Agriculture and Science

MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

MSL30118 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 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

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Laboratory/field assistant

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Location, dates and times

Campbell Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  17 February 2020

Information Session: 

Campbell Street Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 12pm to 1pm
Room A5.29, Level 5, 75 Campbell Street, Hobart
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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

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may 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.
  • 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 of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Essential Requirements

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 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.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.

Qualification Requirements

To be awarded a MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills, 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

Contact us for a full list of electives.


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