Course Info

Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

National Course Code: MSL30118


The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills will help you start your career as a laboratory technician. Learn your skills and get real-world experience working in contemporary laboratories performing technical tasks, preparing and testing samples, solving problems, and identifying trends in data.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will 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


Develop the skills that will help you get ahead in this career:

  • Good communication
  • Collaboration skills and the ability to work on your own
  • Self-motivation
  • An interest in science, math and engineering learning


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • Nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • Job readiness as laboratory attendant or technician


Advance your laboratory career with the following further study options:

  • Certificate III in Pathology Assistance
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology)
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food)
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Chemistry)


Future technologies, like robotics and artificial intelligence, are rapidly integrating with laboratory fields. Laboratory technicians are in high demand with the role appearing on the NSW Smart and Skilled list as a State priority. TAFE NSW have consulted with industry to ensure this course meets industry needs and helps to address the skills shortage.


This course is currently available at 3 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Honesty & Integrity - no cheating on results
  • Patience - accurate work takes time
  • Attentiveness - technical detailed work
  • Motivation - boring, routine task, can be mundane

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development.

In this course you will undertake knowledge assessments - short answers and multiple choice questions.

The Certificate III is an entry level course and the right place to start if you don't have a strong background in chemistry, biology or simple statistics. You will focus on sample preparation in a supervised setting. This course provides a great foundation for the Certificate IV and sets you up for study success.

The Certificate IV level course focuses on non-instrumental analysis of samples and qualifies you to work semi-autonomously as a technician. If you have recently left school, it is recommended that you have completed some science in Year 10 - Year 12 to ensure you are prepared.

The Diploma level course focuses on instrumental analysis and qualifies you to work unsupervised as a technician. You need to complete the Certificate IV course as a prerequisite.

Depending on your campus location you may have the opportunity to participate in field trip excursions that take you on location collecting and testing samples, for example: biological, chemical and material samples from - chemical processing plant, rivers, farms, and contaminated sites.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Laboratory work
  • Working with chemical and biological solutions
  • Performing chemical experiments

You will have several opportunities to work on real-world testing projects where you will collect or choose a sample, prepare it, test it, collate the data, and then report on your findings.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning and employability. You will learn in chemical and biological laboratories that have been designed and built on OECD Good Laboratory Practices guidelines, and provide an accurate simulation of modern, industry standard laboratories.

You will also have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities at most TAFE NSW campuses.

As society needs more assurances in the products and services they buy and use, the need for testing the quality of products and services is increasing. The five year forecast to 2023 from the Department of Jobs and Small Business for Science Technicians is 10.9% growth.

Due to legislative requirements and ever increasing consumer demand, the need for quality and composition testing is growing exponentially.

Whether it's an individual wanting to know what is in their meal to a construction company wanting to know what's in their materials the demand for laboratory technicians will continue to increase.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Full Time, Part Time Evening
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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Newcastle: Full Time

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 14 Jul 2021
  • Duration: 18 Weeks

Ultimo: PT Evening

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 12 Jul 2021
  • Duration: 36 Weeks

Ultimo, Main Campus: Full Time

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 13 Jul 2021
  • Duration: 18 Weeks

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