Gain the skills to become a laboratory assistant or laboratory technician in a wide range of fields from biological to polymer testing. Learn fundamental laboratory procedures in state-of-the-art facilities while you solve new problems and test different theories every day.
This course is superseded.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:
Collect and prepare samples
Work safely in a laboratory
Communicate efficiently in a laboratory
Process and interpret data
Maintain and prepare laboratory stock
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at a Certificate IV level
Experience working in an industry-standard laboratory
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 spoken and written skills
Some computer knowledge
The ability to complete maths calculations
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/ environmental/ construction materials testing technical assistant, environmental field assistant (sample testing), laboratory assistant in water quality, food testing or polymer testing and school laboratory technician.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
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 IV in Laboratory Techniques qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 5 core and 10 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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