Gain the skills to become a laboratory technician in the fascinating fields of food science, pathology, chemistry and more. Train and work in contemporary laboratories as you prepare and test samples, solve problems, present data and contribute to important research.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Record, process, interpret and present data findings
Perform different types of tests like food, chemical and biological
Prepare samples like tissue and cell cultures
Use laboratory software, equipment
Work safely in a laboratory environment
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Ability to enter the workforce as a skilled laboratory technician or assistant
Experience working in industry-standard chemical and biological laboratories
Confidence to liaise with industry networks and connections
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Good written and verbal communication skills
Teamwork skills and the ability to work individually
An interest in science and engineering
Comfort with maths and calculations
Foundational computer skills
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: Biological testing technical assistant, Environmental field assistant (sample testing), Laboratory assistant, Environmental testing technical assistant, Construction materials testing technical assistant, Water quality laboratory assistant , Food testing laboratory assistant, School laboratory technician and Polymer testing laboratory assistant
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills does not have any pre-requisite courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 Units of competency, including 6 core and 7 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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