Certificate IV In Laboratory Techniques

Laboratory

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Code
:
MSL40118
Department
:
Food & Fibre
Study Area(s)
:
JobTrainer, Laboratory Sciences
Campus
:
BROADMEADOWS
Course Length
:
Full-time(1 year)

Start Date(s): 11 July 2022
End Date(s): 29 May 2023
Days and Time: 2 evenings per week (Monday & Wednesday) 5:30pm - 7:30pm & every second Thursday on campus 10am - 4pm

Course Overview

Start Date: 11 July 2022
End Date: 29 May 2023

Monday and Wednesday 5.30pm-7.30pm (theory class online)
Thursday 10am-4pm every 2 weeks for on campus for practical classes.

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. Work is carried out according to established procedures often under the direction and supervision of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals.

You will achieve the skills and knowledge to perform aseptic techniques, microscopic examinations, microbiological tests, food tests, chemical tests, and biological procedures. You will also become familiar with processing and interpreting data, planning and conducting laboratory work, calibrating laboratory instruments and equipment, carrying out sampling, testing and other laboratory related tasks.

Monday & Wednesday 5.30pm-7.30pm (theory class online)
Thursday 10am-4pm every 2 weeks for on campus for practical classes

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Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

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Core

Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
MSL924003Process and interpret data (MSL924003)70
MSL934004Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment (MSL934004)60
MSL934006Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes (MSL934006)80
MSL944002Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety (MSL944002)50
MSL953003Receive and prepare samples for testing (MSL953003)30

Elective

Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
MSL913003Communicate with other people (MSL913003)40
MSL914002Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations (MSL914002)60
MSL973016Perform aseptic techniques (MSL973016)40
MSL973019Perform microscopic examination (MSL973019)40
MSL974017Prepare, standardise and use solutions (MSL974017)100
MSL974019Perform chemical tests and procedures (MSL974019)100
MSL974020Perform food tests (MSL974020)100
MSL974021Perform biological procedures (MSL974021)130
MSL975035Perform microbiological tests (MSL975035)140
MSMENV472Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (MSMENV472)40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course, assessments may include written, oral or practical assessments. These assessments are designed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required in order to achieve this qualification. Your teacher will provide you information on how you will be assessed for each unit.

There is the opportunity for re-assessment and appeal, which you can discuss with your teacher.

What will I study?

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 15 units of competency:
    • 5 core unit plus
    • 10 elective units.

During your study you will learn about the following:

  • Processing and interpreting data
  • Maintaining and calibrating instruments and equipment
  • Quality system and continuous improvement processes
  • Maintaining laboratory or field workplace safety
  • Receiving and preparing samples for testing.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2022 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2).

Table 1

Enrolment type
 
 
 
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
 
Concession
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#
 
Non-Apprentice
$4269.30
$853.86
$15800.40
Apprentice/Trainee
$3032.40
$606.48
$13260.10

Table 2

Average course
material fees*

$79.80

Average course
consumable fees*
$665.00

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply. 

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee and non-tuition fees (table 1) and any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2).

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1330 1330 $3.21 $0.64 $11.88

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2022. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form for a fee schedule.

There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no pre-requisites for this course. However you will be required to:

  • Attend an individual interview with teaching staff
  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as a:

  • Technical assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Technical officer
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Forensic science technician
  • Sample tester
  • Sample preparation assistant
  • Instrument operator
  • Similar personnel in a diverse range of industries such as agriculture, biotechnology, food & beverage, health, pharmaceutical company, education & training organisations, local councils, manufacturing, construction, environment, mining and forensic science.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain a wide range of technical skills required to carry out sampling and testing in laboratories. This may also include skills related to collecting samples and conducting basic tests.

You will achieve the skills and knowledge to perform aseptic techniques, microscopic examinations, microbiological tests, food tests, chemical tests, and biological procedures. You will also become familiar with processing and interpreting data, planning and conducting laboratory work, calibrating laboratory instruments and equipment, carrying out sampling, testing and other laboratory related tasks.

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

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118).

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

On completion of this course, you may chose to:

  • Work in industry or undertake further study in:
    • Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, click the yellow 'Apply Here' button above.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants for this course will complete an assessment to evaluate their language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills. This helps to ensure that you enrol in a course that is the right level of study for you.

You may also be required to have an interview with the teaching staff before completing your enrolment.