Laboratory Skills

MSL30122 – Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

This preparatory qualification reflects the role of workers who perform a limited range of laboratory operations and is the entry-level qualification required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors.

This qualification provides students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in a wide range of enterprises and industry sectors such as process manufacturing, food and beverage processing, biotechnology, biomedical research, pathology testing, mining, chemical, forensic, environmental analysis and education.

Course Proposed Delivery Plan

All new and continuing students will enrol in MSL30122 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Students who commenced MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills in 2023, will be required to complete a ‘gap assessment’ for a single unit

The first year of the new scored program will be 2024

Year 1

MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL933005 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933007 Apply critical control point requirements
MSL922002 Record and present data
MSL973025 Perform basic tests
MSL973017 Assist with fieldwork
MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills

Year 2

MSL973026 Prepare working solutions
MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination
MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL973015 Prepare culture media
MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination

Career Pathways

Laboratory technician
Laboratory assistant in a school
Instrument operator

Further Education Pathways

MSL40122 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
MSL50122 Diploma of Laboratory Techniques


Year 1 Classes are conducted Tuesday and Wednesday
Year 2 Classes are conducted Thursday

Assessment Methods

Written Questions
Practical Assessments

Course information is subject to change according to Training Package and or Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) updates.

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