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Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (MSL30116)

Course summary

Learn how to work effectively in a laboratory. The course covers performing basic laboratory analysis, maintaining equipment, calibrating test equipment, processing and recording data, communication and teamwork.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Science and Environment
  • - VET in Schools
Skill Area
  • - Laboratory Technology
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Employment outcomes may include laboratory technicians, science technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

MSL913001 Communicate with people
MSL913002 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL922001 Record and Present data
MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL943002 Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Electives - Group A
MSL933001 Maintain laboratory field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933004 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
MSL953001 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL973002 Prepare working solutions
Electives - Group B
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)
MSL924001 Process and interpret data
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
MSL944001 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
Study Sequence

Students should enrol into the following study sequence:







Elective Units - to be advised by your teacher 

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
12 months.

Thirteen (13) units must be successfully completed - six (6) core units and seven (7) electives including a minimum of 4 electives from Group A.


Students who are studying by Distance Education should be working in a laboratory or must attend practical blocks at CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea campus to complete the practical component of the course.

Distance students require self-motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available to study for each units. Because this course is self-paced students need reasonably good literacy skills to read and follow learning guides. Basic numeracy skills are also required.

Resources for distance students will be emailed via the teacher. 

2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

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Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested. 

What else might I find useful?

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