Laboratory Technology

Qualification Diploma (NRT)
Course number 19414
National Code MSL50109
Training Package MSL09 - Laboratory Operations
Program area Manufacturing  
Duration (nominal hours) 1450

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Course overview

Course Description

This course is for people who want to work in the laboratory testing

You will learn how to competently perform a wide range of activities
requiring the application of technical and scientific knowledge. You will
also acquire the skills and knowledge you need to safely test samples,
communicate information to customers, analyse and report data as it
applies to the pathology, biological, chemical, construction materials,
environmental, or food industries.

Career Opportunities

Laboratory technician or technical officer in a laboratory.


Further training pathways from this qualification include MSL60109 Advanced
Diploma of Laboratory Operations.
Career paths for senior technicians, technical specialists and laboratory
supervisors are becoming increasingly constrained unless technicians undertake
university study. With this in mind, particular attention has been given to
stating the critical aspects of competency and essential knowledge required for
each unit of competency in sufficient detail to maximise articulation and
credit transfer arrangements between the vocational education and training (VET)
and higher education sectors.

Entry Requirements

 There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted
towards this qualification by those who have completed the MSL40109 Certificate
IV in Laboratory Techniques. Credit for this qualification may include units
contained within relevant skill sets.


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Locations & fees

TAFE NSW fees apply to offerings of this course at the following locations. Concessions or exemptions may apply for eligible students.

Year Half Year Fee Annual Fee
2014 $757 $1514

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Location Attendance Status Week Starting How to Enrol
Newcastle Flexible Delivery Available 03-Feb-2014 On Campus
Newcastle Full Time Available 03-Feb-2014 On Campus


Course structure

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What you must do to complete the course

The course structure below shows what you must do to complete this course.
units/modules are arranged in groups and sometimes also in subgroups.
You must complete each group as specified as well as following the course
completion instructions.   If a course contains optional groups there will
statement at the top of the course indicating how many you must do.  At the
top of any group containing optional subgroups there will be a statement
saying how many you must do.
This course is a pathway to the general qualification. Please speak to your
teacher if you wish to specialise in Biological and Environmental Testing,
Biotechnology, Chemical and Forensic Testing, Food Testing or Pathology
This course reflects the packaging requirements for the Diploma of
Laboratory Technology (MSL50109 release 5) within the Laboratory
Operations Training Package (MSL09 release 2.3).
The rules from this Training Package are as follows:
To be awarded a Diploma of Laboratory Technology competency must be
achieved in a total of twenty one (21) units of competency, consisting of:
-   nine (9) core units of competency
-   twelve (12) elective units of competency
Elective units of competency
Select twelve (12) elective units from Groups A, B, C and D as specified

- a minimum of five (5) units must be selected from Group A
- the remainder may be chosen from Groups A, B, C and D, with a maximum of
(3) units from Group B, a maximum of five (5) units from Group C and a
maximum of two (2) units from Group D, to bring the total electives to
twelve (12).  

Note that four (4) of the elective units may be chosen from this Training
Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where
those units are available at Diploma.
Units listed under core are considered essential for all technical
officers. The units listed as electives may only apply to some personnel
according to the size and scope of the particular enterprise and

Note: Prerequisite units must be considered in the total number of units.
Please refer to individual units on the National Register for details.
To satisfy the Training Package requirements, this TAFE NSW course has been
structured as follows:
Group 1 - Core Units
All 9 core units must be completed.
Group 2 - Group A Elective Units listed in the MSL50109
At least 5 elective units must be completed from group 2. You may complete
12 required elective units from group 2.
Group 3 - Other Elective Units
You may complete up to 7 units from group 3.
Subgroup 1 Group B elective units listed in MSL50109 - a maximum of 3
units may be completed
Subgroup 2 Group C elective units listed in MSL50109 - a maximum of 5
units may be completed
Subgroup 3 Group D elective units listed in MSL50109 - a maximum of 2
units may be completed
Subgroup 4 Units from Diploma qualifications in MSL09, other endorsed
Training Packages or accredited courses - maximum of 4 units may be

Group 997 - Enrichment Group
Units in this group do not count towards the number of units
required for course completion. These may provide additional skills and
knowledge related to the learning area
Students who require support to meet their learning goals may co-enrol in
the Learner Support course (TAFE Course Number 9999). Talk to your teacher
think you may require learner support.
Talk to your teacher and/or workplace trainer to ensure that your
combination of electives provides you with a suitable vocational outcome.
If you have completed other relevant training you may be eligible to have
units of competency from previous training counted towards completion for
this course. Talk to your teacher or workplace trainer if you think you
may be eligible for recognition for units previously completed.
Some units in this course have prerequisites that must be completed in a
lower level qualification or selected as part of this course. Refer to the
Package or consult your teacher for information about prerequisites to
elective units.

Course Elective Completion:

At least 12 elective modules/units must be completed. These may be chosen from groups 2, 3

All module/units must be completed
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 40
MSL913001A Communicate with other people 25
MSL913002A Plan and conduct laboratory/field work 30
MSL915001A Provide information to customers 30
MSL924001A Process and interpret data 40
MSL924002A Use laboratory application software 40
MSL925001A Analyse data and report results 40
MSL934002A Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes 40
MSL944001A Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety 30
At least 5 and no more than 12 module/units must be completed
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
MSL905001A Perform non-standard calibrations 60
MSL905002A Create or modify calibration procedures 40
MSL905003A Create or modify automated calibration procedures 40
MSL915002A Schedule laboratory work for a small team 30
MSL925002A Analyse measurements and estimate uncertainties 40
MSL935001A Monitor the quality of test results and data 40
MSL935002A Assist in the maintenance of reference materials 30
MSL935003A Authorise the issue of test results 20
MSL935004A Maintain instruments and equipment 120
MSL955001A Supervise a robotic sample preparation system 30
MSL965001A Design and manufacture glass apparatus and glass systems 120
MSL965002A Perform glass coating, grinding and finishing operations 100
MSL965003A Construct, modify and maintain high vacuum systems 120
MSL975001A Perform microbiological tests 140
MSL975002A Perform haematological tests 135
MSL975003A Perform histological tests 130
MSL975004A Perform chemical pathology tests 120
MSL975005A Conduct sensory analysis 40
MSL975006A Perform immunohaematological tests 60
MSL975007A Supervise sampling, inspections and testing at construction sites 40
MSL975008A Apply electrophoretic techniques 80
MSL975009A Apply routine chromatographic techniques 100
MSL975010A Perform fire assay techniques 60
MSL975011A Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys 80
MSL975012A Provide input to production trials 60
MSL975013A Perform tissue and cell culture techniques 130
MSL975014A Perform molecular biology tests and procedures 120
MSL975015A Prepare animal and plant material for display 50
MSL975016A Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials 40
MSL975017A Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques 140
MSL975018A Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materials 120
MSL975019A Apply complex instrumental techniques 140
MSL975020A Apply routine spectrometric techniques 100
MSL975021A Apply routine electrometric techniques 70
MSL975022A Perform food analyses 140
MSL975023A Supervise geotechnical site investigations 40
MSL975024A Locate record and collect forensic samples 90
MSL975025A Perform complex laboratory testing of forensic samples 120
MSL975026A Perform physical examination of forensic samples 90
All subgroups must be completed
No more than 3 module/units may be completed
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
HLTPAT317C Operate effectively within a pathology testing environment 40
MSL933001A Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose 20
MSL933003A Apply critical control point requirements 50
MSL933004A Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance 40
MSL943001A Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation 40
MSL943002A Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety 30
MSL953001A Receive and prepare samples for testing 30
MSL953002A Operate a robotic sample preparation system 30
MSL963001A Operate basic handblowing equipment 60
MSL963002A Repair glass apparatus using simple glassblowing equipment 40
MSL973001A Perform basic tests 70
MSL973002A Prepare working solutions 30
MSL973003A Prepare culture media 30
MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques 30
MSL973005A Assist with fieldwork 50
MSL973006A Prepare trial batches for evaluation 50
MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination 60
MSL973008A Perform histological procedures 30
MSL973009A Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials 40
MSL973010A Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials 40
MSL973011A Perform fire pouring techniques 40
MSL973012A Assist with geotechnical site investigations 40
TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction 40
No more than 5 module/units may be completed
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
HLTPAT419C Perform Pathology Tests 50
MSL904001A Perform standard calibrations 70
MSL914001A Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations 60
MSL934001A Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans 60
MSL934003A Maintain and control stocks 30
MSL954001A Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan 30
MSL954002A Prepare mineral samples for analysis 30
MSL974001A Prepare, standardise and use solutions 110
MSL974002A Conduct geotechnical site investigations 80
MSL974003A Perform chemical tests and procedures 130
MSL974004A Perform food tests 110
MSL974005A Perform physical tests 80
MSL974006A Perform biological procedures 160
MSL974007A Undertake environmental field-based monitoring 70
MSL974008A Capture and manage scientific images 40
MSL974009A Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring 60
MSL974010A Perform mechanical tests 36
MSL974011A Prepare tissue and cell cultures 70
MSL974012A Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials 80
MSL974013A Monitor performance of structures 80
No more than 2 module/units may be completed
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
MSAENV672B Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability 50
MSL916001A Develop and maintain laboratory documentation 36
MSL916002A Manage and develop teams 40
MSL916003A Supervise laboratory operations in work/functional area 60
MSL916004A Maintain registration and statutory or legal compliance in work/functional area 45
MSL916005A Manage complex projects 50
MSL936001A Maintain quality system and continuous improvement processes within work/functional area 50
MSL936002A Conduct an internal audit of the quality system 40
MSL946001A Implement and monitor OHS and environmental management systems 60
MSL976001A Classify building sites 40
MSL976002A Prepare plans and quality assurance procedures for environmental field activities 80
MSL976003A Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures 90
MSL977001A Contribute to the development of products and applications 72
MSL977002A Troubleshoot equipment and/or production processes 50
MSL977003A Contribute to validation of test methods 40
MSL977004A Develop or adapt analyses and procedures 60
MSL977005A Integrate data acquisition and interfacing systems 80
No more than 4 module/units may be completed
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
HLTFA311A Apply first aid 18
PUALAW003B Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting 50
You may choose modules/units from this group but they do not count towards
course completion
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20

Requirements to receive the qualification

To achieve the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50109 release 5), (TAFE NSW
course number 19414), learners are required to complete 21 units of competency,
- All 9 core units from Group 1
- 12 elective units from Group 2 and/or 3 including:
. at least 5 units from Group 2
. no more than 3 units from Group 3 Subgroup 1
. no more than 5 units from Group 3 Subgroup 2
. no more than 2 units from Group 3 Subgroup 3
. no more than 4 units from Group 3 Subgroup 4.

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