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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques MSL40116

Overview

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques to conduct tests and sampling in a variety of industry sectors including food industry, pathology laboratory, schools, mining and forensics.

Qualification: Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques MSL40116
Program No: C4-FE12
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 1 semester full-time (approx. 20 hours per week) in addition to completing the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills OR part-time equivalent.
Cost Info:

2018 - Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

2019 - New enrolment fee arrangements will be introduced. The $40 Services and Amenities fee will be included in the total subject costs. Indicative program cost may vary slightly and the subject costs displayed will also change. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

Indicative Cost: $3,255
Likely Job Outcome: Technical assistant in a variety of industry settings.
Enrolment Type: Standard
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Additional Information

Student intake offered in Semester 2.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

You must have a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (or equivalent).

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • Literacy Skills Information

    • We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Foundation Skills or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

  • Transition Information

    • Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

  • Subject Cancellations/Changes

    • To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete 17 Subject (6 Core and 11 Electives)

Core - complete all 6

  • MSL913001 Communicate with other people
    • CIT Code: COMM213
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to receive and pass on written and oral messages, provide relevant information in response to requests within timelines and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: ENVI143
      Cost: $95.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices. This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts. This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section. This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
    • CIT Code: LABT122
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the exercise of good laboratory practice (GLP) and effective participation in quality improvement teams. Personnel are required to ensure the quality and integrity of their own work, detect non-conformances and work with others to suggest improvements in productivity and quality.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians working in all industry sectors who contribute to quality improvements in areas or processes associated with their own job function and/or specialisation. This unit of competency is relevant to experienced technical officers who may work individually or as part of a team.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL913002 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
    • CIT Code: LABT176
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to plan and complete tasks individually or in a team context. The tasks involve established routines and procedures using allocated resources with access to readily available guidelines and advice. Work plans may need to be modified with supervisor agreement to suit changing conditions and priorities.
      This unit of competency is applicable to instrument operators, laboratory assistants and technical assistants working in all industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL924001 Process and interpret data
    • CIT Code: MATH176
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to retrieve data, evaluate formulae and perform scientific calculations, present and interpret information in tables and graphs and keep accurate records. The unit requires personnel to solve problems of limited complexity where the information may be less obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants, field/laboratory technicians and instrument operators in all industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL943002 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
    • CIT Code: OHSS422
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, deal with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the maintenance of workplace safety.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors. WHS responses are restricted to a 'first response' approach, including the notification of appropriate workplace personnel. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, training and appropriate supervision.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - complete 11 of 13

  • MSL974001 Prepare, standardise and use solutions
    • CIT Code: LABT126
      Cost: $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare, standardise and monitor the quality of solutions.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians working in all industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures
    • CIT Code: LABT197
      Cost: $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret chemical test requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment and perform routine chemical tests/procedures. These tests will involve several measurement steps. The unit includes data processing and interpretation of results and tracking of obvious test malfunctions where the procedure is standardised. However, personnel are not required to analyse data, optimise tests/procedures for specific samples or troubleshoot equipment problems where the solution is not apparent.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory or technical assistants and instrument operators in all industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
    • CIT Code: LABT111
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the development of a working knowledge of quality principles and their application in laboratory/field work.
      This unit of competency is applicable to samplers/testers, production operators and laboratory/field assistants working in all industry sectors. These personnel have defined roles and responsibilities within the workplace's quality system which are set out in quality manuals and workplace procedures.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL974006 Perform biological procedures
    • CIT Code: LABT200
      Cost: $360.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret work requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment, and perform routine biological procedures. These procedures may involve several steps and are used to classify cell types, species and biologically active compounds by analysing their biological and chemical characteristics. This unit includes data processing, interpretation of results and troubleshooting obvious departures from standard procedures.
      This unit of competency is applicable to technical assistants working in the biomedical, environmental, biotechnology and education industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL973002 Prepare working solutions
    • CIT Code: LABT118
      Cost: $220.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare working solutions and to check that existing stocks of solutions are suitable for use. Working solutions include those required to perform laboratory tests. Personnel are required to calculate quantities and make dilutions.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants working in all industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL973004 Perform aseptic techniques
    • CIT Code: LABT120
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to perform aseptic techniques to maintain the integrity of both the sample source and the sample. It applies to sampling techniques in tissue culture and to generic microbiological procedures.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and technicians working in the field or laboratory in the biomedical, biological, food processing and environmental industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination
    • CIT Code: LABT194
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to perform aseptic techniques to maintain the integrity of both the sample source and the sample. It applies to sampling techniques in tissue culture and to generic microbiological procedures.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and technicians working in the field or laboratory in the biomedical, biological, food processing and environmental industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL975003 Perform histological tests
    • CIT Code: LABT133
      Cost: $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to perform tests and procedures associated with processing and staining tissues for examination of tissue structure and abnormalities by pathologists and scientists to assist with disease diagnosis. The unit covers tests and procedures that are associated with anatomical pathology and may involve the use of automated processors and staining machines.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians and technical officers in the biomedical sector. The unit principally refers to techniques performed on human tissues, but many aspects may be relevant to animal and plant tissues. This unit of competency assumes that the technical officer would perform tests and procedures under the close supervision of scientific and/or medical staff. Although a supervisor may not always be present, the technician will follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) that will clearly describe the scope of permitted practice in modifying testing procedures, quality control procedures, interpretation of data, and for communicating test results to people outside the laboratory. Technical workers may need to interrupt their routine work in order to assist with or perform procedures to facilitate rapid diagnosis of specimens from patients in the operating theatre. The involvement of the technical officer in mortuary work will be determined by the workplace. Work of this nature will always be closely supervised by scientific/medical staff.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: LABT194 MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination
  • MSL944001 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
    • CIT Code: OHSS420
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, deal with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the maintenance of workplace safety.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors. WHS responses are restricted to a 'first response' approach, including the notification of appropriate workplace personnel. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, training and appropriate supervision.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL924002 Use laboratory application software
    • CIT Code: COMP206
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to use and apply computer software in the laboratory, field and/or production plants for analysis and reporting.
      This unit of competency is applicable to technical officers and laboratory technicians in all industry sectors. It describes the application and use of software packages in the context of a laboratory or fieldwork. Typically this software would be for the storage, retrieval, analysis and display of information. There is no expectation that candidates would be able to customise the software to meet specific needs.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL975001 Perform microbiological tests
    • CIT Code: LABT131
      Cost: $280.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to contribute to the culture, isolation and identification of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoans, algae and parasites, in order to investigate the physiology and pathology of plants and animals, monitor the natural environment, and to assist in the production of foods, pharmaceutical goods and other manufactured materials.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians and technical officers working in the biomedical, biotechnology, environmental, manufacturing and food processing industry sectors. The results of work performed by technical personnel would normally be integrated, interpreted and reported on by scientists, medical, veterinary or plant pathologists or other responsible officers in a workplace. Although a supervisor may not always be present, the technician will follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) that will clearly describe the scope of permitted practice in modifying testing procedures, interpreting of data and for communicating test results to people outside the laboratory.
      It is applicable to investigations as well as addressing the broader needs of biotechnology and tissue culture applications.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.

      Prerequisites: LABT120 MSL973004 Perform aseptic techniques
      LABT194 MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination
  • MSL975002 Perform haematological tests
    • CIT Code: LABT132
      Cost: $260.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to determine levels, function, activity and interactions of cellular and plasma components of blood using tests and procedures identified with the discipline of laboratory haematology.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians and technical officers working in the biomedical industry sector. While this unit focuses on the laboratory investigation of human physiology and pathology, it reasonably describes aspects of work performed in veterinary settings. The unit of competency assumes that technical personnel would perform tests and procedures under close supervision. The results of their work would also normally be integrated, interpreted and reported on by supervising scientists and medical pathologists. Although a supervisor may not always be present, the technician will follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) that will clearly describe the scope of permitted practice in modifying testing procedures, interpreting data and for communicating test results to people outside the laboratory. People performing haematology tests will meet the requirements of the laboratory that they are working in regarding the education and training they must have to perform the tests.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.

      Prerequisites: LABT194 MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination
  • MSL914001 Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
    • CIT Code: LABT183
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to manage the day-to-day running of science teaching laboratories and the preparation of practical experiments, demonstrations and field trips.
      This unit of competency is applicable to technical assistants and technical officers working in the secondary and tertiary education sectors. It also applies to zoos, aquariums and museums that run education programs. Personnel are required to assess and treat risks associated with practical activities. Some personnel may have the additional role of fire warden, first aid officer or work health and safety (WHS) representative. They may also have other skills, such as maritime, SCUBA diving or trade qualifications. They may work autonomously but are required to liaise closely with teaching staff about the design and scheduling of practical activities.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil

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More Information

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