Agriculture and Science

MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques is part of the Laboratory Operations Training Package. It covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques to conduct tests and sampling in a variety of industry sectors.

Technical assistants undertake a wide range of sampling and testing according to established procedures, requiring the application of a broad technical knowledge and some scientific knowledge. They form part of the quality assurance team in the laboratory but could assist other personnel in the workplace with technical problems such as adjusting formulations. They may also assist shift operators to undertake samples collection or perform basic testing to the standard required.

This qualification would suit:

  • 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 wish to complete one or more units as professional development without gaining the full qualification

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Possible entry points and career paths for technical officer

Study Pathways

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

Location, Dates and Times

SOUTH
Campbell Street Campus

  • Next Intake: 2019
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Duration:  Full-time, 3-4 days per week – Monday to Thursday– class times vary
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

You will be provided with a variety of ways 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

You will be provided with a variety of ways 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 www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

For fee and payment information relating to TasTAFE qualifications, please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

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.

Suitability

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 here https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/current/student-support/

Outcome

MSL40118  Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

Qualification Requirements

To be awarded a MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, competency must be achieved in a total of sixteen (15) units of competency, consisting of five (5) core units and ten (10) elective units.

A full list of electives is available from the Team.

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