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Practical training inspires Raj’s laboratory technician career

Diverse career options and the chance to become a leader motivated Raj Singh to study laboratory techniques (MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques). Now, he is a laboratory manager and performs important field and lab testing in country Victoria.

Raj found work and a new career through study. While completing an optional practical placement through his Holmesglen course with geotechnical engineer A.S James, he was offered full-time work in the laboratory team.

“The skills I learnt during my course helped me get job ready,” says Raj.

In his current work, Raj utilises knowledge he gained in the Holmesglen training labs, including how to undertake environmental field-based monitoring, perform microscopic examination and chemical tests.

What skills do I need to become a laboratory technician?

Laboratory technicians complete work across a range of job areas and need a variety of skills. They work in hospitals, secondary schools, medical pathology, environmental testing and food testing.

“The skills I learnt during my course helped me start my career as a lab technician. There are a lot of qualities that are important to be successful in the industry, such as attention to detail and technical skills,” explains Raj.

Laboratory technicians need to be:

  • thorough and analytical, such as when processing data or preparing lab samples
  • responsible and independent, when maintaining workplace safety, equipment and instruments
  • collaborative and communicative, for example when undertaking monitoring and examination tasks.

What laboratory skills will I learn at Holmesglen?

Our pathology and laboratory testing courses are offered at Moorabbin campus, which houses our health and simulation precinct.

MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques students benefit from studying in multiple labs that offer practical experience in:
  • tissue processing
  • microbiological work
  • aseptic techniques and microscopy
  • environmental (water, soil, air), food and medical testing

How do I become a lab technician?

We offer the MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques as a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) study option. Graduates use this qualification to start their career as a laboratory assistant and gain the building blocks to become a laboratory technician.

Raj utilised the course’s practical training opportunities to enter the industry and follow a pathway into further study to achieve his goal of becoming a laboratory technician.

“The job-ready insights that I learnt from my industry-experienced teachers were very helpful. Practical placements were the start of my career as a lab technician and it helped me reach the position I currently hold in my company as the Lab Manager,” says Raj.

Many choose to follow further study opportunities, such as studying a diploma, to increase their laboratory technician career opportunities.

Find out what you can achieve in laboratory at our courses page.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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