Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

MSL30116

Course Overview

Average Course Fee: $4761

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Average Course Duration: 2 Years

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Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of laboratory operations across all industry sectors and is the entry level required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel.

Laboratory technicians perform straightforward laboratory work. They follow set procedures and recipes, and apply well developed technical skills and basic scientific knowledge. They generally work inside a laboratory but may also perform technical tasks in the field or within production plants. They may also perform a range of laboratory maintenance and office tasks.

The majority of their work involves a predictable flow of parallel or similar tasks within one scientific discipline. Laboratory technicians:

perform straightforward technical tasks to prepare and test samples using relevant procedures, Australian Standards and readily available advice. These tasks generally require close attention to detail and to the accuracy and precision of measurements. They may require the use of manual or semi-automated techniques

  • operate test equipment and instruments and make limited adjustments to their controls
  • process and record data and recognise trends and out of control conditions
  • solve predictable problems using clear information or known solutions. Where alternatives exist, they are limited and apparent
  • work under close and regular supervision, although they may have autonomy for specific tasks and responsibility for their own outputs
  • take decisions within defined limits of responsibility
  • work as part of a team.
  • No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

    Student Outcomes

    Students who graduate from VET courses are surveyed approximately 6 months after they have completed their training. For more information on the statistics provided in this section, including the different levels (course, field of education, all fields of education) of data available please select the Learn more button below.

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    Satisfied with Training

    Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.

    Improved Work Status

    Percentage of graduates in the Natural and Physical Sciences field who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay (Certificate III).

    Salary

    The middle of the range of salaries earned by graduates in the Natural and Physical Sciences field starting their first ever full-time job after graduating (Certificate III).

    Jobs

    Graduates of the Natural and Physical Sciences field (Certificate III) are most often employed as:

    Technicians and Trades Workers

    52.9%

    Technicians and Trades Workers
    Community and Personal Service Workers

    15.2%

    Community and Personal Service Workers
    Professionals

    8.3%

    Professionals

    Industries

    Graduates of the Natural and Physical Sciences field (Certificate III) are most often employed in:

    Health care and social assistance

    60.9%

    Health care and social assistance
    Retail trade

    8.6%

    Retail trade
    Accommodation and food services

    4.1%

    Accommodation and food services

    All statistics are supplied by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

    Financial Assistance

    The federal, state and territory governments provide financial incentives and support for vocational education and training students to help them gain the skills required to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment.

    There are programs for all kinds of students; apprentices and trainees, new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.

     


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    Subsidised Training

    The following highlighted state and territory governments dedicate funds to reduce or, in some cases, fully cover tuition fees for VET students who wish to study this course. Please check with your preferred training provider to see if you are eligible.
    Select a state or territory for more information.

    VET Student Loans

    Certain courses are eligible for a VET Student Loan from the Australian Government to assist students with paying tuition fees. The initial debt amount (including the loan fee, if applicable) plus indexation must be paid back once the loan recipient starts earning over a certain amount. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2017-2018 income year is $55,874.


    Career Information

    Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.


    Laboratory Operations Career Pathway

    Certificate III in Laboratory Skills is in the Natural and Physical Sciences Field of Education. For more information about this kind of career, you can explore Laboratory Operations.


    Note: Information provided as a guide only. Chart developed by the Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au). Information in this chart may be reproduced with acknowledgement of its source: "The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au/jpc) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training".



    Apprenticeships and Traineeships


    Australian Apprenticeships can provide a pathway to a career change for people looking to re-enter the workforce and for people who are currently working. Australian Apprenticeships combine work with training in a national recognised qualification.

    This qualification is available as an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship in the state and territories coloured in blue on the map.

     


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