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Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

National Course Code: MSL30118


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Laboratory Skills helps you start your career as a laboratory technician in the fascinating fields of food science, pathology, chemistry and more. Train in contemporary labs, prepare and test samples, present data and contribute to important research.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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 attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Honesty and integrity to achieve fair results
  • Patience to do accurate work
  • Attentiveness for detailed, technical work
  • Motivation to complete mundane or routine tasks


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Industry networks and connections
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Ability to enter the workforce as a skilled laboratory technician or assistant
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

Career opportunities:

  • 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
  • Polymer testing laboratory assistant


Take your career further with the:

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


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.

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  • Traineeship Allowed
  • On campus, Combination
  • Full Time, Part Time
  • Fully government-subsidised
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