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MSL30118 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Course Details

Course Summary

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of laboratory operations across all industry sectors and is the entry level required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors.

This course includes two one-week compulsory on-campus attendance (the CQU Ooralea-Mackay Campus). Please see the More Details tab for further information.

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $4199 (2019)
$4459 (2020)
Subsidised Full Fee $1014 (2019)
$1079 (2020)
Subsidised Concession Fee $221 (2019)
$247 (2020)
Fee for service per unit $323 (2019)
$343 (2020)
Fee for service (International) $323 (2019)
$4459 (2020)
Fee for service per unit (International) $343 (2020)
Subsidised full fee per unit $78 (2019)
$83 (2020)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $17 (2019)
$19 (2020)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Online
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

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification.

Students are required to have completed the literacy and numeracy assessment pre-enrolment in the form of the Basic Key Skills Builder online literacy and numeracy assessment or to have completed an equal or higher level course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory 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
Please select a course structure from the options below:
Standard Course Structure

12 - 24 months part-time

  • Mixed Mode
Core

All Core units must be completed.  

MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work More Information Training.gov Details
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL913003 Communicate with other people More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933006 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives More Information Training.gov Details
MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or 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 four elective units must be selected from Group A elective units. The remaining three units can be chosen from Group B elective units.

Elective units have no specific enrolment order but have to be aligned with the unit's availability. Please see the More Details tab for a list of units and the months they are available.

MSL933005 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933008 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance More Information Training.gov Details
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973013 Perform basic tests More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group B

The remaining three elective units may be selected from Group B elective units. 

Elective units have no specific enrolment order but have to be aligned with the unit's availability. Please see the More Details tab for a list of units and the months they are available.

MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction) More Information Training.gov Details
MSL924003 Process and interpret data More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934006 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions More Information Training.gov Details
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan More Information Training.gov Details
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details
MSL952002 Handle and transport samples or equipment More Information Training.gov Details
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples 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 MSL913003 - Communicate with other people
1 MSL913004 - Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
2 MSL922001 - Record and Present data
2 MSL943004 - Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
2 MSL933006 - Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives

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
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks
MSL952002 Handle and transport samples or equipment
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL934006 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)
MSL973013 Perform basic tests
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL933008 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL933005 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

Trainee Course Structure

12 - 24 months part-time

  • Mixed Mode
Core Units

All Core Units must be completed.

MSL913003 Communicate with other people More Information Training.gov Details
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work More Information Training.gov Details
MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933006 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives More Information Training.gov Details
MSL922001 Record and Present data More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group A

A minimum of four elective units must be selected from Group A elective units. The remaining three units can be chosen from  Group B elective units. Elective units have no specific enrolment order but have to be aligned with unit's availability. Please see the More Details tab for a list of units and the months they are available.

MSL933005 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933008 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance More Information Training.gov Details
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973013 Perform basic tests More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group B
The remaining three units can be chosen from Group B elective units. Please note: If you want to upgrade to Cert IV in Laboratory Technique in the near future, select elective units in this group which align with the requirements in Cert IV.
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples More Information Training.gov Details
MSL924003 Process and interpret data More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934006 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions More Information Training.gov Details
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan More Information Training.gov Details
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details
MSL952002 Handle and transport samples or equipment More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction) More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

For the following units, you may choose your own order of study, while taking into account pre-requisite requirements and the unit availability.
Unit Code Unit Name
MSL913003 Communicate with other people
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks
MSL952002 Handle and transport samples or equipment
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL934006 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MSL973013 Perform basic tests
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL933008 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL933005 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL922001 Record and Present data
MSL933006 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Other
Project
RPL
Third Party Verification
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.
March: Part Time
July: Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
More Details

More Details

For 2018 (or prior 2018) continuing students, please consult with your trainer/teacher for your enrolment if you wish to finish your course by the next practical week in June 2019.


Please find below details regarding the Enrolment, Submission dates and End of Study dates for your course. 


Please note that the enrolment periods indicated in the table below are the only opportunity to enrol in the specified units. Failure to enrol in these periods will mean the units cannot be completed until the next course intake (July, 2019).


Note: 

  • You can enrol in the unit before the unit’s start date but you CANNOT access the learning materials until the start date listed below.
  • Attending the practical weeks at a simulated laboratory in CQU Mackay Ooralea campus is mandatory for all students in the course. Students MUST enrol in the relevant units and FINISH their theory assessment before attending the practical weeks.


If you cannot attend the practical weeks, you MUST provide reasons and apply for an extension. 

End of Study dates are provided to indicate when all resulting for the specific unit must be completed. 

Unit Code

Enrolment Periods

(Start date of the unit)

Final Enrolment Date

Theory Assessment Submission Date

Practical Component Assessment Submission Date

End of Study Date

March Course Intake

MSMENV272

04/03/2019

18/3/2019

5/5/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL913003

04/03/2019

18/3/2019

5/5/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL913004

04/03/2019

18/3/2019

5/5/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL943004

01/04/2019

15/4/2019

2/6/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL933006

01/04/2019

15/4/2019

2/6/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL922001

01/04/2019

15/4/2019

2/6/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL973013

6/05/2019

20/5/2019

19/6/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL933008

6/05/2019

20/5/2019

27/5/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL933005

6/05/2019

20/5/2019

27/5/2019

1 week after the prac week

07/07/2019

MSL953003

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL934006

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL952001

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL952002

5/8/2019

19/8/2019

6/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL954004

5/8/2019

19/8/2019

6/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL904002

2/9/2019

16/9/2019

6/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL924003

2/9/2019

16/9/2019

6/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL912001

2/9/2019

16/9/2019

6/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL934007

2/9/2019

16/9/2019

6/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL974017

23/9/2019

7/10/2019

23/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

July Course Intake

MSMENV272

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL913003

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL913004

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL943004

12/08/2019

26/8/2019

13/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL933006

12/08/2019

26/8/2019

13/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL922001

12/08/2019

26/8/2019

13/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL973013

16/09/2019

30/9/2019

21/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL933008

16/09/2019

30/9/2019

21/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL933005

16/09/2019

30/9/2019

21/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL953003

11/11/2019

25/11/2019

12/1/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL934006

11/11/2019

25/11/2019

12/1/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL952001

11/11/2019

25/11/2019

12/1/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL952002

11/11/2019

25/11/2019

12/1/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL954004

2/12/2019

16/12/2019

3/2/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL904002

30/12/2019

13/1/2019

1/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL924003

30/12/2019

13/1/2019

1/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL912001

30/12/2019

13/1/2019

1/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL934007

30/12/2019

13/1/2019

1/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL974017

20/1/2020

7/2/2019

23/03/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020


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