Certificate III in Laboratory Skills - Traineeship

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On Offer Yes
Award Certificate III in Laboratory Skills - Traineeship
Contact Hours (per week) 3 hours workplace practical training and 2 hrs theory off campus, dependant on subjects chosen
Classes Held

This program is delivered via flexible delivery with on-the-job training and assessment.

Commences Intakes throughout the year
Program Outline The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills MSL30104 provides a broad and flexible package of competencies which meets the needs of laboratory assistants, instrument operators and similar personnel. The core and wide range of electives is designed to maximise the portability of this qualification, which is the entry level required for laboratory personnel.
Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the program can look forward to a rewarding career in the following areas:

  • technical assistant
  • laboratory assistant
  • laboratory attendant
  • instrument operators
  • pathology laboratory assistant
Program Rules and Requirements

To be awarded a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills MSL30104, competency must be achieved in a total of thirteen (13) subjects of competency consisting of six (6) core subjects and seven (7) elective subjects. Nominal hours: 430 - 790

Program Content

Core Subjects
MSL913001A Communicate with other people
MSL922001A Record and present data
MSL943002A Participate in laboratory/field safety
MSL913002A Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL933002A Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSAENV272A Partcipate in environmentaly sustainable work practices
Elective Subjects
MSL974004A Perform chemical tests and procedures (incorporates MSL973002A Prepare working solutions)
MSL933001A Maintain a laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL953001A Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL974006A Perform biological procedures (incorporates MSL973004A Perform aseptic technique and MSL973008A Perform microscopic examination

Elective subjects for trainees will be negotiated dependant on workplace requirements.

Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Trainee to study the Certificate III in Lab Skills?
Students are only enrolled in the Certificate III as a part of a Traineeship

Can FedUni assist in finding a Trainees workplace?
FedUni staff have contacts within the Industry and may be able to direct prospective students to potential employers.


Industry Skills Centre
Rural Sciences Skills Centre (ref 03724)

Contact Us

Phone: 03 5327 8000
Freecall: 1800 333 864
Email: info@federation.edu.au
Web: http://www.federation.edu.au/schools/industry-skills-centre/rural-sciences

International Students This information may not apply to international students.
For further information contact:

International Student Programs
Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
Email: international@federation.edu.au
Web: www.federation.edu.au/international
DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa.
National Course Code MSL30109
Mid year entry Yes
Intakes Semester 1 and 2

2 years full time.


External Site

Application Method The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our TAFE Application page for further information.
Application Type - VTAC No
Application Type - Direct Yes

All applicants will be considered for eligibility on the basis of previous life experience, work history and educational background.

Assessment Competency based training is concerned with assisting people to gain specific competencies relevant to the purpose of their program of study. A student will be assessed by performing set tasks at specified standards, under prescribed conditions.
A range of assessment methods will be used to enable students to demonstrate competency.

Assessment is conducted via workplace Training

Recognition of Prior Learning If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact the staff listed under Contact Us.
Pathways/Alternate Entry

Graduates of the Certificate III in Lab Skills may receive credit into the Certificate IV in Lab Techniques.

Indicative Fees Enrolment fees are payable at the time of enrolment. For further information a Fees and Charges leaflet is available from the Student Centre. In addition your program may require you to purchase books and materials. Some of these costs may be payable on enrolment day. Please contact the relevant TAFE School for further information, or visit www.federation.edu.au/tafefees
Further Information Contact Us:
Tel: 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) Email: info@federation.edu.au

A range of student services, are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please call the number listed above.
The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Information correct as at 16/Dec/2014
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