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MSL30122 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

National ID
MSL30122
WA Course Code
BIX7
CRICOS code
112031F
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Why choose this course?

Turn your love of science into a career in laboratory technology with this qualification. Learn the essential laboratory skills required to carry out recording and measurement of results and assist in the collection and preparation of samples.

During your studies you will learn skills to maintain a laboratory, conduct routine sampling and testing, prepare cultures, perform sterile techniques, record data, and use laboratory computing programs. You will learn about occupational health and safety (OHS) and assist with field work.

After completing this course, you will have the foundation skills to continue into the MSL40122 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

Career opportunities

  • Field Assistant
  • Instrument Operator
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Sampler and Tester

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 6.0 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 10.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $450
  • Materials fee: $225

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this qualification is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting but field trips to sampling sites & workplaces, analytical equipment, guest speakers and work experience link learning to industry

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL914002 Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL954005 Prepare mineral samples for analysis
  • MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973026 Prepare working solutions
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

• Observation – where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace, role play or exercise, or a demonstration of practical skills. An observation checklist will be completed by your assessor.

• Written assessment – which can take several forms including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, reflective tasks, self-evaluation, and research projects.

• Questioning – in the form of written question and answers, such as tests or online quizzes. It could also be spoken questions and answers. 

• Portfolio – which is a collection of evidence of your skills. This could include collections of samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports, products with supporting documentation, historical evidence, training records, and journals, logbooks, or work diaries. 

• Work samples – which are products or items that you produce during your practical activities.

• Third party feedback – which is information we gather from the people training or supervising you.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to training manuals and/or learners’ guides, Blackboard resources, quizzes and PowerPoints, hand-outs, simulations, and additional notes.

Facilities and equipment may include access to computer labs, fully equipped laboratories, specialised equipment such as analytical balances, autoclaves, auto-pipettes, biohazard cabinets, Bunsen Burners, microscopes, digital cameras, test kits, sampling equipment, thermometers, and disposable equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $625
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this course is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting with organised field trips to sampling sites and workplaces.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ICTICT214 Operate application software packages
  • MSL952003 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL973015 Prepare culture media
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination
  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questioning assessments to demonstrate the student’s knowledge, practical demonstration and observation of skills including performing basic tests, recording and presenting data and structured assessment activities, such as portfolios and projects.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard LMS, workbooks and handouts and PowerPoint presentations.        

Facilities and equipment may include access to simulated laboratories, tool, equipment, and instrumentation suitable for industry practices, computer labs with relevant software, PPE and other safety equipment, cleaning agents and all instruments and equipment required for performing basic tests, microscopic and aseptic techniques.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $450
  • Materials fee: $225

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this qualification is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting but field trips to sampling sites & workplaces, analytical equipment, guest speakers and work experience link learning to industry

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL914002 Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL954005 Prepare mineral samples for analysis
  • MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973026 Prepare working solutions
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

• Observation – where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace, role play or exercise, or a demonstration of practical skills. An observation checklist will be completed by your assessor.

• Written assessment – which can take several forms including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, reflective tasks, self-evaluation, and research projects.

• Questioning – in the form of written question and answers, such as tests or online quizzes. It could also be spoken questions and answers. 

• Portfolio – which is a collection of evidence of your skills. This could include collections of samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports, products with supporting documentation, historical evidence, training records, and journals, logbooks, or work diaries. 

• Work samples – which are products or items that you produce during your practical activities.

• Third party feedback – which is information we gather from the people training or supervising you.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to training manuals and/or learners’ guides, Blackboard resources, quizzes and PowerPoints, hand-outs, simulations, and additional notes.

Facilities and equipment may include access to computer labs, fully equipped laboratories, specialised equipment such as analytical balances, autoclaves, auto-pipettes, biohazard cabinets, Bunsen Burners, microscopes, digital cameras, test kits, sampling equipment, thermometers, and disposable equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $625
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this course is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting with organised field trips to sampling sites and workplaces.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ICTICT214 Operate application software packages
  • MSL952003 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL973015 Prepare culture media
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination
  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questioning assessments to demonstrate the student’s knowledge, practical demonstration and observation of skills including performing basic tests, recording and presenting data and structured assessment activities, such as portfolios and projects.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard LMS, workbooks and handouts and PowerPoint presentations.

Facilities and equipment may include access to simulated laboratories, tool, equipment, and instrumentation suitable for industry practices, computer labs with relevant software, PPE and other safety equipment, cleaning agents and all instruments and equipment required for performing basic tests, microscopic and aseptic techniques.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2025
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $450
  • Materials fee: $225

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this qualification is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting but field trips to sampling sites & workplaces, analytical equipment, guest speakers and work experience link learning to industry

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL914002 Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL954005 Prepare mineral samples for analysis
  • MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973026 Prepare working solutions
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

• Observation – where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace, role play or exercise, or a demonstration of practical skills. An observation checklist will be completed by your assessor.

• Written assessment – which can take several forms including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, reflective tasks, self-evaluation, and research projects.

• Questioning – in the form of written question and answers, such as tests or online quizzes. It could also be spoken questions and answers. 

• Portfolio – which is a collection of evidence of your skills. This could include collections of samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports, products with supporting documentation, historical evidence, training records, and journals, logbooks, or work diaries. 

• Work samples – which are products or items that you produce during your practical activities.

• Third party feedback – which is information we gather from the people training or supervising you.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to training manuals and/or learners’ guides, Blackboard resources, quizzes and PowerPoints, hand-outs, simulations, and additional notes.

Facilities and equipment may include access to computer labs, fully equipped laboratories, specialised equipment such as analytical balances, autoclaves, auto-pipettes, biohazard cabinets, Bunsen Burners, microscopes, digital cameras, test kits, sampling equipment, thermometers, and disposable equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $625
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this course is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting with organised field trips to sampling sites and workplaces.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ICTICT214 Operate application software packages
  • MSL952003 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL973015 Prepare culture media
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination
  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questioning assessments to demonstrate the student’s knowledge, practical demonstration and observation of skills including performing basic tests, recording and presenting data and structured assessment activities, such as portfolios and projects.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard LMS, workbooks and handouts and PowerPoint presentations.        

Facilities and equipment may include access to simulated laboratories, tool, equipment, and instrumentation suitable for industry practices, computer labs with relevant software, PPE and other safety equipment, cleaning agents and all instruments and equipment required for performing basic tests, microscopic and aseptic techniques.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2026

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2026
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $450
  • Materials fee: $225

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this qualification is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting but field trips to sampling sites & workplaces, analytical equipment, guest speakers and work experience link learning to industry

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL914002 Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL954005 Prepare mineral samples for analysis
  • MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973026 Prepare working solutions
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

• Observation – where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace, role play or exercise, or a demonstration of practical skills. An observation checklist will be completed by your assessor.

• Written assessment – which can take several forms including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, reflective tasks, self-evaluation, and research projects.

• Questioning – in the form of written question and answers, such as tests or online quizzes. It could also be spoken questions and answers. 

• Portfolio – which is a collection of evidence of your skills. This could include collections of samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports, products with supporting documentation, historical evidence, training records, and journals, logbooks, or work diaries. 

• Work samples – which are products or items that you produce during your practical activities.

• Third party feedback – which is information we gather from the people training or supervising you.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to training manuals and/or learners’ guides, Blackboard resources, quizzes and PowerPoints, hand-outs, simulations, and additional notes.

Facilities and equipment may include access to computer labs, fully equipped laboratories, specialised equipment such as analytical balances, autoclaves, auto-pipettes, biohazard cabinets, Bunsen Burners, microscopes, digital cameras, test kits, sampling equipment, thermometers, and disposable equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2026

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2026
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $625
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however this course is mostly delivered in a simulated laboratory setting with organised field trips to sampling sites and workplaces.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 13 units. These 13 are comprised of 5 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL922002 Record and present data
  • MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ICTICT214 Operate application software packages
  • MSL952003 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL973015 Prepare culture media
  • MSL973025 Perform basic tests
  • MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
  • MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination
  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questioning assessments to demonstrate the student’s knowledge, practical demonstration and observation of skills including performing basic tests, recording and presenting data and structured assessment activities, such as portfolios and projects.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard LMS, workbooks and handouts and PowerPoint presentations.

Facilities and equipment may include access to simulated laboratories, tool, equipment, and instrumentation suitable for industry practices, computer labs with relevant software, PPE and other safety equipment, cleaning agents and all instruments and equipment required for performing basic tests, microscopic and aseptic techniques.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

How to apply

Apply to study at TAFE in six steps:

  1. find a course;
  2. check entry requirements;
  3. submit an application;
  4. accept your offer and pay;
  5. apply for your student visa; and
  6. receive your visa and come to Australia for your studies.

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TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.

Last updated on June 17, 2024