Agriculture and Science

MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills is part of the Laboratory Operations Training Package. It covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of laboratory operations across all industry sectors.

Laboratory assistants perform straight forward sampling and testing, follow set procedures and apply well-developed technical skills and basic scientific knowledge. They generally form part of a team inside a laboratory but may also perform technical tasks in the field, or within the production plants or even in the office.

This qualification would suit:

  • Those with an interest in science but with little or no formal science training
  • Those with incomplete University studies seeking qualification
  • Existing laboratory workers seeking qualification
  • Existing laboratory workers who have some units, and now seek an entire qualification
  • Those seeking preparatory science training before entering University studies
  • Those who hold a Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement qualification
  • Those who wish to complete one or more units as professional development without gaining the full qualification

This qualification may also be available as an Apprenticeship. For more information go to our Apprenticeship and Traineeship page.

Career Opportunities

Further study or career options may include:

  • Enrolment in Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Possible entry points and career paths for laboratory/field assistant

Dates and Times

SOUTH
Campbell Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Duration:  Full-time, 4 days per week – Tuesday to Friday – class times vary
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

A variety of ways will be provided to gain underpinning knowledge, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Classroom environment at TasTAFE with teacher support, which may include learning guides and reading material
  • Workplace laboratory with self-paced learning guides and reading material
  • When appropriate, self-paced learning guides and reading material are available for students

A variety of ways will be provided to gain practical skills, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Simulated laboratory environment at TasTAFE with teacher support and demonstrations. Students learn to conduct the activities described in:
    • Laboratory Training Manuals
    • Industry Standard Operating Procedures
  • Industry work placement to gain vocational experience, as well as to build networks within the laboratory industry.
  • Workplace laboratories with mentor support as students perform routine laboratory activities appropriate to their employment

Assessment Process

As a student, you are entitled to negotiate the assessment pathway (i.e. training or recognition) with your teacher at any time prior to or after enrolment.

You will be provided with a variety of ways to assess underpinning knowledge, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Written tests (an open book environment is often used)
  • Presentations to class and teachers to assess units of competency such as communication skills and technical understanding
  • Written assignments, projects and reports
  • Written and/or oral questions and answers within the workplace environment
  • Workplace based assessments conducted in the workplace by supervisors who have the required vocational competencies and qualifications.

You will be provided with a variety of ways to assess practical skills, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Observation and discussion. You will be observed by an assessor while you complete practical activities.
  • Self-assessment. You will be asked to assess your practical activity against the standards set out in the unit and explained to you as good laboratory practice.
  • Completed laboratory manual. These manuals include a variety of assessments such as written questions and answers, recording of observations and data and calculations to achieve test results.
  • Workplace based assessments conducted in the workplace by supervisors who have the required vocational competencies and qualifications.

Recognition

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

Full Fee:  $1,585
Full Fee Concession:  $370
Subsidised Fee:  $$1,321
Subsidised Concession:  $310

Please note the majority of people that have not completed a Certificate III or above in the last five years are subsidised students

Because the Government provides generous levels of support to enable TasTAFE to offer much of its training on a subsidised basis, you may not have to pay the maximum fee. Your eligibility for a fee subsidy or a concession will be determined at the time of enrolment, and your overall tuition fee will depend on your individual circumstances.

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

Pre-requisites

Laboratory Operations students are expected to read, interpret and develop Standard Operating Procedures and workplace documents, present and record information in a range of formats according to enterprise requirements, and apply a range of skills in various situations.

Advice about the underlying level of English language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills required to meet the outcomes of Laboratory Operations Training Package (MSL09) units will be made clear prior to commencement of the learning and/or assessment process. Students who have difficulty meeting these requirements will be provided with advice and options that are available to meet these appropriate language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

The application of technology in a laboratory environment leads to the use of complex cognitive skills in planning, research, interpretation, analysis and synthesis. These skills will be developed during the progress of the course.

Qualification Requirements

To be awarded a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills, MSL30116, competency must be achieved in a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, consisting of all six (6) core units and seven (7) elective units.

The elective units must include:

  • a minimum of four (4) units from Group A,
  • Remaining units maybe chosen from Group A or B to bring the total to 7 electives

A full list of electives is available from the Team.

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