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MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

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The nationally recognised MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques is delivered by LabTech Training Victoria (RTO 22545).

This course builds technical ability in the use of laboratory application software, maintaining and controlling stock, performing chemical tests and more. The qualification is designed to provide in-depth insight into the industry and focuses on promoting methodological competence, so students graduate ready to start a laboratory career.

If you are interested in finding out more about our workplace delivery options, visit our Workplace Training in Victoria site.


Training Centre Delivery

The course is delivered in our purpose-built classrooms at 371-373 George Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065 over 24 weeks.

Classes are held 9.30am-4pm (Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays, depending on intake). Classes are occasionally held on Wednesdays due to public holidays.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available for eligible students.


The intakes available for this course are:

  • Thursday, 20 June 2019


Fees are subject to change at any time before enrolment. For students who are ineligible for government support, fee-for-service fees apply.

The fee-for-service fees are calculated for the individual based on their selection of units. For more details, please call us on 1300 588 588.

For students eligible for government support

The following co-contribution fees are non-refundable and payable upfront.

Skills First (non-concession)

  • Total fee: $600

Skills First (concession)

  • Total fee: $120

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.  The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Please refer to the Skills First website for more information, including eligibility criteria.

For students not eligible for government support

The following fee includes a $500 non-refundable enrolment deposit, which is payable upfront and deducted from the total fee. Direct debit payment plans are available to spread the remainder of payments over the duration of the course.

Fee for Service

  • Total fee: $5,000


Students conduct practical and written assessments in our purpose-built laboratories.

Laboratory Safety and Sustainability

MSL944002Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSMENV472Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
MSL953003Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL954004Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL973013Perform basic tests


Planning and Stock Management

MSL913004Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL934007Maintain and control stocks
MSL973014Prepare working solutions
MSL974017Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL924003Process and interpret data



MSL904002Perform standard calibrations
MSL934004Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
MSL924004Use laboratory application software
MSL934006Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL974019Perform chemical tests and procedures



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

Students who complete this qualification may wish to undertake further Workplace Training of the MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology. Please note that we do not offer the MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology via classroom training at this time.