Diploma of Laboratory Technology

National Code: MSL50116
TAFE SA Code: TP00893


This course covers the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of laboratory technologies to conduct scientific-technical tests and sampling in most industry sectors.

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Up to 18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a related industry and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made.
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Full Fee
Average cost per semester
$2,550 - $3,032
$8,318 - $9,888
$1,907 - $2,267
Total Fees for the 18 month course
$7,651 - $9,095
$24,954 - $29,665
$5,720 - $6,800

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
$7,651 - $9,095
Full Fee
$8,318 - $9,888
$24,954 - $29,665
$5,720 - $6,800

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $35.00 for Laboratory coat.

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. To access Subsidised Training, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
    • You will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before an offer is made. To access subsidised training you will be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). Log in details will be sent to you once you apply.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include technical officers, laboratory technicians, analysts and similar personnel.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50116)
    This qualification provides skills in communication, processing and interpreting data, application software, analysing data, quality systems and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 core units and 12 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse data and report results 80
    Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes 80
    Communicate with other people 40
    Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 40
    Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety 50
    Plan and conduct laboratory/field work 40
    Process and interpret data 70
    Provide information to customers 30
    Use laboratory application software 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply electrophoretic techniques 100
    Apply routine spectrometric techniques 150
    Authorise the issue of test results 60
    Conduct sensory analysis 40
    Maintain instruments and equipment 40
    Monitor the quality of test results and data 40
    Operate effectively within a pathology testing environment 30
    Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety 40
    Perform aseptic techniques 40
    Perform basic tests 60
    Perform biological procedures 130
    Perform chemical tests and procedures 100
    Perform food tests 100
    Perform haematological tests 130
    Perform histological procedures 40
    Perform histological tests 150
    Perform microbiological tests 140
    Perform microscopic examination 40
    Perform molecular biology tests and procedures 150
    Perform pathology tests 100
    Perform physical tests 100
    Perform standard calibrations 50
    Perform tissue and cell culture techniques 100
    Prepare culture media 30
    Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations 60
    Prepare tissue and cell cultures 50
    Prepare working solutions 50
    Prepare, standardise and use solutions 100
    Receive and prepare samples for testing 30
    Schedule laboratory work for a small team 50
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

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