Version Effective: 4th of March, 2019
Version Effective: 4th of March, 2019

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 production 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 to three weeks of compulsory on-campus attendance (the CQU Ooralea Campus). Please see the More Details tab for further information.

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $5882 (2019)
Subsidised Full Fee $1695 (2019)
Subsidised Concession Fee $435 (2019)
Fee for service per unit $346 (2019)
Fee for service (International) $346 (2019)
Subsidised full fee per unit $113 (2019)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $29 (2019)
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 two options for completing the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

Students who are working in a suitable laboratory can enrol directly into the Certificate IV without prior completion of the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills. These students can complete the required practical components of the course within their workplace laboratory under a co-assessment plan. Suitability of the workplace laboratory to complete all assessment requirements must be confirmed with the teaching team before enrolment. Students may be required to attend specific practical components at CQU practical blocks at the Mackay Ooralea Campus if the work laboratory does not fulfill all practical requirements.

Students who are not working in a suitable laboratory must complete the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills first before enrolling in the Certificate IV. These students must attend compulsory practical blocks (up to three blocks depending on chosen electives) at the Mackay Ooralea Campus.

Enquiries can be sent to VET-Science-Centre@cqu.edu.au.

Required: Completion of literacy and numeracy assessment pre-enrollment in the form of the bksb (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

  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.

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
MSL944002 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety 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
MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment More Information Training.gov Details
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
Elective

Complete seven of the Elective units listed below. The remaining three Elective units can be selected from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.

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.

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

MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks More Information Training.gov Details
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures More Information Training.gov Details
MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination 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 MSL944002 - Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
1 MSL924003 - Process and interpret data
2 MSL934006 - Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
2 MSL934004 - Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
3 MSL953003 - Receive and prepare samples for testing

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
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

Trainee Course Structure

18 to 2 years part-time
  • Mixed Mode
Core
MSL924003 Process and interpret data 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
MSL944002 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety More Information Training.gov Details
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing More Information Training.gov Details
Elective
Complete seven of the Elective units listed below. The remaining three Elective units can be selected from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome. 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.
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination More Information Training.gov Details
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions More Information Training.gov Details
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques More Information Training.gov Details
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures More Information Training.gov Details
MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations More Information Training.gov Details
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks 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
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
MSL934006 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL944002 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination
MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations
MSL934007 Maintain and control stocks

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Project
Other
RPL
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.


Compulsory On-campus Attendance

Attendance at simulated laboratory or two practical blocks at CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea campus to complete the practical component of the course is compulsory for all students. All units must be completed 1 week after the compulsory practical blocks, which are offered each term. The date of completion will be noted on the student’s confirmation of enrolment.


Two practical components will be held in Mid-June & the end-October each year. 


Practical Placement Information

No vocational placement is required for the blended delivery program but is recommended.  Suitable laboratory employment can benefit delivery and assessment of this program.


Elective Unit Availability

MSL904002 - available May and September

MSL934007 - available May and September

MSL973016 - available July and November

MSL974019 - available July and November

MSMENV472 - available July and November

MSL954004 - available July and November

MSL974017 - available September and December

MSL973019 - available September and December

Plus up to 3 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course, these units must be relevant to the work outcome (check the units’ availability of other training packages)


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, 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 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. 


Unit Code

Start date of the unit

Final Enrolment Date

Theory Assessment Submission Date

Practical Component Assessment Submission Date

End of Study Date

March Course Intake

MSL924003

4/3/2019

18/3/2019

5/5//2019

1 week after the prac week

7/7//2019

MSL944002

4/3/2019

18/3/2019

5/5//2019

1 week after the prac week

7/7//2019

MSL934006

1/4/2019

15/4/2019

5/5//2019

1 week after the prac week

7/7//2019

MSL934004

1/4/2019

15/4/2019

5/5//2019

1 week after the prac week

7/7//2019

MSL953003

6/5/2019

20/5/2019

5/5//2019

1 week after the prac week

7/7//2019

MSL904002

6/5/2019

20/5/2019

5/5//2019

1 week after the prac week

7/7//2019

MSL934007

6/5/2019

20/5/2019

5/5//2019

1 week after the prac week

7/7//2019

MSL973016

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSMENV472

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL954004

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL974019

2/9/2019

16/9/2019

2/11/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL974017

2/9/2019

16/9/2019

2/11/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL973019

2/9/2019

16/9/2019

2/11/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

July Course Intake

MSL924003

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL944002

15/7/2019

22/7/2019

16/9/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL934006

12/8/2019

26/8/2019

2/6/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL934004

12/8/2019

26/8/2019

2/6/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL953003

16/9/2019

23/9/2019

23/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL904002

16/9/2019

23/9/2019

23/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL934007

16/9/2019

23/9/2019

23/10/2019

1 week after the prac week

17/11/2019

MSL973016

11/11/2019

25/11/2019

12/1/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSMENV472

11/11/2019

25/11/2019

12/1/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL954004

11/11/2019

25/11/2019

12/1/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL974019*

(Clustered Unit)

30/12/2019

13/1/2020

1/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL974017

30/12/2019

13/1/2020

1/3/2020

1 week after the prac week

7/7/2020

MSL973019

30/12/2019

13/1/2020

1/3/2020

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. 


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