Kick start your laboratory operations career and build the confidence and skills to safely perform basic tests in a laboratory. Learn to work as part of a team to prepare and test samples, present data findings and follow scientific procedures.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Safely collect, preserve and prepare a wide range of samples
Test food, chemical and pathology samples
Use laboratory software and equipment including microscope to perform tests
Record, process, interpret and present data findings
Work sustainably in a laboratory environment and follow waste management procedures
Perform scientific calculations required to prepare working solutions
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
Strong pathways to continue your studies in laboratory operations and enhance your career opportunities
Credit towards the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
The skills and experience to enter the workforce as a laboratory assistant
The confidence and skills to safely perform basic tests in a laboratory and follow scientific procedures
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.
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 basic maths calculations
Foundational computer skills
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
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: laboratory assistant and specimen receptionist.
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 5 core and 8 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.
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
Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home
LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills
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