Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

National Code: MSL40118
TAFE SA Code: TP01123


Gain the skills and knowledge you need to perform a range of laboratory techniques in a variety of industry sectors. Be ready to work in a range of interesting areas such as pathology, biotechnology, the biological and environmental sector, or related science industries. You’ll learn about performing laboratory procedures including tissue culture, microbiological tests, histological tests, calibration and maintenance of test instruments and equipment, solution preparation and standardisation, quality requirements, and data analysis. Understand the essential theory and get hands-on experience with the essential laboratory techniques. In addition to the technical skills, you also learn to apply quality, safety, and sustainability skills to the workplace. Become a lab assistant or lab technician with TAFE SA.

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9 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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 9 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

    Laboratory assistant/technician, Technical assistant/officer, Research assistant/officer

    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 IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118)
    Learn how to work effectively in a laboratory. This course covers performing laboratory procedures including tissue culture, microbiological tests, histological tests, calibration and maintenance of test equipment, solution preparation and standardisation, quality requirements and data analysis. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 10 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
    Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes 80
    Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment 60
    Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety 50
    Process and interpret data 70
    Receive and prepare samples for testing 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse data and report results 80
    Perform aseptic techniques 40
    Perform biological procedures 130
    Perform histological tests 200
    Perform microbiological tests 140
    Perform microscopic examination 40
    Perform tissue and cell culture techniques 100
    Prepare, standardise and use solutions 100
    Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples 100
    Use laboratory application software 60
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