Certificate III in Laboratory Skills - MSL30118


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

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

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Campbelltown College No
  • Full-time : 18 weeks
Granville College No
  • Full-time : 18 weeks
Newcastle Campus No
  • Full-time : 18 weeks
Ultimo College, Main Campus No
  • Full-time : 18 weeks
  • Part-time : 36 weeks
Wollongbar Campus No
  • Part-time : 36 weeks

Fee comments

Campuses: Campbelltown College.

This training is not subsidised by Government funding. There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this course.Payment of course fee must be made PRIOR to commencement of learning activity.

Campuses: Newcastle Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:- Additional course costs may be upwards of $100 and include necessary course materials including; laboratory coat, safety glasses, prescribed text books, work books, scientific calculator, USB flash drive and writing implements.

Campuses: Ultimo College, Main Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:your own laboratory coat (around $25),safety glasses/goggles (around $10), scientific calculator (around $20), personal masks (where social distancing is not possible), personal stationary and wear fully enclosed, low heeled shoes in the laboratory.

Campuses: Wollongbar Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:- Personal protective equipment (PPE) including a laboratory coat, safety glasses/goggles and wear fully enclosed, low heeled shoes in the laboratory. - Stationery including a scientific calculator.

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