Agriculture and Science

MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

MSL40116 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

Further study or career options may include:

  • Enrolment in the Diploma of Laboratory Operations
  • Possible entry points and career paths for technical officer

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
  • 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

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:  $2,583  (split over 2 years – $1,291.50 per year)
Concession:  $370  (split over 2 years – $185 per year)

Note:  Any student completing Certificate III in Laboratory Skills will receive a 50% discount for credit transfer of units.

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 (PML04) 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 MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, competency must be achieved in a total of sixteen (17) units of competency, consisting of six (6) core units and eleven (11) elective units.

The elective units must include:

  • a minimum of five (5) units from Group A
  • the remainder may be chosen from Group A, B and C with a:
    • maximum of four (4) units from Group B
    • maximum of three (3) units from Group C

A full list of electives is available from the Team.

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