Diploma of Laboratory Technology

National Code: MSL50118
TAFE SA Code: TP01124


Advance your science career with this nationally recognised Diploma. Become a technical officer or laboratory analyst with skills in microbiology, histology, molecular biology, tissue culture, microscopy, chemistry, calibrating and maintaining instruments and equipment, recording and analysing data, and using laboratory software. This is a hands-on course that will strengthen your knowledge and broaden your skills. Be equipped to work in the important health and medical sectors or be part of essential scientific research. It’s your career, you choose where it can take you with TAFE SA

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Laboratory and Science Technician (Laboratory Workers)

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Course Admission Requirements

any one of:

  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Certificate IV or higher level qualification in a relevant science discipline or
  • equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline to a Certificate IV level or higher
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.

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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.

    • TAFE SA will contact you if you do not have a Certificate IV or higher in a relevant area to verify your equivalent skills and knowledge.
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • 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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    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 (MSL50118)
    This qualification provides technical skills relevant to diagnostic and testing laboratories including microbiology, histology, molecular biology, tissue culture, microscopy, chemistry, calibrating instruments, recording and analysing data. 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
    Analyse data and report results 80
    Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment 60
    Monitor the quality of test results and data 40
    Process and interpret data 70
    Use laboratory application software 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Perform aseptic techniques 40
    Perform biological procedures 130
    Perform histological tests 200
    Perform microbiological tests 140
    Perform microscopic examination 40
    Perform molecular biology tests and procedures 150
    Perform tissue and cell culture techniques 100
    Prepare, standardise and use solutions 100
    Provide information to customers 30
    Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples 100
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