Version Effective: 28th of March, 2018
Version Effective: 28th of March, 2018

MSL40116 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Details

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
Fees 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 4: Certificate IV

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

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 VET-Science-Centre@cqu.edu.au.

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 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

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 6 core units
  2. Complete 11 elective units
Please select a course structure from the options below:
Standard Course Structure

18 months full-time or 2 years part-time.

  • Mixed Mode
Core

Students must complete all Core units.

MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL913001 Communicate with people More Information Training.gov Details
MSL924001 Process and interpret data 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
MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units Group A
A minimum of 5 electives must be selected from Group A.  The sequence of study for elective units will be advised by the teacher.  
MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions. More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures More Information Training.gov Details
MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units Group B
A maximum of 4 electives can be selected from 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
MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives 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 C
A maximum of 3 units can be selected from Group C.  The sequence of study for elective units will be advised by the teacher.
MSL925001 Analyse data and report results More Information Training.gov Details
MSL935003 Authorise the issue of test results 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 MSL913001 - Communicate with people
1 MSMENV272 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
2 MSL913002 - Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
2 MSL924001 - Process and interpret data
3 MSL934002 - Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
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
MSL935003 Authorise the issue of test results
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL925001 Analyse data and report results
MSL973001 Perform basic tests
MSL953001 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL933004 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL933001 Maintain laboratory field workplace fit for purpose
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations
MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions.

Trainee Course Structure

18 months full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Employer Based (VET Providers Only)
  • Mixed Mode
Core Units

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
MSL924001 Process and interpret data More Information Training.gov Details
MSL913002 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes More Information Training.gov Details
MSL943002 Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group A
A minimum of 5 electives must be selected from Group A. The sequence of study for elective units will be advised by the teacher.
MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions. More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group B
A maximum of 4 electives can be selected from Group B. The sequence of study for elective units will be advised by the teacher.
MSL953001 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933004 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives More Information Training.gov Details
MSL933001 Maintain laboratory field workplace fit for purpose More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973001 Perform basic tests More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Group C
A maximum of 3 electives can be selected from Group C. The sequence of study for elective units will be advised by the teacher.
MSL935003 Authorise the issue of test results More Information Training.gov Details
MSL925001 Analyse data and report results 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 MSL924001 - Process and interpret data
3 MSL943002 - Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety
3 MSL934002 - Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

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
MSL925001 Analyse data and report results
MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL935003 Authorise the issue of test results
MSL973001 Perform basic tests
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
MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions.
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL934003 Maintain and control stocks
MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations

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

There are currently no intakes for this course.
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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 www.cqu.edu.au/current-student