MSL30116 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Course Details

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
Fees
Full Fee $3965 (2019)
Subsidised Full Fee $962 (2019)
Subsidised Concession Fee $208 (2019)
Fee for service per unit $305 (2019)
Subsidised full fee per unit $74 (2019)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $16 (2019)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • Laboratory Technology
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

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

  1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date.
  2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed.
  3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

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

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 6 core units
  2. Complete 7 elective units
Standard Course Structure

12 months part-time

  • Mixed Mode
Core

Students must complete all Core units.  

MSL913001 Communicate with people More Information Training.gov Details
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives More Information Training.gov Details
MSL913002 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work More Information Training.gov Details
MSL943002 Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety More Information Training.gov Details
MSL922001 Record and Present data More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group A

A minimum of 4 elective units must be selected from Group A units. The remaining 3 can be chosen from Group A or Group B. 
The sequence of study for elective units will be advised by the teacher.

MSL933001 Maintain laboratory field workplace fit for purpose More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933004 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance More Information Training.gov Details
MSL953001 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973001 Perform basic tests More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group B

The remaining 3 elective units may be selected from Group A or Group B units.
The sequence of study for elective units will be advised by the teacher.  

MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes More Information Training.gov Details
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction) More Information Training.gov Details
MSL924001 Process and interpret data More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples More Information Training.gov Details
MSL952002 Handle and transport samples or equipment More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions. More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 MSMENV272 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
1 MSL913001 - Communicate with people
2 MSL913002 - Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
2 MSL933002 - Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
3 MSL922001 - Record and Present data
3 MSL943002 - Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

The following units have no specific enrolment order and you should discuss the order of enrolment for these with your teacher.
Unit Code Unit Name
MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions.
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL952002 Handle and transport samples or equipment
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
MSL924001 Process and interpret data
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)
MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL973001 Perform basic tests
MSL953001 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL933004 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL933001 Maintain laboratory field workplace fit for purpose

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
The availabilities listed here are for 2019 and beyond.
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to the intakes

Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Standard Course Structure

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode for this course may refer to on-campus workshops or residential schools located at Mackay.
Or it may refer to work placements which can be located anywhere. Please see the More Details section for more information.
February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
More Details

More Details

New Students:

You will enrol into 1, 2 or 3 units by March this year in order to complete these by June 2019. If you only enrol in two units then please enrol in either cluster below:


CERT 3 MSL30116:

    1. MSL973001 - Perform Basic Tests

    1. MSL953001 - Receive and Prepare Samples for Testing


    2. MSL913001 - Communicate with Other People

    2. MSL922001 - Record and Present Data


Existing Students:

You can enrol in up to three units in order to complete the units by June 2019.


All of the units which you have completed or will be completing with the current training package by June 2019, will be credited to the new training MSL30118. The new training package qualification (MSL30118) will be available from July 2019.


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 https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life