Certificate III In Laboratory Skills


Start you career in the Sciences with a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

As a laboratory technician student, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out essential laboratory work. You will learn procedures and lab ‘recipes’, and apply well-developed technical skills and basic scientific knowledge. Working mostly inside a laboratory you will also have the opportunity to practice your technical tasks out in the field or within production plants.

Industry Connections

You will learn essential laboratory maintenance and lab office tasks, test equipment and instruments, process and record data and recognise trends, and solve problems using clear information and known solutions. You’ll have close industry connections within the Laboratory Technicians Associations Victoria.

Employment Outcomes

Students will have access to fully functioning laboratories. On completion of this course you will be qualified to work as:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Instrument operator
  • Field assistant
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

    You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

    Local Students






    Agriculture and Animal Studies
    03 9269 8400


    Full-time: 12 months
    680 hours

    Modes of Delivery

    Face-to-face, Blended online, Classroom



    Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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    Assessment Methods

    Combination of online, written assignments, tests and practical skills.

    Pathways to further study

    Students can seek further study in animal technology and wine technology.

    Career Pathways

    On completion of this course you will be qualified to work as a laboratory technician or instrument operator within a laboratory or industry setting.

    Enrolment Intake

    • February
    • July

    Units Of Study

    The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

    Code Subjects Hours
    MSL922001 Record and present data 40
    MSL924002 Use laboratory application software 60
    MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives 30
    MSL943002 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety 40
    MSL973001 Perform basic tests 60
    MSL973002 Prepare working solutions 50
    MSL973004 Perform aseptic techniques 40
    MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination 40
    MSL974006 Perform biological procedures 130
    MSL974007 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring 80
    MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30

    Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.