Course Info

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

National Course Code: MSL40118


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques will put you in your element, as you learn a variety of laboratory procedures under supervision. Hypothesise and test your talents, in our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and work towards a career as a lab technician.

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


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Collect and prepare sample
  • Work safely in the laboratory
  • Communicate efficiently in a laboratory
  • Process and interpret data
  • Maintain and prepare laboratory stock


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Collaborative team spirit
  • The ability to work independently and under supervision
  • Attention to detail
  • An honest and reliable nature


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Laboratory attendant


Advance your career with these further study options:

  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • Bachelor of Science


The Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques takes account for the rapid integration of future technologies such as robotics, and artificial intelligence and aims to equip you with the knowledge you need to conduct yourself in the laboratory.


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Self motivation
  • Collaboration skills and the ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional integrity

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments which may include short answer questions
  • Practical assessments which may include laboratory skills assessments

Assignments will be delivered via traditional face-to-face methods, as well as through online methods such as Moodle.

The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills is an entry level course and the right place to start if you dont 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.

This course, the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, 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 12 to ensure you are prepared. Youll practice your skills at an intermediate level.

The Diploma of Laboratory Technology course doesnt cover the underpinning experience gained in the Certificate III. This course focuses on instrumental analysis and qualifies you to work unsupervised as a technician. You need to complete the Certificate IV course as an official prerequisite. You will receive recognition of prior learning for units achieved.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Working with chemical and biological solutions
  • Performing chemical experiments
  • Performing manual, semi-automated and fully auto-mated laboratory procedures
  • Adjusting formulations and production mixes

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Collecting and preparing samples
  • Conducting a range of specialist tests
  • Collaboratively working with other technicians

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

You will study in authentic chemical and biological laboratories that have been designed and built specifically around OECD Good Laboratory guidelines, in order to provide an accurate simulation of modern laboratories.

The five year forecast from the Department of Jobs and Small Business for Science Technicians is 10.9%.

This qualification takes into account the rapid integration of future technologies such as robotics, and artificial intelligence to equip you with the knowledge you need to flourish in the laboratory. The amount of laboratory work needed for quality assurance services has grown substantially, meaning there will always be a strong demand for qualified technicians.

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

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  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 14 Jul 2021
  • Duration: 27 Weeks

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  • Start Date: 12 Jul 2021
  • Duration: 36 Weeks

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  • Duration: 18 Weeks

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