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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

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 FeeFee for workplace students: $4,200
Fee for workplace students eligible for government support: $240-$3,820 (see details below)
A non-refundable enrolment fee of $500 is included in the above fees
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

Estimate your fee You can visit the Course Finder to get an estimate of your course fee.

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. 

Course details

LocationBrisbane
Address28 Russell St South Brisbane, QLD 4101
DurationTraining centre: 21 weeks, 2 days per week
Workplace: 24 months
IntakesTraining centre: dates released throughout the year
Workplace: starts anytime for your business
DeliveryTraining centre or workplace
Course FeeFee for training centre students: $4,200
Fee for training centre students eligible for government support: $400-$500 (see details below)
Fee for workplace students in SEQ: $6,750
Fee for workplace students in regional QLD: $7,500
Fee for workplace students eligible for government support: $1,300-$1,600 (see details below)
A non-refundable enrolment fee of $400 is included in the above fees
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

Contribution fee for workplace HLS funded non-concession students: $1,500 Contribution fee for workplace HLS funded concession students: $1,300

Fee for service $6,750 in SEQ; $7,500 in Regional QLD, or User Choice funded student contribution fee (indicative): $1,600

Depending on student eligibility, LTT is funded by the Department of Education and Training to provide training and assessment services for the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques. This qualification is delivered as a traineeship 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. If you are not eligible for User Choice funding, you could choose to pay the full fee amount for training. To access this program, you will need to be signed up in a traineeship by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (AASN).

Student contribution fees under the User Choice program in 2017 are set at $1.60 per nominal hour (exemptions apply) for each unit of competency, calculated and charged at the commencement of each unit of competency.

Student contribution fees may be adjusted by the Department annually on the 1st January. Any changes to the student contribution fees will be updated on LTT’s website.

The Student contribution fee is 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 current 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: 24 weeks
Workplace: 24 months
IntakesTraining centre: dates released throughout the year
Workplace: starts anytime for your business
DeliveryTraining centre or workplace
Course FeeFee for training centre students: $10,000
Fee for training centre students eligible for government support: $600 (see details below)
Fee for workplace students: $5,000
Fee for workplace students eligible for government support (see details below): $500
A non-refundable enrolment fee of $500 is included in the above fees
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

 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

Government funding

This training is subsidised by the Victorian State Government under Skills First. The fee that you will pay for a government subsidised course will depend upon your personal circumstances and eligibility.

You are eligible for Skills First funding if you are:

  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen; or
  • A Permanent Resident of Australia; or
  • A Humanitarian Refugee or Asylum Seeker

and are any of the following:

  • Upskilling by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing completed qualification i.e. moving from a Certificate 2 to a Certificate 3; or
  • Under 20 years of age; and
  • You aren’t studying more than two courses at once

Visit the Skills First website for more details.

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

LocationPerth
Address25 Colray Ave, Osborne Park, WA 6017
DurationTraining centre: 21 weeks, 2 days per week
Workplace: 24 months
IntakesTraining centre: dates released throughout the year
Workplace: starts anytime for your business
DeliveryTraining centre or workplace
Course FeeFee for training centre students: $4,200
Fee for workplace students: $6,750
Fee for workplace students if eligible for government support: $2,616-$2,730 (see details below)
A non-refundable enrolment fee of $500 is included in the above fees
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

Workplace Training Fees

Fee for service: $6,750
Fee if funded: $2,616 – $2,730
  
Please note that these prices are for 2017 only. Government fees increase at the start of each year.

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.

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.

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