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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40116)

Course summary

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques to conduct tests and sampling in a variety of industry sectors across a range of industries.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • - Laboratory Technology
AQF Level Level 4: Certificate IV

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. 

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel. This course builds on skills and knowledge developed at Certificate III level.

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
MSL924001 Process and interpret data
MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL943002 Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Electives - Group A
MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations
MSL924002 Use laboratory application software
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
MSL944001 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
Electives - Group B
MSL933001 Maintain laboratory field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL933004 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL953001 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL973001 Perform basic tests
Electives - Group C
MSL914001 Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
MSL915001 Provide information to customers
MSL925001 Analyse data and report results
MSL925002 Analyse measurements and estimate uncertainties
MSL935004 Maintain instruments and equipment
MSL975020 Apply routine spectrometric techniques
Study Sequence
Students should enrol in the following order:
  1. MSMENV272
  2. MSL913001
  3. MSL913002
  4. MSL924001
  5. MSL934002
  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 Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
12 months.

Seventeen (17) units must be successfully completed - six (6) core units and eleven (11) electives including a minimum of 5 electives from Group A.


Students who are studying by Distance Education must be working in a laboratory.

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 textbooks. Basic numeracy skills are also required.

Resources for distance students will be emailed from the teacher. 

2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

Related Courses

No related course found.

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. 

Contact Us

To apply, or to find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.

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