Certificate III in Laboratory Skills - MSL30118

North Metropolitan TAFE

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00020G

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of laboratory operations across all industry sectors and is the entry level required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors.Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel.Laboratory technicians perform straightforward laboratory work. They follow set procedures and recipes, and apply well developed technical skills and basic scientific knowledge. They generally work inside a laboratory but may also perform technical tasks in the field or within production plants. They may also perform a range of laboratory maintenance and office tasks.The majority of their work involves a predictable flow of parallel or similar tasks within one scientific discipline. 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 techniquesoperate test equipment and instruments and make limited adjustments to their controlsprocess and record data and recognise trends and out of control conditionssolve predictable problems using clear information or known solutions. Where alternatives exist, they are limited and apparentwork under close and regular supervision, although they may have autonomy for specific tasks and responsibility for their own outputstake decisions within defined limits of responsibilitywork as part of a team.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 13 units: 6 core
  • 7 elective


  • Record and present data
  • Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
  • Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
  • Prepare culture media
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Perform standard calibrations
  • Operate an automated mineral analysis system
  • Prepare mineral samples for analysis
  • Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • Apply critical control point requirements
  • Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
  • Perform food tests
  • Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring
  • Perform biological procedures
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • Perform fire pouring techniques
  • Maintain and control stocks
  • Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • Collect routine site samples
  • Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • Conduct routine site measurements
  • Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • Perform basic tests
  • Perform histological procedures
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Classify soils
  • Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
  • Prepare working solutions
  • Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation
  • Prepare trial batches for evaluation
  • Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans
  • Perform aseptic techniques
  • Perform physical and mechanical tests
  • Monitor performance of structures
  • Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials
  • Communicate with other people
  • Assist with fieldwork
  • Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
  • Prepare, standardise and use solutions
  • Perform microscopic examination
  • Conduct geotechnical site investigations
  • Prepare tissue and cell cultures
  • Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
  • Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
  • Handle and transport samples or equipment
  • Process and interpret data
  • Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • Operate a robotic sample preparation system
  • Use laboratory application software
  • Capture and manage scientific images
  • Perform site investigation activities

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