Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Code: MSL40118
Study Area:
Laboratory Sciences

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, interactive learning (using a mix of live demonstrations and the ability to connect with your classmates and teachers for support) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

We offer rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.

This course will allow you to achieve the skills and knowledge to perform aseptic techniques, microscopic examination, microbiological tests, food tests, chemical tests, and biological procedures. You will also become familiar with processing and interpreting data, planning and conducting laboratory work, calibrating laboratory instruments and equipment, carrying out sampling, testing and other laboratory related tasks.

  • Charleston Road Bendigo campus
Course Structure
  • Full-Time - 1 Year or Part-Time - 2 Years


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Technical Assistant
  • Technician

  • You must have Year 11 standard literacy and numeracy skills or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an information session.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers who perform a range of laboratory techniques, including manual, semi-automated and fully automated, to collect and prepare samples in a laboratory. They conduct a wide range of basic, and limited range of specialist tests across a variety of industry sectors. Workers may be required to assist other personnel to solve technical problems and to adjust formulations and production mixes. They may also train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably. Workers have responsibility for their own outputs according to established procedures. Work is carried out according to established procedures often under the direction and supervision of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals. Work is normally subject to frequent progress and quality checks. No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Interview and literacy and numeracy assessment

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessments.

Learning options

Key study areas
  • MSL924003 - Process and interpret data
  • MSL934004 - Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • MSL934006 - Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
  • MSL944002 - Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
  • MSL953003 - Receive and prepare samples for testing

Further study opportunities
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,162.40
Concession - average total course fee*$434.60
Full fee - average total course fee*$10,313.80
B.   Materials average fee**$97.74
C.   Consumables average fee**$168.75
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,097.50
Concession - average total course fee*$619.50
Full fee - average total course fee*$12,169.50
B.   Materials average fee**$84.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$304.50
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 10/09/2020 5:02 PM

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