RMIT University

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques - MSL40118

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00122A

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 production 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.No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication.


  • Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques
  • Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Perform standard calibrations
  • Perform histological tests
  • Operate an automated mineral analysis system
  • Prepare mineral samples for analysis
  • Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • Perform food tests
  • Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring
  • Perform biological procedures
  • Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • Maintain and control stocks
  • Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • Apply routine spectrometric techniques
  • Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • Perform histological procedures
  • Apply routine chromatographic techniques
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Classify soils
  • Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples
  • 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
  • Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
  • Prepare, standardise and use solutions
  • Perform microbiological tests
  • 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
  • Process and interpret data
  • Use laboratory application software
  • Capture and manage scientific images

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne City International: $18,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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