National code: MSL30118

Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

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Overview About this course

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.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

Course Outcomes

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

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Motivation

  • 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.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

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

Study pathways

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The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

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.

  • Communicate with other people MSL913003

  • Record and present data MSL922001

  • Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety MSL943004

  • Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives MSL933006

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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