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Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food)

  • National Course Code: MSL50118
  • TAFE NSW code: MSL50118-05V02-21ULT-201

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus (Food Testing)


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

16 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food) develops your laboratory skills and prepares you for a career as a laboratory officer or technician in the fascinating food manufacturing sector. Support consumers health and safety by ensuring food meets regulation requirements.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Process and interpret data
  • Use laboratory application software
  • Analyse data and report results
  • Conduct sensory analysis
  • Provide input to production trials


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • The ability to work independently and in a team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • An honest and reliable nature
  • An interest in scientific details


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Experience working in a real laboratory
  • Industry networks and connections
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level

Career opportunities:

  • Technical officer - pathology
  • Biotechnology technical officer
  • Laboratory technical officer
  • Forensic science technician
  • Calibration technician
  • Manufacturing testing technical officer
  • Food laboratory technical officer
  • Mineral assay technical officer


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Chemistry)
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology)

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.


To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you hold a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, evidenced by a transcript or
  • That you hold a Certificate IV or higher level qualification, in a relevant science discipline, evidenced by a transcript or
  • That you hold equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline, emphasising your experience in food related laboratory work


TAFE NSW also offers the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food) as a traineeship. In addition to meeting the above requirements, trainees must:

  • Be employed inthe food standards industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signedtraineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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

  • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands and complete course tasks in laboratory and outdoor settings
  • The ability to manually handle goods up to 20kg (move gas bottles, physical sampling etc)

(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.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, FBP40418 Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology, relevant university qualifications or equivalent.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Be able to stand for periods of time performing various laboratory and food processing tasks, be able to carry specimens from one room to adjacent ones, be dextrous enough to manipulate laboratory and pilot plant processing equipment and instruments and be able to work safely and sustainably as required.
  • You will need to complete assessments at the required standard in a timely manner.

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


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10.00am to 11.30am Join Information Session Here


This is a Full-Time Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 36 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5.7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation and completing training log sheets.

Timetables may be subject to change depending on the availability of the teachers and laboratories as well the number of units you may earn credit or RPL for or none at all.
If you have completed units in the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (or other equivalent or higher qualification) which may be different from those delivered in Ultimo, you may have to take a few units which may be pre-requisites and hence increase in face to face hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • This course is for those who wish to work in the food industry (food processing, food testing/analysis, QC/QA, food safety and HACCP, product development) but who want to complete qualification gain the desired employment in the Food Industry. You will need to commit to attend face to face classes three full days a week and complete required self-directed activities online and in your own time. As per training package requirement, these students will have basic laboratory skills and knowledge as they need to have completed a MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques or hold a relevant Certificate IV or higher level qualification in a relevant science discipline or can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline to any of the above qualifications (pre-requisite of this course).


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Counselling, LLN support, access to a Course Coordinator.

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, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. 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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
You need to bring a laboratory coat ($25), safety glasses/goggles ($10), wear fully enclosed, low heeled, water resistant food wear, bring a scientific calculator ($20), permanent marking pen($2), personal stationery and masks (where social distancing is not possible).

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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

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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
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
Elective Units
Number Title
FBPFST4004 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
MSL975034 Perform molecular biology tests and procedures
MSL975038 Conduct sensory analysis
MSL975040 Apply routine chromatographic techniques
MSL975048 Apply routine spectrometric techniques
MSL975050 Perform food analyses

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

Technical Officer - Pathology, Biotechnology Technical Officer, Laboratory Technical Officer, Forensic Science Technician, Calibration Technician, Manufacturing Testing Technical Officer, Food Laboratory Technical Officer, Mineral Assay Technical Officer

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.

Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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