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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 deposit 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 and practical assessment tasks.  Workplace training will also include observation of performance, case studies, scenarios and workplace projects.

Course details

LocationBrisbane
AddressIndividual study
Brisbane training centre: 28 Russell Street, South Brisbane 4101

Workplace training for employees
Delivered on-site
DurationIndividual study
21 weeks, 2 days per week

Workplace training for employees
Approximately 24 months
IntakesIndividual study
Dates released throughout the year, use the course calendar to see upcoming dates in your area

Workplace training for employees
Starts anytime for your business
COURSE FEES AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT (INDIVIDUAL STUDY)

Co-contribution fee for students eligible for government support (payable upfront and non-refundable):

  • $400 (concession)
  • $500 (non-concession)

This qualification is funded by the Queensland Government for students who meet the eligibility criteria under the Higher Level Skills program. Refer to the Higher Level Skills student fact sheet for more information.

To be eligible for the concession rate, the student must:

  • Be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • Have a disability, or
  • Be an adult prisoner, or
  • Hold a health care or pensioner concession card or be the partner or dependent of a health care or pensioner concession card holder; be named on the card; and issue LTT with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming concession entitlements

Fee for students ineligible for government support (including a $400 non-refundable enrolment deposit – payable upfront and deducted from total fee, fortnightly direct debit payment plans are available to spread the remainder of payments over the duration of the course):

  • $4,200
COURSE FEES AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT (WORKPLACE TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES)

Co-contribution fee for students eligible for government support:

This qualification is funded by the Queensland Government for students who meet the eligibility criteria under the Higher Level Skills program or the User Choice program (for traineeship delivery). Year 12 graduates can access fee-free training – refer to the student fact sheet for more information.

Higher Level Skills:

  • $1,300 (concession)
  • $1,500 (non-concession)

Refer to the Higher Level Skills student fact sheet for more information.

User Choice:

  • $448 to $768 (concession)
  • $1,120 to $1,920 (non-concession)

Fees are calculated based on 700 to 1,200 course nominal hours at a concession rate of $0.64 per nominal hour and non-concession rate of $1.60 per nominal hour. Refer to the User Choice program page for more information.

To be eligible for the concession rate, the student must:

  • Be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • Be under the age of 17 at the end of February in the year of training commencement and not have completed year 12, or
  • Hold a health care or pensioner concession card or be the partner or dependent of a health care or pensioner concession card holder; be named on the card; and issue LTT with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming concession entitlements

Fee exemptions apply where:

  • Credit transfer is awarded for a unit
  • The student is a school-based trainee
  • The student is undertaking a qualification as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work – Work Skills Traineeship program

Fee for students ineligible for government support:

  • $6,750 (SEQ)
  • $7,500 (regional QLD)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND ENROLMENT

To undertake workplace training, students must be employed in a relevant industry and have the support of their supervisor.

As part of the enrolment process, comprehensive pre-training reviews are conducted to capture current competencies including language, literacy and numeracy. This process also aids in identifying individual learning styles and any support services that may be required so that training delivery can be tailored accordingly.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Training delivery includes workplace mentoring by our trainer, skills development during workplace duties, and directional guidance for self-study.

Assessments include practical tasks and questions to test underpinning knowledge. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available for eligible students.

UNITS OF COMPETENCY
  • 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
  • MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions
  • 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
  • MSL924001 Process and interpret data
  • MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
  • MSL924002 Use laboratory application software
  • MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
  • MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures
QUALIFICATION PATHWAY

Students who complete this course may undertake further study in the MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

Course details

LocationMelbourne
Address371-373 George St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
DurationTraining centre: 21 weeks, 2 days a week
Workplace: 24 months
IntakesTraining centre: dates released throughout the year
Workplace: starts anytime for your business
DeliveryTraining centre or workplace
COURSE FEES AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT (INDIVIDUAL STUDY)

Co-contribution fee for students eligible for government support (payable upfront and non-refundable):

  • $120 (concession)
  • $600 (non-concession)

This qualification is subsidised by the Victorian State Government for students who meet the eligibility criteria under the Skills First program. Refer to the Skills First website for eligibility criteria.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

For students eligible for government support, this qualification is delivered in Victoria by LabTech Training Victoria (RTO 22545).

Fee for students ineligible for government support (including a $500 non-refundable enrolment deposit – payable upfront and deducted from total fee, fortnightly direct debit payment plans are available to spread the remainder of payments over the duration of the course):

  • $10,000
COURSE FEES AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT (WORKPLACE TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES)

Co-contribution fee for students eligible for government support:

  • $100 (concession)
  • $500 (non-concession)

This qualification is subsidised by the Victorian State Government for students who meet the eligibility criteria under the Skills First program. Refer to the Skills First website for eligibility criteria.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

For students eligible for government support, this qualification is delivered in Victoria by LabTech Training Victoria (RTO 22545).

Fee for students ineligible for government support:

  • $5,000
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

MSL974001

 Prepare, standardise and use solutions

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 

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

MSL934002

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

MSL924002

Use laboratory application software

MSL934003

Maintain and control stocks

 MSL974003

Perform chemical tests and procedures

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.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Fees for students eligible for government support (individual study):

  • Concession: $120
  • Non-concession: $600

Fees for students eligible for government support (workplace training):

  • Concession: $100
  • Non-concession: $500

Articulation fee if MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills previously completed at LTT (individual study or workplace training): $300

 

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 and practical assessment tasks.  Workplace training will also include 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 deposit 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

MSL974001

 Prepare, standardise and use solutions

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 

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

MSL934002

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

MSL924002

Use laboratory application software

MSL934003

Maintain and control stocks

 MSL974003

Perform chemical tests and procedures

Workplace Training Fees

Fee for service: $6,750
Fee if funded: $2,616 – $2,730
  
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 and practical assessment tasks.  Workplace training will also include 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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Level 3

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