Find Courses

Study Areas

Skill Areas

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.

Course Requirement

Students undertaking this course are required to be working in a laboratory, or must undertake a compulsory, on-campus two week practical block at CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea to satisfy practical components of their 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

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 13 units, consisting of:
6 core units and 7 elective units including a minimum of 4 elective units from Group A. 
Core Units
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
Elective Units - Group A
MSL933001 Maintain laboratory field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933004 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL953001 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL973001 Perform basic tests
Elective Units - Group B
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)
MSL924001 Process and interpret data
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
MSL952002 Handle and transport samples or equipment
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
Study Sequence
Enrol into two units at a time, as per the following order:
  1. MSMENV272
  2. MSL913001
  3. MSL913002
  4. MSL933002
  5. MSL922001
  6. MSL943002
The order for elective units are to be advised by the teacher.

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Intakes

Mixed Mode

There are six course intakes, available monthly from February to July.

Duration and dates
12 months part-time


This course is available to study via Mixed Mode, with teaching support available through email and telephone. Students will require self-motivation and must have 4 – 6 hours per week available for study. Students are required to be working in a laboratory or must attend practical blocks at CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea campus to complete the practical component of the course. Resources will be emailed to students by teaching staff. 

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
MSL20116 Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement No
MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques No

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?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at