The Certificate IV In Laboratory Techniques provides you with training in all aspects of laboratory operations, including Work health and safety (WHS), use of analytical instrumentation (manual, semi-automated and automated), laboratory management systems (LMS), aseptic, chemistry, microscopy, and different biological techniques.
Career opportunities, include:
- Technical assistant/laboratory technician in medical, environmental, industrial, food, educational or commercial laboratories (job title will vary between sectors)
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 of 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: 4 days per week for one year 9am - 5pm
||Process and interpret data
||Prepare, standardise and use solutions
||Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples
||Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
||Perform tissue and cell culture techniques
||Perform biological procedures
||Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
||Perform chemical tests and procedures
||Perform aseptic techniques
||Receive and prepare samples for testing
||Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
||Perform microscopic examination
||Perform histological procedures
||Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
||Use laboratory application software
| Code || Name |
|MSL924003||Process and interpret data|
|MSL974017||Prepare, standardise and use solutions|
|MSL954003||Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples|
|MSL934004||Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment|
|MSL975033||Perform tissue and cell culture techniques|
|MSL974021||Perform biological procedures|
|MSL944002||Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety|
|MSL974019||Perform chemical tests and procedures|
|MSL973016||Perform aseptic techniques|
|MSL953003||Receive and prepare samples for testing|
|MSL914002||Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations|
|MSL973019||Perform microscopic examination|
|MSL973020||Perform histological procedures|
|MSL934006||Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes|
|MSL924004||Use laboratory application software|
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.
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.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
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Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in 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 MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.
How to apply
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable 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 apply for each 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