Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Code
Food and Fibre
Study Area(s)
Laboratory Sciences
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)
Part-time day(2 years)

Start Date(s): February 2020
End Date(s): September 2020
Days and Time: 3 days per week. Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday
9am to 4pm

Course Overview

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

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
MSL924003Process and interpret data70
MSL934004Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment60
MSL934006Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes80
MSL944002Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety50
MSL953003Receive and prepare samples for testing30


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
MSL913003Communicate with other people40
MSL914002Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations60
MSL973016Perform aseptic techniques40
MSL973019Perform microscopic examination40
MSL974017Prepare, standardise and use solutions100
MSL974019Perform chemical tests and procedures100
MSL974020Perform food tests100
MSL974021Perform biological procedures130
MSL975035Perform microbiological tests140
MSMENV472Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

What will I study?

You will be required to study 5 core units and 10 elective units this will include:

  • Communicate with other people
  • Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • Process and interpret data
  • Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
  • Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety 
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 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) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# 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 such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1050 1050 $2.95 $0.59 $11.59

^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 2020. 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 email enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

You must have Year 11 standard literacy and numeracy skills or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an information session.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as technical assistant, laboratory technician, technical officer, laboratory analyst, forensic science technician, sample tester, sample preparation assistant, instrument operator and 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 a wide range of sampling and testing that is carried out in laboratories, this may also include skills on how to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

You may want to go on to complete studies in a diploma level program, such as the Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

How do I apply?

To apply click on the yellow Apply Here Button. You can also call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course may also have a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will be interviewed by our teachers to assess their suitability for the course.