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MSL40118 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Details

Course Summary

This qualification reflects the role of workers who perform a range of laboratory techniques, including manual, semi-automated and fully automated, to collect and prepare samples in a laboratory. They conduct a wide range of basic, and limited range of specialist tests across a variety of industry sectors. Workers may be required to assist other personnel to solve technical problems and to adjust formulations and product mixes. They may also train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.

Workers have responsibility for their own outputs according to established procedures. Work is carried out according to established procedures often under the direction and supervision of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals. Work is normally subject to frequent progress and quality checks.

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

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $5882 (2019)
$6239 (2020)
Subsidised Full Fee $1695 (2019)
$1802 (2020)
Subsidised Concession Fee $435 (2019)
$476 (2020)
Fee for service per unit $346 (2019)
$367 (2020)
Fee for service (International) $346 (2019)
$6239 (2020)
Fee for service per unit (International) $367 (2020)
Subsidised full fee per unit $113 (2019)
$106 (2020)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $29 (2019)
$28 (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 4: Certificate IV

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques. It is strongly advised that students not currently working in industry complete MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills prior to enrolling into MSL40118.

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

This qualification offers entry-level technical training across a range of employment outcomes including laboratory technician, instrument operator. Depending on unit selections, industry sector specialisations include environmental monitoring, food testing, mineral assaying.

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 5 core units
  2. Complete 10 elective units
Please select a course structure from the options below:
Standard Course Structure

18 months to 2 years part-time.

  • Mixed Mode
Core


MSL924003 Process and interpret data More Information Training.gov Details
MSL944002 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934006 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes More Information Training.gov Details
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
Elective

Complete 10 elective units from the list below.

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.

Units MSL973016 and MSL973019 must be enrolled at the same time.

MSL973013 Perform basic tests More Information Training.gov Details
MSL922001 Record and Present data More Information Training.gov Details
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination More Information Training.gov Details
MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques 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
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Please refer to the VET Course Planners for the recommended study sequence of this course. Please enrol in your units as per those instructions.

Trainee Course Structure

18 months to 2 years of part-time
  • Mixed Mode
Core


MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
MSL944002 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934006 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment More Information Training.gov Details
MSL924003 Process and interpret data More Information Training.gov Details
Elective

Complete 10 elective units from the list below.

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.

Units MSL973016 and MSL973019 must be enrolled at the same time.

MSL973013 Perform basic tests More Information Training.gov Details
MSL922001 Record and Present data More Information Training.gov Details
MSL952001 Collect routine site samples More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details
MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques 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
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Please refer to the VET Course Planners for the recommended study sequence of this course. Please enrol in your units as per those instructions.

Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Project
Other
RPL
Third Party Verification
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to this course.

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

Trainee Course Structure

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Domestic 2020 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
July: Full Time/Part Time

Trainee Course Structure

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
More Details

More Details

Compulsory On-campus Attendance

Two one-week compulsory on-campus attendance (the CQU Ooralea-Mackay Campus) will be held in early June and November each year. The practical components of the course will be delivered and assessed during these practical blocks.


Students are currently working in an appropriate industry can discuss the option of Workplace Observation Co-Assessment with attendance at residential school to complete specific practical components not available within the workplace. There are strict requirements that must be met within the workplace for this to occur. Discuss this option with your teacher / trainer for further details.


Enrolment, Assignment Submission Dates and End of Study Dates

Please find below details regarding the Enrolment, Submission dates and End of Study dates for your Certificate IV in Sampling and Measurement 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, 2020).


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 Ooralea, CQU Mackay 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 are currently employed full-time in a suitable laboratory, you can complete your practical components in the workplace through on the job observation and the Practical Workplace Observations with Subject Matter Expert.
  • Enrolment, assignment submission dates and enrolment dates of 3 elective units from any endorsed, accredited Training Package, e.g., Cert II in Sampling and Measurements and Cert III in Laboratory Skills will be the same with the requirements of the enrolment, assignment submission dates and enrolment dates of the units that you choose them from.

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. 


MSL974019* (Clustered Unit).  A cluster of MSL973013 Perform Basic Tests, MSL953003 Receive and Prepare Samples for Testings, MSL974017 Prepare, Standardise and Use Solution.  


Clustered Unit**  (MSL973016 and MSL973019) You are required to enrol in these units together.  


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

February Intake

Early June 2020

MSL924003 (Core)

3/2/2020

14/2/2020

14/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL944002 (Core)

3/2/2020

14/2/2020

14/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL934004 (Core)

3/2/2020

14/2/2020

14/3/2020

 

30/6/2020

MSL934006 (Core)

2/3/2020

13/3/2020

13/4/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL953003 (Core)

2/3/2020

13/3/2020

13/4/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL924004 (Elective)

2/3/2020

13/3/2020

13/4/2020

 

30/6/2020

Clustered Unit**

MSL973016 (Elective)

MSL973019 (Elective)

6/4/2020

17/4/2020

17/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSS024020 (Elective)

6/4/2020

17/4/2020

17/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL974019* (Elective)

(Clustered Unit)

6/4/2020

17/4/2020

17/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL974017 (Elective)

6/4/2020

17/4/2020

17/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL954004 (Elective)

4/5/2020

15/5/2020

30/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL934007 (Elective)

4/5/2020

15/5/2020

30/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL904002 (Elective)

4/5/2020

15/5/2020

30/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

MSL973013 (Elective)

4/5/2020

15/5/2020

30/5/2020

1 week after the prac week

30/6/2020

July Intake

Early November 2020

MSL924003 (Core)

6/7/2020

17/7/2020

18/8/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL944002 (Core)

6/7/2020

17/7/2020

18/8/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL934004 (Core)

6/7/2020

17/7/2020

18/8/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL934006 (Core)

3/8/2020

14/8/2020

14/9/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL953003 (Core)

3/8/2020

14/8/2020

14/9/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL924004 (Elective)

3/8/2020

14/8/2020

14/9/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

Clustered Unit**

MSL973016 (Elective)

MSL973019 (Elective)

7/9/2020

18/9/2020

18/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSS024020 (Elective)

7/9/2020

18/9/2020

18/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL974019* (Elective)

(Clustered Unit)

7/9/2020

18/9/2020

18/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL974017 (Elective)

7/9/2020

18/9/2020

18/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL954004 (Elective)

5/10/2020

16/10/2020

30/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL934007 (Elective)

5/10/2020

16/10/2020

30/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL904002 (Elective)

5/10/2020

16/10/2020

30/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020

MSL973013 (Elective)

5/10/2020

16/10/2020

30/10/2020

1 week after the prac week

23/11/2020


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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. 

Is what I already know taken into account?

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