The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills provides secondary school students skills in maintaining a laboratory, routine sampling and testing, recording data, and using laboratory computing programs.
Career opportunities, include:
- entry-level positions in laboratory operations
- laboratory technicians
- instrument operators
Pathways to further study:
- The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills MSL30118 (VETDSS) is a suitable pathway into the Cert IV in Laboratory Techniques program (MSL40118)
Studying the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills at Holmesglen
This course is suitable if you have an interest in biological testing, biotechnology, chemical testing, environmental monitoring, food testing and pathology testing.
During this course, you will complement and expand your scientific studies by gaining the practical skills and knowledge to assist in collecting and preparing samples to carry out, measure and record results associated with the day-to-day operations within a chemical, biological and physical testing laboratory.
You will also learn how to prepare cultures, perform sterile techniques and assist with field work.
The course is delivered in state-of-the-art laboratories at our Moorabbin campus where you will have access to equipment that can usually only be found in a technical setting.
Timetable: Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm
||Communicate with other people
||Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
||Record and present data
||Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
||Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
||Receive and prepare samples for testing
||Perform basic tests
||Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
||Prepare working solutions
||Prepare culture media
||Perform aseptic techniques
||Perform microscopic examination
| Code || Name |
|MSL913003||Communicate with other people|
|MSL913004||Plan and conduct laboratory/field work|
|MSL922001||Record and present data|
|MSL943004||Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety|
|MSMENV272||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices|
|MSL933005||Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose|
|MSL953003||Receive and prepare samples for testing|
|MSL973013||Perform basic tests|
|MSL933006||Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives|
|MSL973014||Prepare working solutions|
|MSL973015||Prepare culture media|
|MSL973016||Perform aseptic techniques|
|MSL973019||Perform microscopic examination|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
When undertaking the course, you must be enrolled as a VCE or VCAL student.
All applicants must complete a Screening Assessment. This is to determine that the learner has appropriate interest and motivation to participate in the course, as well as the necessary numeracy and literacy levels.
Entry occurs via the secondary school.
Qualification and recognition
Students who complete the MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills will be eligible for up to six units of credit towards their VCE.
Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score.
This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study. Where a student elects not to receive a study score for VCE VET Laboratory Skills, no contribution to the ATAR will be available.
Students wishing to receive a study score for VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 66 per cent of the overall study score and an end-of- year examination, worth 34 per cent of the overall study score.
Scored assessment is based on the Units 3 and 4 sequence of MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.
How to apply
If you have further questions, contact VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETis) Coordination Centre.
T: 03 9209 5109
For VET Delivered to Secondary Students Contact your school to discuss fees.