Launch your laboratory operations career with the skills you need to become a technical assistant or laboratory technician. Learn to perform basic pathology, chemistry and food tests and procedures as you work safely in a laboratory environment.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work in a laboratory
Prepare and analyse a range of chemical and biological samples
Perform chemical and biological experiments
Use a microscope to examine a range of samples
Perform manual, semi-automated and fully automated laboratory procedures
Understand work, health and safety procedures including infection control
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
Strong pathways to continue your studies in laboratory operations and enhance your career opportunities
The skills and experience to work safely in a laboratory environment as a technical assistant
The confidence to perform basic pathology tests and procedures
The ability to work both individually and as part of a team
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 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: technical assistant and laboratory technician.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques does not have any related 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 IV in Laboratory Techniques qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 4 core and 12 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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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
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