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Working in a laboratory is working hands-on with science every day. It gives investigative minds a secure career of the future.

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You’ll use your curious mind and attention to detail to fit the pieces of the diagnostic puzzle together when you study laboratory science at TAFE NSW.

You could build a career in the study of pathology and help a clinical team make the best and most informed treatment decisions for their patients. You might choose to focus on food analysis and ensure the integrity and safety of our food and its packaging. Or, you might take a more general approach and strengthen your basic lab skills to work independently in a chemical analytic lab.

We have courses that help you to blend your interest in science, technology, and problem solving so you can work behind the scenes in diagnosis and analytics.

At TAFE NSW we have a range of laboratory science courses to help you take your expertise to the next level.

Learn basic lab skills with the entry level Certificate III in Laboratory Skills, build on those skills with the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques and refine your skills with the Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

You can also specialise in the Diploma of Laboratory (Pathology), Diploma of Laboratory (Chemistry) or the Diploma of Laboratory (Food).

If you are interested in the study of pathology or pathology collection, choose the Certificate III in Pathology Collection or the Certificate III in Pathology Assistance.

Depending on the level of course you choose, in a laboratory science course you will learn to:

  • Process and interpret data
  • Use laboratory application software
  • Analyse data and report results
  • Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • Monitor the quality of test results and data

Your elective units can include:

  • Pathology testing
  • Chemical and food testing
  • Calibration
  • Sampling
  • Data analysis
  • Quality
  • Safety

Graduates of our laboratory science courses go on to roles like:

  • Lab technician or technical officer in pathology, biotechnology, laboratory, manufacturing testing, food laboratory or mineral assay
  • Forensic science technician

The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills is your entry-level qualification where you’ll learn foundational lab skills and be ready to start your career as a laboratory technician.

At TAFE NSW, you will gain real-world experience working in contemporary science labs performing technical tasks, preparing and testing samples, solving problems, and identifying trends in data.

As society needs more assurances in the products and services they buy and use, the need for testing the quality of products, food and services is increasing.

Key drivers of market growth include the:

  • Increasing need for laboratory automation
  • Development of integrated lab informatics solutions
  • Increasing need to comply with regulatory standards
  • Growing demand in biobanks/biorepositories

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What job opportunities could a laboratory science course lead to?

If you have an inquisitive mind and love working in hands-on environments, studying a course in laboratory science can help you start your career in the industry.

Our TAFE NSW Laboratory Science courses are designed to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in science and technology. You will not only learn the study of pathology, basic lab skills, and science laboratory technology in chemistry labs but also develop a deeper knowledge of scientific principles, gain extensive practical skills and industry-level experience from the experts.

Qualifications in these courses can lead to opportunities to work in hospitals, research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, private pathology laboratories, commercial laboratories.

Gain the confidence and ability to undertake laboratory technology functions within a scientific environment and further your studies in science-related industries. Discover the right course for you today.