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MSL40116

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Are you interested in a career in food testing, pathology, construction or environmental sciences? All of these industries are looking for entry level qualified lab technicians. The number of industry sectors that utilise laboratory services might surprise you!

Develop the practical skills and knowledge to collect and prepare samples, carry out experiments, take measurements, and record and present results for critical analysis. This course will enable you to gain an understanding of laboratory operations and how to work according to established procedures in a structured environment. As a graduate of the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques course, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of sectors, including construction materials, pathology, pharmaceutical, environmental, and food and wine testing.

Career outcomes

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Assistant

Laboratory Assistant

Instrument Technician

Instrument Technician

Science Technician

Source: Job Outlook

$1,162

Average weekly salary

20.3%

Employment growth

16,100

Currently employed

Course details

LocationPerth
Address25 Colray Ave, Osborne Park, WA 6017
DurationTraining centre: 21 weeks, 2 days per week
Workplace: 24 months
IntakesTraining centre: Monthly
Workplace: start anytime
DeliveryTraining centre or workplace, blended learning
Course FeeFee for individuals (training centre): $4,200
Workplace training delivery fees: see below
Pre-Training Review

As part of the enrolment process, LTT will conduct a pre-training review to capture your current competencies including language, literacy and numeracy.

This ensures that you are making an informed decision about the suitability and relevance of the course you are planning on undertaking.

This process also aids in identifying any support service that may be required.

Units of Competency

 Basic Testing and Maintenance

MSL973001

Perform basic tests

MSL973002

Prepare working solutions

MSL933004

Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

MSL943002

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

MSL915001

Provide information to customers

MSL913001

Communicate with other people

  

Laboratory Techniques and Sustainable Processes

MSL974003

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL904001

Perform standard calibrations

MSMENV272

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL913002

Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

MSL935002

Assist in the maintenance of reference materials

  

Laboratory Quality Management 

MSL974001

Prepare, standardise and use solutions

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

MSL934002

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

MSL924002

Use laboratory application software

MSL934003

Maintain and control stocks

Fees

Fee for service: $6,750
Fee if funded: $2,616 – $2,730
  
The tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note that these prices are for 2017 only.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will include questions to confirm underpinning knowledge as well as a combination of practical assessment tasks, observation of performance, case studies, scenarios and workplace projects.

Qualification Pathways

Students who complete the Certificate IV may undertake further study in the MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

Course details

LocationBrisbane
Address28 Russell St South Brisbane, QLD 4101
DurationTraining centre: 21 weeks, 2 days per week
Workplace: 24 months
IntakesTraining centre: Monthly
Workplace: start anytime
DeliveryTraining centre or workplace, blended learning
Course FeeTraining centre full fee: $4,200
Co-contribution fee for funded students: $500
Co-contribution fee for funded concession students: $400
Workplace training delivery fees: see below
Entry Requirements

As part of the enrolment process, LTT will conduct a pre-training review to capture your current competencies including language, literacy and numeracy.

This ensures that you are making an informed decision about the suitability and relevance of the course you are planning on undertaking.

This process also aids in identifying any support service that may be required.

Government Funding

The Higher Level Skills Program is available for both training centre and workplace students.

You may be eligible for subsidised training for the Certificate IV under the Higher Level Skills program which is funded by the Queensland Government.

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Program, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in school students)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen, or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • Must not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training)

Please view the fact sheet here for more information.

Workplace Training Fees

Fee for service $6,750 
Funded $1,264 – $1,920

LTT is funded by the Department of Education and Training to provide training and assessment services for Laboratory Operation Package (MSL) as Priority 1 funded level. These qualifications are delivered as a traineeship, at a reduced cost, under the department’s User Choice program.

The employer and trainee have the option of selecting LTT as their training organisation as a Pre-Qualified supplier of User choice, or choosing to pay the full fee amount for training. To access this program, you will need to be signed up in to a traineeship by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (ASAN).

Student contribution fees under the User Choice program in 2017 are set at $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency/module to be calculated at the commencement of the unit of competency/module.

Student contribution fees may be adjusted annually and all PQS will be informed by the department of any changes to the student contribution fees.

The tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees. Please note that these prices are for 2017 only

Units of Competency

 Basic Testing and Maintenance

MSL973001

Perform basic tests

MSL973002

Prepare working solutions

MSL933004

Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

MSL943002

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

MSL915001

Provide information to customers

MSL913001

Communicate with other people

 

 

Laboratory Techniques and Sustainable Processes

MSL974003

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL904001

Perform standard calibrations

MSMENV272

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL913002

Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

MSL935002

Assist in the maintenance of reference materials

 

 

Laboratory Quality Management 

MSL974001

Prepare, standardise and use solutions

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

MSL934002

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

MSL924002

Use laboratory application software

MSL934003

Maintain and control stocks

Assessment Methods

Assessment will include questions to confirm underpinning knowledge as well as a combination of practical assessment tasks, observation of performance, case studies, scenarios and workplace projects.

Qualification Pathways

Students who complete the Certificate IV may undertake further study in the MSL50119 Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

Course details

LocationMelbourne
Address371-373 George St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
DurationTraining centre: 21 weeks
Workplace: 24 months
IntakesTraining centre: monthly
Workplace: start anytime
DeliveryTraining centre or workplace, blended learning
Course FeeTraining centre full fee: $10,000
Subsidised fee (contact us for more information): $1,285
Workplace training delivery fees: see below
Entry Requirements

As part of the enrolment process, LTT will conduct a pre-training review to capture your current competencies including language, literacy and numeracy.

This ensures that you are making an informed decision about the suitability and relevance of the course you are planning on undertaking.

This process also aids in identifying any support service that may be required.

Units of Competency

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

MSAENV272

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL912001

Work within a laboratory/field workplace (induction)

MSL913001

Communicate with other people

MSL922001

Record and present data

MSL933001

Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

MSL943002

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

MSL952001

Collect routine site samples

MSL972001

Conduct routine site measurements

MSL913002

Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

MSL9330028

Contribute to the achivement of quality objectives

MSL933004

Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

MSL934003

Maintain and control stocks

MSL973002

Prepare working solutions

MSL974001

Prepare, standardise and use solutions

MSL974003

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL904001

Perform standard calibrations

MSL915002

Schedule laboratory work for a small team

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

MSL924002

Use laboratory application software

MSL934002

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

MSL944001

Maintain laboratory field workplace safety

MSL954002

Prepare mineral samples for analysis

 

Workplace fees

Fee for service: $5,000
Traineeship: $2,500
 
The tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note that these prices are for 2017 only.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will include questions to confirm underpinning knowledge as well as a combination of practical assessment tasks, observation of performance, case studies, scenarios and workplace projects.

Qualification Pathways

Students who complete the Certificate IV may undertake further study in the MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

Course Details

PLEASE NOTE: laboratory courses in Sydney are available in the workplace only.

Course details

LocationSydney
Duration12 - 24 months
IntakesStarts any time for your business
DeliveryWorkplace, face-to-face learning
Course FeeFull course fee: $4,200
Smart and Skilled funded fees: see below
Pre-Training Review

As part of the enrolment process, LTT will conduct a pre-training review to capture your current competencies including language, literacy and numeracy.

This ensures that you are making an informed decision about the suitability and relevance of the course you are planning on undertaking.

This process also aids in identifying any support service that may be required.

Government Funding

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart and Skilled. The fee that you will pay for a government subsidised course will depend upon your personal circumstances and eligibility.

Subsidised Smart and Skilled funded fees:

First qualification: $3,280
Second qualification: $3,820
Traineeship: $1,000
Concession: $240

To be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding, you must be:

  • 15 years old or over and no longer at school
  • Living or working in NSW
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
Assessment Methods

Assessment will include questions to confirm underpinning knowledge as well as a combination of practical assessment tasks, observation of performance, case studies, scenarios and workplace projects. 

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Laboratory Career Pathways

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Level 1

Laboratory Assistant
Sampler Preparer
MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Level 3

Quality Control Officer
Laboratory Supervisor
Instrument Technician
MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Level 4

Superintendent
Laboratory Manager
MSL60116 Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations
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