes but not closed cover toe sandalsYour own PC/LaptopPrint out Practical Workplace Observation Check List under assessment section in Moodle for all your units. Complete the front page and signYour practical assignmentPermanent pen to write on glassware during your practical class

There are no entry requirements for MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques. It is strongly advised that students not currently working in industry complete MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills prior to enrolling into MSL40118.

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.

This qualification offers entry-level technical training across a range of employment outcomes including laboratory technician, instrument operator. Depending on unit selections, industry sector specialisations include environmental monitoring, food testing, mineral assaying.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee for service$6,239 (2020)
Subsidised full fee$1,802 (2020)
Subsidised concession fee$476 (2020)
Fee for service per unit$367 (2020)
Subsidised full fee per unit$106 (2020)
Subsidised concession fee per unit$28 (2020)

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.

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