Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

National Code: MSL30118
TAFE SA Code: TP01122


Begin your science career with this Certificate III course. You’ll gain hands-on skills and experience to ensure you are job ready. Learn about basic laboratory analysis techniques, maintaining lab equipment, calibrating test equipment, processing and recording data, performing laboratory and field work, and communication and teamwork. Develop your ability to work as a team leader or in a supervisory role. Understand the technical reasons and science behind what you do in the lab. Gain the skills you need to work effectively in a scientific or medical laboratory. Start your career as a laboratory technician in the diverse science sector or continue on to further study with TAFE SA.

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6 months 

Full Time

Laboratory and Science Technician (Laboratory Workers)

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
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.

Total Fees for the 6 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

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

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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

    Job role titles may include Laboratory Assistant

    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

    Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (MSL30118)
    Learn how to work effectively in a laboratory. This course covers performing basic laboratory analysis, maintaining equipment, calibrating test equipment, processing and recording data, communication and teamwork. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 7 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate with other people 40
    Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives 30
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety 40
    Plan and conduct laboratory/field work 40
    Record and present data 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Perform aseptic techniques 40
    Perform microscopic examination 40
    Prepare culture media 30
    Prepare working solutions 50
    Prepare, standardise and use solutions 100
    Process and interpret data 70
    Receive and prepare samples for testing 30
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