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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 for this course. 

Course Requirement

Students undertaking this course are required to be working in a laboratory to satisfy practical components of their course. Applicants are encouraged to contact the teaching team prior to applying for this course to ensure they meet the work requirements. Enquiries can be sent to

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

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 17 units, consisting of:
6 core units and 11 elective units including a minimum of 5 elective units from Group A. 
Core Units
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
Elective Units - Group A
MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions.
MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures
Elective Units - 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
Elective Units - Group C
MSL925001 Analyse data and report results
MSL935003 Authorise the issue of test results
Study Sequence
Enrol into two units at a time, as per 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 Intakes


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

Duration and dates
18 months full-time or 2 years part-time.

This course is available to study via Online, 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 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
MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills 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. 

Contact Us

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

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