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This qualification reflects the role of workers who apply a range of laboratory technologies to conduct scientific-technical tests. The Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food) will strengthen your laboratory skills and prepare you for roles as a laboratory officer or technician in the food manufacturing industry.

At TAFE NSW, you will study the very latest techniques for the widest range of analysis in our chemical and biological labs. These have been built to strict OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines to simulate real working laboratories. There is a strong focus on practical skills, as well as supervisory and safety skills which will make you a highly sought after graduate.


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Through theory and practical course work you will learn to: 

  • Process and interpret data
  • Analyse data and report results
  • Monitor the quality of test results
  • Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) plans
  • Perform food tests, chemical tests and procedures
  • Provide input to production trials
  • Conduct sensory analysis and perform food analysis


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your practical skills in laboratory techniques including:

  • Sampling techniques
  • Calibration techniques
  • Analysis of food and related materials


Stand out in a global job market with a range of key professional skills that equip you with:

  • Effective communication
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Attention to detail with a strong focus on quality
  • An honest and reliable nature


The global laboratory informatics market is forecast to grow from AUD $3.6 billion in 2019 to AUD $5.3 billion by 2024, at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5%.

Key drivers of this growth include the increasing need for laboratory automation, development of integrated lab informatics solutions, increasing need to comply with regulatory standards, and the growing demand in biobanks/biorepositories.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is highly recommended that you have:

  • Access to a computer
  • Average levels of physical fitness to complete course tasks in laboratory and outdoor environment
  • Please be aware that you may come into contact with food allergens during this course.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb A$26,080
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb A$26,080


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


When you study the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food), you'll learn your skills in chemical and biological laboratories that have been designed and built specifically around OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines. This gives you an accurate simulation of the modern laboratories you could work in.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules: Total Number of Units =15.
  • 5 core units & 10 elective units, consisting of at least 7 units from the electives lists including at least 5 units coded at 5000 or above and up to 3 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course -these unit must be relevant to the work outcome.
  • Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology. Where appropriate electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with an specialization.
  • Core Units
  • MSL924003 Process and Interpret data
  • MSL924004 Use laboratory application software
  • MSL925004 Analyse data and report results
  • MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • MSL935007 Monitor the quality of test results and data
  • FDFFST4004A Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
  • MSL934005 Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans
  • MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • MSL974020 Perform food tests
  • MSL975032 Provide input to production trials
  • MSL975038 Conduct sensory analysis
  • MSL975040 Apply routine chromatographic techniques
  • MSL975048 Apply routine spectrometric techniques
  • MSL975050 Perform food analysis


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.