The Certificate IV In Laboratory Techniques provides you with training in all aspects of laboratory operations, including occupational health and safety (OHS), analytical instrumentation, laboratory management systems, chemistry, microscopy and biological techniques.
Career opportunities, include:
- Laboratory assistant or technician in medical, environmental, industrial, food, educational or commercial laboratories.
Pathways to further study:
- MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Studying the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques at Holmesglen
Learn from our experienced teaching staff, who all hold postgraduate qualifications across a variety of science disciplines.
The course is delivered in Holmesglen's specialised pathology and biotechnology education facility, where an emphasis is placed on practical training.
Our instrumentation is reflective of what you will use in industry, and will prepare you to confidently start your career in a laboratory.
Holmesglen graduates are well regarded in the industry and are employed in the pathology, food, environmental, education and research industries.
After the successful completion of all units in the Certificate IV in Laboratory techniques course, students will have the option of consolidating their training by way of a, non-compulsory work placement, under the direct supervision by industry professionals. Students who opt to take up a work placement will also need to provide Holmesglen with a current police check and a Volunteer Working with Children’s Check.
Full Time: 3 days a week for 1 year. 9am- 5pm
||Process and interpret data
||Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
||Use laboratory application software
||Receive and prepare samples for testing
||Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
||Perform chemical tests and procedures
||Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
||Perform biological procedures
||Perform aseptic techniques
||Perform microscopic examination
||Prepare, standardise and use solutions
||Perform tissue and cell culture techniques
||Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples
||Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
||Perform histological procedures
| Code || Name |
|MSL924003||Process and interpret data|
|MSL914002||Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations|
|MSL924004||Use laboratory application software|
|MSL953003||Receive and prepare samples for testing|
|MSL934004||Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment|
|MSL974019||Perform chemical tests and procedures|
|MSL944002||Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety|
|MSL974021||Perform biological procedures|
|MSL973016||Perform aseptic techniques|
|MSL973019||Perform microscopic examination|
|MSL974017||Prepare, standardise and use solutions|
|MSL975033||Perform tissue and cell culture techniques|
|MSL954003||Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples|
|MSL934006||Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes|
|MSL973020||Perform histological procedures|
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.
Year 11 VCE Completion or equivalent.
Applicants must provide proof of this.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability for the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will receive the nationally recognised MSL40118 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
To view the additional costs that may apply to your course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession