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Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

  • National Course Code: MSL30118
  • TAFE NSW code: MSL30118-01V01-22CBT-310

Location – Campbelltown


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

15 Hours per week


18 weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

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)

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol in the course as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the laboratory industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork skills and the ability to work individually
  • An interest in science and engineering
  • Comfort with arithmetic calculations
  • Foundational computer skills

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

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a full time combination course. You must attend approximately 15 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 3 days a week for 18 weeks.

NA General

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Day classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

Safety glasses: $10.00
Lab Coat: $35.00


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
MSL913003 Communicate with other people
MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL922001 Record and present data
MSL933006 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Number Title
MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)
MSL972001 Conduct routine site measurements
MSL933005 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL933008 Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
MSL953003 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL973013 Perform basic tests
MSL973014 Prepare working solutions

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Laboratory technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Phone 131 601

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